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Old 10-21-2008, 04:39 PM   #1
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I am a new owner of a 2008 HR Admiral and relatively inexperienced with driving a MH. So far I am very pleased with this coach but do at times feel uncomfortable with the steering. It seems somewhat 'loose' or soft in response. I tend to be focused on the steering too much when I drive. I am used to a Ford F250 diesel.

I have read some about steering stabilizers and am thinking of buying one or having it installed.

Any suggestions or recomendations?

Thanks!
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Old 10-21-2008, 04:39 PM   #2
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I am a new owner of a 2008 HR Admiral and relatively inexperienced with driving a MH. So far I am very pleased with this coach but do at times feel uncomfortable with the steering. It seems somewhat 'loose' or soft in response. I tend to be focused on the steering too much when I drive. I am used to a Ford F250 diesel.

I have read some about steering stabilizers and am thinking of buying one or having it installed.

Any suggestions or recomendations?

Thanks!
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Old 10-21-2008, 06:27 PM   #3
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LamarAT.....Even though we pay a lot of money for these coaches, they often need some additional equipment to make them handle well. I'm not sure what chassis you have so you might want to post that information so people can tell you what equipment they have added.

If you're new to driving a motor home, try not to constantly steer to correct the path of the coach. Focus on the highway lane farther down the road and steer the coach toward that spot. It will keep you from working the steering too much and make the coach easier to drive.
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Old 10-21-2008, 06:31 PM   #4
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Check tire pressure, coach weight and install a rear track bar. These changes made a big difference to our 06 Monarch.
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:54 AM   #5
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Thanks to both of you for your feedback!

As to the Chassis: it is a Workhorse W22 series with a GM Vortec 8.1 engine.

Thanks again for the info.
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:45 AM   #6
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Lamar - We are motorhome newbies, and have a Monaco 33SFS on the Workhorse Chassis. I believe that's a sister to the HR Admiral you have. Have only had it for four months but feel much comfortable driving it now than we did at first.

Agree with the others that you should give yourself some time to get used to driving a motorhome. They're big beasts and you don't "drive" them like a car, it's more like aiming them down the road - look further ahead than you would for a car. In addition, try using different air pressures for the tires - anywhere from the recommended pressures based on your actual axle weights up to the max pressure for the tires. We've found that the driving is somewhat more "sure" at higher pressure, but understand that others prefer using just the recommended pressure for a softer ride.

Based on many positive recommendations we added a Safe-T-Steer to be able to control the wheel in a blow out or accidentally going off the road, we noticed some improvement in routine driving but it wasn't the answer to the "soft steering" you describe. We will also likely replace the OEM shocks with Koni KSD shocks within the first year as many have had success with that switch.

Make each change one at a time so you don't waste your money.

Good luck and welcome!
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Old 10-22-2008, 02:03 PM   #7
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We also went from an F350 dually to a motorhome and found that it takes some time to get used to the front wheels being behind you and no hood to give you a natural reference. Hang in there and also do as others have suggested and experiment with different air pressures in the tires. I have also noticed that sometimes new tires will steer better after they get a few miles on them.

Just because the steering feels loose does not mean that it does not affect the wheel direction with the slightest movement. Look out ahead and that will help to reduce over steer. Over steering sets up a chain reaction where the rear of the coach responds to the over steer causing you to over steer again in the opposite direction, and so on....

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by LamarAt:
I am a new owner of a 2008 HR Admiral and relatively inexperienced with driving a MH. So far I am very pleased with this coach but do at times feel uncomfortable with the steering. It seems somewhat 'loose' or soft in response. I tend to be focused on the steering too much when I drive. I am used to a Ford F250 diesel.

I have read some about steering stabilizers and am thinking of buying one or having it installed.

Any suggestions or recomendations?

Thanks! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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