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Old 01-13-2020, 12:05 PM   #1
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Cheap Handling Fix

Has anybody done (CHF), or Cheap Handling Fix to your Rig?
Its suppose to help handling and stabilize your rig when driving.

Again, I'm new to Rving and would appreciate any help.

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Old 01-13-2020, 01:45 PM   #2
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If you have some time to kill read this:

Cheap Handling Fix

Lots of folks on irv2 have done the CHF with great success. I personally did the CHF to the front of my 2018 Vista and it made a big improvement in the handling. I used plates from Tejay (look in the CHF thread above) and highly recommend them. The reason I only did the CHF to the front is that I had a roadmaster antisway bar added in the rear. The rear antisway bar is installed in addition to the stock sway bar and gets better results than the rear CHF IMHO.

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Old 01-13-2020, 02:00 PM   #3
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Yes I did CHF, front first, then later the rear. Both made incremental improvement in handling. I did without any adapters or modifications. No problems of any kind with the additional stiffness and different geometry. 4 year, 35,000 mile experience interval.

Your main decision is to decide if you want the basic CHF or you want to enhance the basic with adapter plates or changing the length of the rods. The change in geometry in particular with front CHF reduces the amount of increased sway control obtained.
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I did it on my Itasca with the F53 chassis. No problems and not nearly as much swaying on sharp turns, it stays a lot more flat with less swaying. I did the front only, took about an hour.
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Old 01-14-2020, 12:56 PM   #5
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Thank you all. This is something that I'll do this spring.
Again, I appreciate all your feedback
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Old 01-15-2020, 07:16 AM   #6
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Thank you all. This is something that I'll do this spring.
Again, I appreciate all your feedback
Some other things that many of the F53 based MH owners get done. Both of these made a significant in how our MH drove:

1) Front end alignment. This can have a surprisingly dramatic affect on how the MH drives. It can solve a lot of problems besides just the classic pulling to one side issue. Our MH never felt like it was holding a solid track until we had this done.

2) A safe-t-plus steering control or similar competitors product. This provided an improvement in the way the MH drove (not as much as the alignment!) but is a nice safety feature in case of a blowout.
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I did front/rear CHF on 30’ Thor & 31’ Newmar—dramatic improvement in Thor & virtually no improvement in Newmar. Newmar is still ponderous so additional rear anti sway is in its future. Oh well.
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Old 01-16-2020, 11:55 AM   #8
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That is a really great idea. I will look into this.
Thanks again for your help
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The CHF is a common modification made to the Ford F-53 chassis. It does help reduce the amount of side-to-side sway your RV has. You can do it for no cost, except some of your time.

It is probably better to replace your Sway Bar Links when you do this modification, as that maintains the same suspension geometry, and only costs about $100 for longer/adjustable sway bar links.

Finally, be careful how you put the bolt back through the Sway Bar Link through the Sway Bar. You would think the bolt can go through from either direction, but you would be wrong. There is a "shoulder" on the bolt that must extend from the edge of the sway bar into the sway bar link. If you install it incorrectly, there are bolt threads right at the intersection of the sway bar link and the sway bar. These threads are a weak point and can lead the bolt to fail. Your probably wondering how I know about the bolt failing if installed incorrectly... sounded like a rifle shot when the bolt failed, as I was driving down the street about a year after the installation.

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