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Old 10-21-2019, 05:04 PM   #1
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Thor Hurricane 27K Handling Improvements

I live in Cheyenne Wyoming and to say wind is an issue is an understatement. When I purchased my RV it had 5000 miles on it but no handling improvements had been made. Thanks to the members of this forum I have done the following:

First I did the CHF front and rear.
I added a Safety Plus Steering Stabilizer
I put on a rear track bar
I had the wheels aligned
A few days ago I put on front Sumo Shock Assist

It tracks pretty good and is much better in the wind. I tow a Mini Cooper on a car dolly so it's not a heavy tow.

I am heading for Phoenix via Las Vegas in January so I have plenty of time to make another handling upgrade. I do them all myself so no waiting for a
dealer to take weeks to do simple mods.

I am looking for recommendation on what I might add to get a little more improvement on sway and/or general handling. Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.
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Old 10-22-2019, 12:18 AM   #2
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Dan, We have 2015 Windsport 27K that I recently added an additional Roadmaster rear sway bar on. I also have made the same mods you have. We've put about 600 miles on since the upgrade and I feel the improvement was worth the effort especially in regards to the wind. I installed this as well as all the other items myself. look at the following link to see how it attaches. On ours everything lined up perfectly.
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Old 10-22-2019, 03:12 AM   #3
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Roadmaster Sway Bar

John

Thanks for the reply and video. I did a little research and it sounds like a solid upgrade possibility. I have watched the video and I need to look and see if I would need to remove my rear track bar. If I do the reviews make it sound like a positive exchange that could add better handling control.

Thanks again,

Dan
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Old 10-22-2019, 04:45 AM   #4
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Dan,
I think you'll find that your track bar will not need to be removed. Our track bar was no where near where the sway bar mounts. Good luck
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Old 10-22-2019, 09:03 PM   #5
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Dan

we purchased our RV in Arizona and drove it back to California. Its a 2019 Thor 29m Wndsport. Coming through Palm Springs area I thought I was going to die. The wind was so bad through there it was incredible. I put on a Roadmaster front sway bar, Sumo assists in the front, roadmaster front stableizer, and a rear roadmaster sway bar in addition to the stock one in the rear. I contacted the company that makes a trackbar for the rear, they told me I the rear sway bar will work on the rear with the track mount. These upgrades made a world of difference.
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Old 10-22-2019, 09:49 PM   #6
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Roadmaster Sway Bar

Thanks for your reply. Most folks do not realize that out of the box RV's on the Ford F-53 Frame are almost undriveable in high wind or heavy truck traffic.

Winds are a way of life here in Wyoming. Especially in the fall and winter. They can blow in the mid 20's to the high 30's for several days at a time. Gusts can be in the 50's and 60's.

Based on the input so far I'm going to order the rear sway bar.

Thanks again,

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Old 11-09-2019, 11:27 PM   #7
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John,

Tried to start the install on the Roadmaster Sway Bar today. Was not able to remove the two bolts on the lower frame behind the rear tires. Tried both 1/2 air and electric impacts. I can only assume they were way over torqued at the factory. I will see if I can rent something with more torque. Ever heard of anyone else having problems removing those bolts. The video makes it look easy.

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Old 11-10-2019, 12:09 AM   #8
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Dan, If I recall, I had to use a pipe on my breaker or wrench to break them loose. I have a set of combination wrenches that I cut off the open end part so I can slide a pipe over the wrench. I may have used that since that area is a little tight. I may have also used a little heat on them. I also recall that once the shocks are unbolted they expand and I had to use a small bottle jack to push them back up to allow you to reinstall the bolts. Good luck on your project.
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