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Old 03-20-2017, 03:28 PM   #1
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crosswinds while driving rv

i know this has probably been discussed previously on this forum but i still
would like to hear some more opinions and recommendations.

i have a 32 foot 1999 seaview with F53 chassis and nice Koni shocks that
really improved the handling and ride ability of my coach, however i do
notice a lot of wandering when i get a lot of sidewind blowing into the
side of the motorhome? especially when i am driving down the freeeway
at about 60mph. if i slow down to about 55 it seems to help and does not
seem to wander as much but in crosswinds over 15-20 mph i can really
feel it and have to fight the seering wheel a lot more than i feel comfortable
with. i know if the wind got much stronger than about 20-25 mph i would
definately find a place to pull over until the wind died down a bit.

my question is it worth spending the money to put on a sytem like
steer safe to help hold the rv on the road better in the wind or when
a big rig is passing?

i had the steer safe system on a older smaller rv years ago and if i
remember it did help hold the rv on the road better in crosswind conditions.

what has everybody installed on your coach to help drive in crosswinds?

is the steer safe system still available and is it a good choice for the F53
national chassis? i dont want to spend a ton of money on a system if it
is not going to make a dramatic increase in crosswind handling.

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Old 03-20-2017, 05:35 PM   #2
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One of the biggest complaints I have seen on this forum is that of handling on the road. I'm not sure if your coach is set up for doing the Cheap Handling Fix (CHF) given the year it is but it is one of the best modifications to be had for the F53 chassis. Search the forum for it.

Also, many have had great success with mods including the steering stabilizer you speak of that is still available, additional sway bar on the rear, larger sway bars, air bags, Sumo Springs, trac bars, and many other mods that can be done.

Another thing to help with handling is correct loading and tire pressure. We purposely load our coach "low" or put most of our weight we are carrying as low as we can get it. If the coach is top heavy this will lend to handling issues especially in high winds. We have high quality tires (Toyo's) and set the pressure at the optimum for handling done through trial and error. Last week we traveled across southern Iowa with 15 - 17 MPH crosswinds and had minimal issues. Yes, the steering wheel was turned strongly into the wind but as for wandering all over the road and being pushed by semi's we have very little problem with that. The only mod I have done is the CHF plus polyurethane bushings instead of the OEM rubber ones on the sway bars both front and rear.

I did the CHF same as mine and installed a steering stabilizer on my buddies 35' Winnie Sightseer. He's still not happy and we will probably try another sway bar on the rear or install a trac bar. It may be the extra 3' he has, maybe because he tows 4 down while I dolly the car, his tire pressure or quality of tires, or it might be the way he loads his coach versus mine. I really don't know.

But like I said there are many options available to improve the ride on the F53 chassis the Steer Safe being one of them. It all depends on how much you want to spend.
Steve n' Tammy with Ella Mae the "Shippet" in a 2003 Fleetwood Bounder 32' on a Ford F53 Chassis and a V-10 gasser pulling a 2013 Ford Edge on a EZE Tow Dolly
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