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Old 04-06-2014, 03:41 PM   #1
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2014 Solera 24 R Handling

Just bought a new 2014 solera 24r an drove from alberta canada. To lake mead navada .i found the motorhome vary unstable ,rocks terrible in and around campsites,when you meet a semi on highway feels like you are being pushed over ,in the crosswinds you are holding on to the steering wheel fearing the unknown where you mite end up,very tipsy and unstable driving down the highway ,my wife does not what to drive this motorhome anymore.What can be done to make this motor home feel safe to drive .I sure wish I would have test drove this rv before I purchased
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:11 PM   #2
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Check out this thread: Hellwig 7254 Rear Sway Bar
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:14 PM   #3
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I don't know about the Solera but when I first got my Sunseeker it was a real adventure going down the road. I had the front-end aligned, which Forest River paid for, and installed a Roadmaster steering stabilizer and now it handles much better.When they come from the factory the front-end can be off due to the added extra weight. Good luck.
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:00 PM   #4
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X2 as JLeising stated look at a new sway bar lots of us have switched to the Hellwig and noticed a big difference.
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:24 PM   #5
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X3, Please go to: Hellwig 7254 Rear Sway Bar

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Old 04-06-2014, 09:53 PM   #6
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Also, check your tire pressures. I think the MH handles better with more air in the rear tires. I run 80 psi in the rears, 70 PSI in the fronts. When I got the MH the dealer had set the inner rears to 65 PSI, the outer rears to 80 PSI, and the fronts to 70 PSI. I think he intended to set all the rears to 80, but had a valve stem extension issue and just filled the valve extensions on the inners to 80 PSI - see this thread: http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ure-45973.html
Also, you may have to slow down - especially in strong cross-winds. On my 2012, I have gotten dash warning lights in strong cross-winds that only reset when shutting down and restarting the engine. Some sort of Mercedes stability control system.
Finally, after my OEM tires wore down (about 35K miles), I replaced with Michelins. I think the Michelins have improved handling quite a bit.
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Old 04-08-2014, 01:38 AM   #7
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I had similar experiences when I first started driving my Solera, but this was my first motorhome. But just as everything thing else we do, the more we drive it the more comfortable we get. I hardly notice any of that stuff anymore.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:56 AM   #8
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I had similar experiences when I first started driving my Solera, but this was my first motorhome. But just as everything thing else we do, the more we drive it the more comfortable we get. I hardly notice any of that stuff anymore.
This is not my first motor home I had rvs and motor homes for 25 yrs,this is the most unstable rv I have been in to the point of feeling unsafe to drive .
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If your saying that it feels unsafe on a calm day, then it sounds like your in a different place than the rest of us owners of this unit. We all agree it sways due to the extra headroom designed into the Solera, but maybe you need to take another one out off the dealer lot and compare. Otherwise, install the upgraded swaybar and get use to it. Good luck.
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If your saying that it feels unsafe on a calm day, then it sounds like your in a different place than the rest of us owners of this unit. We all agree it sways due to the extra headroom designed into the Solera, but maybe you need to take another one out off the dealer lot and compare. Otherwise, install the upgraded swaybar and get use to it. Good luck.

I have a class one drivers licence ,very experienced and these unbalance units are not safe ,I have Mercedes car with the same engine that's is why I took a chance on this unit,very disappointed the factory would release a rv that handles this bad on the highway
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