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Old 11-04-2014, 05:03 PM   #29
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If you are questioning the drivability of a gasser, test drive it first.

Last year my intentions were to get a 5er, and Dodge pickup to pull it.

However, after visiting a local RV show, (the Pomona, CA RV show), where several dealerships have at least one of each or their brand of motorhomes available to test drive, I ended up with a Class-A gasser.

All of the gassers that I test drove were built on the Ford F53 chassis, and they all generally felt the same, regardless of the 19.5" or 23" wheels.

I ended up picking up my new Thor Hurricane near Orlando Florida, and driving it home to Southern California. It's considered an "entry level" motorhome with a 228" wheelbase and 19.5" wheels on the F53 chassis. It drove so well, (perfect tracking, smooth ride, no sway), that I didn't even realize that the front tires were underinflated until I reached Tallahassee, FL. It drove even better with properly inflated tires!! No crazy sway or drifting in strong winds. Yes, I do feel the puff of wind when passing or being passed by a 16 wheeler, but nothing out of the ordinary.

I may eventually install a Saf-T-Plus just for peace of mind if I have a blowout, but not to improve the handling.
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Old 11-04-2014, 05:30 PM   #30
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One of the problems with many Motor Homes is the fact that the chassis is used for other things.. Like tow trucks or delivery trucks.

Thus there are three issues that can often stand improvement.

First (or last actually) is Sway: Think of fans at a rock concert swaying side to side with their Candle-simulators lit.

Sway Bars improve this (nothing can completely eliminate it) .

Wag: Think of a dog's tail the body of the motor home moves side to side over the axle like this.

body
axle. This is motor home at rest

.Body
axle
body
.Axle This is motor home in motion, notice the side to side movement.

Track Bars stop this dead, 100%, Recommended is the Ultra Power track bar, well built and lower in cost than most others.

Finally we have wander,,, Steering stabilizers attempt to adress this by holding your steering centered.

Oh, also affecting wander is alignment.
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One of the problems with many Motor Homes is the fact that the chassis is used for other things.. Like tow trucks or delivery trucks.

Thus there are three issues that can often stand improvement.

First (or last actually) is Sway: Think of fans at a rock concert swaying side to side with their Candle-simulators lit.

Sway Bars improve this (nothing can completely eliminate it) .

Wag: Think of a dog's tail the body of the motor home moves side to side over the axle like this.

body
axle. This is motor home at rest

.Body
axle
body
.Axle This is motor home in motion, notice the side to side movement.

Track Bars stop this dead, 100%, Recommended is the Ultra Power track bar, well built and lower in cost than most others.

Finally we have wander,,, Steering stabilizers attempt to adress this by holding your steering centered.

Oh, also affecting wander is alignment.
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