The air-ride system will adjust left and right for balanced traveling down the road. The system allows on-site leveling in the left and right mode, while setting up at an un-level campground site. The Americana fitted with the air system would be able to be leveled in both front to back and left to right planes. The system has a high pressure air pump, air reserve tank and is available with a quick disconnect to allow you to "air up" all your tires from the air pressure system. According to our professional delivery drivers as well as Americana owners, the air-ride system is even smoother and has more towing dynamic dampening than theAlko system. The fully adjustable air-ride suspension helps eliminate adverse towing dynamics caused by opposite inertial towing moments exhibited when the load always tries to go in one direction and the tow vehicle another. Rough roads amplify this dynamic.
Example of the negative towing dynamic: You have most likely either seen or owned a slide-in camper where it was necessary to install "bounce away" shocks between the front of the camper and the front fenders of the truck. The shocks were an effort to dampen the jerking motion of the load moving against the direction of the truck. The same negative dynamic raises its ugly head when a tow vehicle pulls a trailer or fifthwheel over rough or wavy roads. Our new adjustable air-ride suspension installed on a GS34/35RL makes railroad track crossing feel like it isn’t there (shown on our home Video CD). What magic!! Adjustable trailing arm air-ride for your tow vehicle's rear suspension would also be a very nice contribution to creature comfort on rough roads. Towing an Americana with the new adjustable air ride has been likened to traveling down the road in a big 1/2 million dollar Diesel pusher class "A" motorhome only with a pickup truck.
Here is a copy of an email report from Bob and Kay Doiel about the performance of their new adjustable air-ride and hydraulic disc brake upgrade option. Bob and Kay Doiel were enroute from Elkhart to their home in Colorado with their new GS34/35RL. The Doiel's tow vehicle is a 3/4 ton Dodge Diesel, custom cab, standard bed. The Doiels have over 30 years RV towing experience. The Doiels sold their smaller Americana ‘99-29RL before picking up their new GS34/35RL triple-slide in Elkhart, Indiana.
Date: Wed, 20:25:30 -0700
Subject: Air Ride & Hydraulic disc brake option
From: Robert H Doiel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
WOW! Bob set the air at 50 lbs. and I rode in the 5th wheel this morning. It was great! I was able to set on the couch and read my book with no problem. There was very little side to side motion, even over some very rough sections of the freeway. I was impressed with the way things have ridden. They stay where I put them (the Bear rode on the desk today). I moved up to the bed for awhile to see how that was. I've ridden in the back of our other trailers quite a few times and it was never as smooth as this one. I'm very impressed. Tonight, Bob used the air suspension to level the trailer once we were parked in our RV space. It worked great, we didn't have to put boards out and try to judge how many we needed. While we were driving through St. Louis today, traffic suddenly stopped in front of us. Bob put the brakes on real hard and we were able to come to a stop in a smooth, controlled stop! The disk brakes worked wonderfully! We didn't hop, skip, or jump. We just came to a STOP! Next time we will try 60lbs and see if I can tell any difference. Bob is having trouble finding anything that he would change (and that says alot!).
We'll keep you updated as we go. Kay