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Old 07-30-2015, 07:24 PM   #15
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If you can get a big bag inbetween the axle and spring, it will help unload the spring and give you a smoother ride. It will help a lot, but won't be perfect.
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What is the cost of 19.5 in alum wheels for ford chassis ?
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Old 07-30-2015, 08:50 PM   #17
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I used wheels for an F450-550 10 lug 225mm lug pattern. You can find used ones. Don't forget the caps.
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:34 PM   #18
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I put front air bags on last year to level the coach side to side. It didn't work. It did take away most of the lean when going around curves and even when turning but no real change in ride smoothness. It never was a bad ride to start with though.
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Old 07-31-2015, 12:34 AM   #19
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I use my bags to level my coach. Why didn't it work?
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Old 07-31-2015, 01:48 AM   #20
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I read about a possible solution on another thread recently, called the Kelderman System which actually comes with different leaf springs and air bags for the front of your chassis.

Anyone actually install a Kelderman System?

Below is a link to a page from the Kelderman site which should interest you.

https://kelderman.com/taxonomy/term/50
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I fixed the lean to the right. A spring repair shop installed another leaf on the right rear. I also discovered that the previous owner had the tires overinflated so I'm going to fix that. I do want the better ride so I'll see how these fixes help then move on from there.
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Ford had the wheels for the F-53 made in Mexico. The specs called for 3 thousands of a inch out of round. Many were way out of round. Changing the rims to aluminum was the best fix. Yes changing those to a aluminum wheels really helped the ride.
There is a recent thread about ride and suspension problems on new F-53's. it all started with the king pins being declared bad. Take a look at this thread: Loose King Pins?

You all with F-53 chassis might get some insight and help.

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Old 07-31-2015, 01:31 PM   #23
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Oilman51,
I bet your shocks are shot. Check them first. I've got the very same coach '06 four winds Hurricane 30Q. My ride was not as bad as you describe. I bought brand new. I was not pleased with the ride. I added air springs front and rear, controlled from the driver seat, added the aluminum wheels, and new shocks. This made a tremendous difference.
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I have bags on all four corners. Also added an air compressor and individual controls that allow me to adjust each bag from the driver's seat (Winter project that gave me something to do). Since I can dump air and change air pressures on the fly I do notice some improvement concerning road imperfections but not a "Hey Martha" difference. The big benefit to the bags is leveling the coach for the loading.

What improved the ride the most was doing the CHF front and rear and replacing the original shocks with Koni's. I think if I had to do it over rather than bags I would try SumoSprings and better frame bumpers.


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Very nice Sweetbrair. Similar to my setup.
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We bought the coach 2 months ago and retired 1 month ago with the idea of seeing the country. The coach has 35000 on it and was in real good shape. There's been a learning curve and we've fixed some things (that goes with buying used). We've enjoyed making it our own. We live in ohio and just got back from New Hampshire, our first big trip. Replacing the shocks may be the next thing. Being able to pick up and go is very romantic. Also avoiding the airport lol. I read the posts here and that's been helpful. We look forward to our next adventure and discovery.
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I recently bought a 2006 Four Winds Hurricane. It is 30ft long with no slide outs. It has leaf springs. I'd like to improve the ride. When traveling on the highway and hitting a pothole or rough road on the freeway the coach shutters and cabinet doors open. What has been the experience with installing air springs on the ride? I know there have been other posts but was interested in recent experiences. Is the ride vastly improved or is it hype? Thanks
I use the sumo's fit it and forget it....vasty improved ride


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I have bags on all four corners. Also added an air compressor and individual controls that allow me to adjust each bag from the driver's seat (Winter project that gave me something to do). Since I can dump air and change air pressures on the fly I do notice some improvement concerning road imperfections but not a "Hey Martha" difference. The big benefit to the bags is leveling the coach for the loading.

What improved the ride the most was doing the CHF front and rear and replacing the original shocks with Koni's. I think if I had to do it over rather than bags I would try SumoSprings and better frame bumpers.


I used to use air bags... now sumo's well worth the money
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