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Old 09-20-2019, 08:28 AM   #21
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Have you thought about converting the springs to air ride?
Would be involved but you're a handy dude, Ronnie. Then we could all watch along lol.
I'm jealous of Josh and Hillary's full air ride bus with OD!

Interested in hearing about the air ride hitch thingy. Looks really cool.
Yes air ride suspension did go through my mind, I am doing the simple thing first.

Do need an air compressor though for the new air horns....

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Old 09-20-2019, 08:31 AM   #22
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IMO that bus is worth any work you do to it. One of my all time favorite buses, man.
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:21 AM   #23
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IMO that bus is worth any work you do to it. One of my all time favorite buses, man.
Thanks, we love it too.
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:55 AM   #24
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On the trailer toad, the axle on it steers, so there shouldn't be any horizontal load or scrubbing while turning. As far as backing goes, you're supposed to slide in a set of pins that locks the steering out, so you can back it conventionally.

Truthfully, a device like the trailer toad is what is needed if you're hauling trailers with your bus. It eliminates the magnification effect that you get by having the tow point so far behind the rear axle.

You can try the air ride hitch, but you're still going to get the large up and down swings every time either the front or rear axle crosses an obstacle, it will just be cushioned slightly.
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Old 09-25-2019, 06:27 PM   #25
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Almost forgot to update. It does smooth out the trailer. Had my wife look out the back window while towing this last weekend, and as the back of the bus bounces around she can see the trailer tongue staying mostly level.

The trailer is an army deuce and a half trailer loaded with firewood. About 5000lbs, which is about what my boat and trailer weighs. Other boats I haul weigh more or less, but mine gets way more miles on it.
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Old 09-25-2019, 08:39 PM   #26
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