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Old 07-27-2014, 10:02 AM   #1
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Upgrades for handling

I have a 2013 Sunseeker 3170. Happy overall with handling, but would like to do some modifications. I have been reading a lot about the Safe T Plus and was thinking of going that route, but wasn't sure if I should start with changing the shocks to a Bilstein. I do feel sometimes that I am playing with the steering with windy conditions or when trucks pass me, so that why I was thinking of the Safe T Plus. I also think sometimes it feels a little top heavy so that's why I was thinking the new shocks.
I'd like to hear anyone's opinion. Weather I should maybe do both or start with one the. The other. I know its probably for 2 different things, but what would do the most for overall ride difference?
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:12 AM   #2
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Upgrades for handling

Does it have air bags? I never felt the need to upgrade shocks. Unless it was a furious crosswind I could eliminate the sway by increasing air in the bags.

I think the single best upgrade I ever made was spending the money on the Blue Ox Tru-Center steering stabilizer. It's not cheap but it does what it says it will do. The handling was a night and day difference.
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:21 AM   #3
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Thanks for the response. I did look at the Blue Ox also, when looking at the Safe T Plus. I did like the fact you can adjust from in the coach, but it does look a little pricier. Not having to crawl under for adjustments may be worth the extra!
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Forgot to mention in last post, yes, it does have airbags.
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:49 AM   #5
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Brian217 I have same issues with 3051s in cross wind you mentioned Safe T plus ? have info on this ?
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:50 AM   #6
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I think either way you go, the higher end steering stabilizers make a huge difference.

If the wind is strong enough you will obviously never get rid of the top heavy feel. But before I spent the money on shocks I would play around with air pressure to see how it feels for you.

Also if you feel like the front is kind of wandering around don't rule out an alignment and tires. Mine had I wandering problem and it was just the front tires were worn a little funny and it was enough to cause the problem.

I'm sure others will have input, but in my motorhome experiences it seemed like the ford chassis was more sensitive on the alignment then the chevy.
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Old 07-27-2014, 12:08 PM   #7
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I did just have an alignment done. Like I said, I'm pretty happy with the way it feels most of the time. Just thinking I can improve on it. The trucks passing by are probably the biggest thing. Hopping at bridges was the other thing that comes to mind. Most of the time it feels fine, but occasionally you get one that makes you feel like you're going to launch and just has a squishy feeling in the front end. I keep the air bags in the back around 60 or 70 depending on if I'm pulling a vehicle or not. Most of the time I'm driving it feels really good, basically like I'm driving a truck. I'm also trying to get my wife to drive a little more, so I want to have it setup as good as possible. Thanks for the input so far.
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The transitions from road to bridge are getting bad all over the country! Coming back from Georgia last week we lost 2 marker lights on our dually from jaw breaking hits to the lips on bridges. Being inside a motorhome is horrible! It sounds like it's going to break in half sometimes.

If you feel the front is soft then I would say the Bilsteins or KYB's would definitely improve the situation.

Further down the road if your looking for even more upgrades you can look into some sway bar modifications.
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Old 07-27-2014, 01:59 PM   #9
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Best upgrade i did for myself was to get the reese dual cam hp setup. In essence it locks your tt to your tv during highway travel. I pull a 29 foot freedom express with a 2014 ram 1500. Takes a fair amount of wind to affect handling and stability. Plus living in southern alberta wind is a daily occurrence.


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Get axel weights when you are road ready with all your gear. Inflate tires to the manufactures recommended pressure, not what the FR sticker says.

I think Ford started to use larger sway bars. The front should be 1 3/8 inch diameter and the rear 1 5/8 inch diameter. If they are smaller at least consider installing the poly bushings in place of the rubber ones. Or Get over to Leaf Springs, Helper Springs and Suspension Parts | SD Truck Springs and consider replacing the sway bars. If you are a amateur wrench turner you can DYI.

Take the rig to someone who understands MH alignments, not a Ford dealer, and tell them your concerns. +5 on the castor. If you browse the forum you can find some post about alignment including one that has the specs that work.

Replace the shocks to anything other than the OEM's.

I did this to my 2860 and was the best thing for me. Never considered the steer stabilizer, I think they mask problems.
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