SumoSprings | Coach Make and GVWR

Last but not least: Coach GVWR

Peter News 6 Comments

I know what you’re thinking and the answer is no, “GVWR” is not some hip way to imitate the growling sound a lion makes in a text message. So, then, what is it? How does it relate to finding the proper SumoSprings for your Class A Ford F-53 motorhome?

SumoSprings are a great addition for a number of reasons:

No Drill Front Installation

The innovative top bracket for the front SSF-17 SumoSprings Rebel series allows the SumoSprings to be installed without any drilling on 2008-2018 Ford F-53 Class A applications.

SumoSprings Reduce Sway

The design of the rear SumoSprings Maxim kit leaves no void between the frame and the axle, which allows for constant engagement, helping to significantly reduce sway.

Quiet, Controlled, and Smooth

Damping properties inherent in SumoSprings translate into reduced internal noise and vibration.

In the quote below, Jeff mentions the difference in “tail wag” (sway) and the smooth controlled handle of the ride after installing SumoSprings.

“I am very pleased with the performance! The tail wag is gone. I let my brother drive the return trip and he described my motorhome as the best handling motorhome he has ever driven!” – Jeff, Motorhome owner, SumoSprings enjoyer.

Know Your GVWR, Know Your Part Number

The Coach GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating), not to be confused with GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating), or the GVCR (Gross Vehicle Combined Rating), is the maximum operating weight of a vehicle specified by the manufacturer (Ford). The Coach GVWR is usually found on a label inside the vehicle’s door frame. Most manufacturers will also publish this information online.

How can you use this information to find the correct SumoSprings part numbers for your Coach? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Visit the Year | Make | Model guide using one of the options shown shown below in yellow:

2. Using the drop-downs, select the year of your Ford F-53, followed by the Coach Make and Coach GVWR. There is no need to select Make: Ford, or Model: F-53. Once you select Coach Make, the table will know you own a Ford F-53 motorhome.

3. Learn more, view images, or submit an order by clicking on the part numbers! You can use the “Column Visibility” eye button to hide and show only the columns relevant to you. Print or PDF the table to share it!

Why selecting the Coach Make and Coach GVWR is important

In step 2, notice the amount of repeated information. What is not seen in the screenshot, is that information continues for 4 pages. 4 pages of not only the same repeated part numbers, but also different part numbers related to different GVWR classes and different Coach Makes.

As seen in step 3, once that vital information (Coach Make and Coach GVWR) is selected, the interactive guide narrows down the available part numbers, making it nice and easy to find the necessary information you are looking for.

Try it out!

Locate the label on your Coach and find out what the GVWR is. Once you have that, there’s nothing stopping you from trying SumoSprings!

Comments 6

  1. Hello,
    I have a 2014 Fleetwood Storm 32H Bunkhouse model. What Sumo bags would you recommend for the front and rear. I do not want to stiffen the ride, but would like to take some of the sway out of it and eliminate some of the vibrations when crossing over expansion joints etc on the road.

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      Hi Cory,

      Peter with the service team here. Can you please confirm that your Fleetwood is built on the Ford F-53 chassis? Also, what is the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of your Class A?

      Thanks Cory!

  2. I see folks using ssr-187-54-1 and ssf-180-40-1 on a 2009 forest river f-53 22k but you show the sff-170 for that vehicle. Which should I use?

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      Hi Jack,

      Great question. The SSF-180-40-1, and all part numbers starting with SSF-18, have not been available for about two years now.
      The SSF-180-40-1 is a one-piece unit, whereas the SSF-170-40-2 is a two-piece which allows for unlimited vertical travel. The SSF-170-40-2 is definitely the part number you want to go with Jack.

      SSF-170-40-2 –

      Please let me know if you have any questions.

  3. Have a 2017 Ford Transit HD Coachman Freelander Micro. GVWR : 4699 10360 lb
    What would you recommend to improve handling. Lot of bounce in the rear.

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