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Old 04-10-2019, 09:08 AM   #1
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Southwind 35K Sway Bar Bolts

Had my Southwind 35K at the REV sevice center a couple of weeks ago. I asked them to check the rear sway bar bolts. All 4 bolts were loose. 2300 miles on rig.
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Had my Southwind 35K at the REV sevice center a couple of weeks ago. I asked them to check the rear sway bar bolts. All 4 bolts were loose. 2300 miles on rig.
Yep common problem on the F53 chassis. It's been discussed at length in this thread:

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f23/atten...ad-305445.html
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Old 04-10-2019, 03:08 PM   #3
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Very common problem.. Anyone who owns an 2006 and up F53 will most likely experience the same issue. If it isn't caught, the bolts either loosen up and fall out and/or break the torsion bar mount.

Used blue locktite and torqued them to 65 ft lbs..

Keep an eye on them.
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I have mine checked with every oil change.

On my previous Holiday Rambler (REV Group version same as Flair) they were loose at the dealer. They spend 5 or 6 hours looking for something loose in the storage areas! On turning it sounded exactly like something loose rolling around underneath. Finally checked the rear sway bar and most nuts/bolts could be tightened by hand.
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Very common problem.. Anyone who owns an 2006 and up F53 will most likely experience the same issue. If it isn't caught, the bolts either loosen up and fall out and/or break the torsion bar mount.

Used blue locktite and torqued them to 65 ft lbs..

Keep an eye on them.
Uh I would look farther back than 2006. My previous '99 F53 had the same issue.
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Uh I would look farther back than 2006. My previous '99 F53 had the same issue.
Possible.. Ford changed the mounts and brackets in 2006. The old mount was very robust. The new mount is a strap..
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Possible.. Ford changed the mounts and brackets in 2006. The old mount was very robust. The new mount is a strap..
On some '99 chassis's the old mount was also a strap that was even thinner than the ones on my '14. At least on my 18k chassis it was. Bought it new so I know nobody changed it.
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On my 2016 Storm one of the bolts had gone missing and as a result the bracket was broken off on that side. I replaced it and used blue lock tight on it and later found it loose again. This time I replaced both brackets with the Roadmaster bushing kit which uses a wider bracket and urethane bushings. I used new high strength bolts and red lock tight. I presume they are on there for good this time!
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It is hard to believe that Ford will not fix this problem. Too bad another company does not build a gas chassis or they could

ruin Ford.

Mine have failed on the last 2 motorhomes I have owned on the Ford Chassis.

Once I did an emergency fix on a trip (with a lot of trouble) and got bolts from a John Deere dealership. When I took it to Ford they suggested I leave the bolts from John Deere in place as they are better that the Ford bolts that they would replace them with.

What a shame that Ford will not fix this problem. It seems like better bolts and brackets would be a lot cheaper than all the repairs and dissatisfied customers.
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