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Old 10-29-2009, 01:12 PM   #1
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Improving the ride in my greyhawk

I'm looking to make the ride in my 31ss smoother. Looking for some solutions that other owners have had success with. Are air bags on the rear my only option?
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:48 PM   #2
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From what I see being new at this rv thing is a number of people have recommended to change the shocks and improve on a bigger swaybar in the back. As for the airbags I was told that it would only take care of load not ride. Good luck.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:20 PM   #3
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I had a 1999 F150 that I towed a 5th wheel with. Adding the airbags on the F150 greatly improved the ride, as well as the performance. When I went to the 2008 F250, I also added airbags, not that they were needed but in order to improve the ride. They have not help much on the F250. It is a very tight and bumpy ride. There is some improvement, but nothing to write home about.

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The springs and shocks which Ford included with the chassis are just about rock-hard. Adjustable shocks might be one option, if available to you. I'd put airbags on only as a last resort.

How do you load your rig? Is most of what you carry behind the rear wheels? This might lead to the front end being too light, and that can certainly heighten any sensation you are getting of a hard ride. If you can relocate as much cargo as possible inside of the wheelbase, this should help.

How about tire pressures? To the best of my knowledge, you should be running 65 PSI up front and 70-80 in the rear (Jayco's recommendation on my 27' is 70). Sticking to those numbers will help somewhat, too.
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Old 11-29-2009, 08:33 AM   #5
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Bags52.... Please define "smoother".... I also have a 31SS and find the ride to be very good as is from the factory... sometimes I do feel it leans a bit but the Helwig suspension seems to keep it in check... only thing that bothers me is the steering could be a bit "tighter" that is I sometimes feel I have to keep making corrections to keep her going straight down the road...

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One thing I didn't mention in my earlier post was alignment. I'm going to invest in getting that sorted out when I get my new tires.

I don't think Jayco has our coaches realigned once they are finished, and they really should do this. The Ford factory specs as the chassis is built as an incomplete vehicle often don't work out well once it's fully built-up. The thing is, you need to take it to someone who is knowledgeable with RVs or commercial vehicles that often travel heavily loaded, so they can set it up properly.
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