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Old 05-09-2016, 08:01 AM   #1
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How bad is it to take a motor home down a really bumpy road?

Fleetwood 35k here..

Seems a pretty obvious answer, but I'm just wondering if there are major problems you might come across if you drive your MH down a really bumpy road.

I've got some land that I'm doing some clearing on to move the tree branches out of the way which will allow me safe access to it with the MH. Problem is there is about 2 miles of caliche road that has lots of bumpyness to it thanks to rain and traffic.

I can cruise at about 25 with my truck down it so I'd have to go probably 5MPH in the motor home if I was going to do it.

I'm just worried they really aren't meant for that type of rough ride in the sense that I'll have 800 squeaks by the time I'm back on the road.
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It's a truck with a house attached so go slow. Batten down the hatches. Anything that can fall will. I'd get rid of as much excess weight as I could. Hope you don't get stuck because that's an expensive haul
out not covered by insurance I bet
And as far as squeaks - you'll have them whether or not you go down that road.
Let us know how it turns out.
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I did this a few times and ended up driving between 2-5 mph. It was not pleasant and I try to avoid it whenever possible. Just take your time and go as slow as you need to. I would agree with your concern, they aren't really meant for that rough of a ride for long stretches, so try to be gentle.
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Old 05-09-2016, 08:37 AM   #4
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We taken ours down some pretty rough roads including the Historic Route 66, the Top of the World Highway (specifically the section from Chicken, AK to the Alaskan Highway) and the gravel highway to Wood Buffalo National Park in the Northwest Territories of northern Canada. Though each of these was rough, they may not have been as rough as some long washboard road construction areas. The trick to driving these is simply to match your speed to the road conditions. This is sometimes difficult on really bad washboard as almost any speed seems to fast. We once did 13 miles of washboard at about 10 miles per hour. Also, watch the road well ahead to make sure you are nor caught by severe potholes.

The one type of rough road I try very hard to avoid is uneven, rutted roads that will twist the frame and body of the coach. Twisting is not good at any speed.
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Make sure to check the traps under the sinks before using them after travelling that kind of road. There is a good chance one of them will have become disconnected and make one hell of a mess. Has happened to me twice in kitchen.
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I have found that sometimes speeding up will help on washboard roads but it may not be possible if it is also heavily rutted or potholed.
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We sometimes do rough dirt roads to get to remote campsites for off-roading with the jeep. Just go super slow. As others commented ensure everything is stowed away securely.
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Adds to the fun. When you arrive, get down on your hands and knees and crawl around with a flashlight to find all the screws that have fallen out. Then the best part - finding where the screws fell from.
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