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Old 09-26-2021, 01:50 PM   #1
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Question Desirable mods for a F53 Class A

Looks like we'll be getting our 1st RV, a new-to-us '07 Coachman Mirada on an '06 F53 chassis.


As we live in a place with and will be driving in a lot of mountainous terrain, handling is an important consideration.


Wondering what are the desirable mods? New shocks, thicker (or additional) sway bar? The rig has a steering stabiliser (or at least I think so given there's a horizontally-mounted shock up front). One thing I do not think I want are hard (polyurethane and the like) sway bar links and frame bushings as they wear are start to rattle (or at least they did for me).


Fresh water tank is under the mattress (so no under bed storage) so the CG is a little higher than the average front-motor Class A if there's any water?



Rig has a Banks set up (headers, air cleaner, not sure what else is inbetween).


Don't think we'll be towing a toad (don't have one). Rig is small (30' or really 31 1/2') and fairly light (a little under 14,000 lbs empty).

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Old 09-26-2021, 03:08 PM   #2
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Your coach has the two piece spark plugs. They tend to break when changing. The older they are, the more buildup. The more likely to seize up and break. Read up on them. Soak and replace with a one piece.
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Old 09-26-2021, 03:14 PM   #3
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First short threads on the 1st gen Triton (been avoiding a '05 and earlier chassis though the Workhorse chassis has its own set of issues), and then breaking plugs on the revision (any class A on a '08 chassis or whatever year FoMoCo finally fixed this costs more than what we want to pay). Rig only has 35k miles on it and i am hoping headers will reduce carbon build up, so hoping not to replace in the time I expect to own the RV.
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Old 09-26-2021, 03:33 PM   #4
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You should not have any problems with your setup. We went out west in 2007, 2008, and 2009. We were in a 1998 f53. It was 35 ft long and were were towing a Honda Civic. We went through the Rockies several times and over lookout pass with no problems. Just remember to keep the rpms about 4200 to 4500 rpms. The water has to go through the radiator to keep it cool.
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