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Old 01-27-2022, 04:12 PM   #1
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Hello from the new guy - Itasca Suspension Questions

I’m new to the forum and new to ownership of a coach. I had a fifth wheel and really liked it. But since I’m married to the family leader, she wanted a coach. Her parents had a Tiftin DP and I drove it from the Midwest to FL and TX and the ride was nice.

We found a 2011 Itasca 35P that was a decent deal so we took it for a test drive and we liked it. I’ll admit it wasn’t a DP ride but with zero suspension upgrades, it drove nice.

Which brings me to my next question. I’ve searched this forum regarding suspension upgrades and now I’m totally confused. I’m certain I’ll do the safe t steer and I’m gonna look hard at the CHF front and rear . Rear track bar is on the agenda. But the sumosprings, radius rods, etc. are things I don’t know if I need them or not.

Anyway I didn’t mean to turn this introduction into a suspension thread.

Happy to be here and learn from y’all.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Congrats on the new rig! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

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Old 01-27-2022, 05:04 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum.

As far as upgrades on suspensions goes, there are several threads on the topic. You can seek them out in the search area. On my 35K 2017 Bounder I added an upgraded anti-sway bar to the back axle (now have the factory and the heavy upgraded one) which bolted to the back side of the axle, added sumo springs to the front and adjusted the factory front sway bar to the second position as suggested by others. Absolutely love my upgrades and enjoy the noise reduction the sumo springs provided. I plan to add sumo springs to the rear. I can now drive one handed on the highway and have ďno beating/sawayingĒ when passed either way by semi-trucks.
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Congratulations a very good coach for the money IMHO. Were 2nd owners on an older 35ft Winnebago Adventurer also a well built gas coach. The only upgrade we made was the Safe T Stabilizer it did make a big differenc⁷e with the cross winds & trucks passing. I have no desire to change anything else as I'm very happy with the way it drives & handles the corners! Good luck & enjoy!
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Iím new to the forum and new to ownership of a coach. I had a fifth wheel and really liked it. But since Iím married to the family leader, she wanted a coach. Her parents had a Tiftin DP and I drove it from the Midwest to FL and TX and the ride was nice.

We found a 2011 Itasca 35P that was a decent deal so we took it for a test drive and we liked it. Iíll admit it wasnít a DP ride but with zero suspension upgrades, it drove nice.

Which brings me to my next question. Iíve searched this forum regarding suspension upgrades and now Iím totally confused. Iím certain Iíll do the safe t steer and Iím gonna look hard at the CHF front and rear . Rear track bar is on the agenda. But the sumosprings, radius rods, etc. are things I donít know if I need them or not.

Anyway I didnít mean to turn this introduction into a suspension thread.

Happy to be here and learn from yíall.


Maybe steer safe, donít just start throwing money, it will never ride like your in laws DP.
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Take it one step at a time and only correct specific problems you are having. IE: If sway is an issue, look at improving the sway bars. Also, beware of snake oil. You will read lots of conflicting claims about after market add-ons. Understand exactly how a modification will work and how it affects the problem you are trying to correct before you pull the trigger.
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Start with the inexpensive stuff first. Get the coach weighed and adjust the tire pressure. Make sure the front tires are wearing well and if not get the alignment checked. The next big item is a rear trac bar. After that add things slowly if you're still not happy.

Lastly, be careful what you wish for. Everyone wants it to ride better and handle better. You can make them handle better, but in doing so, you stiffen the ride so much, that it can beat you to death in the ride department. That's why you go slow.
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I owned a 2009 Pace Arrow that had no mods on its F53 chassis and the ride and handling was excellent. Sometimes the manufacturer just gets it right.
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Start with the inexpensive stuff first. Get the coach weighed and adjust the tire pressure. Make sure the front tires are wearing well and if not get the alignment checked. The next big item is a rear trac bar. After that add things slowly if you're still not happy.

Lastly, be careful what you wish for. Everyone wants it to ride better and handle better. You can make them handle better, but in doing so, you stiffen the ride so much, that it can beat you to death in the ride department. That's why you go slow.
Sway bars will not stiffen the ride appreciably. They stop roll with little to no affect on bumps.. In fact, the only common suspension upgrades I can think of that would affect the ride would be shocks, air bags or Sumo Springs, though my experience with the latter is that they have more of a cushioning effect when properly installed.
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