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Old 06-22-2016, 06:50 AM   #15
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Crashworthy Odyssey w/ air shocks

I agree on how good of a TV the Odyssey is. And crash worthy as I shall explain. In 2008 I was the victim of a 50MPH head on collision with my 2000 Odyssey. Someone on the phone turned directly in front of me. The airbag went off and it was totaled but I had not even a scratch! I then got a used 04 nicely loaded with leather and the rare wood trim for $16,000. 50 HP more than the 00. With either Odyssey there was too much rear 'squat' even with my Coleman Santa Fe pop up so I added a load leveler hitch with the long heavy metal bars and ball assembly. I now use an air bag system under the rear shocks and it seems to work quite well but you have to be mindful of air loss. We were looking at the comparatively heavier Scamp 16-6 but now favor the new
Parkliner. Anyone else have any input on load leveling for the
Odyssey?
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:41 AM   #16
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Tow a Scamp 16

Our Scamp weighs 2600 lbs, 2400 on the axle and 200 on the hitch. We've noticed no problems with 'squat'. Next time I load up I'll check the ball motion.

We do have our Scamp's ball about an 1.5 inches further forward than standard.
We are carrying a Honda Generator in the back of the Odyssey .

We'll be leaving hear next Mpnday and I'll report the results.
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Old 06-22-2016, 10:14 AM   #17
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Dave,
To rely on an air bag system you will have to get the leak rate down to just a few PSI over night. Usually fittings are the culprit. Check all joints with soap suds all the way around. It is a good idea to have a compressed air source on board so you can refill as needed. The system in my tug took a few weeks to locate all sources of air loss, as I was not looking carefully enough at first and missed seeing bubbles on the back side of some fittings.
Once the leaks are taken care of you should get many years of trouble free service from the bags.
Simple systems require less maintenance than complex ones, but are less convenient to use.
Simple = 2 bags, 2 short hoses with shraeder valves for filling. You find air somewhere.
If you link the 2 bags together and have one shraeder valve, air will travel to the inside bag during cornering letting the outside wheel squat.
Complex= Onboard electric air compressor feeding a small air tank. Airline from tank to dash mounted air valves and air gauges for left and right bags. Accessory air chuck Tee'd off of tank for tire filling.
Pressure switch keeps tank topped off. Manual override switch to kill system. This system is what I did in our tug, and is convenient to use, but more piping to leak check.
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Old 07-01-2016, 06:01 PM   #18
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Effect of load on ball height.
When I connect the Scamp to the ball of the Odyssey the ball drops one inch.

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Old 07-01-2016, 07:06 PM   #19
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Effect of load on ball height.
When I connect the Scamp to the ball of the Odyssey the ball drops one inch.
I always knew that Norm had something on the ball...
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I should mention, my ball goes further into its receiver than most.

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