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Old 11-08-2015, 08:58 PM   #71
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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, 09:25 PM   #72
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Sage you did say he had his for all of 3weeks
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Old 11-08-2015, 10:14 PM   #73
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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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Old 11-08-2015, 10:24 PM   #74
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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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Old 11-08-2015, 11:31 PM   #75
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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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Old 11-09-2015, 10:25 AM   #76
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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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Old 11-09-2015, 10:37 AM   #77
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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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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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