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Old 12-06-2016, 07:42 PM   #1
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Ill handling F53

I have a Winnebago 2003 30B. picked it up for good price with 15K miles. First trip out towing a 16' enclosed trailer with light winds. White knuckle experience for sure. Wife starting to get upset stomach from so much rocking and rolling. Going up a long grade I was passed by 18 wheeler. Next thing I know, I was pushed by the blast of air from passing 18 wheeler right off the freeway down a off ramp. Now I know why this motorhome only had low miles on it. Camping trip great, except the drive.
Did a little research before camping again. Next trip no trailer, did CHF with new poly bushings. Much better handling still 2 hands on the wheel. still not happy with handling, built a rear HD panhard (track)bar for rear of motorhome. Next trip with trailer in tow and medium winds headed for same grade. Here comes a 18 wheeler fast and hard, gripped steering wheel with both hands and prepared for the E ticked ride. WOW, did not get blown around at all. 1 handed drive the rest of the way to camping spot. The only thing I noticed was on turning the seemed to be a slight lag before motorhome started to turn. Installed front track bar and will see if this corrects that issue.
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:11 PM   #2
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Have a Holiday Rambler 2006 30PDD and added Sumo Springs which really helped the ride and handling. Have a Super Steer rear track bar I need to install soon. If your mh has the Ford V10 the next thing to add is the 5Star tune. It makes a world of difference to the shifting and adds hp and tq too.
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:47 PM   #3
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I did all the changes you did on our r33 fleetwood flair. The last thing done was the front track bar. That finished it for me. I now can drive one handed and love it. I travel from New York to Florida .
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Old 12-07-2016, 07:49 PM   #4
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If its a 2003, you may also want to replace the shocks.

On my 2001, the shocks were original and were worn out. They had no resistance at all when I pushed/pulled them by hand. After replacing the shocks, I noticed a big difference in handling.

Install new shocks on 2001 F53 chassis | 2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB

1999 Fleetwood Southwind 35S (Ford F53 6.8L V10 275hp 4R100 4 spd trans) - Toad 2003 Saturn Vue.

It won't do MACH 2, but I can get a sandwich and take a pee.
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Old 12-08-2016, 11:35 AM   #5
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Yes, rear track bar, CHF, front track bar, if you do not have one, and some sort of spring help, be it Sumo, Tembren, or air bags. as the Ford springs are very soft and tend to take a permanent sag after a while. You can add some sort steering centering device, but it may not be needed. That's a personal choice. This works on F53 chassis. If you fabricate your own track bars, try to mount them as close to the center of the axles as possible to keep any rocking from shifting the axles under the chassis, as this will make the same problem you are trying to eliminate re-appear to some extent.
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