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Old 03-03-2010, 01:54 PM   #1
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Listing rig and a curious discovery

So I have noticed for quite some time now that when parked in our garage and not on the levelers our rig is listing to the passenger side. I measured the distance from the floor to the bottom of the wheel openings all around the rig and found it to be a uniform list of 1.5" lower on the passenger side.

I slid under the rig this morning and this is what I found: On the driver side spring pack there is a 1" spacer under the springs that is not present on the passenger side. Now, logically speaking I could understand this if they are compensating for the heavier side of the rig with the slides and all and in fact you would expect this side to be heavier as there are 2 slides on the driver side. However, it's still low on the passenger side regardless. Now I am wondering if there should be a spacer on the passenger side or should there not be a spacer on the driver side? I will be talking to the local Ford dealer later today but don't expect too much of an answer from them. I am leaning towards having the spacer removed and then installing the air bags like I had on our last rig to level things out on the fly if need be.

Wondering what the rest of the Georgetowns look like here. Here is the pics I took this morning:
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Old 03-03-2010, 03:38 PM   #2
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Hmmm! I never looked but our unit is just like you described. I added air springs for just that purpose to help level it out. On some roads that had a significant slant to the curb side I originally felt like I'd tip over if I had to make a quick right turn. I'll check mine once the ground dries up. GOT BUNCH OF SNOW STILL HANGING AROUND. It's melting but not fast enough for me. I have a small river running across my driveway towards the rear of the motorhome and that water is too cold to lay in.
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:30 PM   #3
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I don't have ready access to mine since I store it offsite, but I will check next time I'm out.
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:38 PM   #4
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Same here.. stored off-site.. Will check and report back..

So the passenger side is lower.. Hmm..

Would the drivers side drop down with full tanks and level it out?

Airbags that adjust would seem to be the best answer either way...
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Same here.. stored off-site.. Will check and report back..

So the passenger side is lower.. Hmm..

Would the drivers side drop down with full tanks and level it out?

Airbags that adjust would seem to be the best answer either way...
At the moment my fuel tank is full but it is centered anyway. The freshwater tank is full but again centered. The propane is full but on the passenger side so no help there. I have even had the compartment around the hydraulic pump filled with firewood in the past and no change. I don't carry that much weight in my compartments to effect this situation either negatively or positively. Only things I have on the passenger side for weight is my grill, two RC cars and some lawn chairs in the large rear compartment.

Been too busy to call Ford today. Too much work to do in the garage.

I figured most of you are still waiting for winter to break but it makes me really curious especially you Charlie as you noticed the same issue with yours.
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Old 03-03-2010, 05:46 PM   #6
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So I'm wondering, are the u-bolts different sizes? In other words, is the an engineered difference or was the guy installing the spacers smoking something that day?
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So I'm wondering, are the u-bolts different sizes? In other words, is the an engineered difference or was the guy installing the spacers smoking something that day?
I'm thinking the later half of that statement Flyrotor. Seeing how it's listing to the opposite side of the spacer by almost as much as the spacer itself. The only mystery is, should there be a spacer on both sides or none at all?
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Only other tanks I can think of are the waste tanks. I can't remember what side they are on.

80 odd gallons in those if I recall. So a potential for ~700 pounds there. Hard to imagine 700lbs would shift things 1.5 inches.

This may be a good question to send to Forest River. Hard to believe that the F-53 comes from Ford like this, so assuming it doesn't, Forest River must be doing it.
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Another interesting bit.. I googled F-53 suspension spacers... Found this:

https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas...df/160-165.pdf

Page 1, 4th column at the top...

"3. If the suspension spacers are used between the
spring and axle seats to accommodate side-to-side
variations, they should not exceed 3/4 inch.
Addition of spacers is not covered under warranty."
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Another interesting bit.. I googled F-53 suspension spacers... Found this:

https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas...df/160-165.pdf

Page 1, 4th column at the top...

"3. If the suspension spacers are used between the
spring and axle seats to accommodate side-to-side
variations, they should not exceed 3/4 inch.
Addition of spacers is not covered under warranty."
Thanks for the research Steve, that's really interesting.

My holding tanks are all empty so that can't be the cause. I will send a message to FR and see what they say.
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