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Old 05-17-2019, 09:56 PM   #1
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Handling - Workhorse vs. Ford

I keep reading posts about adding aftermarket suspension upgrades, trac bars, steering stabilizers and the like to improve handling.

For the most part, my 2002 Suncruiser 35U handles very well, cruises like it's on rails and doesn't over-react to passing big rigs. I have a Workhorse W20 with no suspension mods other than new OEM shocks.

Am I just lucky or is this the result of the Workhorse vs. Ford chassis?
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Old 05-18-2019, 05:02 AM   #2
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After reading a lot of threads, I conclude that the Workhorse chassis (particularly after the W-series was introduced) came from the factory without significant handling issues- unlike some/many of the Ford F-53 chassis.

I note that some F-53 chassis owners have reported satisfaction with the handling of their rigs, as they come from the coach-builder.

If Workhorse had not left the gas-coach chassis business in 2010, Ford may have responded to their competition, and improved the F-53 chassis, or come out with a new design that eliminated some of the handling problems.

Outside of handling, Workhorse owners report an array of chassis-based problems. This is to be expected. The F-53 has its own shortcomings.
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:16 AM   #3
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Bob-

After reading a lot of threads, I conclude that the Workhorse chassis (particularly after the W-series was introduced) came from the factory without significant handling issues- unlike some/many of the Ford F-53 chassis.

I note that some F-53 chassis owners have reported satisfaction with the handling of their rigs, as they come from the coach-builder.

If Workhorse had not left the gas-coach chassis business in 2010, Ford may have responded to their competition, and improved the F-53 chassis, or come out with a new design that eliminated some of the handling problems.

Outside of handling, Workhorse owners report an array of chassis-based problems. This is to be expected. The F-53 has its own shortcomings.
So, what sort of WH chassis shortcomings should I be thinking about?
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:35 PM   #4
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I don't have firsthand experience with the Workhorse chassis.

I have noticed a number of posts over on the iRV2 Workhorse forum (link here) concerning the auto-park function, which is on some of the chassis models. This thread also looks like a place to start for Workhorse issues.

Sorry I can't be more helpful.
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:07 PM   #5
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Thanks, Mark, this is a good start.
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