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Old 10-03-2016, 09:49 PM   #11
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Hi Larry,
I have a 2014 model 351 and I would say the stock handling and ride were decent! Certainly not white knuckle, in fact on a day with no wind it is very relaxing to drive. It is however pretty dramatically affected by wind, and heavy truck traffic. This summer I decided that this coach was worth investing a bit to bring it up another level. I had installed a steering stabilizer, rear trac bar and rear sway bar. Yep, over 3 grand, last weekend I took my first trip since the upgrades. Let's just say I am overjoyed with the difference, from Rochester NY to Detroit and back, and windy all of the way out and back. Worth the investment in my humble opinion.


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Old 10-03-2016, 11:10 PM   #12
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In my 2015 GT, I did about all you can do: steering stabilizer, TruTrac track bar, front and rear Roadmaster heavy duty anti-sway bars and Sumo Springs. After all of this, I'd have to say the Sumo Springs did the most good by controlling the bobbing and weaving. This and the CHF should do the most good at the minimal cost.
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Old 10-03-2016, 11:11 PM   #13
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Any Georgetown 351 owners?

Thanks MikeFerg , Vince and KP 351
Sounds like all I need is another $4600 after the purchase. Thanks for your experiences
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Old 10-04-2016, 02:50 PM   #14
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CHF is a piece of cake with even minimum DIY skills. Front Sumo Springs (which may be all you need) require one hole to be drilled and thre bolts to be tightened in place on both sides. Medium level DIY skills should make it an easy job.
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Old 10-08-2016, 12:02 AM   #15
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I have a 2014 351 and added front Sumo springs - great improvement on sway and handling large bumps.


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Old 10-11-2016, 07:28 AM   #16
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I have a 2013 351 and now have just over 18K miles on the unit.

I would have to say that it is important to get the alignment done from a good truck shop and get the wheels balanced. I know my shop did a slight camber adjustment to counter the crown in the road (most). I run my tires about 95lbs.

For the first 15K miles my unit was completely stock -- no mods to any of the chassis components. Honestly, I thought it drove rather well and didn't have any huge complaints. Did it sway with a passing truck or cross wind -- Yes, it is a big sail. My old truck pulling a trailer had the same thing. Funny, some trucks cause a bad wind disturbance when passing, others don't. In fact, I have had the odd cars cause the wind "pull/push" issue.

So, about at 15K miles I decided to add a the Roadmaster Steering Stabilizer -- more as a Safety precaution. I just did about 3K miles, much of which had winds involved. Did I notice an improvement? Hard to say, but i would have to say there was a subtle, hardly realized improvement. I was able to drive a lot longer not feeling overly tired from the semi-constant playing with the steering. I "think" that comes from the steering stabilizer.

I have NOT done the CHF but really have considered it -- read tons of pro's and con's, just didn't do it.

The units bump and sway, they are really big. If you have the extra $ and are really into "tuning" then plan on all the extra stuff. Honestly, you may find that the stock model, or a simple (free) CHF fix or, the ~$300 Stabilizer install (do it yourself) is enough. Plus, the stabilizer gives you the additional safety backup.

Just my thoughts -- oh, and some day I may put in the rear track bar and all the other niceties. But, I have been driving it for 3 years now and just put the stabilizer on. Spend or not...may not be required.
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:45 PM   #17
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I have a 2013 351DS. The stock version was manageable but had quite a bit of tail sway with passing trucks or heavy wind. Did the CHF myself (and I'm not that mechanically inclined) and it made a world of difference. Does a strong crosswind still move the rig around a bit? Yes, you're driving a house, but the CHF reduced it considerably. We did 4,000 miles through 13 states running 65-70 mph throughout and never had a problem, even through the windy central plains states. I had to purchase a torque wrench and a bottle jack to complete the modification. I don't remember the cost, but certainly less than $100. If the CHF doesn't improve the handling enough, by all means try the additional equipment but the CHF was enough for me.


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I have a 2013 351DS. The stock version was manageable but had quite a bit of tail sway with passing trucks or heavy wind. Did the CHF myself (and I'm not that mechanically inclined) and it made a world of difference. Does a strong crosswind still move the rig around a bit? Yes, you're driving a house, but the CHF reduced it considerably. We did 4,000 miles through 13 states running 65-70 mph throughout and never had a problem, even through the windy central plains states. I had to purchase a torque wrench and a bottle jack to complete the modification. I don't remember the cost, but certainly less than $100. If the CHF doesn't improve the handling enough, by all means try the additional equipment but the CHF was enough for me.


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Can someone explain to me the steps for the CHF? It seems that one of the steps requires moving a nut and bolt one space( I was told there was two holes). But I also read where someone said it improved one phase of the ride, but compromised another?
Anyways everyone talks about the CHF, but I'd like to know all the steps involved.
Btw when I look up CHF, I always read about The CHF, but never really see all the steps involved.
Finally, does this affect warranty or could be used against you if there was an accident.
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Old 10-11-2016, 07:18 PM   #19
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Got front end aligned, Verify tire pressure every trip and check your shocks. Ours had shock mount issues, replaced by warranty.

Without the front end aligned it was a little more then I wanted to handle. Now, no problems. Handles well.

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Can someone explain to me the steps for the CHF? It seems that one of the steps requires moving a nut and bolt one space( I was told there was two holes). But I also read where someone said it improved one phase of the ride, but compromised another?
Anyways everyone talks about the CHF, but I'd like to know all the steps involved.
Btw when I look up CHF, I always read about The CHF, but never really see all the steps involved.
Finally, does this affect warranty or could be used against you if there was an accident.

https://youtu.be/MozieIP58PY

Here is a video that explains it.


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