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Old 08-19-2011, 07:16 AM   #57
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Jack1234 -
You are right on. The after market industry for handling problems is proof that coach makers are not building things correctly.

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Old 08-19-2011, 07:59 AM   #58
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Update: Yesterday I had the front end realigned. It was slightly out of alignment but the tech was doubtful my problem would be eliminated. His opinion was that the manufacturer made a bad choice using the F53 chassis, not heavy enough to properly support the size of the unit and allow proper handling. I then took it to a heavy truck centre for a repair to the wipers....the manufacturer did not tighten the wiper assembly and I nearly lost the drivers wiper on the Confederation Bridge in heavy rain. I expressed my concern with the handling problem and requested they test drive the unit. A seasoned mechanic tested it and agreed with the alignment tech. He pointed out a new Ford truck with the F53 chassis and informed me that they built this luxury motor home on that little chassis so what can one expect. He pointed out the rear suspension on my unit- a 3 leaf spring and a set of inferior shocks...same shocks on the front. He agreed that the unit does not handle as it should, it darts from side to side and the suspension is much too soft. He is of the same opinion as many on this thread that these manufacturers sell a product to retirees knowing these safety issues. I will be discussing the results with the dealer tomorrow.

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Old 08-20-2011, 06:41 PM   #59
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If you have lost confidence you better see if you can return it

cwfr_001 - At this point it looks like you have lost confidence in the coach. I can tell you from personal experience that motor home models drive and handle quite differently. We rented many times before buying our first motor home about six years ago. Some of the rentals were just like hopping into a large van and taking off for both my wife and I. There were class C types. On the other hand we rented a 32' Storm class A a few years back that was white knuckle all the way.

I suppose this is a little late to say so, but why did you not get these handling issues front and center before you bought? That would have been the time. Now if you have lost confidence in the coach you better see what you can do to back out of the deal. And BTW, many-most motor homes handle well. So don't give up. Just test test test until you get what you want.
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:15 PM   #60
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It is certainly a fact that any F53 is basically a ups truck with a bathroom. Still, the 99 I used to have was not soo bad, and newer ones are a zillion times better.

Within it's weight limit of 22k pounds, the F53 is as good as any gas chassis out there.

The said, an air ride diesel bus chassis is a whole nother animal.

Still that does not mean anyone is building crap, they are just building to a specific size, weight, and price point.
If you want it to ride like an air bag diesel, you gotta pay the piper.
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:48 PM   #61
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i repeat...when looking out the windshield dont look where yu are (which is 6 feet past the frnt) ...look where you are going. look as far as you can see past the front end. you will amazed how much easier it becomes. as a long time touring bike rider, most of the people i saw having horrendous wrecks were looking at the yellow line. rving is not one foot at a time. its thousands of miles which youre moho will never remember.
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In 2003 bought a new Hurricane 30q. Could not make it go straight down the road. When I got home I jack it up and greased the front end and it tracked like a different vehicle.

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