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Old 09-18-2016, 01:52 PM   #11
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I did more research and OEM shocks are 1.63 diameter pistons.
(Ford motorhome bare chassis catalog 2012 for 22,000lb chassis with 242" wheelbase)

Your new shocks have 1.80" pistons which is a substantial difference.
Well that explains a few things. I guess the engineer was full of it.
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Old 09-18-2016, 03:00 PM   #12
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Well that explains a few things. I guess the engineer was full of it.
No the engineers aren't wrong.
I was only comparing my 2011/2012 Ford chassis specs with the ones you installed.
No mater what it was well worth it to hear from you on your install and how it went.

Great Job!
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Old 09-18-2016, 03:02 PM   #13
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I checked the tech specs on my 2016 and the piston is 1.63". Given that, and the fact that the shock is much heavier, they are definitely wrong or uninformed.
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Old 09-18-2016, 04:38 PM   #14
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I put those same shocks on mine and have been running them all season, they made a great difference. I put blue lock tite on each bolt and torqued them to 265 pounds as per the F53 chassis manual. Happy camping
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Your coach sits on a 22K chassis, which is what I have.

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My 378TS is on a 26,000 lb Ford chassis with the 242" wheel base and not 22,000 lbs.

22,000 lbs is what it was weighed out the door at Forest River after they installed their stuff.


Am I totally wrong or right?
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The sticker you see is the Ford sticker, not FR. You are riding on the same chassis as me. The GVWR is the maximum weight you can carry. It probably weighed in around 20K when it left the factory.

The GCWR 26K rating you see is for towing. This means you can tow up to 4K in addition to your vehicles mass weight of 22K Other than the tongue weight of the trailer that weight is not On your suspension.

Ex: You can load up your coach to a miximum of 22K and tow a car up to 4K.

I left out the hitch weight for illustration purposes.
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Old 09-18-2016, 05:51 PM   #17
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We may need to start a new thread on this one.
Here is the data I just got off of the Forest River Website in relations to Georgetown XL and I still don't understand.

  • GVWR
  • Wheelbase
  • GCWR
  • GAWR Rear
  • GAWR Front
  • Fuel Capacity
  • Exterior Length
  • Exterior Height
  • Exterior Width
  • Fresh Water
  • Gray Water
  • Black Water
  • Awning Size

369DS

  • 24000 lbs.
  • 242"
  • 30000
  • 15500 lbs.
  • 9000 lbs.
  • 80 gal
  • 37' 11"
  • 12' 8"
  • 101"
  • 65 gal.
  • 84 gal.
  • 84 gal.
  • 17 ft

377TS

  • 24000 lbs. .
  • 242"
  • 30000
  • 15500 lbs.
  • 9000 lbs.
  • 80 gal
  • 37' 11"
  • 12' 8"
  • 101"
  • 65 gal.
  • 42 gal.
  • 42 gal.
  • 20 ft

378TS

  • 24000 lbs. .
  • 242"
  • 30000
  • 15500 lbs.
  • 9000 lbs.
  • 80 gal
  • 37' 4"
  • 12' 8"
  • 101"
  • 65 gal.
  • 42 gal.
  • 42 gal.
  • 20 ft




GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) – is the maximum permissible weight of the unit when fully loaded. It includes all weights, inclusive of all fluids, occupants, cargo, optional equipment and accessories. For safety and product performance do NOT exceed the GVWR.

GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) – is the maximum permissible loaded weight of your motor home and any towed trailer or towed vehicle. Actual GCWR of this vehicle may be limited by the sum of the GVWR and the installed hitch receiver maximum capacity rating; see hitch rating label for detail.

GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) – is the maximum permissible weight, including cargo, fluids, optional equipment and accessories that can be safely supported by each axle.

UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight)* – is the typical weight of the unit as manufactured at the factory. It includes all weight at the unit’s axle(s), including full fuel, all fluids and LP Gas. The UVW does not include cargo, fresh potable water, additional optional equipment or dealer installed accessories.

*Estimated Average based on standard build optional equipment.

CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity) ** – is the amount of weight available for fresh potable water, cargo, passengers, additional optional equipment and accessories. CCC is equal to GVWR minus UVW. Available CCC should accommodate fresh potable water (8.3 lbs per gallon). Before filling the fresh water tank, empty the black and gray tanks to provide for more cargo capacity.

**Estimated Average based on standard build optional equipment.
Each Forest River RV is weighed at the manufacturing facility prior to shipping. A label identifying the unloaded vehicle weight of the actual unit and the cargo carrying capacity is applied to every Forest River RV prior to leaving our facilities.

The load capacity of your unit is designated by weight, not by volume, so you cannot necessarily use all available space when loading your unit.
Actual towing capacity is dependent upon your particular loading and towing circumstances, which includes the GVWR, GAWR and GCWR as well as adequate trailer brakes. Please refer to the Operator's Manual of your vehicle for further towing information.
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I installed Bilstien heavy duty shocks on our tow Van, a 2012 Chevy 3500. The difference in ride quality is amazing. In the past our van would bounce at almost every bridge or large bump in the road and some times keep bouncing. We have 32,000 miles on the van and the new shocks have made the ride better than new.

I took the easy way out and had my machanic instal the shocks while we were in for inspection and servicing. I would recommend these shocks even at $89.00 each they are really worth the higher price.

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That still does not explain your sticker though, it says 22K, should be 24K. The sticker says 2010/2011.

What is the year?
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Old 09-18-2016, 06:17 PM   #20
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I think I figured it out. The 378TS was riding on a 22K chassis until 2013 when it got bumped to a 24K chassis.

You definitely have a 22K chassis, which matches your sticker. Other than my 6 speed, we have the same chassis.
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