Originally Posted by Mahakal
Hope everyone doing well. I took a 80 miles one way trip from Chicago to Sawyer MI and back. This was one of most tiring trip I had ever had. All the road that I took except little stretch in Michigan was horrible. I took 290,294 to 94 into Michigan. My shoulder had severe pain after coming back. I was exhausted. The road was horrible through out. My question is I have not done any suspension upgrades. Tires are at recommend pressure. What can be done to make ride better. I have read CHF. But I keep thinking of trading to DP. If you guys can help with some advice. I would appreciate it. I have done several 1200 miles trip from Illinois to Florida. I did get tired but last trip was something. Thank You
Any idea what is making you extra tired? Like swaying from passing trucks, pot hole jarring, steering corrections to keep coach centered?
There are different modifications for different issues.
1. Rear track bar for sway control from wind and passing trucks.
2. CHF same as above and helps with leaning like when entering a driveway or making a turn on a slope.
3. Steering stabilizer reduces "sawing" motion of the steering wheel required to keep the coach centered on the road. Also claims to help stabilize steering in a blow out.
4. Shock upgrade to improve ride overall and reduce pot hole jarring.
I think your chassis is the same as my 2015 ACE 29.3. I did modifications 1,2,3 above and was happy with the results. The steering stabilizer helped me the most with driving fatigue. A relatively short chassis/wheelbase on the 18K chassis has its limitations.
My current coach is on 22K chassis at 36'. It has modifications 1,2,3,4, and drives/handles/rides much better than the 30' 29.3.
Some of the changes I have made to my driving habits over the years:
Plan my trips around 300 miles a day.
Drive only in daylight.
Arrive at destination for day by 4:00 PM
Stay on Interstates as much as possible, even if it is farther.
If you are looking for an excuse to buy a DP, then you are all set. Air suspension, 36+ length, heavy chassis.
On the other hand a 42' DP on a narrow two lane winding mountain road with low bridges/tunnels is no fun either.
The one "for sure" thing I have learned is no matter what coach you have, you can't have it all.