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Old 11-06-2015, 10:24 AM   #61
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I decided to go ahead an ordered the roadmaster. 235$ at camping world
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:34 AM   #62
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At least you can adjust to get tru center if it pulls either way and that option is not available on the bilstein gas damper
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Old 11-06-2015, 04:58 PM   #63
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At least you can adjust to get tru center if it pulls either way and that option is not available on the bilstein gas damper
Hey Boso ,I have been reading about others complaining that the gas pressurized damper causes steering turning on its own, have you seen any reports on how just a heavier ( non-gas) duty damper ( anything is better than the OEM one) affects the steering wander?
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Old 11-06-2015, 05:15 PM   #64
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I went with the Roadmaster reflex steering just because it was on sale and the reviews were good I didnt want to take a chance on the bilstein and have that pulling problem just the safest and easiest way to go for me but there are a lot of options as far as different manufactures still hoping airbags are fixed when I get RV back
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Old 11-08-2015, 02:15 PM   #65
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I just replaced my stock damper with the a new Bilstein. The stock damper was already shot - it had 2 - 3 inches of none dampened movement.
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Old 11-08-2015, 02:28 PM   #66
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How many miles did the damper have on it I didn't even check mine could see the difference in size that Sage had posted so I new the stock one was piece of junk
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Old 11-08-2015, 06:27 PM   #67
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VWexpert I just replaced my stock damper with the a new Bilstein. The stock damper was already shot - it had 2 - 3 inches of none dampened movement.
That's what the alignment shop meant when they said I had a flat spot. I did notice a lot of looseness periodically for and instant. No more!
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Old 11-08-2015, 08:17 PM   #68
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I just replaced my stock damper with the a new Bilstein. The stock damper was already shot - it had 2 - 3 inches of none dampened movement.
Wow, the stock damper already shot. Your unit is 2 months newer than ours. Looks like I will be ordering the Bilstein also. Have you read about some of the problems the Bilsteins have had in this thread? Should we worry? Looks like Sage is having good luck with his.
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We have 3,000 miles on it. Wasn't able to test drive yet as it started to rain and I just waxed it. Heading over to Monterey this weekend - we'll see if the alignment and damper help. Looks like I might need to take the coach back to the alignment shop to have the FR alignment specs used.
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Took me 3 times at alignment shop with the specs to get it right and still bothered by wind which I hope the Roadmaster will solve
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Interesting encounter

Today, the DW and I went to CW for a trike on sale. We noticed a very new (2015/2015) Forester 3011 in the parking lot and as the DW test rode the trike, I caught the owner just as he was leaving. I mentioned I had a 2701 and asked how his drove and if it wandered. He replied that it did and said it was from the weak OEM shocks and I think stabilizer too. He said the shocks were the same as a regular van and too weak for a MH. I said that I was eventually changing mine to Bilsteins and the said he was installing Ranchos. As far as the stabilizer, he doesn't like the lack or road feel one gets with the Roadmaster and again, he's going with Rancho.
I did tell him about the forum and hoped that he would look us up. He's had his 3 weeks and I told him about updating the maps.
So shocks designed for the heavier load of a motorhome is another option.
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Old 11-08-2015, 10:25 PM   #72
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Sage you did say he had his for all of 3weeks
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Yes, I believe that's what he said. His CA license number was close to mine and mine has been 10 weeks.
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I have a friend that has a 2015 sunseeker 3010 that he installed bilstein shocks on. He said he regretted doing that...he can feel every bump with them. He does not know if they were HD or comfort ride shocks.
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VWexpert, I had the comforts on my Winnebago and had a noticeable increase in handling. Plus it eliminated porpoising that I had. My Winnebago was only 22 feet and comfort was recommended. At 28 feet Forester , I'm at the upper limit for the comfort.
I'll bet your friend has the Heavy duty as I think 30 feet and above are recommended.
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I also believe he has HD's on his coach. I am ordering a set of comforts today. I may order comforts for the front and HD for the rear. We do that on Vanagons using KYB's and they handle nice with a smooth ride. I installed a set of HD (high pressure) KYB's on the front of a Rabbit pick up - customer hated the ride...I had to change them to the Low pressure shocks.
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He is a bilstein quote "The Bilstein Comfort uses all of the Bilstein Heavy Duty's monotube technology and high end ride control, but is designed more for comfort than performance. Comfort shocks will provide you with the same reliability and durability as the Heavy Duty, but with a softer ride."
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I talked myself into the bilsteins - comfort front and HD rear.
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:18 PM   #79
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I just can't see where they would make any difference in the rear with having air bags and I don't think you will see a difference in the front but I could be wrong
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My thought is - this rear suspension with the air bags is a lot stiffer than a stock e450, thus it needs more dampening to control the ride and after seeing how poor quality the damper was...ANY upgraded shock should improve the handling.
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