Originally Posted by Malu
Wanda we purchased a used 2014 31 UL in April I was not impressed with the handling at all. I've driven 45' coaches and 40' school buses. This thing was ALL over the road.
I took it to a place that aligned it, greased the King Pins and tightened the Stabilizer bars by moving them to the other position Ford provides. For less than $300. It has improved tremendously, no more wandering, and with passing semis I just hold tight but it no longer goes where it wants to go.
From my understanding gas coaches have their own set of handling issues they will never handle like a much heavier, air suspension diesel pusher.
But they're far cheaper to purchase and maintain, so for us we will probably add a Steer Safe for peace of mind, should a front tire blow, and learn to live with the far from perfect handling. This thing handles like cars from the 70's, we kept them on the road so I'm working hard to do the same for this.
I do most of the driving and it does well enough. On interstates I set the cruise at 65, unless its very windy then 60 to 63. On 2 lane 55 mph roads it does quite well.
Best of luck, Mary
Yep, pretty much X2 on what Mary said. I seldom use the cruise and the majority of the time run 60-62 interstate. It depends on my comfort level, road conditions and mother nature.
We added the Safe-T-Plus steering stabilizer. We also added a rear trac bar that all but ended the tail trying to pass the nose effect
we had from new.
As Mary said, it is the nature of the beast...unfortunate that Ford doesn't care about providing a safer, more comfortable handling vehicle for recreational use.
But, they are the only supplier for Class A gas........why should they make them right?
It really doesn't make any difference which brand motorhome you choose. The latest Motorhome mag (September 2015) has an article on Winnebago's Adventurer 34' gas....of course with the Ford chasis: "As is typical of Ford chasis motorhomes, the drive was definitely not the best part of our trip--the V-10 engine is harsh and noisy, the brakes felt only adequate and the steering was both vague and notchy at times. Keeping the Adventurer in its own lane with the prevailing desert winds was an adventure unto itself, requiring constant attention."
In spite of the short comings, we have over 8600 miles after a year and & 2 months and we really enjoy our "Bertha". Good luck with your search.
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