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RustyMacIntosh

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Posted: 02/08/20 07:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

what recommendations does the crowd have on buying aftermarket air-bags for the rear of this coach? I looked at several on Amazon and eBay, but not sure which one would be the appropriate one for my F53 frame.

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I used the Firestone Ride Rite.. They bolt right on, everything was in the kit and life time warranty. Amazon was the lowest cost at that time.

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RustyMacIntosh wrote:

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I'm certain I am overweight on that back axle, with the fresh water tank and the gas tank, and my Chihuahua sleeping on the bed I am certain it is overweight, why Fleetwood did this model is beyond me, but, in 95, I was tugging a 18 foot Prowler around behind my 1980 F100,,,,,


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RustyMacIntosh wrote:

I was told by one shop, put Firestone bags in the rear. Another said a single leaf--which would be a more harsh ride, but hold the weight better

I need to research what others with the F53 frame have done to correct the steering wonder.


I was told the same thing. I had a new set of springs put on and inquired about extra leafs. They said the same thing. I was not happy with the added rear height so a few years later
i added "Air Lift air bags to the rear. They were close enough to the exhaust pipes so
i added header wrap to the pipes. I was able to get the rear end up a couple of inches and boy it made a big difference in the ride. A lot smoother. Do the air bags. I run around 60psi. Max is 100psi.


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Not sure I agree. If the rear is heavy enough that the rear is sagging, adding a leaf to bring it back to factory spec should not make for a harsh ride.

Yes, the springs have become weaker over the years. An added leaf should restore their deflection per pound/force.

Of course if the IS something that concerns you, another option to restore ride height without adding to spring rate is to have a SPACER added. Did that on our Safari DP with leaf spring suspension. Worked just fine. Note: Did not do it because of sagging axle, but side to side lean due to all heavy things on one side of the coach.


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Any recommendations on the set of airbags I should invest in for this Bounder?

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Bags are the answer, way cheaper, totally adjustable.
Any spring change is permanent or spend more money.
My guess is poor weight placement making the front end too light.
I had a 1974 Winnebago Indian that had two 30 lb LP tanks, generator, fuel and water tanks behind rear axle.
It was MISERABLE to drive over 40 mph, semi's would blow it 1/2 a lane sideways and you had to always watch the mirrors for up coming traffic to compensate!

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wolfe10 wrote:

Not sure I agree. If the rear is heavy enough that the rear is sagging, adding a leaf to bring it back to factory spec should not make for a harsh ride.

Yes, the springs have become weaker over the years. An added leaf should restore their deflection per pound/force.

Of course if the IS something that concerns you, another option to restore ride height without adding to spring rate is to have a SPACER added. Did that on our Safari DP with leaf spring suspension. Worked just fine. Note: Did not do it because of sagging axle, but side to side lean due to all heavy things on one side of the coach.


But all that extra metal does nothing to improve the ride.
Where as adding air bags to sagging leaf springs improves the ride.

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I would suggest that restoring proper spring rate (and therefore ride height) WILL improve ride. Shocks are back to mid travel, far less bottoming out, etc.

I think we can all agree that the only bad answer is to do nothing and continue to bottom out the suspension over the smallest bumps.

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