Our Winnebago View Class C Suspension Upgrades

When we took ownership of our 2019 Winnebago View Class C Motorhome, we were dismayed at the excessive body roll which made our driving days a little disconcerting. We needed a few suspension upgrades that would minimize our small motorhome’s body roll while making our drive more comfortable.

After taking delivery of our 2019 Winnebago View 24D in Indiana in late June of 2019, we drove it to Erie, Pennsylvania to visit my brother’s family.

However, once we got on the road, our drive was absolutely miserable. Coupled with the terrible roads and the motorhome’s stock suspension, we felt like we were back on the rescue boats. I kid you not, we got RV sick; much like being sea sick!

Our small Class C motorhome rocked and rolled at every turn. It felt like we were going to tip over as we pulled in and out of every driveway or parking lot.

We asked ourselves, “why didn’t we feel these issues on our test drive?”

We seriously wondered if we made a $165,000 mistake because our little motorhome drove like CRAP! There, I said it!

After diligent research, Dan figured out what we needed to do to improve our Winnebago View’s suspension. Dan ordered the necessary parts and components needed to complete our suspension modifications. They would be waiting for us at my brother’s house when we’d arrive.

Once we got to my bro’s house, we were blessed with great weather and a level location to do our RV modifications. Electricity was also available along with ample work space, lots of tools and of course, an extra set of man-hands to help. (Thanks Jim!)

So, let’s jump right in to show you how we improved our Winnebago View’s suspension with a few simple upgrades.

Our Winnebago View Class C Suspension Upgrades

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Sway Bar

One of the first things we noticed when driving our Winnebago View was the terrible body roll when traversing in and out of parking lots or around sharp corners on the road.

The body roll is caused by an under-sized sway bar coupled with a very tall vehicle thus, resulting in the body roll. Its’ very pronounced movement was terrifying the first time we experienced it.

By replacing the factory-installed OEM sway bar with an upgraded sway bar, the driving experience improved…somewhat.

View Swaybar
Our Winnebago View’s new Hellwig Sway Bar installed under the chassis

Our upgraded Hellwig sway bar reduces body roll so we benefit from better vehicle control. And, it greatly improved cornering traction for safer driving and cornering capabilities.

It’s a fast easy bolt-on installation backed with a lifetime warranty. The Hellwig sway bar is engineered and developed for our Winnebago View’s application. And it includes high tech polyurethane bushings. It has high quality 4140 chrome moly spring steel. This prescribed sway bar for our Mercedes Benz chassis cost about $225.

Th sway bar installation is quite easy and can be done by most do-it-yourself shade tree mechanics. Just be aware, you will be laying underneath the chassis. So we recommend laying a large piece of cardboard or tarp on the ground just in case you drop washers, nuts or bolts.

The only tools you need for the sway bar installation are basic metric hand tools (because it’s a metric-manufactured Mercedes Benz chassis).

The results are quite noticable.  The new sway bar reduced the body roll to a manageable and more subdued level. This upgrade still requires careful, slow entry and exit into parking lots and driveways. But, it allows our View to navigate these with much less anxiety.

Springs

The second part of our Winnebago View suspension modification is the front and rear springs. Now, the part number for the Sumo Springs is dictated by the weight of your motorhome and the type of ride you desire. We chose the black SumoSprings made specifically for our Winnebago View’s Mercedes Benz chassis.

Sumo Springs are a patented suspension product designed to enhance load carrying ability, stabilize sway, and improve overall driver control and ride comfort.

They are maintenance free, do not leak air, and do not require air-lines or compressors. Sumo Springs are manufactured in a variety of heights, diameters and densities to support multiple front and rear applications.

They are manufactured from proprietary closed micro-cellular urethane providing a smooth and progressive spring rate with superior damping properties.

The SumoSprings on the left (photo above) are a manufactured compressed rubber block that take the place of the original factory bump stops.

Having them installed properly will help prevent the suspension from bottoming out when our motorhome transits over bumps, ripples, potholes and imperfections in the road.

