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Old 09-29-2020, 11:46 AM   #15
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Has the body roll always been there or has it developed over time? If the latter, look at worn shocks.
Hard to tell.
I bought it used with 20k miles.
Just not hitting 24k

Been there since I've owners, it... Less than a year.
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Old 09-29-2020, 09:21 PM   #16
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I have a 2017 BSS. Based on 25,000 miles of travel, my list would be:
1. Set toe in at a truck alignment shop.
2. Set tire pressure at the Ford recommended psi
3. Balance all 6 wheel assemblies.
4. Center the front wheels on the hubs
5. Travel with a full water tank
6. Park it when the wind is over 30 mph.
7. If you haven't driven big vehicles before, give yourself some seat time to get familiar with how it handles.
I have no desire to change anything more.
OTOH, it's your MH, your money. Blast away.
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Old 09-30-2020, 06:10 AM   #17
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Re travelling with full water tank: I find this a very interesting point. I will have to try that, but I would suggest that one has to be aware of their total weight. So, I'm thinking I will be filling my tank at home and then drive over to the CAT scale and get an updated rating on my total weight. The last time I weighed my motorhome was shortly after purchasing it and loading it up with gear that stays in it. Since then, I've removed one couch, and the chair and small side cabinet I added weigh less than the couch. But, like most folks, some stuff has been added and some removed.

From the two posts, the result is added stability on the road. Has anyone observed improved ride quality by traveling with a full water tank. I ask this because I've read somewhere else that with some class C units, ride quality seems to be improved as you get close to maxing out the weight due to compression of the leaf springs, if I'm remembering what I read correctly. Could that be the case with the F52 chassis?
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The water tank is mounted as low on the frame as possible. Filling it should not cause any stability issues. We are crossing the Mackinac bridge later today for the umpteenth time. The tank will be full to help counter the wind.
I agree that added weight will help the suspension flex as well. As an added bonus, I have arrived at rural parks that had no electricity (power failure). No electricity means no pump for well water! Nice to have my own.
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Well, I just came back from a trip and decided to try traveling with more water in the fresh water tank. I filled it to at least over 3/4's full and our trip back was about 88 miles. Winds weren't an issue and the roads are pretty good. There weren't a lot of trucks on the road but a few passed. My first impression that this tactic may be a valid one. Placebo effect? Who knows? But, I am going to get my axle weights again and then try some more trips with 3/4 to full water tank and see how it goes.
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Well, I just came back from a trip and decided to try traveling with more water in the fresh water tank. I filled it to at least over 3/4's full and our trip back was about 88 miles. Winds weren't an issue and the roads are pretty good. There weren't a lot of trucks on the road but a few passed. My first impression that this tactic may be a valid one. Placebo effect? Who knows? But, I am going to get my axle weights again and then try some more trips with 3/4 to full water tank and see how it goes.
Water weighs just over 8 pounds per gallon. My BSS has a 75 gallon tank so full to the top it adds about 600 pounds. Since the tank has an open overflow, a few right turns and it's probably closer to 500 pounds but it's located low on the chassis.
Adding weight below the center of mass will add stability by lowering the COM. Granted, 500 lbs in an 18,000 lb vehicle isn't much of a change.
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