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Old 03-09-2018, 06:29 PM   #15
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If you have no handling problems as it is why change anything?Let the flames begin.
No flame here. Sometimes though change is good. Checking date codes on what are perfectly good looking tires with lots of tread left is just one example. Most on this forum agree seven years is about the limit to use tires on Motorhomes and pull behind campers.
Shock absorbers do lose their capability after age and mileage to keep a MH handling like it did when it was new. Sometimes people are amazed when they install new shocks what an improvement in ride control it makes. The problem being as the shocks wear out it is a gradual process and you don't realize the gradual changes in ride and handling until you install new ones. This is commonly referred to as preventative maintenance.
My reason for installing my Safe-T- Plus was for the aid it provides in control of my MH should I have a steer tire blowout. Anything I can do to help protect my family, myself and my property from harm is worth doing. IMO.
All this is no different than changing your oil. The oil you have been running must be just fine because the engine works just fine. We all know better so after a set interval we change the oil.
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Old 03-09-2018, 08:19 PM   #16
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Replaced the old stock steering damper with a Bilstein steering damper and did not notice any real change on my P30 class a. I'm looking at replacing the front spring/air bag combo with upgraded springs and SumoSprings in the rear to help sway over the safe-t-steer. Motorhome goes straight. Just feeling the sway of the whole coach leaning in the wind. Even sitting still in a left turn lane I can fill the whole coach sway as cars an trucks past by at 50 MPH right next to me.
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Old 03-10-2018, 02:11 AM   #17
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We just replaced our shocks with brand new Konis, added a rear trac bar, and a safe t plus steering damper. The tech did a wheel alignment and straightened out my wheel. Now we can drive almost single-handedly and she runs like she is on rails. The tech also noticed that one of our callipers was malfunctioning and we ended up doing a full rear and brake job as well. Flushed the brake line, changed the engine oil, he even pulled the rear axles, checked out the crown and pinion gear, replaced the rear end oil.
Got lots of great info from the tech as well as several opinions that we asked him for.
Now, on to tires, and we’ll be going with the Michelin 245/70 R 19.5 XZE tire as the tire dealer said the XRVs will soon be going out of production. He said that although we might get a slightly better price on the XRVs, replacing one may be a bit of a problem in the future should we need to do so.

So RVing is just like sailing! (ie) like standing knee deep in water tearing up $100 bills lol!

But we will be much safer out there from the mechanical perspective and we will take comfort in that! Now to hunt the best price for tires, and we are ready for Adventures. Gladly pay $12K plus rather than spend weeks or months injured.

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Here are the things I have done to my coach.
1. CHF
2. Alignment Check
3. Weigh and proper tire pressure
After those things, I did:
1. Koni shocks. Big difference in ride, smoothed out the cracks in the road. $750 installed at Camping World. Shocks on sale, buy 3 get 1 free.
2. Safety Plus. No handling difference, Camping World, about $750 installed.
3. Sumos, not much difference. About $1500 at local RV shop.

Conclusion: Do the first three and the Konis, skip the Sumos.

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