Sumo Springs are:

      • Sold as a pair (left and right)
      • Maintenance-free
      • Enhances load carrying ability
      • 900 (lb.) Capacity at 50% Compression
      • Reduces and stabilizes sway
Comparing the new front springs. You can see the vast difference between the new SumoSprings (left) and factory installed spring on the right.
Look at the difference between the rear springs. The large springs on the left replaced the inadequate spring on the right.

Similar to the sway bar, you can install the Sumo Springs yourself. Or you can have a professional or DIY mechanic install them.

The tools needed to install them was a flat head screwdriver and 12mm Deep Well Socket. For our Winnebago View, we installed the following (click the links below FMI). Each pair cost about $190 but is a worthwhile investment.

There are several videos available on YouTube that shows the installation process. E-trailer has an excellent video with a great tip for the installation of the rear springs.

Shocks

Replacing our View’s OEM rear shocks was the last of our Winnebago View suspension upgrades. And in our opinion, we should have done this installation first.

We opted for the Fox 2/5 Shocks from Agile Off Road. They’re only available through Agile Off Road.

Photo courtesy of Agile OffRoad

TIP: These shocks fit most 2015+ Sprinter 3500 Class C motorhomes & heavier 4wd 3500 vans. Agile Off Road requires the last 8-digits of your VIN# to verify shock fitment. Failure to include this information may cause shipping delays.

These Fox 2/5 Shocks eliminate wallowing, instability, and harshness from the ride of our Mercedes Sprinter 4WD 3500 & 3500 Class C RVs.

The Agile Tuned Fox shock absorbers take a heavy-duty Fox 2.5 series shock (originally designed for heavy, high-mileage semi-trucks) add a custom length shaft and tune the damping to give you a more comfortable, capable, and predictably handling vehicle both on & off the pavement.

This is a bolt-on suspension upgrade for second generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 series (4WD only) & Class C 3500 RVs in both 2wd & 4wd configurations.

Photo courtesy of Agile OffRoad. This is not a photo of our View’s chassis.

You or a DIY mechanic can install these. Or, you can hire professional installer. Installation time is about an hour or less and does not requires any specialty tools.

For what it’s worth, we hired a professional installer as Dan didn’t feel comfortable doing this suspension upgrade himself (he had a shoulder injury). That, and he didn’t have the proper tools.

Watching our installer, he carefully used a bottle jack to support the motorhome’s frame. Then, he used a floor jack to compress the new Fox 2/5 Shocks to slip them into place and bolt them into place. Now, our suspension upgrades are complete and our travel days are much more enjoyable!

That’s a wrap!

If you own a small Class C motorhome, look into these suspension upgrades. They will greatly improve the stability, sway and roll of your motorized RV.

I won’t go so far as to say the motorhome rides like a sports car, but the ride improvement is remarkable and results in a much more pleasant travel day. Sure, we still must creep slowly when entering or exiting driveways or sharp turns, these suspension upgrades are worth it.

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4 Replies to “Our Winnebago View Class C Suspension Upgrades”

  1. Great article! I own a 2019 Jayco Melbourne 24L built on a 2018 MB Sprinter chassis. I’m in the process of chassis upgrades. I’ve completed Sumo and Hellwig upgrades. Waiting on my Fox 2.5 shocks to arrive. I’m hoping the upgrade improves the rough ride experienced on some of our interstate travels.

    1. Claude, thanks for stopping in to read this! You’ll love the Fox shocks! If we were to do it all over again, we would have installed those first. They DO make an incredible difference! Let us know what you think once you get them installed on your Melbourne. Be safe out there! -Dan

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience. I read another blog or article from a guy who says he removed his sumo’s after the fox shocks and that helped his riding preference. Curious if you have tried this yet?

    1. Hi Jason, thanks for taking the time to read our blog. We have not removed our sumo springs even though we also have the Fox shocks. Since they’re already on, it just helps with the stability of our motorhome. We’ll just leave well enough alone. Besides, since we are full-time, we ditched the old shocks anyway as we have no way to store the old ones. Hope all continues to be well with you. Be safe. -Dan

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