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Old 10-02-2019, 02:50 PM   #1
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Straight axle vs independent suspension

Looking at a 4369 and trying to decide on Ventana vs Dutchstar. Anyone out there that has owned both who can comment on the difference in rude going to independent suspension?
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I test drove a 34' Ventana and a 34' New Aire back to back, over a railroad crossing that is at on odd angle to the road. I couldn't tell any difference in the handling. I understand why an independent suspension should be better, but most of the time you are (hopefully) driving on good highways. I wouldn't make the suspension a deciding factor.
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There are a lot of differences between the Dutchstar and the Ventana other than front suspension but I’m assuming you know that. The independent front suspension does ride better and is noticeable. Some roads are so bad you just have deal with it.
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Looking at a 4369 and trying to decide on Ventana vs Dutchstar. Anyone out there that has owned both who can comment on the difference in rude going to independent suspension?
We went from a 2015 Ventana 3436 to a 2019 Dutch Star 3717. I think there are a lot of factors that make the Dutch Star a better ride but I'm sure the independent suspension is one of them. The Star chassis being another.

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Old 10-02-2019, 07:54 PM   #5
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Thanks for the quick reply. Definitely looking at many factors. The suspension is just a hard one to test. Ideally I would find 2 similar models of Ventana and Dutchstar that I could drive on the same route. A hard one to work out the logistics
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Thanks for the quick reply. Definitely looking at many factors. The suspension is just a hard one to test. Ideally I would find 2 similar models of Ventana and Dutchstar that I could drive on the same route. A hard one to work out the logistics


The problem is in a short test drive it’s hard to really make a true comparison IMO. As said front suspension shouldn’t be a deal breaker, there are a lot more things to compare. Good luck
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Straight axle vs independent suspension

Had a 2011 winny tour (sfa) and just bought a 2015 Dutch Star with (ifs). Definitely better ride with the ifs, less sway and easier to drive. Better ride but not earth shattering. Just noticeably better
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Had both and could never tell the difference. This would not be on my list of deciding factors.
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We have IFS and it is noticeable better on rough roads , potholes, and crossing slanted/slopes in roadways

Just look at the design and you can easily see why it is significantly better

If ride and handling is your number 1 priority then decision made

Otherwise keep checking off boxes
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Drove a tag Ventana for 18000 miles then traded up to a tag DS. I have 11000 miles on it and in my opinion yes you can tell a difference especially on uneven ground. The DS is a big step up from the Ventana in all aspects including price. The Ventana is a nice MH and will make you happy but will you always wish you had a DS?
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Never had a Ventana, but I did drive a Monaco Camelot with RoadMaster ten airbag suspension and a straight axel. For its day, that chassis was supposed to be a pretty good ride.

Now, after two years driving my DS with IFS and four airbags, I can say there is no comparison. The DS handles far better. Both coach’s had a tag, and that helps handling as well
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The DS is a big step up from the Ventana in all aspects including price. The Ventana is a nice MH and will make you happy but will you always wish you had a DS?


For 2020 they are closer then ever, the lines are very blurred
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We have IFS and it is noticeable better on rough roads , potholes, and crossing slanted/slopes in roadways

Just look at the design and you can easily see why it is significantly better

If ride and handling is your number 1 priority then decision made

Otherwise keep checking off boxes
We have never owned a large DP with IFS. I suspect the difference in handling between, for example, a VT4369 and a DS4369 would be how the front end handles rough roads. As far as other handling characteristics I doubt there would be hardly any difference. I'm just guessing a DS4369 with IFS would provide a softer ride up front.

Now would that be worth $75,000 or more difference? Like the above poster said, if ride and handling is your number 1 priority then decision made, otherwise keep checking off boxes.
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The other factor that makes a motorhome right better is weight, the DS weights more.
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