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Old 06-10-2013, 09:10 AM   #1
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Just a little bragging

For months before we ordered or new MH I scoured all the forums trying learn everything I could. There were many many posts about handling problems. Road wander, semi pushing coaches out of the lane, constant steering corrections, white knuckle driving, thousands spent on after market add ons, even the slightest cross winds making the coach unstable, etc.
When we finally picked up our MH I was determined to struggle through it and prepared to spend lots of money. Well, I'm here to tell you that I must have the best handling gasser in the entire Western Hemisphere. Road wander is non existent, I get very little push from semis requiring only the slightest correction. I'm comfortable driving with one hand if I want a drink, eat some M&Ms or just rest my arm for a few minutes, there is certainly no white knuckle driving. The strongest cross winds I have been in was only about 25mph (according the the weather station) and did require much more effort but it was not enough to blow me completely out of my lane. The coach does have a bit more sway when cornering than I like and will probably get new down links to do the CHF later and may add a steer safe for safety reasons later. But for now I have spent exactly nothing on trying to correct the handling because I don't perceive there is much to correct.
My DW is a bit more apprehensive when driving but is still comfortable at the wheel. I am a lucky guy!
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WAY TO GO!!!! Let's see some pics!!!

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Old 06-10-2013, 11:12 AM   #3
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I had those same concerns when we bought the Windsor last year, since I had never driven a MH before. To my amazement, it is rock solid! We took a 7000 mile trip out west last year and experienced some really strong crosswinds, but there was never a control problem. I did keep both hands on the wheel when we were going through a windy area, buy was never uncomfortable.

I did install the Steer Safe steering stabilizer but only for protection in a blowout of a front tire! Thankfully, I haven't had the occasion to test it!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:51 PM   #4
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I totally agree; our Bounder has never had handling problems. Of course, I'm the navigator, but my pilot says it drives great. Congrats on the new rig.
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X2 from another Bounder pilot. Stock. Nothing added except alignment when new steer tires were put on.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:20 PM   #6
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X2 here; and I drive older coaches. My '92 Winnie Adventurer is calm and poised even on bad mountain highways -- all it has is Steer Safe stabilizers added by the previous owner, but the steering is solid and on-center by itself. The Steer Safe is really just insurance in case of a tire failure. My previous coach was a mid-80's Pace Arrow that was all-stock. It rode harsh and the coach body rattled, but the steering and handling were always stable and easy to drive relaxed or one-handed.

I credit it to not overloading the coach, keeping what load I do put in it reasonably balanced, and keeping the front end in good order -- greased and checked out regularly, align if necessary.
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:19 AM   #7
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I have a 36' W22 Workhorse chassis and there is nothing wrong with the way it drives and handles. The MH I had before was a 32' P32 and it almost drove like a car. IMHO I beleive a lot of these people forget that they are driving a truck and think it should drive like there car.
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For months before we ordered or new MH I scoured all the forums trying learn everything I could. There were many many posts about handling problems. Road wander, semi pushing coaches out of the lane, constant steering corrections, white knuckle driving, thousands spent on after market add ons, even the slightest cross winds making the coach unstable, etc.
When we finally picked up our MH I was determined to struggle through it and prepared to spend lots of money. Well, I'm here to tell you that I must have the best handling gasser in the entire Western Hemisphere. Road wander is non existent, I get very little push from semis requiring only the slightest correction. I'm comfortable driving with one hand if I want a drink, eat some M&Ms or just rest my arm for a few minutes, there is certainly no white knuckle driving. The strongest cross winds I have been in was only about 25mph (according the the weather station) and did require much more effort but it was not enough to blow me completely out of my lane. The coach does have a bit more sway when cornering than I like and will probably get new down links to do the CHF later and may add a steer safe for safety reasons later. But for now I have spent exactly nothing on trying to correct the handling because I don't perceive there is much to correct.
My DW is a bit more apprehensive when driving but is still comfortable at the wheel. I am a lucky guy!
I haven't had any real problems with ours either.
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For months before we ordered or new MH I scoured all the forums trying learn everything I could. There were many many posts about handling problems. Road wander, semi pushing coaches out of the lane, constant steering corrections, white knuckle driving, thousands spent on after market add ons, even the slightest cross winds making the coach unstable, etc.
When we finally picked up our MH I was determined to struggle through it and prepared to spend lots of money. Well, I'm here to tell you that I must have the best handling gasser in the entire Western Hemisphere. Road wander is non existent, I get very little push from semis requiring only the slightest correction. I'm comfortable driving with one hand if I want a drink, eat some M&Ms or just rest my arm for a few minutes, there is certainly no white knuckle driving. The strongest cross winds I have been in was only about 25mph (according the the weather station) and did require much more effort but it was not enough to blow me completely out of my lane. The coach does have a bit more sway when cornering than I like and will probably get new down links to do the CHF later and may add a steer safe for safety reasons later. But for now I have spent exactly nothing on trying to correct the handling because I don't perceive there is much to correct.
My DW is a bit more apprehensive when driving but is still comfortable at the wheel. I am a lucky guy!
So I read all these forums too. My MH handled just fine. Thought I'd make it better with safe-T-Plus Stablizer. To me it did not help and made the steering stiffer and didn't feel good to me. I put 3000 mile on with the Stablizer. Took it off. Back stock now. Just feels better too me. I'll just keep good tires on. Hope for no blow out.
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Old 06-15-2013, 03:48 PM   #10
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I had too much slop/play in the steering wheel, but was told all was good with my linkage so I learned to live with it. I then later had a safety-steer added as insurance in the event of a steer tire loss. Lo and behold, play in the wheel is ( almost ) gone. Very happy with this. Others say no benefit. Too many variables I guess ( make, model, weights, tires ) to easily replicate from coach to coach.
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For months before we ordered or new MH I scoured all the forums trying learn everything I could. There were many many posts about handling problems. Road wander, semi pushing coaches out of the lane, constant steering corrections, white knuckle driving, thousands spent on after market add ons, even the slightest cross winds making the coach unstable, etc.
When we finally picked up our MH I was determined to struggle through it and prepared to spend lots of money. Well, I'm here to tell you that I must have the best handling gasser in the entire Western Hemisphere. Road wander is non existent, I get very little push from semis requiring only the slightest correction. I'm comfortable driving with one hand if I want a drink, eat some M&Ms or just rest my arm for a few minutes, there is certainly no white knuckle driving. The strongest cross winds I have been in was only about 25mph (according the the weather station) and did require much more effort but it was not enough to blow me completely out of my lane. The coach does have a bit more sway when cornering than I like and will probably get new down links to do the CHF later and may add a steer safe for safety reasons later. But for now I have spent exactly nothing on trying to correct the handling because I don't perceive there is much to correct.
My DW is a bit more apprehensive when driving but is still comfortable at the wheel. I am a lucky guy!
Ford F53?
Did it come standard with front track bar?
Rear track bar?
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I had 2 P30s and now a W20D. Front alignment with a working load, and 2 fingers on the wheel from then on.

Well, I did drive em before I bought em
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Vince, yes it did come standard with front and rear track bars. It's an F53, 24k lb chassis. Not sure if that is a standard Ford or if it was installed by Tiffin.
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It's standard Ford - at least with the late model 2011+ chassis.

It's my opinion that most "handling" issues come from incorrect tire pressures and driver inexperience. Nothing like some miles driving your motorhome to cure those perceived handling issues.
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