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99 newell front airbag change
#11
We had our airbags replaced on our coach last summer.  It was kind of a ransom situation where we took it to a shop for other work and they pulled the airbags saying they needed replaced.  They then told me the cost $6,000!!  I wanted to say no and take it elsewhere but with the bags off I couldn’t drive it and I was paying them whether they put the old bags or new ones on at this point.  I am sure I was ripped off but I did get new bags and a lesson about that particular shop (one I won’t use again).  

Side note that is the cleanest shop/garage floor I have seen in the pictures.
Mark and Melanie
1985 Newell 40’
Number unknown
First motor coach
#12
mark, kind of you to say. normally my floor is cleaner than it shows in the pictures. i had been working for a while and had not cleaned it much lately. i try to make it so i can go barefoot if i want too.

the airbags are not all that hard to change. biggest issue is having the jackstands and tools and the actual airbags.....

. to make it easy you really need

1. 4 jackstands that can hold the bus. i used individual 22 ton jackstands.
2. a hydraulic jack strong enough to take the coach up enough to take the tires off. i use a low profile air over hydraulic jack
3. 1" air impact gun. i have special larger air line ports in my shop for that
4. big air compressor...
5. right 1" impact sockets for your wheels lugnuts
6. big open end wrenches for the lines on the bag. i think this time they were 1 1/2" and 1 1/4"
7. normal wrenches and sockets for airbag mounting bolts
8. helps to have a truck tire/wheel dolly to take the tire off and put it back on and wheel it around.
9. shop air helps alot for putting air in the suspension. i keep both of my newells hooked up all the time
10. a torque wrench to put 450-475 ft lbs of torque on when you are done. i have a 4' torque wrench and also use a 475lb torque stick.
11. a handy helper. i happen to have a retired farmer/mechanic next door. who is better than me at stuff....
12. the right music playing in the background
13. clarke to come and check if we are ok occasionally
14. and to be in no rush.

i have the luxury of being able to do all of these......

tom
2002 45'8" Newell Coach 608  Series 60 DDEC4/Allison World 6 Speed HD4000MH

#13
i put the slides out and raised it up and then leveled it. it has been rock solid for 2 days, not dropping at all. i wish my 02 would do the same.....ha

tom
2002 45'8" Newell Coach 608  Series 60 DDEC4/Allison World 6 Speed HD4000MH

#14
Guy, have you completed the replacement of your air bags? If so, what brand and model did you get and where did you source them? Approx costs? My '84 seems to have the original air bags on it and I am concerned that they may need to be replaced soon.
Glenn & Laureen Parker
Austin, Texas
1984 Newell 35'  (Coach #58? - not confirmed)
6v92 Detroit Diesel, Allison 5 speed trans
2005 Honda Element toad
2007 Honda S2000 fun car
#15
Yes the "hippie bus" as our friends call it has returned.  The Cliff Notes  version is the bags easy to source, and all of mine were waaaay past time to replace. At this time we have the four rear done, along with DOT fittings and air lines to the brake chambers. We are also sporting a new exhaust system.

I have the best of the removed bags to carry as a spare until we replace the 4 front bags in  the fall. 

If any Gurus are interested I will post pictures of the carnage .
Guy & Sue
1984 Classic 40' #59


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