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Old 08-05-2014, 07:15 AM   #1
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My new 2014 Outlaw dances a little too much....

Just bought my brand new 2014 Thor Outlaw 37 MD. I've taken on two trips, and am kind of surprised how difficult it is to keep between the lanes at times. I understand it's a " tall box" but surely there is some sort of sway assistance out there. Please advise. Thanks!
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:28 AM   #2
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Have you done the Cheap Handling Fix?
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:11 AM   #3
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No sir. Please enlighten me.
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:17 PM   #4
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Use the search function at the top of the page and search Cheap Handling Fix and/or CHF. You'll find multiple threads and many thousands of posts explaining. Basically, it's an easy DIY that relocates the front and rear sway bar connection points. People who have performed the CHF almost universally report a reduction in body roll and overall better handling on their F53 chassis coaches. Takes about 30 minutes to perform in your driveway with common hand tools. Others have had their local Ford dealer do it for them.

BTW, welcome to the forum and congrats on your Outlaw.
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:43 PM   #5
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Then trac bars, front n rear, and a SafeT plus steering stabilizer....
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:59 PM   #6
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Yes, I suggest the CHF as well, it made an unbelievable improvement after the 1000 mile "white knuckle" trip from Texas to Georgia when I picked mine up! Your may already have a factory front track bar if the chassis is larger than 16k lbs. Ford has been installing them as a standard for the past few years.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:00 PM   #7
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My suggestion is that many people "over-control" large rigs instead of relaxing the grip a bit and letting the rig have its head just a little. Same thing happens when learning to fly. Usual thing is to grab the "stick" with both hands clenched tight with the result that the plane is all over the sky. Relax, lean back and use just the left thumb and finger to control and things get a lot smoother.
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The 2014 Outlaw came with the 24,000lb GVWR Ford F53. The 2014.5 -> present Outlaw is on the upgraded 26,000lb GVWR version. The upgrade was made in the suspension and axle options. The 26k chassis should have less "wag" in the back, but the front end is similar. Confirming which GVWR is seen on the ID plate/label where the VIN is recorded.

With the Outlaw being over 13' at the back, some feel the need to make handling upgrades (i.e. Cheap Handling Fix). It's your decision if you want to do them all or just one at a time. See the threads here:
https://www.google.com/search?q=chea...=10&gws_rd=ssl

The CHF has been reported to make a major difference on the older 22k chassis equipped Outlaws for obvious reasons...and just so it is out there, the 22k's were the best riding Outlaws, with a more compliant rear spring rate - having a softer ride over bumpy and uneven roads.

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Another easy thing to do is check your tire pressures. If the tires are pumped up to the max, it can cause wandering. Find the chart for your particular tires, weigh each axle (each wheel is even better if possible) and adjust tire pressure via the chart recommendations.
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Another easy thing to do is check your tire pressures. If the tires are pumped up to the max, it can cause wandering. Find the chart for your particular tires, weigh each axle (each wheel is even better if possible) and adjust tire pressure via the chart recommendations.
My first thoughts. I played with pressures on my coach. The higher I got above recommended for the axle weight the worse the lane hunting got. At about 15 PSI above recommended pressure it was a handful.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:05 PM   #11
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It's a 13-ton box truck and it will ride like one. If you do 3000 miles a year or less, wouldn't it make more sense to put up with the poor ride quality and spend the $7000 or so for suspension tweaks and other highly publicized systems that have little effect and spend the money on gas and CG fees instead?

We did that and don't regret a minute. You can't make a Rolls-Royce out of an F-53 no matter how much you spend.
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:32 PM   #12
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Every coach should have an alignment fully loaded as if going down the road. Amazes me that dealers don't tell people this. It says so on a sticker in the coach. Before throwing money at "fixes" go get an alignment.
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:22 AM   #13
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I've gotten used to driving coach. It is not easy to corral sometimes, but much better than before. My first worry about power of the V-10 has also been a pleasant surprise. My 37-MD seems to have adequate power
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Can you tell us if you did anything to change the handling? Or are you just getting used to driving it?
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