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Old 09-11-2017, 02:30 PM   #1
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What is one thing you did that made the coach drive better and would you do it again?
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:44 PM   #2
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Front watts link, rear watts link, and rear cross braces from Mike Hughes
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:16 PM   #3
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did they make a dramatic improvement in driving? Im the third owner and I don't know how they drove it 50000 miles like it is!
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X2 in a heart beat. I'm also changing out my Shepard steering box to the TRW next month. Look for Craig French's (crazy knight) thread on steering
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:29 PM   #5
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first and foremost, tire pressure. Then shocks that are doing some damping, steering freeplay, and suspension upgrades.
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The handling on your coach probably deteriorated slowly over time to the point where it is now.

To answer your question, the front and rear watts links, and the rear cross braces were all installed at the same time, and yes the improvement was dramatic!

Several years prior, I replaced the original factory tires with a complete set of Michelins, had the front end aligned, and installed Koni FSD shocks. Then I weighed the coach front and rear and set the tire pressure according to the Michelin recommendations. I did all of this at the same time, and it was a huge improvement.
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I would highly recommend that you weigh your coach's front and rear axles and set the tire pressures according to your specific tire manufacturer tables.

A very easy and inexpensive way to get started.

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Check the date code on each tire to verify age, regardless of tread remaining
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two front are a few years old the four rear I put on, they are new to the ground although I put on toyo rear tires to match the front tires from the previous owner. seems ok. this coach has a trw gear box that's one thing I looked at before I bought it.
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Im running 100 psi in all the tires.
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Verify your tire date codes....
When I purchased my new set, one of the six was over a year old even though it had never been mounted on a wheel. I had the tire company re-order the sixth tire, and I had to make a second trip to get that one mounted! Thankfully someone on the forum told me to check the date codes before I allowed them to mount each tire
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It's not like it is assumed all Monaco's drive poorly...
on ours it's two fingers on the steering wheel going down the road...

and the only thing I did was weigh it and adjust the tag a bit to lessen the bouncies on the front end when going over the big dips... each of us carry different stuff, so it probably means we each have a different weight bias...

Ask too general a question and the responses may not help you... might focus in on things that helped YOUR particular coach year and model as it takes different things for different coaches...

good luck !
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did they make a dramatic improvement in driving? Im the third owner and I don't know how they drove it 50000 miles like it is!
How about telling us what year and model Monaco coach you have
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What is one thing you did that made the coach drive better and would you do it again?
My '95 Monaco Dynasty already had the TRW steering box. It handled absolutely terribly. It didn't just wander all over the road, it deliberately tried to drive itself all over the road. I replaced all the suspension bushings with the Rupp bushings. In discussion with Van Williams before anybody had thought about X bracing, I made and installed rear X bracing to keep the rear box frame in position. I was going to build X bracing for the front box frame, but the handling was good enough I never got around to it.

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He has a 05 40' Windsor
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