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Old 08-12-2015, 02:37 PM   #101
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This seems to be a common issue on the newer F53 chassis. Personally, If I owned a newer unit, I would make this an inspection item before every trip.

The older units used a heavy duty pillow block. Mine is a 2001.

Put blue locktite on the bolts and torque down to 100 ft lbs.

Scroll down to the bottom on this link and you can see what the older models used.

Cheap Handling Fix – and then some | 2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB


2001 Coachmen Mirada (Ford F53 6.8L V10) - Toad 2003 Saturn Vue
It won't do MACH 2, but I can get a sandwich and take a pee.
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Old 08-12-2015, 05:30 PM   #102
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Thanks waiter21, I'm under mine before, during and after every trip.

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Old 08-12-2015, 08:36 PM   #103
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Completely broke the passenger side bracket on our rig, discovered while in Elkhart, IN. Ordered 2 brackets from through Ford dealer, took two days to get. Don't leave home without a couple and some extra bolts, my advice! It's a real bad setup from Ford.
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Old 08-15-2015, 09:30 AM   #104
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My saddle broke too....welded it instead or replacing. So far so good
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Old 08-27-2015, 04:11 PM   #105
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Just completed the CHF on my 2015 FR3 30ds and adjusted the tire pressure to Forest River specs. What a difference on the test run! Truly amazing! From a shaky ten & two grip on the steering wheel to a comfortable one handed just cruising along grip. In his CHF Instruction Manual WGFR3 states that he is not an engineer. Engineer or not, it is one of the better method of procedure user guides I have seen. Thanks for this fix!

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Old 08-27-2015, 04:20 PM   #106
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That is why you could understand it.
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Old 12-27-2015, 11:56 PM   #107
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2015 30DS 4400 miles and yes the rear sway brackets are still coming loose. Initially I was pretty impressed with the handling then it went to ****. Decided on the CHF and discovered I had no rear sway at all. With some bending of the bracket and some grade 8 bolts I've got it back together and have also done the CHF. I'm guessing this will handle the issue but Ford needs to get a clue! The rear sway bracket failure is definitely not an isolated issue! Thank you to all the previous posters for your help.

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