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Old 12-07-2014, 08:00 PM   #1
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Berkshire 40BH 60 handling

Thank you very much for everybody's help on this forum with figuring out the difference between 390 and 40BH! I just bought the last brand-new 2014 40BH model this Fri and currently driving it home. I have a question about handling as I noticed that when I drive over the section of the road where one side is higher then another, it seems that while wheels holding the road just fine, the coach itself significantly floats over the wheels towards the lower part of the road. I understand it has air suspension, but the float seems somewhat excessive and effects overall bus handling. Is it normal? Is there a way to adjust it?

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Old 12-07-2014, 08:50 PM   #2
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Congrats on your new motorhome. I wish you many happy miles of travel.

I don't quite understand what you mean by "floats".
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Another way to describe it would be a lot of body roll
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:36 AM   #4
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Another way to describe it would be a lot of body roll

Not sure what you are referring to exactly. You are driving a tall unit. There will be a tendency with a high center of gravity for the coach to tilt a little on un-even smaller roads.

I think once you get used to it that factor will not be as noticeable.

I went from a 34' coach to the 40' one. My comment was that the new coach drove "big". I got used to it easy. The only thing I miss is the turning radius. Takes much more space to turn the 40' one around. Have no intent to go back tho. Love the Berkshire.

I also see you are from the Chicago area. Where did you buy your Berkshire?

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Alex,
Congrats on your new coach. Hope you have many fun, memorable and trouble free trips with it!!

Have you made sure that your air bags are fully inflated? If not, that may be causing some of your issues. Try stopping and looking at the wheel wells. The top of the wheel well should be about 6-8" above the tires. If it is lower than that, hit the retract all button to raise the jacks and wait a few minutes. See if that raises the coach and if it does, that was you problem.
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:08 AM   #6
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Cat-RN, We bought it in Anthem RV in Arizona. There was another brand new 2014 unit available in Tennessee, but it was 390BH model and we really liked the layout changes in 400BH. Plus the price difference was only a few thousand dollars. We flew out there on Thursday night, took a delivery on Friday and drove it home.
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Old 12-08-2014, 12:17 PM   #7
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tmmar, thanks for your response. I will try your suggestion later today. I have a feeling that this is just my perception, it is no sports car after all. I think firming up the suspension would definitely improve the ride,The "floaty" feeling probably comes from soft air suspension.
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Cat-RN, We bought it in Anthem RV in Arizona. There was another brand new 2014 unit available in Tennessee, but it was 390BH model and we really liked the layout changes in 400BH. Plus the price difference was only a few thousand dollars. We flew out there on Thursday night, took a delivery on Friday and drove it home.

Our dealer is in Elkhart. Thought u might of bought it there. Enjoy::

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Old 12-08-2014, 09:12 PM   #9
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When you hear hoof beats, don't look for zebras!

Most handling problems on most vehicles start with tire pressure. Get weighed, check the chart, make corrections and recheck your handling. On our coach, dropping the pressures 10 psi improved handling 100%.
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I agree with TwiceThelce. Good advice.
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