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Old 08-27-2007, 12:33 PM   #1
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Well, after more than a year we pulled the trigger on a brand new Dutchmen 29R. The wife loves the double slide on opposite sides making the living are appear huge.

I noticed two things on our first run:
1). The coach seems to wander some in the front and it really bounces. Are there aftermarket shocks, etc. that are better for the ride?

2). Need some sort of stabilizing jacks, etc. What is there for this and where do you get them?

That's all for now but I promise to be back with more stupid questions....thanks
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Old 08-27-2007, 12:33 PM   #2
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Well, after more than a year we pulled the trigger on a brand new Dutchmen 29R. The wife loves the double slide on opposite sides making the living are appear huge.

I noticed two things on our first run:
1). The coach seems to wander some in the front and it really bounces. Are there aftermarket shocks, etc. that are better for the ride?

2). Need some sort of stabilizing jacks, etc. What is there for this and where do you get them?

That's all for now but I promise to be back with more stupid questions....thanks
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:32 PM   #3
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How about teling us what chassis you have.
My MH came with HWH fully automatic jacks.
Front end wonder. How have you loaded it. Get it weighed.
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:52 AM   #4
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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 rvten:
How about teling us what chassis you have.
My MH came with HWH fully automatic jacks.
Front end wonder. How have you loaded it. Get it weighed. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Oops, suppose that would help wouldn't it. It has the ford E-450 V-10. I am planning on getting it weighed this weekend, just have to find a scale.

Here is what we have:

The interior we have is a little darker cherry wood with a leather couch.



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Old 08-29-2007, 06:10 AM   #5
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There are three shocks that will help solve the 'bounce' problem .... KONI, Bilstein and Monroe .... price in that order. We have the Monroe RV shocks designed for Class 'C' units and could not be happier. You also might want to consider changing the roll/sway bar to a larger diameter.
As for the stabalizers ... we use a pair of 7500# units that will also let us raise the unit a little for leveling. They just bolt onto the frame extension (took about an hour start to finish) ... Of course the HWH units are great, just expensive.
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Thanks C Driver. Would it be too much trouble to ask you to take a picture of the stabilizers?? I'm hearing about many diff ones and when I look on line, all I see are ones for travel trailers and 5ers....thanks
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Your tire pressures are likely too hard - most dealers fill to the psi shown on factory spec plate (should be by the driver seat) and that is for maximum axle loads. Weigh the coach axle by axle and then adjust the tire pressure per the tire manufacturer's tire inflation guide for your make & model of tire. Odds are it will be somewhat less than the max and that will soften the ride.
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Old 08-30-2007, 05:49 AM   #8
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We got ours from
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...r-jacks-rv.htm

They are a BAL product and you can see the info at http://norcoind.com/bal/products/consumer/leveling_prod...ngscissorsjack.shtml

You can, if you want, also buy the electric motor but it is fairly expensive
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Old 09-04-2007, 05:55 PM   #9
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We have a 2005 Winnebago Minnie 31-C and the first thing I did was to get the front end aligned. Then I replaced the OEM shocks with Monroe Gas Magnum RV shocks and had a Safe T Plus steering stabilizer installed. Our coach rides like a limo now and I'd also recommend checking the air pressure in your tires and loading the coach as for a long trip and then getting it weighed. I bought some scissor jacks at Camping World and bolted them on the rear to help stabilize the coach and I use a battery powered electric drill to run them up and down.

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The E450 SD chassis suffers from bump steer. It requires constant see-saw steering and rolls from side to side on the larger coaches. We went through all of this on the 1999 MW 31A we had.

You will need to up grade the shocks to something equivalent to Bilsteins and next up grade the anti-roll bars to what was IPD USA ( recently sold this division) with urethane bushings. A front end alignment with the unit at travel weight. Never carry more than 1/4 tank of fresh water and keep waste tanks empty. Also set the tire pressures according to the axle loading.

Doing this you will not need a steering damper at all. The Safety Plus does not fix the problem, but is only a crutch to mask the suspension problem. Stop the side to side roll and it drives beautifully.

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Old 09-04-2007, 07:09 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone. I guess the first thing I will do is load her up and get the axles weighed...then the alignment. With the purchase, I'm a little short on cash to do much else right now.
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