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Old 09-11-2012, 01:55 PM   #1
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Unhappy Driving our coach

We have a 2010 Forest River 378TS which my husband absolutely HATES to drive when it's windy outside as the wind blows the coach all over the road. Has anyone else out there had this problem? Any suggestions on what to do about it? The Forest River mfr. said to make sure the tires are inflated to their max and we could add more stabalizers, but this could get expensive. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:22 PM   #2
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I added air springs to take the rocking out of the coach. It helps when the big trucks blow by also.


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Old 09-11-2012, 03:37 PM   #3
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We bought our coach at Tom Raper, maybe they can put some on. Did that actually help with the coach blowing all over the road when it's windy?
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:57 PM   #4
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Greetings and welcome

Several people report good results from a front end alignment, 2 to 3 hundred $ís or so.

Others recommend running the tires at max air pressure.

BUT most of us have had good to excellent results from this.
http://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/f16/suspension-mod-has-anyone-tried-this-18370.html
And best of all itís a free and EASY DIY.

The results for our 2012 on a 2011 chassis was going from 100% two hands/lots of white knuckle driving.
To lots of one handed, some two handed and a little white knuckle driving.

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Old 09-11-2012, 06:56 PM   #5
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We have a 2010 Forest River 378TS which my husband absolutely HATES to drive when it's windy outside as the wind blows the coach all over the road. Has anyone else out there had this problem? Any suggestions on what to do about it? The Forest River mfr. said to make sure the tires are inflated to their max and we could add more stabalizers, but this could get expensive. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Go to a good commercial truck alignment place and get the front end aligned. I went to Ford Commercial truck and they did a great jon and it is much easier to to drive.
No matter what you do cross winds will always be more difficult driving.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:56 AM   #6
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Just a quick comment: Always understand that you are pushing a super big breadbox thru the air. An airplane can get airborne with far less wing area than the side of our motorhomes and we need to expect the challange of driving this box in a wind. Yes, mods to the suspension will help, proper tire pressures will help but it is not a Porsche. Just stick your hand out flat from your car window while driving 40mph and then tilt it up or down. Now multiply that reaction from the wind by thousands of "hands" on the side of your rig. It's gonna move! Think about wind on the corner of your coach and the various reactions your rig will have. It's just not easy to drive in a significant wind.

I actually know folks that stopped the RVing lifestyle because of the "handling" of the RV. What a shame.

My solution: If I'm being pushed around too much I either slow way down or get off the road.

I'm sorry if I sound like I'm preaching but we just need to look at the physics of the whole thing.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:32 AM   #7
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Sorry to be so dumb, but what exactly are you talking abuot in your post
BUT most of us have had good to excellent results from this.
http://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/f16/suspension-mod-has-anyone-tried-this-18370.html
And best of all it’s a free and EASY DIY.

Don't think my hubby could do it himself though - he's not mechanically inclined whenit comes to vehicles.
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I understand that - my husband doesn't drive it over 60. Just didn't know if there was anything out there that was relatively inexpensive and would help. I think we'll try the alignment and making sure the tires are inflated to their max. Thanks for your help
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Sorry to be so dumb, but what exactly are you talking abuot in your post
BUT most of us have had good to excellent results from this.
http://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/f16/suspension-mod-has-anyone-tried-this-18370.html
And best of all itís a free and EASY DIY.

Don't think my hubby could do it himself though - he's not mechanically inclined whenit comes to vehicles.
Yes, I agree, just saying it's still a box and not a car. I've known folks that spent thousands trying to make it like the Chevy sedan they have at home and it just ain't going to happen!
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Should try driving a 80,000 lb tractor trailer that's 70' foot long !
That makes an rv feel like a sedan lol
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