Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-05-2014, 11:43 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 32
Ford 2013 F53 Chassis

Hi folks, We have a 2013 Georgetown 378 riding on a Ford 53 24K chassis. Getting alot oh "heavy" creaks, groans, thunks and thuds from the front-end suspension. Occurs during low speed turns, maneuvering over semi-rough terrain. Makes the DW sit up and say ""Oh ##&^#!, what was that. I suspect it is just the shocks, springs and bushings doing their thing but DW would like to hear from another source We have 9000K on the MH; will be 19K by October.
Anyone out there having the same moans and groans....from the chassis that is?
__________________

__________________
goodstick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2014, 12:01 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Iggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Desert SW - Arizona
Posts: 6,360
Have you had the frontend greased?
Have the frontend been aligned?
Have you checked your tire pressures? What is it?
Have you ever considered spraying silicone lube between the leak spring?
Did you do the sway bar modification?
Have you looked underneath to see if your sway bar bushings are dry?
You can also spray them with silicone lube.
Just some questions to try and figure out why your make noise.
__________________

__________________
2012 Georgetown XL - 378TS 60,000 miles
Life is a journey, not a destination !

Iggy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2014, 03:36 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 32
Ford F53 Chassis

The coach has been aligned, grease job done and have done the mod to the front sway bar. Have yet to spray lube on anything yet. Will do it for sure before next trip this week-end. Iggy do you know off-hand if the sway bar bushings are rubber or poly? Haven't had a chance to look under there with that in mind.
__________________
goodstick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2014, 05:45 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Iggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Desert SW - Arizona
Posts: 6,360
I believe they may be poly bushings but they are black and may be rubber.
But I always spray some silicone lube in them before any trip.
I also have the SteerSafe setup hooked up.

Here is a picture of both front and rear sway bar busings

Good luck.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Motorhome May31_2013 029.jpg
Views:	371
Size:	57.9 KB
ID:	51738   Click image for larger version

Name:	MH_Shelves 003.jpg
Views:	403
Size:	62.2 KB
ID:	51739  
__________________
2012 Georgetown XL - 378TS 60,000 miles
Life is a journey, not a destination !

Iggy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2014, 06:25 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Gahanna, OH
Posts: 1,414
I would also like to know if they are poly. The sway bar bushings are also black in ours, but the OEM links had blue ones. Same thing in the rear.

Is Steer Safe good enough for you Iggy? Not a very good question since we have the lighter 20.5 chassis though.
__________________
2014 Georgetown 351DS
-TruCenter -Front/Rear CHF -Hellwig Links -Tiger Trak -Ran McNally GPS -ScanGauge -Truck Systems TPMS -5 Star Tune
alparmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2014, 06:27 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
bubbles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 2,562
I have a 2012 378. There rubber (black) on my unit. Had the dreaded bracket bolt failure and that's how I know.
__________________
bubbles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2014, 07:01 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Iggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Desert SW - Arizona
Posts: 6,360
Quote:
Originally Posted by alparmer View Post
I would also like to know if they are poly. The sway bar bushings are also black in ours, but the OEM links had blue ones. Same thing in the rear.

Is Steer Safe good enough for you Iggy? Not a very good question since we have the lighter 20.5 chassis though.
SteerSafe is great for me. I drive a lot of miles and I think it is worth it in case I get a blowout. But it also keeps the front end heading down the road easier. Effortless steering at 65 mph. I have 23,000 miles on my rig in the past 2 years and planning another 10,000 plus miles this year.
__________________
2012 Georgetown XL - 378TS 60,000 miles
Life is a journey, not a destination !

Iggy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2014, 07:59 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 32
I'm having a Ford sub-let truck shop check out the front end Wed. Don't want to do any lube until he sees/hears the suspension. I have the Safe-T-Plus steering stabilizer front and Roadmaster's rear trac bar installed as well. Both have made a huge difference in handling, winds and semi-push.
Will make a post Wed with results of inspections.
__________________
goodstick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2014, 01:40 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 32
Okay folks, Had the Georgetown checked out today. Seems the CHF (front) was the culprit in the thunking and clunking noises. The additional torque put on the sway bar by moving the bolts to the inside holes had caused the sway bar to shift just enough so that it was knocking against the left leaf spring. Moved the bolts back to original position. On an upcoming trip we shall see which is worse: handling or klunking!
__________________
goodstick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2014, 04:08 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Gahanna, OH
Posts: 1,414
Quote:
Originally Posted by goodstick View Post
Okay folks, Had the Georgetown checked out today. Seems the CHF (front) was the culprit in the thunking and clunking noises. The additional torque put on the sway bar by moving the bolts to the inside holes had caused the sway bar to shift just enough so that it was knocking against the left leaf spring. Moved the bolts back to original position. On an upcoming trip we shall see which is worse: handling or klunking!
This is the first time I've heard something negative about the CHF. I've put 4k miles on mine without a single screech. I just can't see how the sway bar can hit the leaf springs even if you use the original links. Something was installed wrong or something is worn or broke. Pictures would be great.
__________________

__________________
2014 Georgetown 351DS
-TruCenter -Front/Rear CHF -Hellwig Links -Tiger Trak -Ran McNally GPS -ScanGauge -Truck Systems TPMS -5 Star Tune
alparmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
2013

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:53 PM.