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Old 04-02-2017, 12:50 PM   #1
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Need help - Ride Rite Questions and more...

Our Forester 2016 2861DS did not come with any owner's manuals for any of the appliances or the extras we have on this rig. In the walk-through we discovered that we had many extra features we didn't know we had when we initially saw this motorhome.

We have the Firestone Ride Rite Air Springs we know nothing about. It's supposed to help with lift. We currently cannot get our rig in our driveway because we are bottoming out. We have bottomed out in a few places also like the gas station and just crossing over from one street to another in our neighborhood. We believe this rig has been sitting for awhile, and I'm sure we don't have the amount of air we need in Ride Rite. So how do we use this amazing product and how much air do you add? Is there an online download for an owner's manual?

Another thing is our toilet is not holding water which is another reason we think the motorhome has been sitting for awhile. We think the seal dried up, so the technician put Vaseline around it to lubricate it. But it's been 24 hours since then and it's still not holding water. What else could be wrong with it if it's not a dry seal? I'm just hoping this is something we can take care of on our own but not sure what else to look for.

Greatly appreciate you all's help on this.
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Old 04-02-2017, 06:04 PM   #2
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So my hubby just filled it to 80. I think 100 is the max. He said it made all the difference as far as ride and lifting the coach. Maybe we can get this in our driveway after all. We'll see. I wish we would have known to fill them before we took off on that 5-hour trip home! It would have been a much better ride.
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Old 04-02-2017, 06:13 PM   #3
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Should be able to download most of the manuals by looking up model number for each piece of equipment. If you have the E450 chassis 70 should be a good pressure to start with. They help with ride and load handling.
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Old 04-02-2017, 06:19 PM   #4
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100 psi is the max recommended by Firestone (have the same set up on our Lexi)
You never want to run them completly empty as rubbing friction will wear a hole in the rubber bag. Firestone recommends a minimum of 10 psi, but I always keep ours inflated during travel weather at 70 psi, and 20-30 psi during storage.
Also, for info, the airbags themselves are kinda small, about the size of a 3 pound coffee can, and they will fill up VERY fast, so be careful when adding air.
As far as the pottie, try taking a soft brush and with the ball open scrub around the seal with some mild dishwashing liquid/water. Then re apply some vasaline. If it still leaks, probably need a new seal.
Easy to replace. Just find out what make/model of pottie you have and you can order replacement parts online, via Amazon or any of the better rv online stores. Once you have the make/model, you can usually pull up info and how to replace parts via online manual.
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Old 04-02-2017, 10:25 PM   #5
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Thanks, guys. After filling the air bags, we were able to get our RV into our driveway. That was not possible yesterday when we tried. We would have bottomed out and scraped up the whole driveway.

Well, I hope these air bags are ok. We drove 5 hours to get our new/used rig home and they were on empty.
The tech should have checked to see if they were empty and had them filled before we took off. He was the one who discovered we had them in the first place, and we didn't realize they needed to be filled. Hoping there hasn't been any damage.
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Old 04-03-2017, 05:56 AM   #6
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I also have Ride-Rite's and down loaded the manual off of their website. A couple things I've found out about them on our rig:

1. More air PSI isn't necessarily better, 55PSI works best for me. You need to experiment a little to find the spot where they work leveling the rear but don't give a rough ride.

1A. Having a separate air fills allows you to do some side to side leveling as well. You may not want to run the same PSI on both sides. Once again a little experimentation will help you out as each rig is different based on the model and how it is loaded.

2. The loose air pressure just sitting still.... Mine dropped all their air in storage.
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Does anyone use the system to level at a campground
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Old 04-03-2017, 05:43 PM   #8
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Does anyone use the system to level at a campground
More for ride and load handling - I have the Bigfoot levelers for actually leveling the coach - these are more for on the road.
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Old 04-03-2017, 10:11 PM   #9
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We also have Firestone's Ride-Rite on our 2012 Lexington 265DS that I inflate to 75-80 psi using the manual air pump (with gauge included) that we allways carry along for the bikes.

As for your toilet, clean the rubber gasket with an old toothbrush and conditionne it with some vegetable oil applied with a paper towel. Don't forget to wear gloves; discard towel and gloves in garbage, not in black tank.
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Old 04-08-2017, 02:17 PM   #10
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Update: Regarding our Dometic 310 toilet not holding water, we ending up purchasing a replacement rubber seal, but it ended up that the seal wasn't the problem. I watched this video, messed around with the pivot point, and now our toilet is holding water. Maybe this info will help someone else with this problem.
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Is the Air Rite inflation valve a standard sized tire valve ? I thought I read somewhere it was the smaller Presta valve ?
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Yes standard size valve but fill much faster than normal tire inflation
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