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Old 02-06-2013, 11:38 PM   #1
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Good lookin' rig! --- And Welcome. Really like the big rear door. Will no doubt come in handy. Had an old Toyota Odyssey that had leaking air shocks. Only cure was replacing them and the lines.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:46 AM   #2
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Spray bottle with soapy water should help you find the leak.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:33 AM   #3
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Just a thought...but if you already have an onboard compressor for air shocks, you might look into replacing them with air bags. The modern versions are remarkably stout and often cost less than shocks. If mounted on all four corners they can also be set up to level the unit when parked. After much research and discussion, that is the route I've decided on for my Shorty. And like shocks, the ride can be adjusted to suit the load.
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Dwise --- Air bags are fully adjustable and the pressure can be dialed in to smooth out the ride just as air shocks can. They also have the benefit of a much wider range of adjustability yielding the added benefit of functioning to level a vehicle at rest within certain limits. Nice when the ground you are parked on is less than perfect. The new generation bags are incredibly stout with a great deal more reinforcement and the better units feature all metal end caps where the older style are plastic and less durable. I was suspect of them myself until I did some research and talked to a few owners. They seem to pretty much all love'em. I'm going with them all around and using a full four way valving system so each can be independently adjusted.
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hehe paint job looks like what mine used to look like!
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The body looks to be in good shape. Do you have any pics of the inside? My bus is similiar and 1990, I found tons of rust under the floor and lots of leaks from around windows and such.
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Saw that on craigslist. Congrats!
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