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Old 08-22-2015, 12:48 PM   #11
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Make sure your tire inflation is on spec. If not, you'll be all over the road
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:55 AM   #12
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We replaced the sway bar to a heavier one which helped, but we saw a huge difference when we also replaced the shocks to Bilstien shocks and struts.
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Old 08-30-2015, 12:07 PM   #13
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Add Sumo springs and the job will be complete
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:04 PM   #14
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We installed the heavier sway bar which made a big difference. Still, wind and large trucks passing can push us around a bit. We are thinking about the shocks/struts, too.
Do the shocks make the ride rougher - more like a truck instead of a car?
Just wondering....
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:26 PM   #15
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"We are thinking about the shocks/struts, too.
Do the shocks make the ride rougher - more like a truck instead of a car?"


Isn't the RV more like a truck to begin with? ;-)

It took me almost two years to get brave enough to drive our Solera, and it was only after Husband put on the heavier sway bar. I did OK, but wouldn't drive it if very windy.

After he put on the shocks and struts, it drove sooo much better and easier, even in the wind. You will not be disappointed. Of course you get a bit of a jolt still when a semi passes, but nothing like before. You can feel a semi even in a car.

There was also a HUGE difference in walking back to the fridge, bathroom, or whatever while going down the road. I didn't wobble all over like before. Of course, big bumps in the road don't count. ;-)
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:38 AM   #16
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Add Sumo springs and the job will be complete
X2 Sumo's = Best mod ever

If you only do 2 mod's to your MBS, make sure it is the SumoSprings and the rear Sway Bar.

I did the sway bar and shocks first and still got pushed around a bit by the big rigs.

Now with Sumo's all around, it is a completely different vehicle. It is also much quieter inside while driving, due to being so stable and level.
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"Now with Sumo's all around, it is a completely different vehicle. It is also much quieter inside while driving, due to being so stable and level."

Excuse my ignorance on this stuff. Sumo's work well on the MBS, too? About how much do they cost? (I know different areas probably charge different prices.) Do they make any difference on MPG and tire wear?
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"Now with Sumo's all around, it is a completely different vehicle. It is also much quieter inside while driving, due to being so stable and level."

Excuse my ignorance on this stuff. Sumo's work well on the MBS, too? About how much do they cost? (I know different areas probably charge different prices.) Do they make any difference on MPG and tire wear?
No problem. I read a lot about them on the Sprinter sites, at first and on the Solera forum as well. They make them for a lot of different trucks and MH's. Cost is about $175 to $180 a pair (front/rear) for the Sprinter. SuspensionConnection.com has a special with $30 off when you spend $300 and free shipping. I installed mine myself but it does require raising the rig.

SumoSprings: "SumoSprings are proprietary suspension products designed to enhance load carrying ability, stabilize sway and improve overall driver control and comfort."

In regards to MPG, don't think so. Tire wear - maybe, since they keep your rig inline and stable. Forum members that have had them longer than I can chime in to better answer.

https://youtu.be/wl8vlAGJeQw

SuperSprings Self-Adjusting Suspension Stabilizers > SumoSprings-Solo
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Sumo Part Numbers for the MBS:
Rear are SSR-338-47
Front are SSF-106-40

Suspension Connection COUPON CODES:

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https://www.suspensionconnection.com/sumosprings.html
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:39 PM   #20
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Why You'd Like Bilstein Shocks

The stock shock absorbers are very weak. This means that you can actually compress one by merely pushing both ends together with your hands and arms. The Bilsteins will require you to place one end of the shock on the ground and then apply your full body weight on the other end to compress it. Even with full body weight pressing down, the shock will compress very gradually, rather than, all at once.

Now picture 7,000 pounds of Solera rear end swaying left and right after a corner or uneven driveway. Which shock will more quickly control and minimize that motion? I think you get the picture.

I've taken to carrying one of the stock shocks (they were only on the Solera 3 months) as cargo. Whenever we encounter an RV'er and the conversation goes in the direction of handling and control, I happily pull out the stock item and demonstrate how weak it is.

No, it won't make the ride harsher than it is now. This upgrade will make driving feel more controllable and the driver more confident.
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