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Old 03-23-2009, 03:09 PM   #15
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Looks like I'll save my money and pass. Thanks for the updates
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:42 PM   #16
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Article in May 2009 "Motorhome" mag tested 3 shocks, Koni, Roadking, Bilstein. Rated Bilstein best overall.

Anybody have any comment or experiance with the Bilsteins?

Ideas on where to purchase?

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Old 04-07-2009, 11:14 PM   #17
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Article in May 2009 "Motorhome" mag tested 3 shocks, Koni, Roadking, Bilstein. Rated Bilstein best overall.

Anybody have any comment or experiance with the Bilsteins?

Ideas on where to purchase?
Fleetwood coaches come with Bilsteins. Don't know why Monaco never did that. Bilsteins are far superior to the stock Monroe shocks that we get. I had them on my last coach, a 99 Discovery. That coach offered a very smooth ride, although it was on a Freightliner chassis with much larger air bags than Monaco/Roadmaster uses.

As for purchase, shox.com always seems to offer a good price. I bought the Koni shocks for my Dip from them.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:22 PM   #18
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All this talk of Caymans having a harsh ride has me thinking what if you changed the air bags to a larger diameter. Larger diameter should mean less pressure at the same ride height and theoretically a softer ride. Don't know if its possible but just an idea. What I know is that my Dad's '98 Endeavor on a freightliner rides softer than my RR8R.

Here is a site that has air bags.
http://www.truckspring.com/air-springs_336.html
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What I know is that my Dad's '98 Endeavor on a freightliner rides softer than my RR8R.
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Yep. Same with my 99 Discovery on the Freightliner XC chassis. It also rode smoother than my RR8R chassis which has twice the number of air bags. The difference is that Frieghtliner uses heavier duty bags that are about twice the volume of the smaller bags Roadmaster uses on their raised rail chassis. Not bashing Roadmaster here. Just stating a fact based on my own experience.
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Yep. Same with my 99 Discovery on the Freightliner XC chassis. It also rode smoother than my RR8R chassis which has twice the number of air bags. The difference is that Frieghtliner uses heavier duty bags that are about twice the volume of the smaller bags Roadmaster uses on their raised rail chassis. Not bashing Roadmaster here. Just stating a fact based on my own experience.
Its a trade off. The Freightliner with the larger single bags will have a better ride but will lean and sway more in the turns. The stiffer Roadmaster will have a harsher ride but will corner better and has very little roll when going around turns.

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Bob,

Thinking back, that may well be true.
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Maybe comparing apples to oranges as the RR4R and RR8R are 2 different beasts but I put the Koni FSD's on my 05 Ambassador with the RR8R in January. My coach handled very well with the stock shocks. I also have a Safe-T-Plus, which helps. My complaint was not so much the sway and dip but the harsh ride on rough roads. It was rather bone jarring and I worried about stuff coming loose.

We took our first trip of the season to San Antonio (Kerrville) a few weeks ago, an 1100 mile round trip. The whole way we talked about the fact this may be the best upgrade we've done. The harsh, jolting ride is gone. You hear it hit the bumps and joints but you don't feel it. It levels out much quicker on the dips and has noticeably less sway. I also think it tracks a little better. We never did get pushed much by the big trucks but it is not even noticeable now.

I did a lot of research before I bought and finally decided the Koni's gave me the best chance for getting what I wanted, a smoother ride. I am so glad it worked for us because wasting $1144 is not my thing.

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I am so glad it worked for us because wasting $1144 is not my thing.
Jim, Ya got THAT right. Especially today.
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Maybe comparing apples to oranges as the RR4R and RR8R are 2 different beasts but I put the Koni FSD's on my 05 Ambassador with the RR8R in January. My coach handled very well with the stock shocks. I also have a Safe-T-Plus, which helps. My complaint was not so much the sway and dip but the harsh ride on rough roads. It was rather bone jarring and I worried about stuff coming loose.

We took our first trip of the season to San Antonio (Kerrville) a few weeks ago, an 1100 mile round trip. The whole way we talked about the fact this may be the best upgrade we've done. The harsh, jolting ride is gone. You hear it hit the bumps and joints but you don't feel it. It levels out much quicker on the dips and has noticeably less sway. I also think it tracks a little better. We never did get pushed much by the big trucks but it is not even noticeable now.

I did a lot of research before I bought and finally decided the Koni's gave me the best chance for getting what I wanted, a smoother ride. I am so glad it worked for us because wasting $1144 is not my thing.

Jim
Jim,

Our experience was was the same as yours when we put on 8 Knoi's.

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Jim,

Our experience was was the same as yours when we put on 8 Knoi's.
I'd have to say the same. I was hoping for a bigger improvement, but in all fairness, I'd have to say that the improvement we got was worth the price of the 8 Koni's.
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Just take it slow, the roads in Alaska are not too bad.
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I have a Safari RD 36 PDQ on the Roadmaster R4R chassis. I changed out the shocks with Koni FSD's. The fore and aft pitch cycle is reduced but the ride is noticeably harsher. I didn't gain enough improvement to justify the cost.
Hi there,
Just wondering if the up and down movement (PORPOISING) of your rig has changed for the better. Mine is '08 Cayman 39ft. and porpoising is my only concern with this unit, otherwise very good. Please let me know co'z I'm planning to buy KONI. By the way, did you also check/adjust your RIDE HEIGHT?. Thanks.
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Hi there,
Just wondering if the up and down movement (PORPOISING) of your rig has changed for the better. Mine is '08 Cayman 39ft. and porpoising is my only concern with this unit, otherwise very good. Please let me know co'z I'm planning to buy KONI. By the way, did you also check/adjust your RIDE HEIGHT?. Thanks.
Koni shocks all around do make a large difference in dampening that porpoising effect. At least they did in my Dip. Making sure the ride height is adjusted correctly is also important for improving ride quality on all Monaco raised rail coaches.
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