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Old 05-05-2008, 10:02 AM   #1
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This is our very first trip in our 2003 Fleetwood Fiesta Y26 we are currently in New Mexico on our way to Phoenix . We have been hitting quite a bit of gusty wind conditions with winds of 20-30MPH. Driving under these conditions is quite a challenge and has made for some "white Knucle" moments. The Fiesta is in excellent condition with only 24K miles good tires, shocks,etc. IS there anything we can buy that would make driving in the wind a little easier and safer. Granted we are new drivers and have much to learn we are getting better every day and more confident but the wind driving is just more than we expected any help, recommendations or advice would be very much welcome. WE are loving traveling in the Motorhome it's been great.

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Old 05-05-2008, 10:02 AM   #2
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This is our very first trip in our 2003 Fleetwood Fiesta Y26 we are currently in New Mexico on our way to Phoenix . We have been hitting quite a bit of gusty wind conditions with winds of 20-30MPH. Driving under these conditions is quite a challenge and has made for some "white Knucle" moments. The Fiesta is in excellent condition with only 24K miles good tires, shocks,etc. IS there anything we can buy that would make driving in the wind a little easier and safer. Granted we are new drivers and have much to learn we are getting better every day and more confident but the wind driving is just more than we expected any help, recommendations or advice would be very much welcome. WE are loving traveling in the Motorhome it's been great.

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Old 05-05-2008, 10:28 AM   #3
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I had the same problem when we had a Freightliner. We added a product called Safety plus. It is sold for tire blow outs. You will see a great improvment with it installed. Camping World has them. Have fun. Good Luck and welcome to the Irv2. I see it is your first post. You will get more information on this. Most if not all will be that it is a excellent product
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Dave1949, WELCOME to iRV2.

I'll link your post to the Fleetwood forum where your fellow owners will see it.
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:28 PM   #5
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Trac bars frt. & rear.
Helped us a bunch.
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Old 05-05-2008, 01:34 PM   #6
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Make sure the front end alignment is correct. Then, track bar(s), rear anti sway bar, steering stablizer (one that you can re-center from the driver's seat). If you want a one stop shop, Camping World sells all these items. I have all of them and more on my coach. My coach now drives like my SUV.
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I agree with UPS 34 about the Safe-T-Plus. It helps a lot in keeping the coach centered during windy conditions and when trucks pass.
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Old 05-05-2008, 04:45 PM   #8
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Turn and drive wth the wind behind you. You will get great gas milage and you will get to see places you didn't expect you would get to see.
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Old 05-05-2008, 05:09 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the advice it's much appreciated. I saw some of the products mentioned at a Campers World we stopped in at here in NM. Several replies mentioned Campers world as a good place. If I ask the technicians at their service center for a recemendation on what to try first are they going to sell us a bounch of stuff or the right stuff? I'll try to educate myself on the products recommend here and be a little more informed before we add something.
I have the service records from the orginal owner and I can't see where there was an alignment done so maybe that's a good start.
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Old 05-05-2008, 07:21 PM   #10
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Going to PHOENIX?? It has already hit over 100F, in April. I hope you're just passing through - If you're staying. plan on having both roof A/Cs cranking, but you probably already know this. Phoenix is a great test for cooling systems, too. There are a few things you can do to improve cooling system performance.
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:16 PM   #11
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I've owned 7 RVs to date, and the best procedure to follow is alignment, weighing the RV and redistributing weight if needed, then correct tire pressure, then shocks...I've never added any other "improvements" after that, and they all handled adequately...never gonna get "drives like an SUV" handling, I don't believe anyone achieves this....it's a big box going down the road, not an SUV.
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You can spend a lot of money throwing hardware at this sort of thing and the sales people at Camping World will gladly help you do it. Most of them are not particularly expert at handling problems - they just know what the catalog says to sell for handling complaints.

If there are no indications the alignment is off in normal (not high winds) conditions, I'd go with a track bar first, either front or rear. If that doesn't do it, upgrade the existing antisway bar to a larger size (or add one of it doesn't already have such a thing).

I personally feel that steering stabilizers like the Safe-T-Plus are a waste of money for handling problems. (Yes, I've owned one). They are intended to help keep the steering wheel centered and nothing else. The problem in the wind is that you have to continuously steer off-center to counteract the wind forces that are pushing your RV sideways on its suspension. That means you will be fighting both the wind and the Sate-T-Plus in this situation. It does, however, make the steering feel stiffer.

Shocks are not indicated - their purpose is to control rebound of the springs after hitting a bump or pothole. They are not stiffeners.
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When we first bought our motorhome, I had great difficulty when it was windy or when large trucks passed by. Consequently, I had a Safe-T-Plus stabilizer installed and cannot overstate the improvement. Now, moderate winds and passing trucks have minimal impact. Issues like tire pressure and weight distribution are crucial to good handling but there are limits to these influences. At that point, products like steering stabilizers and track bars should be considered Best of luck.

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If you are out west anyway why not take it to Redland's I have heard nothing but good about them and they have helped me via email on several occasions.
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