Motorhome Air Suspension
Motorhome air suspension kits are becoming increasingly more prevalent on the motorhome UK market. There are many reasons for this, common chassis bases, availability of parts and kits plus advances in technology have made it easier to purchase and fit.
If motorhome air suspension is something you are considering, whether as a standard or an optional extra on a motorhome then have a look below at some of the reasons why you might it might just be the best idea you’ve had…
- Due to the increase in motorhomes with garages, the stress put on the rear suspension when the garage is full with equipment can cause the vehicle to sag. Traditional stock shocks and springs are designed and installed to carry a fixed weight, but air suspension can be raised and lowered to accommodate different weights and will alleviate the sag to the rear of the motorhome and support the vehicle when carrying heavy loads.
- When taking your motorhome on a long journey, travelling on the motorway is always a stressful time for the driver. Air suspension can improve straight line stability, particularly in cross winds or when overtaking large HGVs. Air suspension will reduce vehicle body roll and make your drive smoother. Motorhomes with air suspension are able to glide over bumps and potholes, whilst metal spring suspension can cause a bumpy ride.
- Motorhomes are heavy vehicles, so air suspension can greatly improve ground clearance. This is a particular benefit when boarding ferries, changing elevation and carrying heavy loads in the vehicle garage.
- Air suspension basically replaces your motorhome’s metal coil springs with air springs, which are tough rubber and plastic bags inflated to differing pressures to mimic the more traditional metal coil springs. Using today’s technology, an electronic air compressor, sensors and controls are provided so you able to react and adapt to different situations instantly. For example, drivers can select a comfortable ride if travelling on a rough road by increasing the pressure, or reducing the pressure if improved handling is required.
Air suspension comes in three basic shapes for you to choose from:
- Double-convoluted bag – the bag is shaped like an hourglass. This bag is designed for more lateral flexibility than the other designs.
- Tapered sleeve – performs the same way as any other bag but is designed to fit into a smaller area and offers more adjustability on ride height.
- Rolling sleeve – a specific application air bag. This differs from the tapered sleeve in terms of ride height and spring control. Your fitter will advise on which sleeve is best for your motorhome.
Travelworld And Goldschmitt
Goldschmitt builds high quality spring and jack systems for motorhomes and has been doing for over 35 years. Travelworld is the sole UK agent for Goldschmitt products and the German company also forms part of Hymer original parts and accessories division.
If you are interested in purchasing a Goldschmitt air suspension system or would like to know more about how to upgrade your existing vehicle then please get in touch with our aftersales team at Travelworld. Please call us on 0844 880 4938, we will be more than happy to assist you.