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Old 07-25-2014, 09:55 AM   #1
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Driving an Alpine questions

We have been RV travelers for over 40 years but had to stop 10 years ago because of health problems related to being a disabled veteran. I have had some improvements and want to travel again.

I want to buy the smoothest riding and best handling coach I can find as my body pain is still severe.

I understand Alpine’s are great to drive – but really are they better than other high line coaches

I have been told they ride solid (rough) like a German sports car ( we want plush)

Thanks for the response
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Are you driving or are you the passenger? My wife is paraplegic and has back pain problems but she puts up with being the passenger for a few hours before she has to lie down. If you hit a bump or pothole you will feel it, in any motorhome. This is mainly due to the high tire pressure you need to support the weight on the front axle.
Regardless of which motorhome you choose you may want to look at truck drivers seats that are mounted on springs to help absorb those shocks.
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We have been RV travelers for over 40 years but had to stop 10 years ago because of health problems related to being a disabled veteran. I have had some improvements and want to travel again.

I want to buy the smoothest riding and best handling coach I can find as my body pain is still severe.

I understand Alpine’s are great to drive – but really are they better than other high line coaches

I have been told they ride solid (rough) like a German sports car ( we want plush)

Thanks for the response
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Old 07-26-2014, 01:39 AM   #4
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All motorhomes ride rough, from the million dollar ones on down to the less expensive ones. It's a matter of weight, and the necessary suspension parts to support that load, tires and shocks among other things. If you can ride in a city bus for all day, you can ride or drive in a motorhome all day.

However, if you need serious pain medication to keep it in check, you have no business driving the rig, you are an impaired driver under the influence of pain medication which can and do affect your ability to be a safe driver. Please give those concerns serious consideration before you attempt this.

Driving a MH is not like driving a car down to the grocery store, they take lots more concentration and attention than that. Please give that some thought. Otherwise, like said, if you can ride on a city bus all day, you can do the MH thing.

I would recommend since it's been 10 years since your last excursions in the RV world, you take a safe driving course for you and the co-pilot from a Commercial Truck Driving Instruction Center to refresh your skills. You will learn lots of things you never knew you never knew, and be a safer driver with that large rig. I had to drive big rigs for my work, but every few years we take a safe driving class to refresh what we have forgotten, you would be surprised how much we learn in those classes.
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Old 07-29-2014, 02:29 PM   #5
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bumpy ride

I drive a variety of school buses during the year and they make the MH seem like riding on a cloud. I did not know a vehicle could ride so rough until I started to drive bus. That said, our Alpine is very comfortable riding and driving.
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I have owned two Alpine Coaches since October 99. The reason I bought my first one was because I was impressed with the Peak chassis, and no independent front suspension like some of them have. It straight axle with air bags which makes it very responsive on the corners. The Bilstein shocks that came on it are not the best. Some of us have replaced them Koni's or Road Kings. I replaced mine with Koni's and it did improve the ride. I also have a bad back and they did put good seats in them which I can drive all day no problem. In my opinion for the money, they are probably the best riding and handling coach you can get.

Maybe you should test drive different coaches on curvy roads to see the difference.
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