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Old 01-20-2015, 09:37 AM   #1
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I have a 2004 Fleetwood Bounder 36 ft gas motorhome. When driving the ride is so bad that even the dash moves and starting to come apart. Would having air shocks or Firestone air bags on the front and back help what would be best to install or what is the best way to go
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Starting with simpler items:
Are you sure the tires are balanced or there is not a bad/out of round tire?

Ford or Workhorse chassis?
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:04 AM   #3
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Starting with simpler items:
Are you sure the tires are balanced or there is not a bad/out of round tire?

Ford or Workhorse chassis?
it is a workhorse before 1 do anything will take it in and have the tires all balance do you think I should get a alinement done
THANK YOU about the tires never thought of that
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I agree w/okgc. Have the tires/alignment/suspension checked first. No sense making costly additions to your coach if there's something amiss with what's rolling you down the road.

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Koni shocks made a big difference on my 1999 Bounder 39Z, but I agree with the others and would check tire balances, air pressure, etc first.
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How much air pressure are you running in the tires? It can make a HUGE difference in the ride.
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I have a 2005 Pace Arrow 37c Workhorse chassis with 45k miles.I had to resupport my dash because hitting bumps was cracking the crap out of it.I believe we are running 90 psi in the front tires.Will be anxious to hear your ideas... Tires are not out of balance as it rides down the highway GREAT.... but cuts in the road can feel like 2 in speedbumps
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You might want to get all 4 corners of your motorhome weighed at a truck stop, then adjust your tire pressure based on the corner weights. If you are not running heavy, your tire pressure may be a bit too high. No way of knowing without getting weighed. Also, as I said before, the Koni shocks made a nice difference with my last motorhome.
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From what I have read, bilstein shocks tend to be a bit softer over smaller bumps. My new bounder came stock with them and it is the best ride in a gas coach I have ever experienced. Don't want to open a debate, just what I've personally experienced and read.
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If your dash looks like it is moving it may be the passenger sidewall has broken loose (screws) from the frame on front. You can see the broken screws under the hood looking directly left.
Bob wrote a nice article on recognizing it and a good fix. I'll try and post his website.

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Well I am pretty sure then ours has broke loose as there is no doubt that Passenger side wall is moving independently and not attached to the dash, You can see the marks in fact on the wall from the movement.So any info on where to look for the attachment point would be great as when we get it out of Storage in March it will be first in my fix list.

just seen your link was attached TY I will definitely be giving this a good look over
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The Bilstien shocks back then where hard as rocks, they are softer now. I switched to Koni it helps. If I had left mine I am sure the dash would be falling apart now.
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My Plan is to add Koni FSD shocks in the front of the coach this spring and add some air bags to the rear to help level out the coach when its loaded
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Paul look in the hood to the left there is a vertical metal post with hex head self taping screws. If they aren't there you can see where they have broken off. I used bigger screws for added strength and tapped in between them all the way down. It's not that easy to get in there and give enough force to tap in there but there is no other way.

If you can't get it done Fleetwood sent a repair to all authorized repair centers several years ago so you should be able to find someone to fix it.

I hope this helps.

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