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Old 03-14-2008, 07:04 PM   #1
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Our 2005 Winnebago, 38-J is marvellous machine. But the ride is INTOLERABLE. We've got just over 10K miles on it and I'm surprised we haven't broken something serious. Workhorse suggesed I weigh it down with . . .get this, SANDBAGS. I've weighed all four corners, and according to the Michelin inflation chart I'm now at the MINIMUM air pressure. I want a cure. I want an air suspension system that WORKS on THIS chassis. Winnebago is NO HELP. I can not believe that they are unaware of the hard ride problem. I am NOT the only Adventurer owner that has this complaint. I want - no, I need an answer. Mor Ride (rubber leaf springs)may work, but they have not responded. Somebody knows what to do. I've deadended so far.
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Old 03-14-2008, 07:04 PM   #2
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Our 2005 Winnebago, 38-J is marvellous machine. But the ride is INTOLERABLE. We've got just over 10K miles on it and I'm surprised we haven't broken something serious. Workhorse suggesed I weigh it down with . . .get this, SANDBAGS. I've weighed all four corners, and according to the Michelin inflation chart I'm now at the MINIMUM air pressure. I want a cure. I want an air suspension system that WORKS on THIS chassis. Winnebago is NO HELP. I can not believe that they are unaware of the hard ride problem. I am NOT the only Adventurer owner that has this complaint. I want - no, I need an answer. Mor Ride (rubber leaf springs)may work, but they have not responded. Somebody knows what to do. I've deadended so far.
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Old 03-15-2008, 04:30 AM   #3
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groundpilot, a great deal of your ride is controlled by your shocks. i think if you go to find, shocks/shock absorbers you will find some other w22 owners that have addressed this problem. we personally had great luck with koni fsd's. good luck! jim.
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Old 03-15-2008, 04:55 AM   #4
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Shocks... You'd be amazed how much of your hard ride is all about shocks.
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:03 AM   #5
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Groundpilot, welcome to iRV2.

We have a lot of members with experience in this area, and I see you already have some replies.
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Start with a set Koni FSD shocks...

But, if you want Air Ride check out
Kelderman Air Ride
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HWH Active Air
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I, as most of the post agree, that Koni FSD's will fix your problem. The factory shocks are gas and exert great pressure giving a harsh ride. The Koni shocks are more forgiving to varing road conditions and absorb the roughness.You can use the "find" button at the top and enter "Koni shocks" and read lots of post about this topic. If you prefer to change the shocks yourself, Brazel's, Redlands, or one of the other supporters of IRV2 will be glad to price you a set.

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I agree with the others. The switch to Koni's made a night and day difference.

Try them you will like them.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by groundpilot:
Our 2005 Winnebago, 38-J is marvellous machine. But the ride is INTOLERABLE. We've got just over 10K miles on it and I'm surprised we haven't broken something serious. Workhorse suggesed I weigh it down with . . .get this, SANDBAGS. I've weighed all four corners, and according to the Michelin inflation chart I'm now at the MINIMUM air pressure. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

And that MINIMUM air pressure is what??

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I'm going to follow along with Tom, I have a very hard time believing a 38J is carying the minimum weight on both axles, especially on a W22 chassis

Groundpilot, can you provide your four corner weights and tire size?

I agree sand bags are not the answer, nor is spending large amounts of cash, if not needed.

The rule of thumb seems to be you need between 80-90% of the axle weight rating for the chassis to perform as designed.

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May I suggest that you go to the workhorse section of this forum. when there you will be able to research this topic as the ride questin has been discussed extensively. Once there, you will find that the recommendations already given are the majority decided solution.
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Currently, weights are as follows:
Front - 6890 RATED @ 9K OR 77% of Capacity
Rear - 13,580 RATED @ 16K OR 84 % OF Capacity

I'm really liking what folks are claiming for the Koni shox. I really need the time to get moving on this project, but my retirement is keeping me too busy. I run a pilot car service (escorting oversize loads) and lately I've been putting in too many miles, and too many hours. Please stay in touch and I'll do likewise'
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So, what air pressures are you using??

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by groundpilot:
Currently, weights are as follows:
Front - 6890 RATED @ 9K OR 77% of Capacity
Rear - 13,580 RATED @ 16K OR 84 % OF Capacity </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I am confused, you stated the chassis is a W22, however the axle ratings you are using are a W24. Which do you have and what is your tire size?

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