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Old 07-11-2015, 01:08 PM   #43
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I have a 36ft gasser and mine used to be pushed around until I made a few adjustments, 1.chf McKinley. 2.front steering damper, blizten 3.proper air in tires
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Old 07-11-2015, 03:55 PM   #44
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In my experience with three gas and four diesel pushers, the key is the tag axle. A 32' Southwind, a 34' Adventurer, a 36' Discovery, and two 40' Phaeton diesel pushers were all affected by a semi passing. Weight ranged from 17,000#'s to 33,000 #'s A 36' Pace Arrow gas and our current 43' DP, both with tag axles, was/is not affected by moderate cross winds or semi's passing. Our 43' is even more stable when pulling our 26' enclosed trailer. We just completed a 1400 mile trip in 2 1/2 days with several semi's passing me and was surprised when some of them got along side of me, as there was no sideways movement when they passed.
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As others have said on here, it is mostly about the weight vs side area.
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:18 PM   #46
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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 have a 38ft gasser. I can keep a fairly good pace in the flats so I don't get passed too often by the big trucks. When I do, they aren't going much faster than me.

I not usually the fastest (or the slowest) going uphill. The bigger newer trucks do pass me but I still don't get blown around.

On the other hand, if its windy, the EVERYBODY gets blown around.
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On the other hand, if its windy, the EVERYBODY gets blown around.
Really? I hardly notice the side/crosswinds with the Magna, let alone "get blown around".
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Really? I hardly notice the side/crosswinds with the Magna, let alone "get blown around".

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I was headed to a race in Iowa with the 28' enclosed trailer in tow last fall in 35 mph winds. It pushed me around. 4 bag air DP.
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Raptor Tools,

Ref your concerns, I had a 37 foot gas that was also pushed around by trucks and especially buses. I put a track bar on the rear, Davis trutrac on the front and finished it off with a Safe T Plus on the front as well. The track bar and Davis trutrac made a tremendous difference. My gas coach handled at least as good as my dp- maybe even slightly better. If you are a little handy, you can install them yourself. They were well worth the investment.

Try the rear track bar first. Then test drive. You may be satisfied with the improvement and stop there.
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I was headed to a race in Iowa with the 28' enclosed trailer in tow last fall in 35 mph winds. It pushed me around. 4 bag air DP.
The Blue Ox TruCenter really improved this problem for me. The first thing I noticed after installing it was I could easily correct for the road crown pull and that made driving a bunch more relaxing.

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If I know my day is going to be spent with significant side winds (all day x-way run), I've learned the coach will handle significantly better with a full (100 gal. or so) fresh water tank. It's full width, located just above and in back of the front axle. FWIW
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The Blue Ox TruCenter really improved this problem for me. The first thing I noticed after installing it was I could easily correct for the road crown pull and that made driving a bunch more relaxing.

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I get that...and really I have no complaints about mine. But when someone says they "hardly notice" or "never get blown around", I think we need to define what the conditions are. If you are driving a 40'X11" billboard down the road with a 35 mph side wind.....you're going to notice it!
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I get that...and really I have no complaints about mine. But when someone says they "hardly notice" or "never get blown around", I think we need to define what the conditions are. If you are driving a 40'X11" billboard down the road with a 35 mph side wind.....you're going to notice it!
One our coach, 35mph is about the top of where I don't notice it much (Spartan chassis, 40', no tag). Above that, I generally have to put both hands on the wheel.

And unlike my gasser (which was admittedly right at 51% wheelbase to length) I don't really factor in trucks passing me at all unless they are upwind of high wind speeds. But on a average day here in California (unlike an average day in Wyoming, where we lived for a while) if I am rolling down the road I don't find any significant corrections for trucks going by.

As far as speed, my DP is about as fast as my gasser was going up big grades... the difference is that I can have a normal level conversation with my wife rather than having to shout over the engine for the 6 mile climb of the Grapevine. (that said, for some...maybe that's a negative! )

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I get that...and really I have no complaints about mine. But when someone says they "hardly notice" or "never get blown around", I think we need to define what the conditions are. If you are driving a 40'X11" billboard down the road with a 35 mph side wind.....you're going to notice it!

I don't have a steering stabilizer but there are enough other goodies aboard to do the trick.
42 foot RR10S 10 bag chassis with tag does a fine job. That and the pure physics that mass bring to the equation are pretty nifty. I may notice there is a wind, but it doesn't bother me.
I have had shorter rigs that wagged the dog, but I got used to how much to steer into the "push"
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