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Old 11-13-2014, 10:55 AM   #1
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First 2000 Mile Trip in our 351DS

Just a follow up to all my FROGs.

Thanks to you all for several things:

1. Preparation. Thanks to you all we were very well prepared. Had my valve extensions on, handy air compressor, good digital air gauge, sewer tube over propane tank and sufficient tools to handle the little stuff.

2. Handling improvements. I had the front end aligned and the torsion bar mod completed prior to the trip. Half way through I bumped the PSI on all tires to tire chart 92 PSI. Wow - what a difference from the first 400 miles.

3. Creature comforts. Put in the slide on the living room TV, grandchildren loved watching a movie while riding. I have a great unlimited cell data plan so even without good TV reception, still had Hulu, NetFlicks and Apple TVs in the bedroom and living room. I also added a MiraCast dongle to my outside TV so I could watch live college football.

All in all the trip made a real convert for my DW. She now calls it her other home on wheels. SUPER step for her.

Again, thanks to all of you for your patience and assistance to us Class A newbies.

PS: Forget who it was but another member made the recommendation that you focus driving vision well down the road and in your mirrors. 40 years ago I drove heavy equipment transport in the US Army. I knew this concept but somehow with all the years had forgotten it. With the CHF, correct air pressure and this focus - great driving experience.

By the way, started out with horrible gas mileage (about 6 mpg) but steadily improved to almost 9 mpg with a 2013 Ford Explorer toad. Nice with the price of gas dropping, we are ready to go again and will for about a 2 month jaunt.
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Old 11-13-2014, 01:36 PM   #2
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Old 11-13-2014, 01:42 PM   #3
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Glad to hear your first trip went well. Last spring before our first long trip I also did the CHF and upped the tire pressure to 92 lbs. it made a big difference for me. I also learned that having the water tank nearly full and keeping gas above half a tank for extra weight also helped for a more stable ride, especially while driving in windy conditions.
I was concerned about putting too much weight in that rear compartment, but even having a lot of weight back there seems to improve handling. I first noticed this when pulling a trailer with a golf cart that the extra weight on the hitch made for a better ride and handling. Was wondering if anyone else had noticed this on the 351's?
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Old 11-13-2014, 01:46 PM   #4
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What is the CHF ?...and I have a 2102 351DS. Where did you get your valve extensions?... And it's says 82lbs on my wall above driver seat... Can/should I run at 92 PSI?
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Old 11-13-2014, 02:17 PM   #6
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What is the CHF ?...and I have a 2102 351DS. Where did you get your valve extensions?... And it's says 82lbs on my wall above driver seat... Can/should I run at 92 PSI?
Doing the CHF on my 2012 and running my tires at 92 PSI is the greatest thing I've ever done to my motorhome. I can thank the members of this forum for the advice.

CHF Link: Cheap Handling Fix

Here's a good picture from the IRV2 forum: http://www.irv2.com/forums/f115/more...-119423-2.html
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Old 11-13-2014, 02:23 PM   #7
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Is it really just moving the bolts from the outer to inner location?... Is there a picture somewhere?
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Old 11-13-2014, 03:19 PM   #8
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When I had the alignment done (Forest River sponsored) I had the torsion bars moved.

There is a lot on several forums but here is a link to some pics:

Cheap Handling Fix - Page 3 - iRV2 Forums

Reference the PSI, not sure what your chart says but I'd go with 92 PSI. If you'll look on the tires, I'll bet they are good to probably 110 PSI.

Anyway, HUGE difference.

Yep one of the reasons I made the post - lots of bad experience postings - but there must be a reason FR keep selling these things. Remember you are riding in house at upwards to 70 MPH, if something doesn't jiggle loose you're not moving.

We had a GREAT time and are looking forward to a longer winter trip.
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When I had the alignment done (Forest River sponsored) I had the torsion bars moved.



There is a lot on several forums but here is a link to some pics:



Cheap Handling Fix - Page 3 - iRV2 Forums



Reference the PSI, not sure what your chart says but I'd go with 92 PSI. If you'll look on the tires, I'll bet they are good to probably 110 PSI.



Anyway, HUGE difference.



Yep one of the reasons I made the post - lots of bad experience postings - but there must be a reason FR keep selling these things. Remember you are riding in house at upwards to 70 MPH, if something doesn't jiggle loose you're not moving.



We had a GREAT time and are looking forward to a longer winter trip.

Awesome! Many happy trips to ya!
Where did you get the slide for the living room tv?



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Is it really just moving the bolts from the outer to inner location?... Is there a picture somewhere?

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