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Old 11-29-2014, 03:32 PM   #1
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Smile Motorhome leans somewhat

Hi; I have a 2002 winnabago and it seems to lean alot when taking a curve even at a slow speed.I was riding in a friends RV and I noted that the suspension seemed stronger than mine with alot less lean.Has anyone had this problem with laening.I'd appreciate some knowledge.Thanks Don
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Old 11-29-2014, 06:22 PM   #2
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Do you have air suspension or springs?
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Smile motorhome leans

Hi; Thank you for your reply.I don't know the type of suspension.
as soon as the snow recedes i'll look under it. thanks Don
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If you have a Ford F53 chassis you should do the Cheap Handling Fix. A lot of reading, but you'll get the idea after a few pages.
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Smile motorhome leans somewhat

Hi; Thanks for replying.This is a 2002 winnabago Itaska suncruiser with a chevy engine.The chassie is a workhorse and it has leaf springs with what looks like a big spacer with maybe a cushioned rubber on top.
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With a Workhorse chassis to get more responses try posting in the Workhorse Chevrolet Chassis owners forum.

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That sounds like the Workhorse W20 or W22 chassis with leaf springs and a GMC 8.1L V8.

The first thing to do is get the tire pressure right, maybe a bit on the high side if you want firmer handling. What diameter are the tires - 19.5" or22.5"

Shocks don't prevent leaning, so those aren't relevant to that problem. A heftier anti-sway are in both front and rear would also help, but the W22 already has pretty decent ones. Maybe you have a W20 and its near its max load? If so, maybe add-on air bags would help a bit.
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You have air bags inside the front coil springs. If you haven't checked them for inflation pressures, then they're probably flat. If that's the case, inflate them to proper pressure. (Sorry, I don't remember recommended pressure. You can Google it). If they hold pressure, buy a lottery ticket! You're a winner. If they don't hold pressure, either replace airbags or better option would be to replace coil springs with stronger coils that don't need airbags. One less item to worry about constant monitoring. A spring shop that deals with medium & heavy duty trucks will be able to do it for you.

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If your internal coil spring air bags are bad and you decide to go with replacement springs Henderson's Super Steer has what you need. You can order from them and have someone local install them or drive to Oregon to have them installed.

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Does it "lean" i.e. is permanently off axis vertically or does it "roll'ore than you're used to?

Bottom line - it's a box truck and it rides like one. Roll stiffness is marginal on most Class A rigs compared to cars. If it leans when parked, that's a weight distribution issue. Many of the manufacturers of the cheaper rigs didn't seem to care about static weight distribution.

It's either something you get used to or something you spend all your travel budget trying to fix and then can't afford to go anywhere. If it really bothers you a couple of years from now, look into fixes.

We wondered if we could live with the box truck ride. We looked into the cost of the various fixes and calculated it would burn up at least two years' worth of gas money and CG fees and still didn't offer any guarantees. We decided to live with it.
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