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Old 05-03-2019, 09:08 PM   #1
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Roadmaster Front/Rear sway bars

I am thinking of installing Roadmaster front and rear sway bars on my F53. Looking for some input from somone that that has changed thiers out? On the front after the CHF did you notice a big difference? Was there a big difference for the rear as far as wind and passing trucks?
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Old 05-04-2019, 03:58 AM   #2
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Better vehicle control is always beneficial. There are several specific problems to address.

Excessive lean in turns, porpoising, yaw, and general wallowing all contribute to that disconnected feeling while try to aim down the road.
Each issue has a specific set of solutions.

Front and ear sway bars are a good start, but then you should consider other upgrades including; track bars to limit lateral axle movement; steering control unit to help maintain straight ahead steering in cross winds, tire blowout, etc.

Each addresses one area of concern and the upgrades are cumulative: Each adds a degree of improvement, and can be an incremental step.
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Old 05-04-2019, 05:49 AM   #3
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I installed front & rear Helwigs on my E450
Huge difference.
Now itís like driving a full size SUV
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Old 05-04-2019, 11:44 AM   #4
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I am thinking of installing Roadmaster front and rear sway bars on my F53. Looking for some input from somone that that has changed thiers out? On the front after the CHF did you notice a big difference? Was there a big difference for the rear as far as wind and passing trucks?
I'm curious to hear input also as I'm considering roadmaster steering stabilizer on the front.
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Old 05-04-2019, 01:29 PM   #5
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I donít find my rig to be difficult to drive but Iím doing the CHF anyway because of the rave reviews and itís cheap enough. I donít study these threads because Iím not unhappy with my handling but I donít recall seeing anyone post that they bought new sway bars after doing the CHF. I wonder how much ďbetterĒ the expensive solution is compared to the cheap one.
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Old 05-04-2019, 03:14 PM   #6
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CHF - Rear Trac Bar

The dealer (Bankston) got the CHF done in the front and the Supersteer SS401 Rear Trac Bar installed. They sad the sway bar in the rear used both holes already? I'll have to climb under and look when I get it back.

Woody Anderson Ford will align the front end and install the Roadmaster Reflex Steering Stabilizer May 22.
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Old 05-04-2019, 03:22 PM   #7
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I dont have the same chassis as you but the results would be simular (IMO). I think some people are in tune with handeling more than others ....so one person will say its night and day diff (like me) and other will say its an improvement over stock (but they might also be driving a Yugo vs another guy with that drivers BMW and expect good handling)

I installed the Helwig front Anti Sway and the Blue Ox rear track arm plus the Saftey Plus Steering stabliizer and it transformed how my RV handled the curves, transiting onto roads where the body wants to roll, high speeds on interstates and almost eleminated the semi's pushing and pulling you at speed.

I would never go back to stock on my RV. IMO this is the way they should come from factory.

The funny thing is one semi will push me a little now (but never bad) and then the next 4 semis that pass me you wont hardly feel at all. Must have to do with thier speeds passing me the their aerodynamics?

I think all of the members with F53 chassis that did the CHF would never go back to stock. Sound like a major improvement.
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:47 AM   #8
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I have a 22K MIRAMAR 34.2 and have had post that say no up grade needed. The F53 chassis is a standard Weight class, and depending on the company purchasing that chassis they may upgrade it or not for more strength. So with 22,000 pounds hanging over it and 13 feet up in the air sway and yaw becomes a problem. I added to the front a sumo springs and a ETRAIL HD front sway bar big Difference. I will add Sumo springs to the rear end later. And for you that think improving suspension in not Necessary, thereís a reason why itís $100 million industry it needs to be done.
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Old 05-09-2019, 10:19 AM   #9
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Pretty sure that CHF does the same as replacing front and rear sway bars, and much cheaper.
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Old 05-09-2019, 10:40 AM   #10
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CHP will help with tail push from weather and passing vehicles but the result is secondary to what the change effects. If your goal is to reduce the tail push then a rear track bar is what you want. If reducing sway or lean in a turn is your goal then do the CHP mode. If you want to reduce lane wonder than a steering stabilizer (along with a front end alignment and proper tire pressure) is want you need.

If you plan to make any changes to improve the ride comfort, handling and general performance best to make a single change then drive the coach for several hundred miles in various conditions and road surfaces and judge if you need to try something else of is the coach behaving as you want. Best to start with low cost stuff. Correct air pressure, CHP, weight balance and alignment before you start writing checks.

And if you're wondering I have it all but probably only need half. Besides what I listed as low cost I added Koni shocks, air bags all around with an onboard compressor and on the fly pressure change capability (both adding and reducing), rear track bar and front stabilizer. The no cost and low cost stuff had the greatest effect on ride performance while the most expensive (air bags) had the least effect.
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Old 05-10-2019, 05:09 AM   #11
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I had the roadmaster front and rear sway bars added it did make a difference
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Old 05-10-2019, 02:09 PM   #12
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So now that Iíve done both the front and rear CHF Iíll have to agree that it makes the driving experience somewhat more relaxing than stock. However, I still do not think it is ďnecessaryĒ or that the stock configuration is in any way unsafe. Iíve driven 2 different F53 based RVs about 15,000 miles without this simple adjustment without any issues. I think it is a disservice, especially to already nervous newbies, to suggest that thousands of dollars of upgrades are needed from the outset. My Mercedes SL certainly drives ďbetterĒ. But what does that prove? All of that said, if you are ďhandyĒ and can do this yourself it does seem worth the effort. Just my opinion, of course.
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