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Old 06-25-2012, 03:39 PM   #1
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Which Class A handles best in crosswinds?

I have a 2000 Tradewinds. I have only one complaint - it is almost impossible to handle in strong crosswinds. I had a steering stabilizer installed which helped a lot, but did not correct the problem. I still cannot drive much more than 50 - 55 mph,, but 55 is pushing it. I'll be struggling along and get passed by other Class As.

So, the beast will be replaced. Which Class A handles the best, or at least can be controlled in strong crosswinds?
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:51 PM   #2
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Easy, the one with the tag axle.
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:56 PM   #3
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Many who own Newmar motorhomes since 2007 will say their Comfort Drive is really hard to beat. I can attest to the ease in steering control in strong crosswinds with ours.

The system "learns" from how you have to steer into the crosswind and starts "canting" the steering wheel in that direction (all under your control) until you change it. In other words if you have to turn the steering wheel significantly into the wind to go straight, the system will help to keep it there so you are not fighting it. It also does the same thing on a road with a noticeable crown.

The gentleman who helped develop it frequents this forum. If you search for Comfort Drive or Column Drive you will find some discussion on it.

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I don't feel crosswinds at all in my Monaco Camelot. I had a Monaco Diplomat before and the same with it. They have both handled exceptionally well in the wind. Prior to that I had a Fleetwood product that I would not drive in a crosswind. Just my dos centavos.
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I have a 2000 Tradewinds. I have only one complaint - it is almost impossible to handle in strong crosswinds. I had a steering stabilizer installed which helped a lot, but did not correct the problem. I still cannot drive much more than 50 - 55 mph,, but 55 is pushing it. I'll be struggling along and get passed by other Class As.

So, the beast will be replaced. Which Class A handles the best, or at least can be controlled in strong crosswinds?
I recommend that you look at a 2008n or later NewMar with Comfort Drive; we have had three NewMars two with and one without Comfort Drive. You can not beat this steering system!!
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It's a common problem, but I think your question is really too broad because probably the 45' Prevost with the tag axle is going to handle best but they are a lot more money than most of us want to spend.

Since you live in Washington, before spending bucks on a new rig it might be worth taking a drive a bit south to Grants Pass and have Henderson's Line Up perform a Road Test Assessment on it. Those guys specialize in this stuff and the results I got from a visit (and $2200) there have made me a fan for life. They charge something like $125 to have you explain your concerns and then ride along with them on a test drive while they put your rig through its paces.

They then give you a written report on what they observed relative to your expectations and what, if anything, they can do to help. It could be that a rear stabilizer could help with your cross wind issue.

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I don't feel crosswinds at all in my Monaco Camelot. I had a Monaco Diplomat before and the same with it. They have both handled exceptionally well in the wind. Prior to that I had a Fleetwood product that I would not drive in a crosswind. Just my dos centavos.
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I was going to say the one with the lowest height...
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There are crosswinds and then there are crosswinds with wind gusts.
Our present DP is much better than our previous two gas MHs.
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I had the same problem with my Fleetwood until I had a blue ox tiger track installed. It made all the difference in wind and passing trucks.
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Hello Charlie,
As you know I have a 1999 trade winds and I just drove through some winds that were
from hell without any more effect that I would expect.
But the first thing I did was have this thing inspected and front alignment done by some one that know which end is up.
The Pace Arrow I owned was like trying to herd a bunch of cats down the road until
it also had the front end gone thru.
If you want I can provide info where to get it looked at local to both of us next week
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Too subjective to ever get an answer. What one considers good another might consider terrible.
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Lots of weight and a tag axle make for a good coach in the wind. Our coach is over 40,000 lbs and is like a locomotive when it gets windy. We have exactly zero added systems on our steering. We don't need any.

That said, no huge big box is going to go down a windy road like a Corvette or Lincoln. There is just too much wall area to not react somewhat to the air pressure. So even with a big heavy coach or comfort drive, or any other steering aid I would think you will never get to as low an effort at a Porches 911 in the wind.
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Were they both rigs with the eight air bags?

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The Diplomat had 8 air bags. The Camelot has 10.
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