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Old 09-04-2007, 09:42 AM   #1
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I have another suspension question. I have a 32' Winnebago on a 2002 Ford F53 chassis. This is our first motorhome. I get the feeling that the motorhome is under-sprung. As it goes down the road it feels like it's trying to "flop" from one side to the other. I have installed new Bilstein shocks, that seemed to help, but it just seems too soft. The motorhome evens leans when you step in to it. I have thought about air bags, but they seem like they won't last. Do they? Has anybody had a leaf or two added? It looks easy to remove the springs and have a leaf added. Any advice would be great. Thanks, Bob
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:42 AM   #2
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I have another suspension question. I have a 32' Winnebago on a 2002 Ford F53 chassis. This is our first motorhome. I get the feeling that the motorhome is under-sprung. As it goes down the road it feels like it's trying to "flop" from one side to the other. I have installed new Bilstein shocks, that seemed to help, but it just seems too soft. The motorhome evens leans when you step in to it. I have thought about air bags, but they seem like they won't last. Do they? Has anybody had a leaf or two added? It looks easy to remove the springs and have a leaf added. Any advice would be great. Thanks, Bob
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Old 09-04-2007, 05:06 PM   #3
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I put AirLift springs front and rear and it made a big difference. If you don't abuse them they last a long time and replacement bags aren't very expensive.
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Old 09-04-2007, 05:07 PM   #4
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Yes I have added both this LINK will explain what you can do.
The cost was about the same but I installed the air-bags system the springs were put on by a good spring company.
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Old 09-05-2007, 03:48 AM   #5
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Thanks John and 007. Sounds like John is happy with air bags. Did yours do what mine is doing?

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You have used both, bags and extra leaf. Do you have a feel for what one you like the most.

I tow a 28' car trailer with this motorhome. It rides better with the trailer. The equalizer bars help to control the ride.
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Old 09-05-2007, 05:22 AM   #6
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I liked the bags more control as load may change but the added leaf springs gave more controled ride as bags did and would be cheaper unless you installed the bag system yourself.
Either one I think you will be happy with.
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Old 09-05-2007, 09:27 AM   #7
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Thank's 007. I'll be doing either job myself. The springs look easy to remove. Did you do just one leaf? I guess I could remove them and take them to a spring shop, or just buy a leaf from a spring shop and add it myself. There is about 3/4" thread left on the U-bolt.
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The company measured coach all around and figured from there what size and thickness springs were needed. They added four springs at each wheel location. The "U" will have to be rebent or a larger size will have to be used.
Another thing they will do is make sure your thrust angle is not changed and also realine your front end. There is alot involved and heavy work.
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