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Old 08-14-2016, 10:22 PM   #15
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New shocks will make no difference in ride height but the ride height must be correct also.
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I had a similar issue with leaning on crowning roads and when turning on my 04 DP. My issue was due to the rubber grommets on the anti-sway bar had dry rotten and fallen off. I had been underneath the rig not that long before so I knew they were pretty dry looking. When I started experiencing the lean I figured that is what had happened. Also, unlike yours, I also had a hammering noise when going over bumps. I replaced the grommets and the issue was resolved.
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Old 08-15-2016, 08:53 AM   #17
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You need to go to a freightliner shop.

They will figure it out for you in a flash. I can attest that at that age, all sorts of suspension parts are worn out and ready to be replaced.
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Just got my 2005 Fleetwood Revolution back from a different Freightliner shop. These guys weren't afraid to call FCCC HQ for details on how to fix it. Seems that the independent shop that replaced the rotted-off air ride link didn't know how to properly set the air ride (but, gee, they did ask me if it seemed to be riding low, and I hadn't paid attention before the link failure to be able to answer them). It took $400 of labor but no parts to properly set the air ride and it handles beautifully now.

Too bad these guys are in a different state and can't do my annual state inspection.
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Great news, that makes sense. Congrats on the smooth ride and thank you for letting us all know. These are the best and most helpful threads with closure.
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Scary leaning around the corners

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Just got my 2005 Fleetwood Revolution back from a different Freightliner shop. These guys weren't afraid to call FCCC HQ for details on how to fix it. Seems that the independent shop that replaced the rotted-off air ride link didn't know how to properly set the air ride (but, gee, they did ask me if it seemed to be riding low, and I hadn't paid attention before the link failure to be able to answer them). It took $400 of labor but no parts to properly set the air ride and it handles beautifully now.

Too bad these guys are in a different state and can't do my annual state inspection.

Makes sense , I wonder how many guys actually check their ride height. That's one of those things including myself you put off.
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Air bags on a F53...?

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I have a 1996 Itasca Sunrise 31rq on a Ford F53 chassis. I had a 1200 mile white knuckled drive across the mid-west last April. The wires and 18 wheelers just tossed me around so badly my neck hurt when I got home. The roll and sway was so bad the left rear dragged pulling out of a gas station with a sloped drive.

My fix, new Bilstein shocks, new rear sway bar bushings and a set of Firestone ride-rite air bags front and rear. I drove it 3000 miles last week. Half of it on the same route through the mid-west. It was unbelievable how well it handled. It tracked straight and I could hold a solid line with little effort. I barely felt cross winds in the open flat lands. The only annoying thing I had was a bobbling feeling behind some of the tractor trailers. I think most of the improvement came from the ride-rites.

Good luck sorting out your handling problem.

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John,

How do you install Firestone ride-rite air bags front and rear on a gas F53 chassis?
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How do you install Firestone ride-rite air bags front and rear on a gas F53 chassis?
Hello marjoa. I've been meaning to post the complete Ride-rite install and why so rather than hijack this thread I'll start a new thread tonight and explain everything.

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Start with the free stuff. Adjust tire pressure. 5 PSI higher may solve some of it.
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