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Old 08-17-2015, 01:25 PM   #1
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Hi All, I have been dealing with Michael Bukowski at Forest River (Berkshire division) for some non warranty issues and he has been great. I have a 2008 Berkshire 360QS, and I have read some posts on here that people have had the front air bags replaced to either run larger tires or help the front axle. I haven't been able to find the posts again to find out what and why specifically the air bags were replaced or the best person at Forest River to email or call. I remember the name Randy Houser. If anyone can help me out that would be great. I am looking into the air bags because the weight on the front axle with 2 people with full fuel, 1/2 tank of water and modest stuff (lawn chairs, a propane barbeque, normal stuff), is between 9700-9800 lbs. The axle is rated at 10,400 lbs and 80-85% would be 8400 -8800 lbs. Micheal at FR says that the 9800 lbs is well within spec but I am not sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 08-17-2015, 07:11 PM   #2
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Hi All, I have been dealing with Michael Bukowski at Forest River (Berkshire division) for some non warranty issues and he has been great. I have a 2008 Berkshire 360QS, and I have read some posts on here that people have had the front air bags replaced to either run larger tires or help the front axle. I haven't been able to find the posts again to find out what and why specifically the air bags were replaced or the best person at Forest River to email or call. I remember the name Randy Houser. If anyone can help me out that would be great. I am looking into the air bags because the weight on the front axle with 2 people with full fuel, 1/2 tank of water and modest stuff (lawn chairs, a propane barbeque, normal stuff), is between 9700-9800 lbs. The axle is rated at 10,400 lbs and 80-85% would be 8400 -8800 lbs. Micheal at FR says that the 9800 lbs is well within spec but I am not sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated
If you really are only at 9700 lbs or so, then you got no problems. However, my 2011 390 RB was close to 11,000 on the F/A so I had FR upgrade the tires and front airbags. This pushed the F/A limit to 12000 lbs.

I am STILL (depending upon how I'm loaded) a couple hundred lbs overweight on the R/A.

Worst of all (for me) was that even after the upgrades (comped by FR) I still have nowhere near the carrying capacity as stated on the yellow sticker on my front door. If I remember, the mentioned carrying capacity(for MY contents) was OVER stated by approx 1500 lbs. False advertising?? You be the judge.


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Old 08-17-2015, 10:13 PM   #3
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Hi All, I have been dealing with Michael Bukowski at Forest River (Berkshire division) for some non warranty issues and he has been great. I have a 2008 Berkshire 360QS, and I have read some posts on here that people have had the front air bags replaced to either run larger tires or help the front axle. I haven't been able to find the posts again to find out what and why specifically the air bags were replaced or the best person at Forest River to email or call. I remember the name Randy Houser. If anyone can help me out that would be great. I am looking into the air bags because the weight on the front axle with 2 people with full fuel, 1/2 tank of water and modest stuff (lawn chairs, a propane barbeque, normal stuff), is between 9700-9800 lbs. The axle is rated at 10,400 lbs and 80-85% would be 8400 -8800 lbs. Micheal at FR says that the 9800 lbs is well within spec but I am not sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated

You are fine on weight. If you have a 2008 you are getting close on tires so if it were me I would upgrade the tires to 275 80's and have them change out the air bags. I believe airbags are around 250 each so the upgrade would be worth it. But if you don't want to spend the extra money you are good on the weight.
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You are fine on weight. If you have a 2008 you are getting close on tires so if it were me I would upgrade the tires to 275 80's and have them change out the air bags. I believe airbags are around 250 each so the upgrade would be worth it. But if you don't want to spend the extra money you are good on the weight.
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