DIY Steering Stabilizer Install // Ford F53 Chassis // Fleetwood Bounder
Total time: 2hrs
Cost: ~ $400
Diving in or should I say driving in…
First off, I wouldn’t call myself an expert in anything especially mechanical things. But if you know how to remove couple bolts, then you can handle doing this yourself.
Before you start, lift up the front of your RV, this will five you room to get an impact in there to remove the bolts. I chose to just use the stabilizer jacks and lifted them as far as I could. Worked for me but I would also add a couple wood blocks under them. For extra safety add a couple jack stands under the front axel.
Now you can do the fun part, crawl under the passenger side; behind the tire and locate the 1 1/8in nuts on the rear of the front leaf spring. Remove those nuts and add the provided plate from the install kit making sure to face the angle inward. (seen in the video). Tighten up the nuts and the hard part is done.
Now add the other side of the mount to the steering drag link and leave it somewhat loose.
Now add the shock itself with the provided bolts and tighten everything down. As a side tip, make sure the wheel is as straight as possible before you tighten everything down. It doesn’t have to be perfect but the closer the better.
Zach's pro tip
If you feel like the RV is drifting to one side after you install it, loose the bolts, straighten the wheel and retighten. That should fix your issue.