RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-20-2017, 08:45 AM   #1
oilman51's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 71
High winds & sway bars

We have a 2006 Hurricane 30 Q pulling a tow dolly and Ford Escape. GVWR is 16000 lbs. We just completed a wonderful trip to South Dakota from our home in Ohio. As many of you probably know the winds beginning west of Chicago along I 90 average 10 - 20 mph with gusts exceeding that. After talking with the locals along the way it is like that all year long no matter the season. We also were unfortunate in hitting some pretty heavy weather. My rig was being blown all over the place and I know I need to do something. I already have a Safety Steer Plus, new shocks and front end alignment. Will anti sway bars help? Is it better to put the anti sway bar on the front or back end or both? Has there been significant improvement after adding the bar? Any other suggestions?
Stairs up
Wheels rolling!
Safe T Plus
oilman51 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-20-2017, 09:00 AM   #2
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 47
I have a 2016 ACE 30.2 and added Blue Ox Front and Rear Sway Bars, Trak Bar and TruCenter steering stabilizer. I also had an alignment done. While all of the improvements helped with handling in the wind and with passing trucks, it still gets pushed around. I have an 18k chassis and imho, nothing that light with a high profile is going to fare well in the wind. The primary difference before and after the add-ons for me was safety. I can now drive the RV without the fear of being pushed off the road by any semi or moderate wind. I hardly feel the semis now and winds below 20mph are tolerable. Anything sustained over 35 to 40 mph and I have to pull off and wait it out or drive very slow which would probably cause an accident on an Interstate. I did recently buy the AirTabs product but have not installed them or tested them yet to see if they help. Best of luck with however you proceed!
COACE30.2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2017, 09:14 AM   #3
Senior Member
Tiffin Owners Club
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Posts: 3,815
Winds across the West are pretty normal in the Spring. You just need to pick your days and times to drive.

Remember, your motorhome is a giant sail and the wind can exert effects that you cannot reduce. Not much you can do about that but change your driving habits to reduce the effects.

1. Travel early in the morning before the winds pick up.
2. Pull over and park when the winds get too high.
3. Slow down. You would be surprised what a 5 mph decrease in speed can do for your handling.
4. Save your money and buy a tag axle diesel pusher which are more immune to wind.
5. Check your weather forecast often. Stay put when the high wind warnings are issued.

Lots of wind here in New Mexico and West Texas. You learn to deal with it and modify your trip as needed. I've driven it with my Phaeton (32,000 lbs loaded) and my Navion (11,000 lbs loaded) and they handle(d) about the same.
Roger & Mary
2017 Winnebago Navion 24V (Sold)
2014 Tiffin Phaeton 36GH (Sold)
luvlabs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2017, 09:34 AM   #4
Senior Member
Smitty77's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Over the next hill, around the next curve...
Posts: 4,934
Assume this on the F53 chassis. Looks under the Chassis forum for handling fixes, of something like that.

Suggestions to consider, not complete list:

> Four corner weight, and tires pressure set to manufactures PSI + say 5psi more.
> Safety T Plus - I consider this a safety item to help maintain control from a tire blow out. I also helps in shifting/changing winds.
>Calling Henderson Line Up, they can help you thru adding the proper Super Steer Rear Trac Bar, which will help keep the rear tail hang of the coach from pushing the front end around from winds. And they can also help you review how your F53 was ordered by your coach maker. (Different manufactures spec lower costing F53 chassis as far as suspension, to hit a price point. Believe Hurricane probably came in at the entry level price point, so probably not as many of the Ford available handling products for the F53. For example you mentioned Sway Bars, they may have only added one, vs in some chassis they have two on the rear end.)

Other things can be added during normal maintenance from wear. Like urethane bushings. Possibly better shocks (Not sure which shock, and what quality it was, from the factory on your coach. Could be Bilstien, and depending upon the year and the model, that could be a fine shock, or not their latest and greatest shock.

I'll also share that on our 99 F53 18K Chassis, besides I feeling the Safety T Plus was a mandatory add on for safety from tire blow out, the least expensive change I made to the coach - were Air Tabs. It as the last thing I added, from additional sway bars, rear track bars, urethane, and a few other mods too. The rear Tail Hang on our coach was enough to really let the wind push/leverage the front end from side to side due to shifting cross winds. Adding the Air Tabs really cut down on the impact of:
-The Bow Wave push as a semi came up from behind
-The Sucking You Back In as the semi finished passing you
-The impact of shifting winds. Like when you go under an underpass and get the momentary block from the wind, but then clear the underpass and the wind hits you again.
-And the rear camera stayed dryer in rain, and the toad was cleaner too.

Some report MPG improvement from Air Tabs. I probably picked up 1/4 MPG, or a bit more, over about 15K's of usage, compared to the previous 15K or so of history. But MPG was not my main reason for adding Air Tabs, it was for the help in the shifting winds. The least expensive mod I made to help handling, and of course, the last one too!

Do changes in increments, and stop when you feel you have the ride you want.

Best of luck to you,
07 Country Coach Magna Rembrandt 45' ISX600
Roo II was our 04 Country Coach Allure 40'
OnDRoad for The JRNY! Enjoy life...
Smitty77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2017, 09:46 AM   #5
Senior Member
Fiesta48's Avatar
Fleetwood Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 3,002
We've left early and delayed 1-2 days to avoid cross and head winds. Especially over 20 mph. Being retired, we rarely have to be somewhere on a schedule. Intellicast has a very good wind forecasting page by region. Lose 1-2 mpg in cross and head winds. Love tail.
Full Timers.
2015 Fleetwood Discovery 40E on a Freightliner XCS chassis with a Cummins ISL9 pulling 1 and/or 2 motorcycles, '07 Honda Accord OR a 17' Runabout Boat.
Fiesta48 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2017, 09:55 AM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 1,039
Three words (assuming F53 chassis):
DryCreek is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2007 E450 30.5' Sway, Sway Sway... Donnie-Robin Class C Motorhome Discussions 17 03-03-2015 11:29 PM
sway sway sway 2014 Citation eestork iRV2.com General Discussion 5 04-09-2014 07:47 PM
Hitch Jack & Equalizer Tow Sway Bars Sudsy30 iRV2.com General Discussion 2 06-01-2013 06:04 PM
Shocks & sway bars. milasman Class C Motorhome Discussions 7 03-26-2013 04:34 PM
Reese High Performance or Strait-Line HD and anti-sway bars? marcv Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 3 08-23-2010 12:51 PM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:42 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.