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Old 02-25-2018, 03:50 PM   #1
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So I continue to count the days to when my wife and I go fulltiming. It's going to be a long 5 years to get to it. In the meantime, I'm having a great time learning as much as I can from those that are already living the dream. One of my most enjoyable things to do on weekends is read and learn from sites like IRV2 and from YouTube videos of those lucky enough to be RVing.

We have an idea of the type of motorhome that we want for fulltiming. One of my projects now is to figure out if I should pay for a motorhome with IFS.

I plan to be mostly boondocking. RV parks are not for me. My last motorhome had a fixed front axle. I remember the shaking and rolling the motorhome did whenever I went off road. So, given that boondocking is what I want to do, I'm wondering if IFS is something I should seriously add to my list of features for my future rig.
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I can’t say if IFS would be better in that environment but it does drive nice. The main thing that we run into trying to boondock is the chassis height and how much rear overhang you have from rear axle to rear bumper and clearance. Also what towing setup you have if towing a toad and the hitch may drag. Most boondocking locations have ditches or culverts to navigate to get in them. If you have too much length after rear tires you can forget it. Been there.
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jthigh,

Thanks for the feedback. I generally like disconnecting the toad and exploring an area with it before driving the RV to a boondocking spot. The overhang for the rear of the RV is always a pain. I once got the back of the RV stuck in pavement going into a Mall parking lot. Had to have a tow truck pull us out.

IFS may make the wife happier if it helps minimize the shaking when going offroading.
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It depends on your budget and what year coach you'll be buying in 5 years. If you plan on buying used, you typically won't see IFS until around 2010 or so.
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yep, I think you'll see that it 'helps' with the shaking, but the 'earthquake' effect is most typically associated with the REAR axle(s) ... where most of your weight is located, unless you're interested in investing your life savings into one of those 'off road' varieties!

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Hi Don,

My wife likes the floor plan of the A40 Thor Venetian. I would like to keep the budget at around $200K. I prefer buying used. I rather not deal with the issues of new coaches. The wife likes new, so she can get the latest gadgets.

Unfortunately, the Venetian does not have IFS.
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'buy' the time you get ready, you'll have plenty of 'newer' options...
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Hi MisterT

I didn't think about the rear axle. Are there RVs with independent suspension for all axles?

https://www.tripsavvy.com/rving-guid...ystems-4106980

All axle independent suspension may happen once we have electric motors on the coaches. A separate electric motor for each wheel and a diesel generator to power the 4 electric motors. Four-wheel drive RVs.
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Our 2008 Mandalay has IFS
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Tag axle coach; better weight distribution, less rear overhang. Can raise the whole shebang with the airbags if'in you need to.

Rear drive axles are beam axles, as are tags, unless you're talking about steerable tags. But that's another discussion.

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It depends on your budget and what year coach you'll be buying in 5 years. If you plan on buying used, you typically won't see IFS until around 2010 or so.
Our 2004 Newmar Mountain Aire DP (Freightliner) has IFS...
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I have 5 more trips to the Hershey RV show before I buy. So maybe a better boondocking motorhome will be designed.
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Our '02 DSDP on Spartan chassis had IFS and, had we ordered the '00 DSDP on Spartan it would have had IFS too, but we got the FL chassis.
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Suggestion (If it hasn't been mentioned yet)
Your 1st RV is a tool to learn on..
Buy used , with the floor plan.amenities,drive train, suspension that You "think" you want & need to be happy.......mebbe a year or so before you retire... Take short trips and a few longer ones..
DO NOT buy the "Latest & Greatest"
In a reasonably short time you will find....
What works for you and your chosen full timer lifestyle..
What Does NOT work for you..
AND what You absolutely HATE....

Then Go Buy Your "Forever RV".. That has everything You have found that You truly want/need and will Use...

We DID!

Happy Hunting..
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