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Old 06-18-2013, 05:16 PM   #51
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You can upgrade to a 12000 steer axel and 275 tires. Gaffney did it for me in April. Big improvement. Still limited my the drive train to 33000.
I am on my way to Elkhart as I type this to have the same upgrade done (at FR's expense). While my coach drives fantastic as currently configured, I worry about blowouts and the legal implications of KNOWING that I was overweight, if ever involved in an accident.

After the upgrade, I may STILL be over on the rear axle, but if so, it will not be the tires. It will be other suspension components (like airbags). I hope they replace all four airbags, but I heard they only do the front.

I'm also surprised that Randy Houser stated I would not have to empty the coach. I would have thought that they'd want to re-certify the yellow sticker on the screen door.

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Old 06-18-2013, 09:09 PM   #52
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Boo let me know how the new sticker goes. I still don't have mine. I'm in Mackinaw City heading home tomorrow so it could be in the mail. I'll check when I get home. Randy didn't seem to be sure how they would handle that when I saw him last month. Tell him I said hello.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:28 AM   #53
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Boo let me know how the new sticker goes. I still don't have mine. I'm in Mackinaw City heading home tomorrow so it could be in the mail. I'll check when I get home. Randy didn't seem to be sure how they would handle that when I saw him last month. Tell him I said hello.
Yeah, I'll tell him you said "hello".

He'll probably be tickled pink to see more and more of us arriving at his door, begging for (demanding???) the upgrade.

I'd still rather weigh it empty before I leave the plant. even though it'd be hours of back breaking work to move everything out and then back in. But I would like an accurate empty weight.

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Old 06-19-2013, 04:30 PM   #54
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Boo,
Who is doing the upgrade- Forest River or Freightliner? Also, what is included with this work? Are they upgrading your tires as well as air bags and chassis? If new tires, will you be getting new wheels and if so, will they be the aluminum wheels?
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:55 PM   #55
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I don't imagine it's possible to upgrade airbag size once the coach is built,

Yes it is, at least on the front axle. That's one of the items they are doing for me next week.

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Who is doing the upgrade- Forest River or Freightliner? Also, what is included with this work? Are they upgrading your tires as well as air bags and chassis? If new tires, will you be getting new wheels and if so, will they be the aluminum wheels?
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The actual upgrade will be done by FreightLiner, but paid for by FR. I think there is a dedicated Freightliner maint facility located directly on the FR complex property (or very nearby; it's not your ordinary FL dealer type of shop).

6 new larger (275, I think) tires; I suspect new wheels, but NOT aluminum ones. Upgraded airbags at least on the front and hopefully on the back as well. That's all I know; more next week after it's done.

I'm told the work will be completely done in one day, and I don't have to unload the coach.

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Thanks for the info. Maybe I should contact Randy and find out if I can get mine done as well. I need to bring my coach into Freightliner in a couple of weeks to get the fan hub changed. Mine has the 4 bolt hub that has been problematic on other coaches and maybe I can get that work done at the same time.
Would you have Randy's email address?
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:20 PM   #58
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Thanks for the info. Maybe I should contact Randy and find out if I can get mine done as well. I need to bring my coach into Freightliner in a couple of weeks to get the fan hub changed. Mine has the 4 bolt hub that has been problematic on other coaches and maybe I can get that work done at the same time.
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rhouser@forestriverinc.com

It takes awhile for them to order in the parts, so I wouldn't plan on getting it done at the same time. I've been working on the scheduling on this for quite some time now.

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boowho, which rims do you have now? the alum ones right? they should be able to mount the 275 tires right on them... all the berkshires i have seen have the 22.5 rims, but some with 255 tires and very few with 275... same rims...
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I had the upgrade done last month in Gaffney SC at the Freightliner facility. They changed my front airbags and all six tires (from to 255 to 275-80-22.5) My aluminum wheels are big enough to handle the larger tires. It really made a big improvement in the way the coach drives and rides.
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