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Old 09-16-2014, 10:18 AM   #1
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Front end clunking sound

After going on some very rough roads this summer our 2011 Coachman Mirada developed a clunking noise in the right front end. We had a mechanic look at it at Yellowstone and he said he thought it was in the chassis and Coachman would have to look at it. We really hear it when we are driving slow like through a campground or parking lot. In fact the whole motorhome sounds like it is coming apart. Has anyone put heavier shocks on to give it a smoother ride?

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Old 09-17-2014, 07:36 PM   #2
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Torque your anti-sway bar link ends and the brackets that hold the bar to the axel or frame as the case may be.

I think stock torque is 60 ft lbs but check with your dealer to be certain.


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Old 09-17-2014, 09:04 PM   #3
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We've had a similar noise on our rig ('02 F-53 chassis). I'm pretty sure its a sway-bar bushing that's worn to a point where there's clearance, but haven't gone after it (yet?).
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:07 PM   #4
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Yep. I'd say a bushing somewhere has gone bad. Maybe the end links, sway bar or the shock bushing. Should be easy to find.

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Old 09-17-2014, 09:28 PM   #5
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X2 on sway links.
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Old 09-18-2014, 04:30 AM   #6
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I read the OP a number of times trying to figure out what the issue was. All I can say is that most folks replace the OEM Bilstein shocks with Koni's. I don't know that they are "heavier" or not.

As a side note (not that you asked) related to the clunking noise, x4 on the greatest possibility that it is a bushing/mount related issue however taking it to Coachmen is what I consider bad advice. You have a Ford F-53 Chassis. You would, IMHO, be best served by taking it to a certified Ford truck mechanic if you do not have the ability, knowledge or desire to DIY.

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