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Old 09-09-2016, 04:23 PM   #1
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Do I need both

New at at RVing and thinking of Buying the Blue Ox Truecenter for the front end of our new Fleetwood Bounder. Do I also need the rear track bars and sway bars that BlueOx has available. Not quite sure If need both the rear bars.

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Old 09-09-2016, 05:12 PM   #2
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If you think you want the True Center then buy it. See how the motorhome drives then see if you need the rear bars.

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Old 09-09-2016, 05:44 PM   #3
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Guess the missing piece of info is what problem are you trying to fix? My experience with 4 coaches is that once you get it weighed, tire pressure adjusted properly, and an alignment while fully loaded none of those add-ons are required.

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Old 09-09-2016, 10:28 PM   #4
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My $.02 worth is like j.smith, the sway bars set in the stiff positions are good enough. Get your weight & set tire pressure, then , in my opinion, a good alignment, with 3* of caster and 1/32 or less total toe. Drive it and if it feels like the rear end swings around, add a rear track bar later. Heavy winds will always push a big square box around a bit, but lite to moderate wind and trucks won't be noticed.(
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Thank you for the advise. I understand about doing the alignment (although our RV is new,does it still need it) weight in and tire pressure which I will do. But when you give reference to setting the sway bars, are you referencing the sway bars already install for the manufacture?. And do you recommend the front TrueCenter install.
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Old 09-10-2016, 07:29 AM   #6
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Thank you for the advise. I understand about doing the alignment (although our RV is new,does it still need it) weight in and tire pressure which I will do. But when you give reference to setting the sway bars, are you referencing the sway bars already install for the manufacture?. And do you recommend the front TrueCenter install.
When you say New, I will assume 2016 or 2017 Bounder

Steering stabilizer is very personal decision, but you will find many that recommend it if nothing more than an added safety factor in a front tire blow out (which hopefully you never experience) I have the roadmaster on my bounder and think it improved road tracking but other wise it was purchased more as a safety extra for my bounder.

As far as the sway bars, I installed front and rear roadmaster on my coach, I think if you are considering this then read the thread: Cheap Handling Fix
I would do the CHF on stock sway bars then drive t and see if you then need a rear Trac bar or want SUMO's added. As the previous posters stated--- Alignment, Weight balance, Tire pressure, then CHF (front and rear), then see if you want a trac bar or SUMO add on. JMHO

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Old 09-10-2016, 07:38 AM   #7
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We are glad we did both.

We are new to RVing also with a new-to-us 2004 Winnebago Brave 32V. My husband flew to Maryland (after an inspection and initial service) to drive it back to NJ where we live. He immediately put on rear sway bars and the TruCenter. Only afterwards did he tell me that he knew that I would have freaked trying to drive it before they were installed as being passed by trucks was not a pleasant experience. Before it was swaying and scary. Now it drives like a car and we barely notice when passed by semis. Maybe we are just wimps but I'm glad we installed them.
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After updating the alignment and tire pressure for actual loading, my personal choice would be to add the track bar and then wait & see. Track bars take most of the wander out of leaf spring suspensions

I'm not anti-TruCenter, but it's $1000 plus installation and [in my opinion] seldom really needed.

You can throw a ton of money at what is basically a truck spring suspension and it ain't ever gonna ride & handle like a Caddy. Or even a Honda. Don't fix things until you are sure they are broken.

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