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Old 09-10-2017, 01:50 PM   #1
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F53, right side lean

should I correct it with my adjustable sway bar links on the front?
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Old 09-10-2017, 02:04 PM   #2
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should I correct it with my adjustable sway bar links on the front?
Not unless you are making only left turns . your sway bar links should be equal length . 4 corner weigh, move some weight from rf to left rear if you can . Also check for broken welds on braces ? Is it body or suspension lean?
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I've read other posts about Ford owners having to get shims installed to correct the lean to the right. Do a search and you should find the posts.

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Old 09-10-2017, 02:46 PM   #4
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Had ours shimmed 4" on right side last year at Winnebago factory. Kitchen full wall passenger side weighed 1,400 lbs more on right rear on our 2016 Vista 27N.
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Old 09-10-2017, 10:58 PM   #5
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Not unless you are making only left turns . your sway bar links should be equal length . 4 corner weigh, move some weight from rf to left rear if you can . Also check for broken welds on braces ? Is it body or suspension lean?
Suspension lean Nothings on the right side to move. Onan 5500 is on the rt rear. Nothing's broken. 2000 F53 32'. If you move weight with the sway bar, what difference would it make on the direction of turning, lost me on that one.
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A sway bar is a double acting torsion bar. To do that, it must be in a neutral position, when the suspension is at rest.

If you torsion the sway bar to level the chassis, it will not fight sway to the opposite side, until it relaxes and starts to twist the other way.

It would sway back to the neutral point of the springs ( leaning ) before twisting the other way ( leaning more ).
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Assuming the chassis is straight, and the sway bar parts are unaltered, and if weight is swaying the MH into a lean, then the sway bar is already fighting to keep it level and helping to correct the lean correction.

If you were to take a link off when the motorhome was leaning, then it would be preloaded in that direction.

4 inches of shims to correct a lean? yowsa...that's more than half of the total suspension travel...I would be looking at heavier leaf or a supplemental air bag instead of pre-load...
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Old 09-15-2017, 12:02 PM   #8
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Take it to a suspension shop that handles trucks and have them inspect it. If you aren't running on shocks that need to be replaced and it has never leaned before then something is wrong.

Adjusting it the way you want could lead to disaster. I had a bad knuckle on a car and it took very few miles to eat the tire down to nothing. When you throw the camber/toe off on a vehicle like you would messing with the sway bar its going to take it out on your tires if it doesn't buck you off first on the first squirrelly bump.
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The sway bar is in a neutral position with the lean, When the adjustable links were installed, it was leaning on level concrete. Bilstein shocks 40,000 miles, the rv is new to me, I've been all under it, it appears to have nothing damaged. It drives fine, I've put 10,000 miles on it since Dec. 2016. I had the alignment checked before I put new tires on but the right front is wearing on the both edges at 95 lbs, the left has slight edge wear, the rears show no wear. 2000, Southwind v32 v10. 245X70x19.5 G rated Hankook AH11's. I have had the front in the air and checked for slack, found none in the king pins or the steering. It has a safe steer and a steering stabilizer. The front has new monroe rv gas shocks.
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If you have confirmed it isn't due to stuff in storage and you are confident your shocks are as functional as they were new and haven't suffered a failure. And you are sure your leaf springs are good. Then you could try airbags on the rear. Sounds like something is up given the tire wear.
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should I correct it with my adjustable sway bar links on the front?
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The sway bar is in a neutral position with the lean, When the adjustable links were installed, it was leaning on level concrete. Bilstein shocks 40,000 miles, the rv is new to me, I've been all under it, it appears to have nothing damaged. It drives fine, I've put 10,000 miles on it since Dec. 2016. I had the alignment checked before I put new tires on but the right front is wearing on the both edges at 95 lbs, the left has slight edge wear, the rears show no wear. 2000, Southwind v32 v10. 245X70x19.5 G rated Hankook AH11's. I have had the front in the air and checked for slack, found none in the king pins or the steering. It has a safe steer and a steering stabilizer. The front has new monroe rv gas shocks.
In summary—IMO—I think your problem is 2 fold:
1) Under pressured tires
2) Over all MH weight is not distributed properly

1)
Since this is isolated mostly to “the right front tire and is wearing on the both edges at 95 lbs,” and you’ve checked out everything else and is fine, I suspect it’s an under pressured tire. This is how it would wear with not enough air. Have you done a 4 corner weigh? If not, do that and pressurize your tires according to manufacturer tables using the HIGHEST axle weight tire as your bench mark. In other words, on a 4 corner weigh, and your RF axle weight is 3,200 lbs. and your LF axle weight is 2,400lbs. You will air up both of your front tires according to the the FR weight which is 3,200 lbs. then add an additional 5 lbs to that for a fudge factor and possible weight creep down the road. 95 lbs probably isn’t enough and it took 10K miles to develop this type of wear pattern.

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it was leaning on level concrete….
That tells me that you also need to redistribute weight. As others have said here and in many other posts on this forum, it is quite common to have a MH that normally is heavier on one side. Our MH leaned to the right at first too, sitting still, on level concrete. Then I went and did our first 4 corner weigh. It was 1,300lbs heavier on the passenger side. As we prepared for FTing, and loaded everything up in the next few weeks, I was very careful to put a lot of our heavier items in the bays on the DS of the MH to even things out. I’m now within 150lbs of being even on both sides and the lean is gone.

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If you have confirmed it isn't due to stuff in storage and you are confident your shocks are as functional as they were new and haven't suffered a failure. And you are sure your leaf springs are good. Then you could try airbags on the rear. Sounds like something is up given the tire wear.
I don’t think anything in the rear suspension is causing this problem on the right front tire.

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should I correct it with my adjustable sway bar links on the front?
These threads may help you.

1999 F53 leaning to the Right- Fixed

Allegro Open Road 36LA Listing to passenger side

Since this seems to be a recurring problem with the Ford chassis, I think that your right rear spring is the problem. Mine is perfectly level now that I had the "fix".
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