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Old 04-17-2012, 11:09 AM   #1
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Floating

Good afternoon,

I just recently purchased my first RV and since I am new to this I am not
sure if this is normal or not. I have a 2001 Winnebago Journey, 32ft pusher. With the air suspension it seems to float while driving down the
road. It just seems to float more then I think it should. The RV has 73000
miles on it and it doesn't seem to pull in one direction or the other but I
would like it if it were more stable.
Could be it will just take more time getting use to the way to steers but I
would like to hear back from anyone on their opinion if they feel this is normal.

Thanks in advance
Andy
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:12 AM   #2
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Welcome Andy! I cannot offer any advice, but can tell you there will be somebody here that can help! This is a great group of people to consult on these type issues so I'm confident someone will be able to help!

Congratulations and enjoy!!

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Old 04-17-2012, 11:20 AM   #3
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Howdy and welcome aboard. Hope you enjoy the site. Pushers with their air suspension do ride much different then the gas rigs. At 73K miles you may want to have your shocks inspected. Just a thought. Good luck and I'm sure you'll get more input. Hope to see you down the road.
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Howdy and welcome aboard. Hope you enjoy the site. Pushers with their air suspension do ride much different then the gas rigs. At 73K miles you may want to have your shocks inspected. Just a thought. Good luck and I'm sure you'll get more input. Hope to see you down the road.
My exact thoughts, give it some time and maybe some good shocks.
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Also make sure that the tires are properly inflated, neither too much nor too little. I recommend getting the rig weighed axle by axle (wheel by wheel is even better) so that the tire pressure can be adjusted to the value specified in the tire manufacturers inflation tables (which goes by wheel weight).
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:35 PM   #6
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Agree with all above. My experience was that replacing my (second set of) original shocks with Koni's gave me much better control.
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When I replaced my tires I got the same feeling and the tires were over inflated, so I would check that out first.

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Agree, sounds like a shock issue. Bob
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Thanks everyone for your input. I am getting ready to tow to Richmond Va tomorrow so I will be sure to check the tire pressure. Sounds like a good set of shocks might be
worth investing in if the floating stays the same.

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Shocks shouldn't have any effect on a "floating" sensation. Their purpose is to prevent excessive bouncing when the suspension strike a pothole or bump.
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1. Correct tire pressure for weight
2. Sway bar bushings.
3. A little time behind the wheel....
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The modern day dual action shock absorber is a multi-tasker it seems. Bob

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Might want to check your air-ride height as it could be set to high or maybe to low.
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Thanks for all the input. I drove to Richmond this weekend and it still floats around a
bit but I do think more time behind the wheel will help. Will have to look into checking
the air-ride height as this is all new to me. Manage to get it home Sat night after almost 190 miles of driving in the rain and at night.

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