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Old 05-05-2008, 06:28 PM   #1
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ok I need someplace to find the distance from the frame to ground that a fleetwod 1995 f53 southwind. I just bought it and due to the fact the jacks will bearly clear on a flat surface I think I have spring sagging. I called Ford no help say about 21 inches fleetwood says to call ford. someone know where to find a way to tell hodw high it should be????????
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ok I need someplace to find the distance from the frame to ground that a fleetwod 1995 f53 southwind. I just bought it and due to the fact the jacks will bearly clear on a flat surface I think I have spring sagging. I called Ford no help say about 21 inches fleetwood says to call ford. someone know where to find a way to tell hodw high it should be????????
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Hi Wilson61
Although there may be a spec. somewhere I am not sure where you could find it.
Any ford spec would be of the stripped chassis. The rv builder loads the chassis with different floor plans and models thus varying the actual height even between the units it produces. I would measure at the frame to the ground at the front and rear and would expect the frame to be roughly parallel to the ground. Make sure to take in to account any frame drop or offset. Also look for excess reverse arching in the spring. It is quite likely the springs are sagged. Inadequate spring for the load is common even on the newer models in attempt to acquire a softer ride. Re-arched springs,added leaf or airbags may be your solution.
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thanks for the reply what I really need to know is how high it is suppose to be. right now on a flat parking spot the jacks only have about 1 1/2 inches when they kick down so I cannot even put a 2 inch block under on wet ground to park it.
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:46 AM   #5
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hi Wilson,

that does not sound right at all. i would bet your leaf-springs are bad. is it the rear jacks or all of them that are close? can you get some photos of the clearance + leaf spring section + inside of each wheel? is it more on one side(slide-out side) than the other? many times the leaf spring damage occurs from people leaving the moho sit with the slider out and no jack support - this'll trash the leaf springs on the slider side.

like AUTO said, airbags could help you out a bit but your situation sounds pretty drastic. i would probably look into leaf springs if that truly is your problem rather than band-aiding with airbags.

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