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Old 08-15-2019
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How to you guys lift your coach to do service.
I have a major air leak under the right rear dually.
I have a 20t jack and it lifted the front to fix the genni cooling line, but won't touch the rear.
Are the leveling jacks able to lift the side?
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I built ramps, cost about $400 for materials. I can then work under the bus without fear of being crushed.
I suspect it will be your ppv that is leaking. That is about where it is on my bus. I have had to replace the diaphram in mine twice.
Finally have the bus holding air for days.
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Doug, safety first. dont trust your levers to keep you safe. If you use them to raise your coach to get under it make sure you have appropriate jack stands (22 ton) or wood blocks or something to protect you. I recall a previous thread with some links to a set of proper jack stands. You might try a search
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lift it side to side and block'


never trust bags or hydraulics


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How to you guys lift your coach to do service.
I have a major air leak under the right rear dually.
I have a 20t jack and it lifted the front to fix the genni cooling line, but won't touch the rear.
Are the leveling jacks able to lift the side?
Yes, leveling jack will lift your coach. air your coach up to normal standing, then put safe secure blocking under your jacks, so there is no space between your jacks and your blocking. If the jacks fail, it can no no lower than the blocks. Make sure the surface under your jacks is solid and Level. When the rear wheels come off the ground, the parking brake no longer works. Never lift higher than is necessay. Insure again with proper jack stands or blocks.

Edited by John Wyatt - Caution: My leveling jacks are similar to Mallie's so I do as Mallie does. However, it should be noted that the leveling jacks on many Birds are designed to pivot, so even with the jacks fully retracted, coaches with "pivoting" Jacks can easily move forward or backward and fall off of blocks placed under the jacks!!!
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Make sure the surface under your jacks is solid and Level. When the rear wheels come off the ground, the parking brake no longer works.

I bought a FC from the widow of a guy who learned that the hard way.
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Make sure the surface under your jacks is solid and Level. When the rear wheels come off the ground, the parking brake no longer works.

I bought a FC from the widow of a guy who learned that the hard way.
That's why a well built set of ramps are prefered by me. You can set the brake after you drive up on them. Still a good idea to chock the tires. Redundancy!
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I built ramps, cost about $400 for materials. I can then work under the bus without fear of being crushed.
I suspect it will be your ppv that is leaking. That is about where it is on my bus. I have had to replace the diaphram in mine twice.
Finally have the bus holding air for days.
I have removed the PPV and it was a ripped diaphram I have ordered a new unit. In order to get at it I had to remove the air-dryer. Should I replace it as well? I don't know if it was ever done and its a pain in !@# to get it in and out.

I couldn't find a model number on it just a serial number

Your advise please
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post a picture. someone will tell you what it is.

Without the picture I would guess an AD9
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Mine was an AD9, you have to remove it to replace the cannister. I replaced mine with a Meritor spin on , no longer have to remove the dryer to service it.
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