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Old 03-17-2019, 01:09 PM   #1
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Almost pulled the trigger on a Bounder 33C

Almost pulled the trigger on a new 2019 Bounder 33C yesterday but held back for now.
Couple of questions- When I do the math I see that this size Bounder has one of the shortest Ford chassis on the market at 208 inches. Most others are at 228. That leaves more rear overhang so translates into harder driving or more getting pushed around. So my question is: How doe sit drive? Any pushing or sucking when big rigs pass or go by you? Any mods necessary?


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Old 03-17-2019, 03:12 PM   #2
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My STORM is 32.75 ft and it’s on on the 208 inch chassis and I think it drives great without any modification. I’ll put a steering stabilizer on it because I already have one and I think they can help in an emergency but not because there is any problem. If this is your first RV you’ll find there is a learning curve but if you’ve done it before you’ll be fine. Personally, I think you might be overthinking the decision if this is the sticking point. Test drive it and see if you like it! Actually the F53 chassis is available even down to a 158 wheelbase so yours is certainly not short. A longer chassis may have a higher weight rating and 22 inch wheels instead of 19.5. Bigger wheels may make it ride better but cost lots more when it comes to replacement.
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Old 03-17-2019, 10:55 PM   #3
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What E over think, Ya think?

I have been accused of that in the past but we are who we are and I would rather be informed and thinking before I purchase than after. Anyway I posted so I could get feed back just like yours, thank you. By the way this platform is indeed on 22.5 tires so that is a plus and hopeful all will be well if I move forward.
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Old 03-25-2019, 09:00 AM   #4
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David:
All I can tell is what we found with our 33C. It was a drivable coach out of the gate, subject to good days and not so good days, weather permitting mostly! The mods you see below in my signature that I have done were not done out of necessity but rather interest in tuning the Ford Suspension to be even better and I could afford it and I enjoyed the process. She almost handle as flat as a BMW now! For me modifying it is just another facet of fun RV'ing. My wife just enjoys the ride benefits. If your like me the single biggest thing that attracted me to the 33C was the price point for the value in features you get! Many of those features you would have to pay 30,000 -50,000 more in other coaches!
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Old 03-25-2019, 11:14 AM   #5
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I had a 35 ft RV on the 208 chassis. I now have a 36ft on the 228 chassis. I prefer the short wheelbase. Much smaller turning radius and less sway
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We had a Bounder and loved it for 11 years! No problems at all and everything worked right off the showroom floor. Just keep in mind that the 22k F53 GCWR is 26k lbs so be mindful of load and what you’re towing.
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