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Old 05-13-2020, 09:38 AM   #15
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Purchased a Roadmaster Steering Stabilizer RM-RSSC from E-Trailer and had it installed on 5/6/20, big difference in the play in the steering wheel, hardly any play now and tracks better. Install labor was $116 from local Ford truck service. part was $218.28.


Having a Roadmaster rear anti-sway bar RM-1139-147 installed today at same shop. Purchased from E-Trailer also ($555.31). Was a mix up in part sent so had to wait for this part to come in, website showed a different part number if you searched by 2019 Forest River Sunseeker than if you searched by the Ford E450 chassis. E-Trailer was good about the return and sending correct part, they said they would fix website. Recommend calling them directly for these parts to make sure you have correct one.
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And a question for Harvard

They are marked "F8UA-AA 0+.25" on the passenger side and "E97A-CA +0-0" on the drivers side.


For OEM passenger side markings of 0, +.25, Are you of the opinion they reflect 0 deg camber followed by +.25 deg caster? or reversed?

I have a pair of adjustable bushings and have considered installing them myself with 2 additional degrees of caster. My internet research has found conflicting information on the sequence of the marking for the OEM bushing.

Also, for my situation I found that larger than OEM Hellwig front and rear sway bars, new Bilstein shocks and using 45-50 Psi of air for the air bags made a great improvement.

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Old 05-14-2020, 07:53 AM   #17
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I have a 3100 sunseeker and usually run about 40lbs I have the sway bars and trac bar and it handles very well but I put the airbags on for when I pull the heavy trailer with the jeep on it and it raises the rear to keep the hitch roller from dragging when pulling into raised driveways at stations but it did wonders for the ride especially with out the trailer.
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They are marked "F8UA-AA 0+.25" on the passenger side and "E97A-CA +0-0" on the drivers side.


For OEM passenger side markings of 0, +.25, Are you of the opinion they reflect 0 deg camber followed by +.25 deg caster? or reversed?

I have a pair of adjustable bushings and have considered installing them myself with 2 additional degrees of caster. My internet research has found conflicting information on the sequence of the marking for the OEM bushing.

Also, for my situation I found that larger than OEM Hellwig front and rear sway bars, new Bilstein shocks and using 45-50 Psi of air for the air bags made a great improvement.

Thanks
ANS 1: +.25 degrees of caster and 0.0 degrees of camber on the passenger side is correct.

ANS 2: If the Hellwig sway bars and 45-50 PSI leveled the RV from a preexisting nose down attitude then the front end caster would have increased as a result.


On Edit: By reducing the sway you are also reducing the challenges afforded to the front end stability. Front end stability is enhanced with positive caster.
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Get rid of the stock junk shocks and put a set of Bilsteins on it. You'll be amazed how much better it is. I put up with the stock shocks for years, and once I switched to the Bilsteins I realized I should have done that right away.
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Get rid of the stock junk shocks and put a set of Bilsteins on it. You'll be amazed how much better it is. I put up with the stock shocks for years, and once I switched to the Bilsteins I realized I should have done that right away.
Here as well, the change(s) the Bilsteins introduced to the runtime dynamics may have reduced the challenges afforded to the existing front end stability. This is pure speculation on my part but we all cannot be wrong about our individual experiences.
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I recently bought a 2000 Tioga. It drove terrible. I added Koni shocks, Sumo bump stops in front. Replaced front stablizer shock. Added 5 degree caster bushings. Installed rear anti-sway bar. Replacing the caster bushing eliminated the rigs tendency to always wander around the road. Cheap fix. I also replaced worn radius arm to frame bushings...these improved the front end ride a lot. I still have rear wheel issues concerning I can feel every bump and crack in the road. I am not sure if air bags would help or not. I am looking into replacing the chassis to body bushings......see if that helps.
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Here as well, the change(s) the Bilsteins introduced to the runtime dynamics may have reduced the challenges afforded to the existing front end stability. This is pure speculation on my part but we all cannot be wrong about our individual experiences.
The joke among auto mechanics is "the stock shocks are only good to get you from the dealer to home".
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