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Old 04-09-2014, 07:09 AM   #21
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There are also a lot of good apps available today if you have a smartphone or a tablet, information is constantly updated so most of the time it is current.

Allstays is one that you should take a look at.

I also use an app called bubble level on my iphone for leveling. Sanidumps and Gas Buddy apps are also very useful.

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Old 04-09-2014, 12:34 PM   #22
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I have put nearly 5000 miles on my 24R and I find it handles very well. There is some semi push when being passed, but I expect that when driving something with sides as large as some barn doors. The heaver sway bar would probably improve the push, as some have mentioned.

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Old 04-09-2014, 02:26 PM   #23
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Thanks. Nats I suspect the Sanidumps app would be very very useful especially when dry camping a lot!
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Old 04-09-2014, 05:15 PM   #24
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Love our 2013 24s ! Handles great. We did install hellwig sway bar when we first got it. Not sure we even needed it.
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:05 PM   #25
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We put that thick sway bar on and my wife complains I drive to fast around corners. The sprinterstore in Oregon has other suspension upgrades to improve handling .
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:54 PM   #26
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We love our 24S, have nearly 12,000 miles on it, we've pulled our boat, or jeep wrangler to the mountains of Colorado and beaches of Florida from Oklahoma City. Always windy here, so we installed the sway bar. It helped, but we never thought it unsafe even before! It's a 25' box with 12' sides, not a Porsche Boxster, it's going to catch wind.
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:13 AM   #27
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I am amazed about that thread....driving motor homes for centuries and I am highly please about the handling characteristics of the Solera!!! No issues at all, and no - I do not see any need to install a swaybar. Got my 24R last year and drove it just shy of 10000 miles, with and without a tow.
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:13 AM   #28
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Our 2013 Solera 24S has always handled very well when driving it when we bought new. Their was a normal noticeable pulling tendency when passing or being passed by a large truck (18 wheeler, etc.) but very controllable which has been minimized by the addition of the installed hellwig sway bar. It really is a "Joy" to drive. and

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Old 04-13-2014, 11:10 AM   #29
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Got back from our first trip of the season, strong driver's side wind almost the entire trip home 25 MPH with gust of 30-40 MPH. Sure was glad for the Hellwig sway bar. Just remember to concentrate on your driving and don't let things distract you from it. Even with the sway bar I got knocked around a bit.
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:47 AM   #30
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Bill, I had the same experience with handling. Awful sway on gravel roads, driveways, safety bumps and heavy winds. I think the problem results when the Solera box is married to the Mercedes chassis. It needs an after purchase sway bar to remedy the problem.
We just installed the Roadmaster Swaybar #1209-120, recommended by my local Camping World outlet. This made an immediate improvement on handling the sway from the bumps. I have not tested it in the wind yet, but have heard from another local that it took care of the problem. Wind is a big issue here in central Idaho.

It's important to get the right part for your specific Sprinter. Do some homework with the swaybar dealer, either Helwig or Roadmaster, directly so you can be informed when working with the RV mechanic.

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