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  • 03/29/2018 8:47 PM
    Reply # 6007260 on 5978389
    James Donaldson wrote:
    Alan Greber wrote:
    Anonymous wrote:

    We purchased a 2014 Fleetwood Bounder (K35), we are having real problems with the steering and handling. There seems to be way too much play in the steering and real hard to hold straight.  We have taken it in for wheel alignment and we purchased safety plus steering control bars and placed on it. We are still having major issues. Called Ford because it is a Ford Chassis and they gave us no help at all and would not even consider doing anything. Fleetwood told us it is a Ford problem. No one seems to want to do anything so I guess we purchased a real expensive problem! If some one knows what to do we would really appreciate any help or ideas! Anyone else having this problem????

    I really think Fleetwood should make Ford do something! I think I would really have to think about purchasing  from a different manufacturer next time.

     


    I I have purchased  a Roadmaster Flex Steering Stabilizer,, Front stabilizer bar, and rear stabilizer bar.. will install them in the next couple of weeks..... I'll let you know how it improves the steering and handling of the coach...2018 Bounder.
    I had the exact same problem with my 2017 Bounder 35K,  Really scary to drive on interstate.  I have done everything stated above and it is much better. I have read many bad postings about the Ford 53 chassis used for RVs.  This is not something Ford and Fleetwood don't know about.  Cost a lot of money to fix it myself.  The dealer wisely did not allow me to drive it on the freeway before purchase so I assumed it would be fine. WRONG.  A real death trap.


    I finished installing (1) a Roadmaster Steering Stabilizer (2) Front CHF(Cheap Handling Fix with adjustable Hellwig end links  (3) rear stabilizer bar CHF  ... just use existing end links on rear CHF and (4) rear UltraTrac  track bar.     The result was amazing.....  took it out in a 40mph cross wind and could drive it with one hand on the steering wheel.   Nice handling now.  *** I did the installs myself. Installs 1, 2, 3  were pretty easy.   Install 4 required a high temp electric heat gun and an impact wrench(in my case a Milwakee battery 420 ft lb impact) to remove 3 differential bolts.. So install 4 requires a little more effort, but is doable.
  • 03/30/2018 8:15 AM
    Reply # 6007732 on 6007260
    Alan Greber wrote:
    James Donaldson wrote:
    Alan Greber wrote:
    Anonymous wrote:

    We purchased a 2014 Fleetwood Bounder (K35), we are having real problems with the steering and handling. There seems to be way too much play in the steering and real hard to hold straight.  We have taken it in for wheel alignment and we purchased safety plus steering control bars and placed on it. We are still having major issues. Called Ford because it is a Ford Chassis and they gave us no help at all and would not even consider doing anything. Fleetwood told us it is a Ford problem. No one seems to want to do anything so I guess we purchased a real expensive problem! If some one knows what to do we would really appreciate any help or ideas! Anyone else having this problem????

    I really think Fleetwood should make Ford do something! I think I would really have to think about purchasing  from a different manufacturer next time.

     


    I I have purchased  a Roadmaster Flex Steering Stabilizer,, Front stabilizer bar, and rear stabilizer bar.. will install them in the next couple of weeks..... I'll let you know how it improves the steering and handling of the coach...2018 Bounder.
    I had the exact same problem with my 2017 Bounder 35K,  Really scary to drive on interstate.  I have done everything stated above and it is much better. I have read many bad postings about the Ford 53 chassis used for RVs.  This is not something Ford and Fleetwood don't know about.  Cost a lot of money to fix it myself.  The dealer wisely did not allow me to drive it on the freeway before purchase so I assumed it would be fine. WRONG.  A real death trap.


    I finished installing (1) a Roadmaster Steering Stabilizer (2) Front CHF(Cheap Handling Fix with adjustable Hellwig end links  (3) rear stabilizer bar CHF  ... just use existing end links on rear CHF and (4) rear UltraTrac  track bar.     The result was amazing.....  took it out in a 40mph cross wind and could drive it with one hand on the steering wheel.   Nice handling now.  *** I did the installs myself. Installs 1, 2, 3  were pretty easy.   Install 4 required a high temp electric heat gun and an impact wrench(in my case a Milwakee battery 420 ft lb impact) to remove 3 differential bolts.. So install 4 requires a little more effort, but is doable.
    On our 2014Fleetwood Bounder 36E, wehad play and sway, so hubby had Roadmaster Stabilizer bar installed and replaced struts with Bilstein struts.Absolutely Amazingaa.Change, can actually drive w one handh
  • 03/30/2018 8:16 AM
    Reply # 6007733 on 6007260
    Alan Greber wrote:
    James Donaldson wrote:
    Alan Greber wrote:
    Anonymous wrote:

