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sedonaguy18

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Hello, I just purchased a 2001 Winnebago Adventurer 32V on the Ford F53 Chassis with the Triton V10. I really enjoy the extra room with the slide. It has 44K miles and I'm wondering if the shocks need to be replaced. It drives well except I experience what seems to be exceessive side to side motion sometimes. Also when going over some repairs in the road, the bumps really seems to be harsh on the suspension. The final straw was when I came out of a grocery store parking lot back onto the main street and just the bump out of the parking lots caused the motorhome to thrash so hard side to side that it propelled plates out of my upper cabinet. I lost 4 plates.
What is the test for needing to replace shocks? Does anyone know what shocks Ford used on the 2001 chassis? Which replacement shocks do you all recommend for the Ford F53 Chassis? Koni or Bilstein? I know that if this is not a problem with the shocks that adding a bigger sway bar may help. Has anyone added the beefier sway bars made by Helwig? THanks so much for your experience and input. Happy traveling. DH

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The factory shocks are low quality and some replace them right away. If you still have factory shocks I would say they are way past ready to replace. New heavy duty quality shocks will make a big difference but springs will still deliver a harsh ride.

Getting your coach weighed and adjusting the tire pressure will help as much as anything. Have you checked the tire age? If they are six years old I would replace them. New tires will improve the ride, too.


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Big Katuna wrote:

New tires will improve the ride, too.
Not necessarily. If the new tires have stiffer sidewals the ride will be worse, if they are the same stiffness then no change, if softer then yes, the ride may be better but the handling worse!!

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If you replace them with wooden tires, the ride will be even harsher.

New Michelin XRV's of the same weight rating will ride better than five year old XRV's. The rubber is thicker and more resilient.

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I'm not sure what factory shocks were on the Ford. But from what you are describing, it sounds like shocks should help. My WorkHorse came from the factory with wimpy shocks. They replaced the front shocks, under warranty, with heavy duty Monroe shocks and it made a world of difference.

I don't think the sway bar will help much with the slow speed rocking like pulling out of a parking lot.


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Big Katuna wrote:

If you replace them with wooden tires, the ride will be even harsher.

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Wooden tires are ok, but if you use soft maple you will get a better ride than using hard maple.

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I put Monroe RV shocks on my 1999 F53 and AirLift air springs. The air springs really improved the side to side motion. I noticed the improvement on the first turn out of a parking lot after puting them on. Also added a Safe-T-Plus and have driven comfortably one handed in heavy winds.


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I put Koni FSD's along with a Supersteer rear track bar on my 2000 chassis. At 12,000 milesthree of the OEM shocks were bad. That fixed the sway and ride. Drives like a big SUV now.
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Ford started installing Bilstein shocks on the front in 2003 and put them on both the front and rear in 2004. So a 2001 probably needed shocks in 2001.

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Thanks very much for the comments I have received so far. I put new Michelin tires on this motorhome as soon as I bought it. They are 245 70R 19.5. I weighed my rig after loading up for my 1st trip. The front weighed 5,000 lbs and the rear 13,800 for a total of 18,800 lbs. My front tires are at 90psi and the rear is at a little over 100psi. Should I lower this psi? I see a lot of people like Bilstein shocks and many like the Koni FSD. I think the Koni FSD seem to have a few more supporters. Any comments on this choice? I know the Koni costs a lot more, but it they do the job it would be worth it. Comments seem to indicate that people like the smoother ride on the Koni vs. the Bilstein. Thanks for any additional comments.

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