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Old 03-01-2016, 12:57 PM   #1
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Need help on "Handling" upgrades - sway, suspension, steering

I recently had my RV road tested and they had a few recommendations. It has only 65,000 miles, which seems like not much to me. It handles fairly well, but as a new RV owner I'm not sure how well it should handle in windy conditions and passing trucks.

Has anyone had experience with the following upgrades:
FSD Koni shocks (front and rear)
Motion control air valves on front & rear
Front sway bar to slightly bigger bar (from a 1-1/2 to 1-3/4)
Safe-T-Plus Steering Control
Bell Crank Assembly

I would like to prioritize these, and wonder which ones are the most important and will give me the best bang for my buck or should I say "the least amount of sway for my buck".

Any assistance would be very welcome!

2000 National Tradewinds 7370 37ft, CAT 3126B 330HP, Allison 3060-6sp Freightliner XC chassis, Ready Brute elite, 2013 Honda CRV
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Old 03-01-2016, 02:16 PM   #2
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I had somewhat the same situation so I researched what seemed to be the best for the price fix as my steering wanted to follow the ruts in the road instead of going where it we steered.

I installed a Safe-T-Plus and it was like black and white.

I wish that I would have done it right from the start but the best way is to learn is by experience.

I can not refer to the other suggestions you mentioned as I can only speak from experienced knowledge.

Best luck on your unit and do not put on a lot of STUFF that costs you money and does not change the steering dynamic.


Lyle 'n' Sherry 'n' Muffin ( Shih Tzu x) drive a 1999 National RV Tradewind 7370 with a 2005 Kia Sedona on an Automatic car dolly
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Old 03-01-2016, 02:20 PM   #3
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I added front and rear Roadmaster sway bars, and the Roadmaster steering stabilizer. I think if doing it again, I would start with the reflex steering stabilizer and then add the sway bars, however, recently I have heard from some that adding Sumo Springs that the sway bars may not be needed. Sumo springs are about a third what the sway bars cost me. I have also heard good things about Koni shocks.

There are many posts on here with other ideas.

Good Luck and safe travels.
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