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Old 09-05-2006, 07:39 AM   #1
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Adding a Roadmaster front and rear sway bar, having a concern about clearance between the sway bar and front spring when in "up" position. Has anyone used Roadmaster on W-24 chassis, We have a 06 Itasca, 38J.
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Adding a Roadmaster front and rear sway bar, having a concern about clearance between the sway bar and front spring when in "up" position. Has anyone used Roadmaster on W-24 chassis, We have a 06 Itasca, 38J.
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Old 09-05-2006, 08:10 AM   #3
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Welcome Wisc,JC to irv2
Most of us have used Davis Tru Track and Henderson track bars because of there design for the Workhorse chassis. Will also post this down in the Workhorse forum below to see if anyone can help you with your question.
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:51 AM   #4
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Welcome Wisc, JC to this great fourm..
I'm sorry I can't answer your question, but I hope you can answer mine..
Would like to know how you like your
"06 Itasca 38J? DW and I have been looking at the 38J and the 38T for sometime now..
Does the MH track pretty good going down the highway?? Hope to here more about your experinces and adventures. Happy travels
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We love our 38J Itasca, mid entry is great and in awe everytime we go in. the only draw back so fas if the noisy "basement" heat...Anyone have any answers...Thanks. JC
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Is it just me or does it seem a little ridiculous that after paying $100K or more for a new motorhome that one has to spend another $500 to $1000, or more, to make their rig road worthy?

Why doesn't Workhorse, or Ford, for that matter include these types of items on their chassis' if the first place?
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Old 09-16-2006, 06:45 AM   #7
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wa0mqe - The reason is that most motorhomes do not need any additional equipment for proper handling. I have driven many of our friends motorhomes that handle just fine in stock condition. I happen to own one of those problem childs that required two track bars and new shocks to provide acceptable handling. The problem is not the chassis manufacturer but the coach builder. I am convinced that most coach builders do little or no testing of the coach to verify that the handling is OK before they release it to the production line.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Wisc, JC:
We love our 38J Itasca, mid entry is great and in awe everytime we go in. the only draw back so fas if the noisy "basement" heat...Anyone have any answers...Thanks. JC </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I am having the same "noisy basement heat" problem that you are. HERE is my posting about the noisy heat shields that I posted. Is this what you are having a problem with?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by wa0mqe:
Is it just me or does it seem a little ridiculous that after paying $100K or more for a new motorhome that one has to spend another $500 to $1000, or more, to make their rig road worthy?

Why doesn't Workhorse, or Ford, for that matter include these types of items on their chassis' if the first place? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm with you on this one. I believe that most of these people are rookies driving this big units and think that putting these aftermarket gizmos on their units "help".

Dont worry..you dont have to buy these things....
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by wa0mqe:
Why doesn't Workhorse, or Ford, for that matter include these types of items on their chassis' if the first place? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Workhorse for one does make the rear track bar standard equipment on the W25.5 and the SSC Option package however you are paying for the luxury of having the track bar by paying a premium for it. WCC installs the track bar. WGO sells you the motorhome. The dealer makes his line of profit. By the time you're done you could have bought 2 track bars.

The reason "why not" is all due to economics. Now on the other hand you chose to install Ultrapower and the CAI. One might ask the same question why shouldn't these be installed and standard equipment. Well the laundry list would be quite lengthy if you're trying to include these components into an OEM build.

The best and lest expensive way to enjoy the benefit of a track bar "IF needed" is to buy and install it yourself. Not everyone will need a track bar.

Not everyone needs to spend 500 to 1000 dollars to make their motorhome roadworthy. Most folks have no chassis or engine mods and are very happy in the ownership of their motorhomes as it was delivered.
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Gee, now that I have been informed that the gizmos I added to my MH are just a waste of money, I wonder if I can get my money back. And I was thinking they helped...
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bill Davis:
...And I was thinking they helped... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Bill, That's a bit of a stretch. I didn't see where anyone suggested that after an owner has addressed a concern or interest and has proactively resolved an issue or upgraded their equipment to their satisfaction that that they wasted their money.

IF you are satisfied with the mods you made then you have impressed the only person that matters.
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FrontRangeRVer - I think I must respectfully disagree with you on this one. I have driven semis for many years as a living and I think I know at least one or two things about driving big rigs. I have also driven at least 30 motorhomes that belong to friends of ours, both gassers and DPs. I will fully agree that most motorhomes do not need any after market parts to provide satisfactory handling. But there are a few problem child units that do need help, so of them lots of help. My particular motorhome is a case in point. When I first got it the passing of any large rig or vehicle would pull you completely out of your lane by at least a foot, no matter what you did. It was a real hand full, a safety hazard and should have never left the factory with handling that poor. Two track bars and some new shocks later, it now handles properly at all times. Each motorhome home has to be judged independently on its handling properties. Some do need help (that number may be small overall) to provide proper handling. Making a general statement that you don't have to worry about buying any of these after market parts may be poor advice. It depends on the individual motorhome. I would hate to see that individual follow your advice and then get into some sort of accident because of poor handling qualities of that motorhome. Just one old drivers opinion.
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I wanted to add a bit more to the content of this thread. Of the front engine gas units that I have driven, the W-24 is one of the best handling motorhomes with the least amount of directional control problems that I have driven to date.
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