Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Rear Air Helper Springs Installation - 2006 Winnebago Chalet Motorhome

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How to Install the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Rear Air Helper Springs on a 2006 Winnebago Chalet Moto


Hey there, RV owners. Today on your 2006 Winnebago Chalet motor home, we're going to be installing Air Lift's LoadLift 5000 air helper springs for the rear axle. This is what our air bags look like when they're installed. They're going to sit between your frame and your rear axle to provide load leveling support across the back of your vehicle. They offer up to 5,000 pounds of load leveling support. Now you want to keep in mind that this doesn't increase the amount of weight that you can carry in your vehicle, just how much it can assist in supporting.They operate between five and 100 psi.

Five psi is for when your vehicle's unloaded, and 100 psi is when it's at its maximum load. In most situations, you won't really exceed about 50 psi, as that's pretty sufficient for the loads that most vehicles are designed to carry. Compared to your factory jounce bumper, this is going to provide support throughout the entire length of suspension travel. Your jounce bumper only contacts once the suspension has bottomed out. This is going to provide a smoother support across that so you won't have a sudden bang impact when the jounce bumper contacts.

It's going to ease it in smoothly.Additionally, these can be adjusted from side to side to vary for uneven loads. You could have higher pressure on one side than another to bring you back to center. Having a level vehicle can help restore some lost braking and handling performance. By leveling it out, your suspension is going to have the correct geometry, and your tires are going to be contacting the road the way they we're designed. This is going to cause them to wear properly instead of wearing excessively in certain spots, giving you more surface area contact to the road, ensuring that it's easier to maintain control of the vehicle.Additionally, when you brake, most of the braking force is done with the front of your vehicle, and the weight transfers onto that.

If you're not level and even, the weight may not transfer properly. By making it level, it transfers the way it should, and that increased contact of your tire to the road is going to reduce your stopping distance.On larger RVs like this, they can also help minimize sway. What this means for you is you're going to have a safer, more comfortable ride when taking your RV on vacation. You and your passenger side will appreciate the better ride quality and the safe trip that you're going to get on your way there.It's an easy no-drill installation. Let's show you how to do that now.

