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Old 08-05-2013, 12:08 PM   #1
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Does my Holiday Rambler have shocks ?

I have just completed the most harrowing ride of my life on Highwy 101.
The road is like a roller coaster and it makes it very hard to maintain control, which is very important when the lane is 13 foot wide, the bridges up north are 12 foot wide and the lumber trucks own the road.
The road has been patched to death and around mile marker 72 is a poorly patched cave in.
Does my 2006 Holiday Rambler have shock absorbers ?? I have looked and can't see any.
My wife won't ride in the coach due to the bouncing, she says she gets sea sick.
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Larry:
I don't know of ANY Type A MH that doesn't have shocks on it.

Call Brazil's and find out what they suggest. I went with Koni's on our DSDP.

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Any thing with springs has to have some kind of damper (shock). and seeing it's a 2006 I'll bet they are junk.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:32 PM   #4
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You will have 8 Shocks -- Probably Monroes -- Replace them with Bilstein -- You can get them for about $80.00 each -- No need going with the over priced Konis & such - I installed the $80.00 shocks on our 07, 42ft Camelot 2 years ago, & they do just fine -- The 4 front shocks are 24-186605, & the 4 rear are 24-186612 -- Do an internet search for the best price -- Bill Willard
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the 4 front shocks are 24-186605, & the 4 rear are 24-186612 -- Bill Willard
Part numbers to, Bill should get the most helpful post of the month award.
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:31 PM   #6
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The quality of ride and improvement with new shocks is a very subjective assessment. The new Konis we put on our coach made both the side roll and porpoising much better. Worth the extra money to me.
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:43 PM   #7
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Larry...Not to disagree with Bill, but I think the Koni's are a better choice than the Bilsteins. As I read posts everyday, I see a trend that the Bilsteins do better on gas coaches and the Koni's seem to work better on DP's.

I believe the Bilsteins that were developed for Monaco coaches were developed for Monaco's where the ride enhancement kit had also been installed.

Hwy 101 is a brutal drive in some places no matter what you're driving. I really liked the ride improvement I got from the Koni's, but found the ride was even better (leaning in the curves) when I added the sway bars front and rear.
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:31 PM   #8
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Ditto Dons input. We are currently running 101 South from Washington. You need new shocks, ride height set, and tire pressure to start. From there a four wheel alignment, sway bars and even ride enhancement valves.

We are in Newport overlooking a beautiful light house and the Pacific. Wow what a view. With the ride enhancement stuff we cruised along with absolutely no white knuckle issues.

The Bilsteins are doing an excellent job. The best overall improvement was ride height and the sway bars. The Whale goes where we point it now and pot holes are managed well.
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I have to agree with Don. I installed the koni fsd on my Monaco and was really impressed with the difference they made. It was an easy install just a little tight in some spots. I can't say anything good or bad about the bilsteins, but after doing my research, I spent the extra $$ and went with the konis. I felt better spending the money after my wife even commented what a difference the ride is.
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:26 AM   #10
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Don, who did you purchase the sway bars from?
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:22 AM   #11
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Source Engineering Inc.

They have everything you need to make your rv handle the way it should.
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Lars99.....The sway bars are made by Roadmaster, but were designed by the guys at Source Engineering. Consequently, you can only buy them through Source Engineering. They were a great improvement on my short coach (36') and even better improvement on longer coaches. If you think the shocks were pricey.....hold on! I think I paid $2100.00 for front and rear.

Some people can ride/drive a covered wagon and are okay with the ride. Others, like myself and I know YC1 are a little more fanatical about how our coaches ride. My order of importance and cost to value for improving your coache's ride are as follows:

1. Correct Air Pressure - No charge
2. Adjust Ride Height - Can be easily done if you're handy.
3. Koni Shocks - $1200.00 - $1500.00
4. Sway Bars - $2100.00 - $2500.00
5. Some type of steering stabilizer - $600.00 -$1200.00
6. SuperSteer motion control - $800.00 -$1000.00 Monaco coaches.

The only item I haven't installed has been the motion control units. I'm sure YC1 can give us a more detailed report on how they work. My understanding is they stop the wallowing when you come out of a driveway with a large dip. The coach won't throw things out of the cabinets.
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Don.. Thanks for the reply. I am up to step 4 on your list. That is exactly the order I had in mind. Being that I purchased the coach less than a year ago, I have done more than a dozen upgrades and improvements. Sway bars are next.
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I don`t know how one would determine which shock does the better job -- The only way, is to install Bilsteins, do a road test, remove them, & install Konis, & do the same test, on the same coach -- I know of no one that`s done that -- Our coach has a tag, so it has a better ride than the 2 axle rigs to start with, so the Bilsteins does the job for me -- I did get rid of the Goodyear tires & replaced them with Michelins -- That helped with road noise, & probably a better ride -- I have no arguement with whatever anyone decides to use -- Kinda like Chevy, Ford -- Your choice -- Bill Willard
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