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Old 07-09-2015, 12:49 PM   #29
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There are plenty of poor handling diesels out here. Mine was a white knuckle poorly handling monster. Even cars going around made me put two hands on the wheel.

After tons of money and work it handles excellent now. I have made changes in all of the rv's we have owned. Some we added air bags, most all received new shocks and alignments.

The current Diesel pusher has had two alignments, ride height, tire pressures set using four corner weights, sway bars, safe-t-plus, cross bars, replaced the steering box that had way too much slack, and check valves on the air bag lines.
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FWIW we are looking at a ~30 ft A so I started a spread sheet to compare. One of immediately obvious points was that folks on the high end use longer wheel base chassis from the same family for their shorter coaches. That has me thinking that would make if big difference in handling among other things. As I recall the wb range was from ~188-220 inches for a MH length variation of around 1-2 ft. Wheel size is also larger on the more expensive units.
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The Winnebago I had was a Freightliner and it was by far the best riding MH I've ever owned. And I've had several.
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There are plenty of poor handling diesels out here. Mine was a white knuckle poorly handling monster. Even cars going around made me put two hands on the wheel.

After tons of money and work it handles excellent now. I have made changes in all of the rv's we have owned. Some we added air bags, most all received new shocks and alignments.

The current Diesel pusher has had two alignments, ride height, tire pressures set using four corner weights, sway bars, safe-t-plus, cross bars, replaced the steering box that had way too much slack, and check valves on the air bag lines.
I thought two hands on the wheel was normal with my Meridian!
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:55 PM   #33
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We own a 2006 Georgie Boy Pursuit. When I am being passed by trucks on the Interstate, I sometimes get actually pushed off the road and partially on the apron. This is a very harrowing experience. I was told by other RV'ers that this problem is pretty much non existent with a Diesel Pusher. Can anyone here enlighten me if this is the caes or not? We are considering trading for a diesel.

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I think the answer to your question is Diesel Pushers CAN handle much better than gas units.

We bought our coach expecting wonderful handling. We were woefully disappointed. It was pretty much the same as what you are experiencing right now with your coach.

Then, I began communicating with and quickly became friends with Van Williams, and through the thread,

Wandering, sway bars, alignment, ride height, oh my!!

we figured out what we had to do to make our Roadmaster coach handle the way it should.

Our diesel pusher now handles the way it should, the way you would like your coach to handle. Our coach is not bothered at all by side winds, in fact, most days we don't even know there's a side wind until we step down from the coach. We pay no attention to passing trucks, sometimes I don't even know they are there until I see them in my mirror, or hear the roar of their diesel outside my driver's window. Life is good.


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Well there is theory and then there is what actually happens on the road.

Theory - 1. More weight means a given side wind force will resist that force more as the weight goes up. 2. Long chassis and short overhangs = shorter levers to cause road wander.

On the road - My personal experience is that some coaches go down the road more easily than others. Numbers 1 and 2 are true in my personal experience.

Our current coach hardly notices truck wind wash. It is 42-44,000 lbs and has a tag axle.
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Not all gas RV's get pushed around, mine doesn't and it it factory stock except for Koni shocks.
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UFOs are a special breed. They were the best handling gas chassis out there. When Workhorse starts producing MH chassis again this fall they should bring it back into production.
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I thought two hands on the wheel was normal with my Meridian!
What year and model is your coach? You can put all of this information in your signature. To do this go to the Users CP found near the top left of the page.

If you note in my signature I have a Blue Ox TruCenter installed. It helps take the natural pull out of the wheel. This is my third coach with a Freightliner Custom Chassis and they all have this pull. This device really takes a lot of the stress out of driving.

In truth I, too, still drive with both hands on the wheel. Habit and security.
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My old Gasser a 14000 lb 32 ft Georgie Boy Pursuit was driven one handed most of the time. I was not bothered with wander or sway. Did not have problems when a semi passed. The only things I had that were options was a Steer safe on the front and air bags in the rear. The shocks were good and the tires were new. I just traded it off and got a newer motor home. Hope this new one handles as good.
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My old Gasser a 14000 lb 32 ft Georgie Boy Pursuit was driven one handed most of the time. I was not bothered with wander or sway. Did not have problems when a semi passed. The only things I had that were options was a Steer safe on the front and air bags in the rear. The shocks were good and the tires were new. I just traded it off and got a newer motor home. Hope this new one handles as good.
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I agree. My first was a Cruise Air in back in the 70's. I thought it handled just fine. It takes a little time to learn how to drive one. Most people over correct at first. Any mh will get moved around in a strong wind. Even the biggest DP's. Get behind a 60k lb charter bus sometime and watch it get pushed around. These aren't cars and will never drive like one.
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Well there is theory and then there is what actually happens on the road.

Theory - 1. More weight means a given side wind force will resist that force more as the weight goes up. 2. Long chassis and short overhangs = shorter levers to cause road wander.

On the road - My personal experience is that some coaches go down the road more easily than others. Numbers 1 and 2 are true in my personal experience.

Our current coach hardly notices truck wind wash. It is 42-44,000 lbs and has a tag axle.
These things really work: http://www.supersteerparts.com/produ...rol-units.html

I haven't had them on the coach long enough to know how well in truck passing situations but I may not notice any difference because my rig handles this situation well in most cases. Now, when getting fuel in one of those pothole happy truck stops... What a difference. The side to side sway is much reduced. I had mine installed but I think you could do it yourself with not much trouble. Talk to the folks at Henderson's. They are very helpful.

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Test drive it first!
We had two gas coaches and two DPs. Both DPs were a dream to drive. We test drove a couple other DPs and they were awful with passing cars and wind. Someone above said that about his Meridian. We test drove one of those and it too was awful. maybe just coincidence???
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We had a 37' diesel pusher that definitely got moved around by the trucks and now we have a 45' with tag and while I still feel it a little, we don't actually move - I assume it is a combination of the tag and a heavier coach but don't know which contributes the most to the improvement.
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