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Old 12-13-2010, 12:29 PM   #15
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Don't blame Ford... Replace the out of round tires with some Michelin or Good-years RV tires and put new shocks on.
What Rick said.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:41 PM   #16
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I'm not blaming Ford... not intentionally anyway.
The new tires are in the rear. The Fronts are about two years old or so and those seem to be the problem. They are "Roadmaster" brand. If I can find a tire truing shop I'll do that first. The tires will age before I wear them out so shelling out almost $200 more per tire to go with G/Y or Mich seems to be a waste to me. I'm sure the quality is better, but if I can get the ride to smooth out truing the ones I have, I'll be happy.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:54 PM   #17
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Your throwing good money after a bad product. One of those front tires decides to blow and throws you over in a ditch, who you going to blame?
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:55 PM   #18
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I'm not blaming Ford... not intentionally anyway.
The new tires are in the rear. The Fronts are about two years old or so and those seem to be the problem. They are "Roadmaster" brand. If I can find a tire truing shop I'll do that first. The tires will age before I wear them out so shelling out almost $200 more per tire to go with G/Y or Mich seems to be a waste to me. I'm sure the quality is better, but if I can get the ride to smooth out truing the ones I have, I'll be happy.
I don't think they trim tires anymore, I have had 3 out of 4 class A MH's with Ford frames. For a truck frame made for gas engine with no air ride I feel the F53 gives a very good ride. I would buy the front tires and enjoy your MH.
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I to had a rough ride on my 2007, 36 foot Southwind. So far no one has said to try this on the thread.
Have the MH weighed, front axle then back axel. MH should be loaded as for you typical trips.
I have Michelin tires and accessed there web site at www.michelinrvtires.com and looked up the tire pressure required for the load. I had the tires pumped up to 92# and my ride was real rough. I now carry 70# in front, 80# in the rear. It's like a new or different MH. Rides much better & steers much better. Look up the tire manufacure's web site for what you have and see if you need to adjust the pressure.
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If you have out-of-round tires, this will definitely contribute to vibration and steering wheel movement at specific speeds (like 55+).

Tire balancing on larger wheels is tricky, especially 19" and larger wheels. One option is to have it spin-balanced on the coach. This takes out any imbalances on the wheel, hub, etc. including the tire. There are a few shops out there that still do this, and it works.

I have also heard of owners who have had their tires 'trued' (meaning shaved) and it worked for them.

Regarding shocks, I recommend Koni's. I have a customer (yes, I'm a shop owner) who replaced his Bilsteins and called me to tell me that the improvement was significant. He has a F53 chassis.
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I to had a rough ride on my 2007, 36 foot Southwind. So far no one has said to try this on the thread.
Have the MH weighed, front axle then back axel. MH should be loaded as for you typical trips.
I have Michelin tires and accessed there web site at www.michelinrvtires.com and looked up the tire pressure required for the load. I had the tires pumped up to 92# and my ride was real rough. I now carry 70# in front, 80# in the rear. It's like a new or different MH. Rides much better & steers much better. Look up the tire manufacure's web site for what you have and see if you need to adjust the pressure.
Good luck.
My 36 Bounder takes the exact same pressures.I've had numerous debates with some who don't know any better. I totally agree that is the secret to a good ride
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my motorhome is on the 2000 chassis. have installed 6 new goodyears plus 4 bilstein shocks running 85psi. ride is very comfortable. only thing I would like to change is --they used balancing beads & I would have preferred spin balancing. but like I said, am pleased with ride & handling.
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There was a ford service bulletin for this problem in that year !
Have the for dealer look up TSB
Some wheels were made with the centre hole out of round with outer rim and they devised a special set up- to use the wheel studs to centre the wheel
At one time they were replacing wheels under warrenty
Sounds like this could be your problem
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Bit of an update. I called a tire dealer here locally, that's been in the tire biz for over 30 years, and discribed my problem. He suggested that the tires are seperating. He said they used to true tires but tire quality has improved so much over the years that it is not necessary any longer. He called around and said that he could adjust (replace under warranty) the tire(s) for me.
I'll ask hime to check the rim for the center being out of round (although I don't think this is the problem because this has recently developed).
I'll be bringing the coach to him today.
Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Bit of an update. I called a tire dealer here locally, that's been in the tire biz for over 30 years, and discribed my problem. He suggested that the tires are seperating. He said they used to true tires but tire quality has improved so much over the years that it is not necessary any longer. He called around and said that he could adjust (replace under warranty) the tire(s) for me.
I'll ask hime to check the rim for the center being out of round (although I don't think this is the problem because this has recently developed).
I'll be bringing the coach to him today.
Thanks for all the suggestions.
Sounds great, hope you get your problem resolved, and do let us know the final outcome, OK
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Regardless of what happens with the tires you should replace the shocks if they are the originals. No OEM Ford shock was ever meant to last 11+ years. We changed out ours in 2003 with about 22,000 miles on the coach. 3 of the 4 had no resistance whatsoever. The 4th one was still leaking fluid.

A year or so Motorhome Magazine did a test with several different brand shocks on the Ford F53 chassis. Of all the shocks they tried they liked Bilsteins the best. They have been installed from the factory since about 2004.
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I had the same rough ride on my 99 F53 and also tow an enclosed trailer with the OHV's inside. Plenty of tongue weight. Didn't know it was so bad until we took a trip without the trailer. I put Bilstiens on and it actually got a bit rougher, the shocks were just too stiff. After about 3 months I replaced the Bilstiens with Koni FSD's and made a significant improvement. For me the Koni's were well worth the extra money. But as a previous post stated they will not correct an out of round tire.
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Tire issue resolved. Both fronts were out of round and the dealer warranteed them! I only paid for mounting and balancing the new tires. Two brand new tires up front and the ride improved quite a bit. It is obvious, though, the shocks are worn. That's next.
The fat Hula dancer on my dash can now rest!
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