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Old 09-11-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone

We are new members to this forum and new to the world of motorhomes as well. We looking forward to learning so much more about RVing!!!

We recently purhased a 2000 Fleetwood Flair in great condition! We took it out over Labor Day weekend for our first camp out. While driving down the road, we noticed the coach swayed a lot going down the interstate. In fact, 18 wheelers and large buses (and RVs) literally pushed us off the road. There is a lot of sway in the coach.

A mechanic told me we should consider new shocks and a steeering stabilizer. The shocks recommended are Bilstein Gas Pressure Shocks and a Roadmaster Reflex Steering Stabilizer. As far as I know, the shocks have never been replaced. Are both necessary or will the shocks take care of the problem? An advice for this "new RVer" would be welcome
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Howdy and welcome to the forum. Maybe you should have just the shocks replaced and see if the steering/sway improves without adding the stabilizer. Good luck!
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Our new to us unit has heavy duty shocks and steering stabilization and we have very little sway and wind push as we travel our highways.

I think SarahW is on the right track with the suggestion of do one and then the other if you feel it needs it.
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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the bunch! I too would recommend replacing the shocks first, and my choice would be the Bilsteins (half the price of the Koni and most folks say you can't tell the difference). Good luck & God bless!
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Howdy and welcome aboard. Glad you joined us. Congrats on the new to you purchase. I think if the shocks were bad you have more of a porposing problem then a sway problem. You may need a sway bar and steering stabilizer to help out. Also make sure your tires are inflated properly and the weight of items in the coach distributed properly. If you do go with the shocks I would get the Bilstiens. JMHO. Good Luck and hope all works out.
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Thanks for the advice!
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Thanks so much for the advice! Frank & Jeannie
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New shocks will probably help, but you're driving a big 11-ton box van. There's no way it will ever handle like a Miata. If you're new to big, boxy vehicles, a few trips will make you feel more at home. I was fortunate in having a 2-year post "retirement" job as a transit coach driver. It made the transition from a Kia Sedona to our MH a lot easier.

My personal take is that, as long as the handling isn't actually dangerous, I'd much rather spend my money on fuel and CG fees than in trying to make a silk purse from a sow's ear.
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Does it have air bags if so check pressure any unit will sway with air bags. I had a bounded with air front and back,there will be sway but I put 75 pods front and about 65 in back. Worked for me but of sway is caused by steering wear then openly a mechanic can help. Good luck. Jeffp with a fiver and no more sway.
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Spell check changed bound er to bounded,don,t you. Just love it sometimes. Jeffp
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What is 75 Pods ???? I know. LOL
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Pounds ,short form,if you put in just a p and d and s spell check does the rest for you. Try it you will like it. LOL.
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