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Old 10-07-2020, 03:00 PM   #1
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FL V-Ride versus XCS Straight Axle

Hello all -
I have a question for those of you who have owned/driven older rigs on Freightliner chassis pre- and and compared the ride with post- 2013.
I understand that in 2013, Freightliner introduced the V-Ride rear suspension, and that (if you believe marketing) this resulted in a Quantum Leap of sorts in ride comfort and handling.
Could anyone comment on the differences they they personally felt or observed, having owned/driven both?
This of course leaves out other customizations such as changes in shock absorbers (Sachs to Koni) for example, or mods such as Source Engineering Comfort Control Valves, additional sway bars, etc.
Just kind of "from the factory" would anyone say that there was noticeable improvement, light-years better, the same, whatever?
Any feedback appreciated - and you guys all stay safe out there!
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I owned a 2011 Itasca Meridian 34Y on a Freightliner XCS straight rail chassis. I now own a Tiffin Allegro RED 33AA on a Freightliner XCS raised rail chassis. In both cases the chassis have remained stock/no modifications. The Tiffin has V-Ride, the Meridian did not. To be perfectly honest I can't tell the difference. Both of the coaches are of similar length (4" difference) and with the same engine (Cummins ISB 6.7). Both have been weighed and tires inflated to recommended pressures (105 front, 95 rear). There mightt be some improvement with side-to-side rolling or swaying, especially when navigating the dips one encounters at street intersections or entering/exiting fuel stops. I just have not noticed a significant difference - that "quantum leap" is just not there.

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Thank you!

Hi and thanks so much for your response.
I have zero complaints about our current XCS chassis, but have begun looking around at upgrading as I am known to do.

Freightliner will have you believe that nothing even remotely compares to their V-Ride, and this was reinforced when I attended Camp Freightliner pre-Covid. Anyone considering a purchase without V-Ride was just missing out on one of life's greatest pleasures (to put it mildly).

Your response is much as I suspected, but had no evidence to support my belief.

Thank you again for your willingness to share; it is much appreciated!
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Hola from Rio Rancho,

A couple of years ago when I attended Camp Freightliner, V-Ride was pretty new. At least one person in the group was pretty disappointed he hadn't waited a year to buy his new coach since his model would have included the V-ride chassis in the next year.
It sounds like a good idea, but given the height to width ratio of these vehicles I find it hard to believe there is any way to significantly reduce the swaying without making the thing ride like a rock. I have owned 3 shorter DP's and all have handled well. I have never experienced the horrors of porpoising. hard to handle steering, or other reported problems associated with short wheel base MH's. As per Mike Cody, you must properly inflate the tires to maximize handling.

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