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Old 12-08-2018, 10:11 PM   #1
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Updating suspension on 2008

Got a new gas 35' pace arrow (well 2008 but new to me) and first drive home I realized it's not very fun to drive. I'm see-sawing at the wheel and when trucks pass then hold on!

So after a lot of reading/youtube I came up with these things to do for my F53 chassis.

1) cheap handling fix (moving sway bar bracket)
2) install roadmaster steering stabilizer
3) install front/rear sumo springs

Those things are being done now and I will pick it up monday...hoping I see some improvement.

The next things are
4)verifying tire pressure for my weight (has brand new tires)
5)have alignment checked and add more castor (or is it caster)

What do you guys think of this?
While its in the shop they are changing oil, fuel filter, doing inspections on other known items. They are checking trans fluid too (visually and the smell) and brakes. So far so good.

The coach had a lot of sway and at 60mph what seemed to be a lot of play in the wheel....of course I'm comparing to a car but I've owned an RV before and also used to drive a big truck in my 20s. I know what is and isn't correct and this coach would be exhausting to drive 500 miles so I acted quickly on the work.

I've read koni shocks are good and then lastly some beefy sway bars. At that point I wouldn't spend any more money but I'm hoping the 3 items I did at the top of my list do a big enough improvement. Other than that, we really love the coach and can't wait to get out on our 1st trip.

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Old 12-09-2018, 06:56 AM   #2
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My recommendations:

1) CHF first - lengthen the front links a couple inches. On the rear, verify the bolts on the that hold the torsion bar on the axle are tight. I recommend removing the bolts, then re-install them with blue locktight and torque to 65 ft lbs.

2) If older than about 10 years, replace the shock absorbers.. I install standard Monroes.

3) Verify front end alignment, set the toe-in to MAX allowed in the spec.. (a little more won't hurt) If they change toe, they will probably need to re-center the steering wheel. Do this at the top of the steering gear box.

4) verify proper tire pressure. high pres will give firmer ride with more stability. lower pressure will give softer ride with less stability.

After you've done these do a road test an evaluation. then decide if you need to spend more money.

As for maintenance: the skys the limit.. I like to bring all my maintenance up to current, especially if I have no service history:

transmission filter and flush
grease job
brake fluid flush - possible new hoses.
Power steering flush, verify no kink in hose.

Heres my list for my F53 - Its a 1999, yours will be a little different, but this will give you some ideas.



1999 Fleetwood Southwind 35S (Ford F53 6.8L V10 275hp 4R100 4 spd trans) - Toad 2003 Saturn Vue.

It won't do MACH 2, but I can get a sandwich and take a pee.
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:24 PM   #3
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This one looks very effective but I do not have any first hand knowledge of it. Motor Home Mag did a review awhile back. Very expensive..around 8 to 10K installed (depends on chassis).

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