Originally Posted by retireearly
But you are still running with the original Ford shocks?
I suppose a lot of this is expectations and the unit does ok as long as road and weather conditions are perfect. When they are not it becomes a lot of work. We had one 600 mile day and it was exhausting. It just doesn't feel safe to my wife and her ability to drive it was the main reason we moved to a motorhome. We need to improve the confidence factor enough to start towing a car.
I still have the original Ford Shocks but they are on list to replace, at least the front ones. In my opinion, replacing them is more about improving ride than handling so that was not my top priority. In the rear you have air bags that mitigate some of the ride harshness so those may never get changed unless I see a good reason to do so.
Not sure if this is your first RV or not, but we learned a lot on our first long trip. First, driving an RV is not like driving a car. While we may not think twice about jumping in a car and driving 600 miles, I would never consider doing that in an RV knowing what I do now. On our trip the longest segment we did was 450 miles and that was wayyyyy to long! I was completely worn out. We then had to reschedule our trip to adjust for shorter drive intervals finally settling in on a max of 300 in any given day while 225-250 was optimal, at least for a single driver.
Of course, I did that trip before installing my Blue OX tru center and as it turns out that was a good thing as I was able to experience driving through some high wind country without the benefit of a self centering device installed. Since then I have been able to do a real life comparison on a recent trip to North Carolina and this time it was a much more relaxing trip as we have more realistic expectations and the suspension improvements have been completed.
As for my wife, she is on the petite side so driving the RV was not an option until I completed all the upgrades. So now after 2 seasons of doing all the driving myself, we should be able to go into season 3 with her doing some of the driving, at least on the open stretches.
PS We do tow a Subaru which does add additional some level of driving effort.