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dabrooks 09-10-2012 06:56 AM

New to Class A with a couple of questions.
:cool:We hope to pick up our 2001 Georgie Boy this week. I used to own a 24' class C. This 35' with 2 slides.
The first question is whether you should level the motorhome before putting out the slides? Should you retract the slides before retracting the jacks?
I have also read several threads about the handling of class A's on Ford F 53 chassis. Is it wise to add aftermarket anti swag kits? I saw one manufactured by Hellwig that seemed reasonable. Are there aftermarket steering dampers available Ford F 53 chassis that would improve the handling.
Just for info the Georgia Boy is Landau with 32000 miles and new tires.

RickO 09-10-2012 07:11 AM

Hi and welcome to the forum.

As for the sequence of leveling and extending slides... it varies by manufacturer so check your manual first. I know Winnie recommends leveling first and then extending... which seems to makes sense to me because it doesn't require the slides to fight gravity if the coach is unlevel side to side.

Before jumping into any aftermarket handling items, I'd suggest getting the coach weighed, then ensure the tires are inflated properly, then get an alignment done. If you're still unhappy with handling after that, begin to look at add on devices.

Best of luck.


JoePut 09-10-2012 07:13 AM

Welcome to IRV2 You should always extend and retract your slides while on the jacks. My 2002 Adventure had a safesteer kit installed and it seems to work good.
My2006 Dolphin 5355 only has the factory sway bar and it handles ok. I guess it is a matter of personal choice.
2006 Dolphin 5355
KIA Soul

Old Dude 66 09-10-2012 07:22 AM

If you are parked on level surface, such as your driveway, it isn't necessary to put your jacks down first.

I had my front aligned, added a TruCenter on the front, and a Trak bar on the rear of my F53. Made a world of difference.

vincee 09-10-2012 09:43 AM

I believe my Georgetown recommends putting the slides out before lowering jacks (automatic) and retracting slides before jacks.

winnie32v 09-13-2012 04:12 AM

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2001 Winnebago Adventurer 32V
Not sure what came with your Motorhome, but I have a rear anti-sway (aka stabilizer bar) in my unit and I had to replace the rubber bushings. Got two from eBay and installed in 1/2 hr. My unit handles and steers excellent.
Everything is tight. I have no additional steering stabilizers, etc.
I suggest that you or a proper truck mechanic take a good look at the complete suspension to ensure that what you have is OK.
THEN look for some add-ons, as required.
Attached is a photo of my old & new bushings.

dabrooks 09-13-2012 06:15 AM

Thamks for the info. One reason we have not picked up the motorhome home is that it was taken to a truck mechanic and there was some worn bushings. I am not sure whick one but when I get it home I will find out. The pictures were great. Your bushing were definitley worn.

Gormie 09-13-2012 07:27 AM

Good luck with your Georgie Boy. I just bought a 96 Swinger and so far so good. Check your drain holes under your window seals. Mine were plugged and allowed some water to enter inside wall on passenger side. Used canned air to blow them out. My local RV dealer told me on my 5th wheel to put stabilizers down first before you open slide. Let me know if you find something I should check. thanks

RABBITFISH 09-13-2012 07:27 AM

Now Im going to go check mine!

frankdamp 09-13-2012 12:40 PM

On a level site, we often don't bother with the jacks if we're only there for one night. We do use the slides every time, and I don't see much movement on the bubble levels.

dabrooks 09-13-2012 04:10 PM

Thanks for the comments. The info you all have provided:dance: is why I am so glad I found the Forum.

Rtmunson 09-14-2012 07:27 AM

If you have two leveling systems (air and Hydraulic) it would seem to make sense that you don't always need to put down you jacks to extend the slides. You can level with your air system then extend your slides. I overall though I think it would still be up to your manufacturer.

dabrooks 09-14-2012 05:02 PM

:dance:Picking it up in the morning. We will do a good walk. Then when I get it home I will read all the manuals. Again thanks for all the comments.

Dunner 09-14-2012 05:49 PM

As for handling, check out this thread.

vincee 09-15-2012 09:21 AM

I must confess, Georgetown recommends to put jacks down first, then slides out. DW had to straighten me out on that as that usually is her inside task as I tend to the outside stuff during set-up.

RSchleder 09-15-2012 09:40 AM

On our 38', 3 slide Allegro Bus, the owners manual was very clear to ALWAYS level with the jacks before extending any slides. Our Bus was on a Freightliner chassis with HWH jacks.
I'm not sure what your coach manufacturer recommends but I would certainly always follow their guidelines.

RVluvin 09-15-2012 06:38 PM

My Safari Simba, Workhorse gaser owner manual states: The motorhome must be supported by spring suspension (jacks retracted) whether extending or retracting any slide room. DO NOT operate the slide out room when supported by hydraulic jacks. damage to the slide out room, michanism or seals can occur.

This was suprising to me when I first read it. I always thought it made sense to level it first. I still not sure of the reasoning for this.

dabrooks 09-15-2012 08:40 PM

We did pick up the motorhome today and I read the owners manual and it says to level the motorhome first.

TLGPE 09-16-2012 03:53 PM

"My Safari Simba, Workhorse gaser owner manual states: The motorhome must be supported by spring suspension"

Actually, I was very much surprised by that, too. The only thought I have there is that they want the frame of the chassis to be in its normally "deformed" shape due to sagging of the structure. That way, the adjustments to the fitup of the slide mechanism are consistant with the "as-built" configuration. If you support it on the jacks, those fits may be different.

Just a thought...............


Dunner 09-16-2012 05:03 PM

My thoughts on that are that the tech writer doesn't even own a motorhome, much less has set foot in one and actually knows what leveling jacks are.

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