We'll begin our installation under the rear of the vehicle just above our rear axle. We need to remove the jounce bumpers that are located on each side. On your driver side, you may have some wiring that you need to pull up to get out of the way to access the bolt. There may also be a bracket that is just above your jounce bumper. This is going to attach to the stud that's attached to our jounce bumper. But we are going to need to leave that bracket there, so we'll use a 15mm socket to remove the nut. We'll take our jounce bumper off and then leave that bracket in that position, then slide our jounce bumper down and set it aside as we won't be reinstalling it.Now we're going to need to give ourselves some additional clearance in order to get our air bag installed. We're going to use a pole jack underneath the frame to lift up on the body. We're doing this because we have it on a lift. If you're going to be doing it on the ground, I recommend you just place a floor jack underneath the frame to lift it up. You could also use your leveling jacks if you have them installed. Whenever lifting your vehicle with hydraulics, you should always put jack stands underneath of it to stay safe.We'll now perform preassembly on our air bags. We'll start by taking the air fitting and threading it into the air port on the top of our air bag. Then we'll use a 1/2" wrench, tighten that down. You want to make sure you get at least a couple of threads that are covered in sealant tightened down in. We'll then place the roll plate on top. Then we're going to put our bracket on it. Your brackets are left and right, so you want to make sure you've got the appropriate side for the one you're working on. We're going to be doing the driver side first, so we've got our driver side bracket here. It will fit around your air fitting just like that. Line up the holes with the top of the air bag and your roll plate. We'll then use one of the shorter bolts that come in the kit with a lock washer. We're going to thread that in. We're doing that on the side that's away from our L-shape here.On the inside of the L-shape for this hole here, we're going to be using the stud with the short side facing down. Now the stud, depending on your motor home and how much clearance you're able to get between the frame and the axle, you may need to remove this stud and install it at a later step. This bolt here you can leave loose. I am going to snug it down as I do have to remove the stud due to our clearance, so I'm going to tighten this down and then take the stud back out. I was just using that to line it up.Then on the bottom, we'll place on our roll plate and our bottom bracket. The bottom bracket, you want these holes to be facing towards the front of the vehicle. We want to also make sure that the outer hole here is lined up with the edge that is closest to where the outside of the vehicle's going to be. It's going to be this. This is going to be the outside of the vehicle. I want to use that hole in the far edge there. We'll then take the short bolts and lock washer that comes in your kit to secure it to the bottom of the bag. We'll then tighten those down and torque them to the specifications found in your instructions.We now need to lift our air bag into position. The stud that we preassembled into our air bag is going to go through the hole here where our jounce bumper used to be. You may or may not need to remove this stud in order to get the air bag in position. If you have a bracket like we do here, it's going to secure to that stud when it slides through it. You just want to work the air bag into position. You want to hook the top lip first and then push the bottom in. You do have to get around this brake hose, so be careful not to damage it when going around it.Once you've got it in place, the upper lip you can see sits here, and our bracket. The bottom bracket will sit on top of our axle. Now if you we're unable to get the air bag in and you had to remove the stud, now's the time that you're going to want to reinstall it. You got to get everything lined back up again, and then it just threads in by hand. With our air bag in place and stud through the frame, we can slide our bracket onto the stud. After you've got your bracket slid on the stud, we're going to top that off with a flat washer followed by a locking nut. If you don't have a bracket, then you would just simply put on the flat washer and locking nut.Now we'll take our coarse thread small bolt, place a flat washer on it. We're going to line it up with the hole on our bracket, slide it through the hole in the frame, place a flat washer and a nut on the other side. Depending on the options you have on your motor home, this hole may be used to secure some items, so if there's a bracket or zip tie there, you may have to relocate it. We'll then tighten down our hardware. We're going to use a 13mm socket for the side bolt, and a 15mm socket or a wrench for the two bolts that are on the inside of the frame. One is going to be the stud nut, and the other one is the bolt right here. Now we can go back and torque all of our hardware to the specifications found in our instructions.On each corner of your lower bracket, you'll have a square hole. You're going to drop your carriage bolts down through those square holes. Then place your straps onto your carriage bolts. If you look at your strap here, you'll see that one side has a sharp bend and one has a more curvature bend to it. That's going to go towards the rear to help it clear the brake line. The brake line is going to go between the carriage bolt and the axle just like that. On the bottom of your carriage bolts, you'll then place flat washers followed by locking nuts. Now tighten them down. You may have to tighten these unevenly in order for the carriage bolts to clear your brake line. Normally, you tighten them down back and forth until they're even. For this one, you want to pay more attention to how the carriage bolts and your brake line are interacting with each other. Then you can torque your hardware to the specifications found in your instructions.You've finished installing your passenger side, we'll install our heat shield. To install the heat shield, you'll want to take the center tabs, bend them straight out like that. Then you're going to bend it back parallel with the big face again. This is going to give you an air gap. It's going to sit on your exhaust in a manner like that. We'll prepare our hose clamps. Take your hose clamps that come in your kit, undo the clamp all the way. That'll allow it to slide around your exhaust. Put the clamp back together. We're just going to run it in just so it holds itself up. We're going to do that with our other clamp as well. Then take your heat shield, slide your clamps up. You're going to go around the ears that we bent and tighten it down. Now with both of them installed, you can take your ends and bend them back just a little bit. That'll create an air gap between your exhaust and your air bag. The heat shield will then dissipate the heat, keeping it from transferring to the air bag.Now depending on your van and what you're using it for, the length can vary, and you may need more hose to complete your installation. After you cut your air line hose, slide it into the quick connect fitting on the air bag. That just pushes in. I like to go in and out to make sure that I'm all the way seated. Then we're going to route the hose here back towards where we're going to mount our air line fill connections.When you're cutting your air line hose, you want to make sure you used a proper cutting tool. You can pick up hose cutters here at etrailer.com. Please ensure that it cuts it clean and square so that way it has a proper seal inside the quick connect fittings. We then routed our hose towards the rear of the vehicle following the frame and the factory wiring, zip tying it along the way. When routing your hose, you want to avoid anything that's going to move, such as your steering and suspension components and anything excessively hot such as your exhaust. We decided to mount ours on an existing bracket located at the back of the customer's vehicle. We simply drilled out a couple of holes using a 5/16 drill bit, slid the ends through, and then used the nut, star washer, flat washer, rubber washer, and nut to secure it to the bracket.Now we can air up our bags and check for leaks. You'll want to spray all of your fittings and ensure that there's no bubbles present. You can see here we've just got the small bubbles. What you're looking for is the presence of bubbles that continue to occur. That would indicate a leak. Since we're good here, we're going to move on to the rest of our fittings and verify there's no leaks there. With no leaks, we're all set. That completes our installation of Air Lift's LoadLift 5000 air helper springs for the rear axle on your 2006 Winnebago Chalet motor home.


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