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Old 06-09-2011, 08:04 AM   #29
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Hi Michelle,
I recently drove a Vista 26P for a short test drive. However, I was too concerned about relearning how to drive a MH ... after not owning one for three years ... than paying attention to the ride. And, the unit was not loaded with water, etc. for weight. So I can't make much of a test drive report.
I can say that the turning radius is amazingly tight. And, I think the ride is basically OK, but I will do one more test drive soon to focus on ride issues.
So far, I am advised by various owners to add Koni FDS shocks to minimize the sharp bumps from expansion joints ... because the factory Bilstein shocks are too stiff. And, I am advised to add a "rear trac bar" and possibly a "steering stabilizer." I am still researching these possible improvements.
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:35 AM   #30
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Thanks Papa Allan

Thanks for the report. Let us know your thoughts when you test drive it a second time. The 26P was on my short list last year but I eventually decided that no one was making the type of motorhome I wanted. I also found that the mid-90s units were pretty much spot on for what I was looking for so ended up buying used.

However, I'm still tracking some of the short units that are coming out to see if anything looks workable for us. So far the Thor Ace is closest but still didn't make the cut. In the mean time were getting alot of enjoyment out of our current unit.

We don't have a Newmar dealer near us. Did you check out their Baystar 2701? I get the impression their initial quality is really good.

Have fun with your shopping!


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