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Old 03-16-2010, 10:23 AM   #1
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Wieght balance question

Hello everyone, new owner and somewhat new to RVing.

I just purchased a 2009 georgetown 373 which I have not picked up yet.

I have a bit of the new owner jitters.

We loved the layout but on thinking about it, it seems that almost everything that is heavy is on the drivers side. The kitchen, hide a bed, bathroom, propane, generator, etc.

I was wondering if there are any other 373 owners out there that:

1. Have weighed the 4 wheels of the coach and what the side to side difference was?

2. Did they find it affected the handling of the coach?

3. If so did they do anything about it?


Thanks for any info from a somewhat overwhelmed new owner.
(I know this will go away once I get it and get out there!)
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:44 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum Snorman.

If a rig is off weight to one side they will insert a spacer block under the spring pack on the heavy side to level out the rig. However as many of us are finding out, Forest River has adjusted many of their floorplans and the need for the spacer no longer exists. I found that our rig was sitting 1.5" low on the passenger side and emailed FR about it. They paid to have the spacer removed. This is only necessary if you feel that the rig is out of level on level ground and away from the spacer. If the rig is level then there is no concern. You can read the whole thread on this issue here

I have to say that the F53 chassis with the front and rear trackbars and swaybars is one of the best riding gas chassis' I have ever driven. I think you will be pleased with it. About the only thing I am considering doing is installing the Firestone Ride Rite air springs in the rear to help with the side to side sway that you sometimes get. Kit number for that is 2474 if you go looking for it.
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:05 PM   #3
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I have to say that the F53 chassis with the front and rear trackbars and swaybars is one of the best riding gas chassis' I have ever driven. ....
You'rs came with a rear track bar? Mine only has one on the front.

Welcome to the forum Snorman.
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:08 PM   #4
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By all means I recommend the Firestone Air Springs. I put them on my coach after the first year due to the push from tractor trailers zooming by. It helped tremendously plus balanced out the coach. Afterwards it definitely drives real well. It also helps that the more you drive it the more comfortable you get with it. Congrats on the new Georgetown and to the Forum. If we can help with anything else please ask. There's plenty of very knowledgeable people here that will help anyway possible. Plus we'll help you spend all kinds of money too [Right NWJeeper]. Just kidding, but there are tons of great additions out there and recomendations just help spread the info.
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Old 03-16-2010, 01:05 PM   #5
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You'rs came with a rear track bar? Mine only has one on the front.

Welcome to the forum Snorman.
yeah, thanks Ron, my fingers were typing faster than my brain. Front trackbar only. Good catch.
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