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Old 10-09-2016, 11:20 AM   #1
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Rear sway bar and steering stabilizer?

Any opinions on installing a rear sway bar and steering stabilizer on my sunseeker 3050s? Is it true they will make steering and driving incredibly better? If so what manufacturer would you suggest Roadmaster vs Hellwig etc? Any advice would be appreciated!
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Old 10-09-2016, 07:00 PM   #2
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Like Nike says: "Just Do It."

You don't give a chassis make or year so I'll assume Ford E-450. Do you have sway bars now? If so measure them and compare the size to what is listed for your chassis on Leaf Springs, Helper Springs and Suspension Parts | SD Truck Springs. I think you will find they have about the best prices. Get the biggest ones you can find. IMO don't bother spending the money for Roadmaster. They are no larger unless something has changed.

Installing larger bars will make a dramatic difference. How are the shocks and the rest of the front end parts? Also, do an axle weigh and make sure you are running air pressure according to the tire manufacture air inflation charts. When you get done with the install have an alignment done by a shop that understands motorhomes. Assuming a E-450 ask them to get as close to +5 camber as they can.

I replaced mine on a 2007 E-450 under a Sunseeker 2860. You can DIY with basic hand tools in a day. That included a long lunch break and a couple of beer breaks.
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Old 10-10-2016, 01:55 PM   #3
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Wink Don't be in a hurry to spend a lot of $$$$

Before you spend any money follow most of RRR's advice above. Get it weighed, check your tire pressure and shocks and if needed get a proper alignment. There is good chance your rig needs nothing more, remember that no decent Class C should need a dime of improvement right off of the factory floor.

You can spend thousands on equipment that may or may not make much difference but a properly built Class C should need none of it if it is properly loaded, running the right tires/psi with good alignment and shocks.

As always.... Opinions and YMMV

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Old 10-10-2016, 02:39 PM   #4
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I replaced the rear sway bar on my 99 E450 after 1 round trip from NY to FL.

Before I did it, passing tractor trailers pushed me all over. It was so bad the DW wouldn't drive it.

After replacing it, with one I found on Amazon, the change was remarkable.

We went from watching the mirrors for approching trucks to enjoying and sharing the driving.

I had plans of doing some the other things, until it handled well, but with the improvement of the rear sway bar and poly bushings, all around, I stopped. It now handles like a van.

As a note, I've spent my career operating and repairing light, heavy and off road equipment.

I mention this for the people who will say "You just got used to driving it " That's not the case.
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Like Nike says: "Just Do It."

You don't give a chassis make or year so I'll assume Ford E-450. Do you have sway bars now? If so measure them and compare the size to what is listed for your chassis on Leaf Springs, Helper Springs and Suspension Parts | SD Truck Springs. I think you will find they have about the best prices. Get the biggest ones you can find. IMO don't bother spending the money for Roadmaster. They are no larger unless something has changed.

Installing larger bars will make a dramatic difference. How are the shocks and the rest of the front end parts? Also, do an axle weigh and make sure you are running air pressure according to the tire manufacture air inflation charts. When you get done with the install have an alignment done by a shop that understands motorhomes. Assuming a E-450 ask them to get as close to +5 camber as they can.

I replaced mine on a 2007 E-450 under a Sunseeker 2860. You can DIY with basic hand tools in a day. That included a long lunch break and a couple of beer breaks.
Don't you mean +5 degrees caster? +5 degrees camber will just wear the outside of the tire shoulder faster with no other benefit that I can think of...
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Thanks for the correction.
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Don't you mean +5 degrees caster? +5 degrees camber will just wear the outside of the tire shoulder faster with no other benefit that I can think of...
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