Our Winnebago View Suspension Upgrades

Once we took ownership of small motorhome, we knew we were going to need to do some suspension upgrades and modifications on our our 2019 Winnebago View Motorhome to make our ride more pleasant and stable. So, what did we do to improve our ride?

We showed you our Winnebago View 24D solar and energy management upgrades, now it’s time to show our suspension upgrades.

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Our Winnebago View Suspension Upgrades

After taking delivery of our 2019 Winnebago View 24D from a dealership in northern Indiana, we moved on down the road making our way to visit my brother’s family in Erie, Pennsylvania. However, once we got on the road, our drive was unbearable. Coupled with the terrible road surface discrepancies and the stock suspension, we felt like we were back on the boats.

Our small Class C motorhome rocked and rolled at every turn including pulling out of every driveway or parking lot. We asked ourselves, “why didn’t we feel these issues on our test drive?” Being totally honest, we seriously wondered if we made a $160,000 mistake because our Winnebago View rode like CRAP! Dan researched the Winnebago online forums and social media groups to seek advice for our suspension issues from other View and Navion owners.

Thankfully, it didn’t take long to figure out what they were doing to improve their small Winnebago View suspensions. And, we’re here to tell you that there ARE ways to improve the suspension of these small motorhomes without breaking the bank.

Visiting my brother ended up being the perfect time and place to upgrade some engineering components to our View. The weather was perfect. Electricity was available along with ample work space, lots of tools and of course, an extra set of man-hands.

Hellwig 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. This body roll is caused by an under-sized sway bar coupled with a very tall vehicle thus, resulting in the body roll. This very pronounced movement was terrifying the first time we experienced it. But through replacing the factory installed sway bar with a much sturdier and beefier Sway Bar, we found it much better ride.

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

Hellwig sway bar reduces body roll so you benefit from better vehicle control and greatly improved cornering traction for safer driving and cornering capabilities. Fast easy bolt on installation backed with a lifetime warranty. This Hellwig sway bar is engineered and developed for our View’s application and includes high tech polyurethane bushings. It has high quality 4140 chrome moly spring steel. This prescribed sway bar cost about $225.

This 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 first just in case you drop washers, nuts or bolts.

The only tools you need for the 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 combined with careful, slow entry and exit into parking lots and driveways allows our View to navigate these with much less anxiety.

SumoSprings

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

SumoSprings 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. SumoSprings 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 new 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 disallow the suspension to bottom out when your motorhome transits over bumps, ripples and imperfections in the road.  SumoSprings 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 SumoSprings or have a professional or DIY mechanic install them. All we used 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.

Lord knows there are plenty of those throughout America’s highway systems. The Sumo Springs allow for constant contact in the vehicle’s suspension system resulting in a less harsh and a more enjoyable ride.

Fox Shocks

Replacing our View’s OEM rear shocks was the last of our Winnebago View suspension upgrades.  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.

The shocks can be installed by a DIY mechanic or professional installer. Installation time is about an hour or less and does not requires any specialty tools. We carefully used a bottle jack to support the motorhome’s frame and a floor jack to compress the new Fox 2/5 Shocks to slip them into place for bolting installation. After tightening four nuts and bolts, the process is complete and the ride is wonderful.

For what it’s worth, we hired a professional installer as this was an installation Dan didn’t feel comfortable doing himself (he had a shoulder injury) or the proper tools.

If you own a View, Navion or some other brand small Class C motorhome, look into this suspension upgrade. Had we known the impressive difference in our ride, we would have completed it first.  The ride and behaviour of our motorhome has completely changed. What once was a rough and unpredictable ride has become a stable and pleasant ride on most roads.

I will not 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.

Check out more of our Winnebago View 24D upgrades and improvements!

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