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Old 03-28-2010, 02:50 PM   #1
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Class A ride question

I am thinking about up grading to a newer unit.
I would like to know if there is any unit out there that offers a good class A diesel chasis coach with a good ride and handling qualities.
Everything I read tells me about going to koni shocks and changing air bags etc.
Has any manufactuer got it right, right out of the box. This can be a bit of an expensive hobby and somewhat time consuming, I would like to get it right this time, if there is any right. I could use a little advice from the experienced.
I'm considering a 2009 ambasador 40 with rr8r chasis. Does this unit ride well? It should it has 8 air bags and 8 shocks or does this just meen more to replace? May I put away the Prep H on a concrete road. Is there a better chasis than this for ride and control? I don't want to make a purchase and start working to add improvements right away. I expect a truck ride not a Cad. ride but not a hammer head ride either. Comments Help and advise will be appreciated.
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What are you driving now? Any diesel pusher is going to give a pretty good ride, soft and quiet.
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Old 03-28-2010, 03:13 PM   #3
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an rr4r four air bag and 4 shocks on a diesel.
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Old 03-28-2010, 03:16 PM   #4
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It rides great on a smooth paved road but on a concrete hy or any non smooth surface it's not so great.
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We have the Monaco Knight 40ft pdq that is on the rr8r chassis and this being our 5th MH, 3 gas and 2 dps I would have to say it is the best ridding coach we have had. It will still bang on the potholes but nothing like the gas models. Where it really shines is in the handling department. I don't think the are any chassis out there that will handle as good. The 8 airbags are mounted to the out side of the frame and I think it really helps.
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The Monaco 8 and 10 air bag chassis are among the best around for ride comfort combined with good road manners. They also appear to be relatively trouble free. Your current rr4r chassis has had some problems.
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I am thinking about up grading to a newer unit.
I would like to know if there is any unit out there that offers a good class A diesel chasis coach with a good ride and handling qualities.
Everything I read tells me about going to koni shocks and changing air bags etc.
Has any manufactuer got it right, right out of the box. This can be a bit of an expensive hobby and somewhat time consuming, I would like to get it right this time, if there is any right. I could use a little advice from the experienced.
I'm considering a 2009 ambasador 40 with rr8r chasis. Does this unit ride well? It should it has 8 air bags and 8 shocks or does this just meen more to replace? May I put away the Prep H on a concrete road. Is there a better chasis than this for ride and control? I don't want to make a purchase and start working to add improvements right away. I expect a truck ride not a Cad. ride but not a hammer head ride either. Comments Help and advise will be appreciated.
We Alpine owners our pretty proud of the ride and handling of the Peak chassis, but of course, Western RV went belly up. However, the same engineer who designed the Peak for WRV is now working at Tiffin and has helped design a new proprietary chassis that is supposed to be as good or better than Peak. Also, if you have heard of JD Gallant (who evaluates RV's via his books and consumer guide), he has a very good rule of thumb that will help you objectively determine RV thatare likely to have good ride/handling characteristics. You calculate the ratio of the wheelbase to the total length of the coach (ie. divide wheelbase by the total length of the coach). If the ratio is less than .5 (50%) you are likely to have a wandering, porpoising, poor riding, poor handling RV. If the ratio is greater than .55 (55%) you can expect a better ride. So when you are evaluating different units, be sure to ask what the wheelbase is and do your own calculation. This seem to hold true with the RV's I have driven. My Alpine, for example, has a ratio of 57% and handles and rides like a dream.
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resindiana,
If I were looking, and could afford, a new coach, I would have to at least look at and drive the Tiffin's with the Power Glide chassis. I have a friend with on '09 Allegro Bus w/tag axle on the Power Glide and he claims that it has it all over his previous '06 on a Freightliner chassis.
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