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Old 04-30-2013, 01:19 PM   #1485
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Good post TeJay. That's all been discussed before, but it's great to have a refresher course. Thx.



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Old 04-30-2013, 02:57 PM   #1486
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Talking Picking it up TODAY!

So excited! The Ford dealer just called and the CHF is done. He said that just driving it around the building after the fix, the mechanic could notice an improvement!
Had the dealer do it for two reasons: 1) Wanted to ensure that the warranty stayed good, and 2) I have the mechanical equivalent of the gardener's "black thumb." (Probably the most important of the two....) http://www.irv2.com/forums/images/smilies/redface.gif
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:45 PM   #1487
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How many of you have felt the need to add a rear trac bar after completion of the cheap handling fix?
I did all 3 at the same time (track bar, steering dampener and CHF).
All I know is that I have a better MH than I started with.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:49 PM   #1488
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I just did the 1250 mile FL to MI trip up I-75 yesterday (750 miles) and today (500 miles). Man I hate it when they overlay the asphalt with 1.5" or 2" of fresh black and don't do the paved shoulders. You drop the tires into the rumble strips and then fight to bring them back up on the main road after getting blown over by a passing truck. That is when you really start rocking and rolling. Hope the CHF will work for me. Still have white knuckles.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:01 PM   #1490
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Got the front done, took 7 minutes after getting my tools ready. Rear took another 50 minutes as I had to jack up the rear to equalize the axle and then beat the snot out of one frozen bolt. Finally got both sides loose and realized I will need adjustable links as the bar hits the pumpkin even before I get bolts in the other holes. Got them on order now. While I wait for the links to appear, guess I will get out the grease gun, after looking up the link as to all of the grease point locations.
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I just did the 1250 mile FL to MI trip up I-75 yesterday (750 miles) and today (500 miles). Man I hate it when they overlay the asphalt with 1.5" or 2" of fresh black and don't do the paved shoulders. You drop the tires into the rumble strips and then fight to bring them back up on the main road after getting blown over by a passing truck. That is when you really start rocking and rolling. Hope the CHF will work for me. Still have white knuckles.
My gut feeling is the problem you describe re the drop off is due more to the lack of a front track bar rather than sway bar issues. Do you have a track bar?
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Last week we were on I-40 west of Kingman, AZ. They were in the process of resurfacing the road. Problem was they had only done one lane about 1-1/2 to 2". Each time I would pass someone going from one lane and back to the other was a lot of fun. Wasn't real bad just needed to keep a firm hold on the wheel. I think without the fix the transition would have been much harder.

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That always scares me in any vehicle.



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I did the CHF and am liking it very much. I live in a very windy area and it was getting impossible to tell if I was actually being pushed or just rocking. This seems to fix my problem. No more rocking, when 41mph gust moves me I know exactly what's going on
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You've got a 2012 Vista 30T. We are heading to Iowa to order one. I will check to see what the chassis has installed. I thought that it had some kind of steering dampener but maybe I'm wrong. I didn't know if it had a trac bar and I guess it does not. I'll perform the CHF after we drive the 500 miles home. The coach won't be built for 8 weeks so I guess that's in July.
Dunner, If memory serves me right, which means I'm probably wrong, I think you built a trac bar for your unit. Now I did read all 107 pages of the CHF so I did read it somewhere. I'd like to build one also. do you have any dimensions or suggestions as to what to do to build one???? I've got access to a machine shop, welders etc. I just have to make sure that I use the correct steel. Any info would be appreciated. Heck if I can save $300 - $400 building my own I'll do it.
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I used some 1/2" chromoly tubing, but mild steel might work just as good. The commercial ones are 3/4" I already had the rod ends and the 3/8" plate steel that went on the diff and frame. Omey's site has a lot of examples to look at, but they are for a WH chassis. Mine went from the far side of the diff to the opposite side of the frame. Just get under there with a pad, pencil and tape measure.



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Thanks, That sounds like a plan. I guess shock ends would be good because they have to pivot as things move up and down. I'll give that some thought. Since we just ordered the coach there's no big hurry. Making the plans on improvements is half of the fun. The other half will be driving the finished product


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You've got a 2012 Vista 30T. We are heading to Iowa to order one. I will check to see what the chassis has installed. I thought that it had some kind of steering dampener but maybe I'm wrong. I didn't know if it had a trac bar and I guess it does not. I'll perform the CHF after we drive the 500 miles home. The coach won't be built for 8 weeks so I guess that's in July.
Dunner, If memory serves me right, which means I'm probably wrong, I think you built a trac bar for your unit. Now I did read all 107 pages of the CHF so I did read it somewhere. I'd like to build one also. do you have any dimensions or suggestions as to what to do to build one???? I've got access to a machine shop, welders etc. I just have to make sure that I use the correct steel. Any info would be appreciated. Heck if I can save $300 - $400 building my own I'll do it.
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I think you will find that the newer F53s have front and rear sway bars but only a front trac bar.
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