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Old 04-22-2013, 06:42 AM   #1457
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So, as I think about this some more, I'm guessing I need to find a jack point up on the chasis rail (not under axle) that will raise coach and let the wheel/axle "hang" enough to clear bolt?
I'll get under there again and take a look - I do think it's going to be tough with just a floor jack though. (Actually I get a little freaked trying to lift this beast!)
You can put the high bolt in without a jack. Then slide the jack under the low side of the bar. Mine only had to come up less than a half inch.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:26 AM   #1458
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You can put the high bolt in without a jack. Then slide the jack under the low side of the bar. Mine only had to come up less than a half inch.
No doubt over all the years of the F53 and the various chassis sizes, each fix will vary a bit on the exact procedure used.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:53 AM   #1459
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This last weekend was the first chance I had to drive my RV since I did the CHF. It is not the magic bullet but it sure makes a big difference. Now when the wind isn't blowing hard, I can drive with one hand. When a truck is passing I use both hands. Before the CHF I had to have both hands and both feet on the steering wheel.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:56 AM   #1460
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There's your problem : feet on the wheel! ;-)
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:25 PM   #1461
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I can now recover from the occasional visit to the drunk bumps.... one handedly.



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Old 04-23-2013, 05:34 PM   #1462
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You are right XProfPete. But it sure was fun watching people's face when they passed by.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:57 AM   #1463
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Da Fix

Completed the fix- finally. Drove 35 Miles and a big improvement. This camper is longer, heavier and taller than the last one. We are leaving for the mountains in North Georgia today, a 550 mile ride. With the addition of the Tiger Trac, Steer Safe and the CHF the trip will be less taxing.
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CHF Done!

Took coach to Ford dealer for initial chassis service. Charged me $142.50 to do the CHF, front & rear. Being lazy by nature, that was OK by me. Also, bought me a little comfort, warranty-wise, since I have documentation that the Ford dealer did it (they have done them before).

Noticibly less "rock & roll" on the drive home. I'm a happy camper and looking forward to the first big trip starting Monday.
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Makes me feel good to read this, as I took my unit in for a recall, asked the service mgr about the fix. He said they'd do it, expected it to cost between 1 & 2 hundred. No warranty problems, & I don't have to worry that I'll attempt it with my usual finesse. (The usual is that I have none!)
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Finally got around to doing the front using stock links last week-end and immediately took the rig out on the freeway for a run. During the trip I was grinning so much my dear DW thought I had fried a few brain cells. There appeared to be less lean and more stability while going around bends and turning corners. Passing trucks were nothing more than a minor nuisance when driving with one hand on the wheel.
The CHF along with the rear track bar I installed last year appear to be a winning combination.
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During the trip I was grinning so much my dear DW thought I had fried a few brain cells.
That's funny. I can just picture it in my mind.



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everything worked as described, it was a pleasure to travel much less stress
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That's funny. I can just picture it in my mind.
It wouldn't be the first time I've had her wondering about my sanity.
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