    We purchased a 2014 Fleetwood Bounder (K35), we are having real problems with the steering and handling. There seems to be way too much play in the steering and real hard to hold straight.  We have taken it in for wheel alignment and we purchased safety plus steering control bars and placed on it. We are still having major issues. Called Ford because it is a Ford Chassis and they gave us no help at all and would not even consider doing anything. Fleetwood told us it is a Ford problem. No one seems to want to do anything so I guess we purchased a real expensive problem! If some one knows what to do we would really appreciate any help or ideas! Anyone else having this problem????

    I really think Fleetwood should make Ford do something! I think I would really have to think about purchasing  from a different manufacturer next time.

     


    I I have purchased  a Roadmaster Flex Steering Stabilizer,, Front stabilizer bar, and rear stabilizer bar.. will install them in the next couple of weeks..... I'll let you know how it improves the steering and handling of the coach...2018 Bounder.
    I had the exact same problem with my 2017 Bounder 35K,  Really scary to drive on interstate.  I have done everything stated above and it is much better. I have read many bad postings about the Ford 53 chassis used for RVs.  This is not something Ford and Fleetwood don't know about.  Cost a lot of money to fix it myself.  The dealer wisely did not allow me to drive it on the freeway before purchase so I assumed it would be fine. WRONG.  A real death trap.


    I finished installing (1) a Roadmaster Steering Stabilizer (2) Front CHF(Cheap Handling Fix with adjustable Hellwig end links  (3) rear stabilizer bar CHF  ... just use existing end links on rear CHF and (4) rear UltraTrac  track bar.     The result was amazing.....  took it out in a 40mph cross wind and could drive it with one hand on the steering wheel.   Nice handling now.  *** I did the installs myself. Installs 1, 2, 3  were pretty easy.   Install 4 required a high temp electric heat gun and an impact wrench(in my case a Milwakee battery 420 ft lb impact) to remove 3 differential bolts.. So install 4 requires a little more effort, but is doable.
    On our 2014Fleetwood Bounder 36E, wehd play and sway, so hubby had Roadmaster Stabilizer bar installed and replaced struts with Bilstein struts.Absolutely Amazingaa.Change, can actually drive w one handh
  • 05/20/2018 8:56 PM
    Reply # 6245703 on 6007260
    Allen,Had same issue with my 2003 35R Fleetwood Southwind. I was all over the road even with light cross winds. Installed Roadmaster Steering Stabalizer, and Front Air Bags. Rides like a dream and definetivelly controls the cross winds. Hope this helps.Cheers,JR :>)


    Alan Greber wrote:
    James Donaldson wrote:
    Alan Greber wrote:
    Anonymous wrote:

    We purchased a 2014 Fleetwood Bounder (K35), we are having real problems with the steering and handling. There seems to be way too much play in the steering and real hard to hold straight.  We have taken it in for wheel alignment and we purchased safety plus steering control bars and placed on it. We are still having major issues. Called Ford because it is a Ford Chassis and they gave us no help at all and would not even consider doing anything. Fleetwood told us it is a Ford problem. No one seems to want to do anything so I guess we purchased a real expensive problem! If some one knows what to do we would really appreciate any help or ideas! Anyone else having this problem????

    I really think Fleetwood should make Ford do something! I think I would really have to think about purchasing  from a different manufacturer next time.

     


    I I have purchased  a Roadmaster Flex Steering Stabilizer,, Front stabilizer bar, and rear stabilizer bar.. will install them in the next couple of weeks..... I'll let you know how it improves the steering and handling of the coach...2018 Bounder.
    I had the exact same problem with my 2017 Bounder 35K,  Really scary to drive on interstate.  I have done everything stated above and it is much better. I have read many bad postings about the Ford 53 chassis used for RVs.  This is not something Ford and Fleetwood don't know about.  Cost a lot of money to fix it myself.  The dealer wisely did not allow me to drive it on the freeway before purchase so I assumed it would be fine. WRONG.  A real death trap.


