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Old 03-25-2016, 08:44 AM   #1
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Air Bags and On-Board Air

I added rear airbags to my Greyhawk not because i needed them for extra weight or stabilization, but because I needed another 1.5” clearance to get up my driveway. I have the heavy duty skid wheels, but the dump valves would still just touch. The bags gave me 2.5” more clearance and that did the trick for me. I also use them when coming out of gas stations etc where I’m worried about hitting.

I added onboard air and control panel so I can control the air bags from the cab. I use air for tires etc to so I added a type “T” hose coupler. I had extra room in the panel so I added an outside temperature gauge with ICE warning. I used the coin holder area because that's completely useless to me.

The compressor i used was a VIAIR 440C and the tank is a 5 gallon AirMaxxx.

I made the panel using a company called Front Panel Express.

This is so cool! You go to their website and download the free designer software (PC, MAC or Linux).
It’s pretty simple to use. Once you figure out the size of the panel you want, you just drag and drop holes, squares, lettering etc where you want. It calculates the cost as you’re going. When your done, save and send. In 2 weeks your panel arrives. My panel was about $40 delivered. A little pricey, but not considering I would have put a couple hours minimum to do it plus materials and, it wouldn’t look as good. I learned about this tool from another RV enthusiast. I have the blank template for the late model E450 coin holder if anyone is interested in making their own custom panel for this area. Just start with the template and start adding your holes and lettering.

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I hope this information helps someone!

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Old 03-25-2016, 08:49 AM   #2
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Air Bag Picture

I forgot to add this picture of one of the air bags...
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Old 03-25-2016, 08:56 AM   #3
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jgerhard,

Very nice job!
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Very cool indeed! That panel is an excellent piece of work.
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Hey thanks! That panel company makes it so easy.

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Old 03-25-2016, 02:05 PM   #6
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I cannot believe the timeliness of this thread. I just started looking for a legend plate for a golf cart key yesterday. I'm doing a full custom build on this cart and have decided to use a round 3 position key assembly made for a Harley Davidson Dyna to get away from the "one key fits all golf carts" world. The legend that comes with the key is just a decal and I wanted something better. In less than an hour, I have downloaded the program, learned to use it, custom designed a black aluminum legend plate with color-filled text for the "OFF", "IGN", and "LTS" functions I desire, and placed the order. Yeah, it's $30 for a plate that measures less than 2"x2", but when you're doing custom work these little details make all of the difference. Thanks for sharing. You made my day!
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Hey that's great SparkDr! Glad I could help!

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I hope the bags are inflated separately and not together. Otherwise when you go around a corner the air will be forced out of the bag on the inside and to the bag on the outside. This would adversely affect handling.
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Thanks for your comments Seann45. Like I said, I only use the air bags when go in and out of driveways.. I did keep the lines separate all the way to my control board so I could separate them in the future should I ever want to. On my old class A, I had the air bags separate, so I could "level" the rig when driving. The manufacturers layout was "weight lopsided". They Greyhawk seems balanced, at least so far. With all the crap I'm adding i may screw that up.

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jgerhard > Thanks for the link to Front Panel Express - I had no idea a service like this existed! Pretty nifty. May have solved a problem I have with an old boat.
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