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Old 04-07-2016, 02:19 AM   #1
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Handling in Winds

I have a 2014 Georgetown 270SS. Still trying to find the time to do an inaugural trip, but drove it from Tucson a couple weekends ago on I-10. I drove into a wind gust and had no real control over the wheel. Luckily, a car had passed in left lane and there were no other cars around. However, it was a scary feeling to know something that big can get pushed around. I did drop my speed, but how do other drivers handle these unexpected winds?
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Old 04-07-2016, 07:06 AM   #2
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Seat Time is the Best Teacher! If your unit is "Mechanically" sound and Good Tires you should have Little trouble driving it! Speed limit or SLOWER helps,in regards to "Wind Gusts" out of Nowhere we All encounter that! Driving is a "FULL Time JOB",eating,Texting,petting kids/dogs,reading, is best performed while Parked! Youroo!!
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Old 04-07-2016, 07:13 AM   #3
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Verify your tire pressures are correct.

Then, before you spend money on aftermarket chassis modifications, you may want to look at a chassis modification called the "Cheap Handling Fix", CHF for short.

Basically, the CHF adjusts the sway bar link connections and firms up the sway bar system. (side to side motion)

I did this modification on my 30 Ft Mirada and the difference was night and day. Your newer F53 chassis will be a little different, but the CHF is basically the same on your chassis as it was to mine.

Cheap Handling Fix – and then some | 2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB

ALSO - The later model F53 chassis seemed to have a problem with the rear sway bar bushings and brackets falling off. I'd recommend inspecting these once or twice a year.
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Old 04-07-2016, 07:16 AM   #4
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3 things will be your best friend, seat time as was mentioned before, front end alignment, and look into either A Safe-T-Steer or Roadmaster RSA steering stabilizer
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:58 AM   #5
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When my 378 was new, I did not enjoy the way the unit handled in the wind or passing a semi. To me the body sway was not acceptable. I did the CHF and that helped a lot but not enough. I wound up installing the SteerSafe system on the front axle and a trac bar on the rear axle. Now the unit handles much better. I also got a front end alignment. You should also get an alignment. To me the price for all the handling addons were worth every penny. After all we a supposed to enjoy the drive, not be white knuckled driving down the road. Many people on this forum do very well driving their unit as is from the factory. I was not. Of coarse I had limited seat time.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:52 AM   #6
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..I did the CHF and that helped a lot but not enough. I wound up installing the SteerSafe system on the front axle and a trac bar on the rear axle. Now the unit handles much better...
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:28 AM   #7
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We have the same unit as you have. Here what I did. Wheel Alignment was the first step. It was significantly out of alignment. Step two was tire pressure and ensure then weight on each wheel is similar. We went to a weigh station and weighed each wheel and then adjusted the heavy stuff (kayaks, etc) to find the best locations to store them. The third was the CHF. This helps, but was not our final solution. The piece that seemed to help the most was installation of a Super Steer track bar on the rear. The job took about 4 hours to install including planning.

We are considering putting in a steering dampener more for safety than handling.

The above worked for us, and we are very happy with our choice of downsizing from 37 foot MH to 30 feet.




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When my 378 was new, I did not enjoy the way the unit handled in the wind or passing a semi. To me the body sway was not acceptable. I did the CHF and that helped a lot but not enough. I wound up installing the SteerSafe system on the front axle and a trac bar on the rear axle. Now the unit handles much better. I also got a front end alignment. You should also get an alignment. To me the price for all the handling addons were worth every penny. After all we a supposed to enjoy the drive, not be white knuckled driving down the road. Many people on this forum do very well driving their unit as is from the factory. I was not. Of coarse I had limited seat time.
We did the cheap handling fix and still install SteerSafe. We happened to be driving thru Deming NM where the company exists and they installed their SteerSafe in about 20 minutes on my 2012 378TS.
Like other have mentioned you need to have some driving time under your belt, have proper tire pressure for your weight and good tires and frontend alignment. FYI if you over inflate the front tires you will feel the front end kind of floating and not gripping the road as it should.
Here is a few pictures of my SteerSafe install.

The SteerSafe is designed to keep your rig straight if you have a front tire blowout. While driving it helps you will less fatigue while steering straight down the road.

I also added a Blue OX Tiger Trac in the back as I have a large 242" wheelbase and I was still getting the rear sway at times. See pictures.
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Iggy, it looks like yours is already bottomed out on the eyebolts. I know you said the factory installed it, but looks like it needs to be slide to the left and the eye bolts loosened to where they were in the middle of the threaded portion. I would measure the length of the springs before moving and then stretch them to the same measurement with the eyebolt in mid range. JMO
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Iggy, it looks like yours is already bottomed out on the eyebolts. I know you said the factory installed it, but looks like it needs to be slide to the left and the eye bolts loosened to where they were in the middle of the threaded portion. I would measure the length of the springs before moving and then stretch them to the same measurement with the eyebolt in mid range. JMO
Thanks but don't worry as these were pics while they were installing and it was not finished when I took the pictures.
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