    I finished installing (1) a Roadmaster Steering Stabilizer (2) Front CHF(Cheap Handling Fix with adjustable Hellwig end links  (3) rear stabilizer bar CHF  ... just use existing end links on rear CHF and (4) rear UltraTrac  track bar.     The result was amazing.....  took it out in a 40mph cross wind and could drive it with one hand on the steering wheel.   Nice handling now.  *** I did the installs myself. Installs 1, 2, 3  were pretty easy.   Install 4 required a high temp electric heat gun and an impact wrench(in my case a Milwakee battery 420 ft lb impact) to remove 3 differential bolts.. So install 4 requires a little more effort, but is doable.

  • 05/28/2018 11:53 AM
    Reply # 6268702 on 5656082
    Alan Greber wrote:
    Anonymous wrote:

    We purchased a 2014 Fleetwood Bounder (K35), we are having real problems with the steering and handling. There seems to be way too much play in the steering and real hard to hold straight.  We have taken it in for wheel alignment and we purchased safety plus steering control bars and placed on it. We are still having major issues. Called Ford because it is a Ford Chassis and they gave us no help at all and would not even consider doing anything. Fleetwood told us it is a Ford problem. No one seems to want to do anything so I guess we purchased a real expensive problem! If some one knows what to do we would really appreciate any help or ideas! Anyone else having this problem????

    I really think Fleetwood should make Ford do something! I think I would really have to think about purchasing  from a different manufacturer next time.

     


    I I have purchased  a Roadmaster Flex Steering Stabilizer,, Front stabilizer bar, and rear stabilizer bar.. will install them in the next couple of weeks..... I'll let you know how it improves the steering and handling of the coach...2018 Bounder.

    I bought and installed (1) Roadmaster Steering Stabilizer (2) UltraTrac Rear Track Bar (3) Rear Roadmaster anit sway bar (this is in addition to the factory anti sway bar)  (4) installed the CHF - Cheap Handling Fix on front and rear factory sway bars($100 for 2 Hellwig adjustable end links for front anti sway bar) .    Total parts  $1698.00  Labor: self installed

    Result:   Handles great now.   No more Semi Trucks and or wind blowing you all over the road.

  • 06/29/2018 4:30 PM
    Reply # 6350660 on 848407
    I probably have the oldest Fleetwood class A in this forum. It's a 1985 Southwind.  We got it in pretty rough condition and decided it was structurally worth saving and restoring. It's got a strong motor and transmission with only 57,000 miles on a 454 Chevy engine. 


    Here's my question:. Neither my wife nor I are mechanics and we can't locate the dipstick to check the oil!. Can someone help us?


    Thanks!

  • 11/21/2018 8:49 AM
    Reply # 6922616 on 848407

    My wife and I purchased a one year old Jamboree with 9900 milesin June 2018.  At 60 mph and 2000 to 2300 rpm we had a howling sound that would go away as soon as the Motorhome shifted gears increasing the rpm.  Took the unit to a dealer in PA who change rear end but no success.  Traveled to our winter home in Florida and took the unit to Gator Ford in Seffner, FL thinking it was a Ford chassis problem. They found that the additional drive shaft, not a Ford product wasn’t aligned correctly. They repair the problem; however, I had to pay being the problem was not covered under my Ford warranty.  Good news, I contacted Amy Zimmerman at Fleetwood Rev RV group who was able to get us reimbursed for the cost of repairs.  Great ending...

  • 01/28/2019 8:52 PM
    Reply # 7134212 on 848407

    We ran into a problem with our 2014 Southwind a couple of weeks ago with the blower motor on the chassis blower not working.

    It meant no heat being blown out of the dash vents in below freezing temps.

    I searched all documents and checked every possible fuse, and found all in good shape.

    We then went to level the coach and the Power Gear levelling touch pad wouldn't work!

    After another intensive search and nothing, we called in a mobile RV service guy.

    Eventually he traced the problem to a blown 25 amp in-line fuse tucked up high behind the speedometer!

    We also determined that the 1-25 amp fuse was handling both the Blower and Levellers.

    Posting this as an FYI  should you find yourself with a similar issue.

    Last modified: 01/29/2019 4:16 AM | Jim & Linda Brown
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