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Old 03-19-2015, 04:36 PM   #1
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Hi I was wondering if you ever get use to being pushed & pulled by an 18 wheeler when they pass you. This is our first motorhome and we are use to pulling a travel trailer. I also did the cheap handling fix as well as a rear trac bar & safe t plus steering stabilizer and it still feels scarey when being passed. Any advice would be appreciated .

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Old 03-19-2015, 05:05 PM   #2
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What is the cheap handling fix?

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Old 03-19-2015, 07:49 PM   #3
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I drive an FR3 30DS 2014. It drives better than any RV or truck I have owned. Much better. I have no problem passing or being passed. I have 8000 miles on mine.

It sounds like you might have one or more wheels out of balance or one or more tires under inflated or have the steering wheel in the upright unlocked position or have the Interior load distributed unevenly. I have made all of these mistakes at one time or another.

I have had passengers in the rear bedroom complain that the up and down bounce is rough, but not the side to side sway or top heavy feel. Especially not up front when driving.

I have no ideas for reducing bounce in the back. Does anyone else?
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Old 03-20-2015, 07:46 AM   #4
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Carman, yes, you can get pushed around by semis. That's not uncommon at all in a motorhome this size, including our FR3s. There are several things you can do about it.

1. Insure your tires are at the proper inflation. This can make quite a difference. There is a sticker inside the coach that gives the recommended inflation. Go with that.

2. Make sure your tires are aligned. If you just bought the coach this should be done for free. Ask your dealer to do it as you're not pleased with the handling characteristics. The tires are not aligned by FR (so I've been told), so things can get banged around during the build of the coach.

3. The Cheap Handling Fix (I've done this) can be done by you, if you're mechanically inclined. It involved changing the location where the sway bars attach to their brackets. I do construction, not auto mechanics, so I had a shop that specializes in RVs do this for me for just over $100 bucks. Some people will complain that you're changing the setup that's "designed" by the builder. That's not exactly true. In speaking with a Forest River Rep, he admitted that they don't change the setup from the standard configuration that it comes in from Ford. He HIGHLY recommended doing the Cheap Handling Fix and said he saw not issues with doing so. There are a few strings with this topic, one very long that I've read in it's entirety. Bottom line: nearly everyone claims great gains in handling and I've never heard of a single problem from doing so - plus a FR rep said it would help without any downside.

4. I've heard of people installing airbags and larger sway bars with some success. These things will cost you more than the previous three combined, so I wouldn't start with these "fixes".

Others will likely have suggestions, too. I'd also suggest a trip to a semi scale after you're fully-loaded to make sure you're not overloading one side of the rig. Many people do this to see exactly what the weight is on each tire/set of tires. I haven't done it yet after 18 months, but I plan on doing it this Spring when I get my coach out of storage.

Good luck!
Jay & Jane (Jazzy and Jewel, too)
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Twin Cities, MN

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Old 03-20-2015, 12:48 PM   #5
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Semi trucks push me around too
I've done the CHF on both front & back, proper tires inflated, & wheel alignment
getting rid of unneeded weight, & keeping the weight low also helped a lot

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Old 03-21-2015, 10:50 AM   #6
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need miles

Our FR3 seemed very much like yours. I talked to my cousin a seasoned trucker. He said without miles on the motorhome the tires may make you feel like you are all over the road. He was correct. After 8,000 our road trip has greatly improved. Keep proper inflation.

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