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Old 03-22-2016, 05:58 PM   #1
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Question Steering v Sway, Front v Rear, Roadmaster v Safe T

Hi fellow Thor owners,

Just bought my coach in February and took my first trip last week.

I am planning to make some upgrades to improve the handling.

From what I have read:
Front-end alignment - a must do! (assuming $100)
Frontend Steering stabilizers - a good idea (assuming $500)
Rearend Sway control - the service station has recommended it (assuming $750)

I would love to hear from folks who have done all or some of these + any other ideas.

Thanks,
George (a.k.a. Loki, yes I am will Loki's Girls who are also on this forum)

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Old 03-22-2016, 06:00 PM   #2
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Yes the front end alignment is a must do. Ours was quite a bit out.
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Old 03-22-2016, 06:38 PM   #3
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I added rear end sway bars before I even drove my 25.2 the first time. This forum was the reason. And just that mod seemed to fix any issues. Try that for a while before spending the $500+ on the front end (Just my 2).
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Old 03-22-2016, 08:03 PM   #4
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Rearend Sway control - the service station has recommended it (assuming $750)

I would love to hear from folks who have done all or some of these + any other ideas.

Thanks,
George (a.k.a. Loki, yes I am will Loki's Girls who are also on this forum)
I think your MH is an Axis 24.1, correct?

Assuming it's an E-Series chassis, Ford Specifications show you should already have a 28.6 MM (1-1/8-inch) sway bar in rear. I'd start by confirming it's there (it may be possible that Thor could delete it on special order, but seriously doubt it -- still worth checking). Assuming it's there, I'd ask the "service station" what exactly will they replace it with, and why. I'll predict they will want to make it stiffer (larger in diameter).
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Old 03-22-2016, 08:10 PM   #5
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I had the dealer install front and rear sway bars and the total was closer to $3000, I installed the steering stabilizer myself and saved on installation. Not sure what model you have but if doing it again on my F53, I would add Sumo Springs to front and rear first, I have heard on another forum and and article in Motorhome Magazine that they really help and much cheaper. Then I would decide what to do next if anything. Here is a link to the Motorhome review:

http://www.supersprings.com/binders/...erSprings2.pdf
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:37 PM   #6
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I think your MH is an Axis 24.1, correct?

Assuming it's an E-Series chassis, Ford Specifications show you should already have a 28.6 MM (1-1/8-inch) sway bar in rear. I'd start by confirming it's there (it may be possible that Thor could delete it on special order, but seriously doubt it -- still worth checking). Assuming it's there, I'd ask the "service station" what exactly will they replace it with, and why. I'll predict they will want to make it stiffer (larger in diameter).
Correct an Axis 24.1

I'll definitely check that out.

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Old 03-22-2016, 10:29 PM   #7
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I added rear end sway bars before I even drove my 25.2 the first time. This forum was the reason. And just that mod seemed to fix any issues. Try that for a while before spending the $500+ on the front end (Just my 2).
Hi - per another comment, the E series chassis should come with a 28.6 mm rear sway bar. Did you ungrade to a larger sway bay?

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