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Old 03-06-2013, 07:30 PM   #1
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Sway bars for Thor Challenger 37GT

We are very new to RVs; the first and only RV we have ridden in is ours which we bought about 3 weeks ago. So far we have about 600 miles on it. We don't know what to expect from the ride or stability.

I have searched the forum for information on sway bars and found quite a bit.

We have noticed being pushed by 18-wheelers when they blow by as well as being very active on the steering wheel and body roll. Our coach doesn't have factory sway bars; when I asked about the benefit of adding sway bars a factory rep replied "we do not offer sway bars the chassis say we do not need them but I do know what your are talking about when a big rig goes by you get this gust of wind the after market sway bars will help when the big rigs go by." (it is a 22,000 lb Ford chassis)

I am considering rear sway bars and a Davis Tru Trac type front stabiizer. I know I won't get car type handling but will I get significantly improved handling with the add-ons?

Thanks for any advice you can give this newbie.

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Old 03-06-2013, 07:49 PM   #2
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I recommend this sway bar. On my workhorse chassis it made a big difference in body roll and 18 wheeler push. Hellwig is a lot cheaper than what you will find around here. These guys offer free shipping and no sales tax too.

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Old 03-07-2013, 03:37 AM   #3
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i believe all the ford chassis have sway bars. you should read the thread on changing your sway bars links , called the same . do a search on "cheap handling fix"
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:51 PM   #4
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Whoever told you your 22k Ford chassis did not have sway bars knows very little about the subject. Yours does, front and rear and they are plenty large enough if the correct link mounting hole is used for the CG of the motorhome. As billyb suggested, go over to the Ford Chassis section and search for 'cheap handling fix' for your very low cost fixit. Its really just an adjustment that most of the coach manufactures, including Thor, don't bother with when adding the coach to the chassis.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:28 PM   #5
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I have a Thor Hurricane on a Ford chassis, and it came with factory installed swaybars. I had the same problem you have.

I mitigated this largely by doing the cheap handling fix, installing a steer safe and a rear tracbar. When driving now, most of the times I don't even feel the trucks passing me.

Some trucks seem to have aerodynamics that are different from most. These trucks still try to push me over, but not nearly as bad as it was without the modifications.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:32 PM   #6
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I added a Blue Ox rear trac and TruCenter to my F53 and it made a world of difference.

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