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Old 04-24-2012, 10:39 AM   #1
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F 53 Steering wanders

I am a newbie RV owner. We have only one trip under our belts and we're hooked! I bought a 1998 FourWinds Hurricane 30Q. It has the Ford F53 chassis. The steering wheel wasn't straight when the wheels point forward so I asked the dealer to get an alignment before I made the purchase.
The wheel is straight but it tends to wander while driving requiring two hands and constant attention. Has anybody else experience this issue? What's the fix?
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Does it feel like the tail end of the M/H is wandering back & forth & you have to correct with the steering wheel to stay in your lane ?.

If that is what it feels like, go to the Ford Chassis forum & read the "Cheap Handling Fix", you'll be amazed at the change it will make in that F53s handling.
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Does it feel like the tail end of the M/H is wandering back & forth & you have to correct with the steering wheel to stay in your lane ?.

If that is what it feels like, go to the Ford Chassis forum & read the "Cheap Handling Fix", you'll be amazed at the change it will make in that F53s handling.
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We moved the sway bars back to the closest hole and added a Brazels RV rear trac-bar. The difference was amazing to say the least.
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I have to constantly correct the steering to stay in my lane. I'll check out the cheap handling fix post. Thanks!
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:46 PM   #5
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Make sure your tire pressures are correct for your weight and check those rear and front sway bar bushings. If yours are original they are undoubtedly shot.
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If your sway bar bushings are shot, check out this web site: energysuspension.com or they can be obtained at NAPA, Advance Auto Parts, Auto Zone, ect. I will install them when ours wear out. They are a better quality than what the factory puts in.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:25 AM   #7
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My 99 Winnebago 37G wandered too. I had it aligned and the toe was off, not enough to wear the tires badly. That made a huge difference once corrected. The caster was off too, but the truck shop that did the work could not correct that. Just in the past several weeks I replaced the worn out rear sway bar bushing. I purchased the new ones from ebay for $45.00 and $5.00 shipping. That made it even better. I could not locate the new bushings at the stores mentioned above, so I went with ebay. I plan to replace the front sway bar bushings too, once the ebay seller has them in stock.
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swaying

My 2008 32h itasca swayed when I purchased it. Mechanic suggested a Safe-T bar on front. It stopped the swaying and kept the motorhome straigt when a front tire exploded.
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It doesn't drive like a car, so you'll have to get used to it.
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I am a newbie RV owner. We have only one trip under our belts and we're hooked! I bought a 1998 FourWinds Hurricane 30Q. It has the Ford F53 chassis. The steering wheel wasn't straight when the wheels point forward so I asked the dealer to get an alignment before I made the purchase.
The wheel is straight but it tends to wander while driving requiring two hands and constant attention. Has anybody else experience this issue? What's the fix?
If it's a '97 F-53 chassis with the 460 V-8, the steering wheel is centered by removing the coupler on the steering gear box and re-centering it.
You may not have actually received an alignment.

The first place to start for steering wander is the alignment and tire pressure.
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I had wandering problem on 96 Coachman. Would juist wear you out in less than 300 miles. Took to Ford dealer and happened to get a tech who did a lot of work on the school busses and was aware of a steering box recall. Replaced and was day and night for the better. He also said the ford handled better with front axle loaded close to max
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I think I found the issue.... The rear stabilizer bar bushing are totally gone! I am buying new bushing all around.
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I recently sold my 1996 Holiday Rambler Endeavor LE on the F53 chassis. Mine had a Davis Tru-Trac bar installed as well as a steering stabilizer. It drove like an absolute dream.
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Hi Rayzorhka,

If you have the earlier chassis with the 460 V-8, you'll find the front bar bushings locally, but the rear bar bushings are almost unavailable if you want the better polyurethane ones. Seems the only place folks can find them is from this one guy on eBay.

Ford F53 Class A rear POLY sway bar bushings 1990-1997 | eBay

He also sells the rear poly bushings for the V10 models too - if that is what you have.
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