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Old 03-18-2018, 09:21 PM   #1
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Atlante 26x How does it drive

2018 model.. How does this unit handle? Ty
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Old 03-23-2018, 02:12 PM   #2
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Haven't seen any yet, but the only difference in the earlier models is the J-Ride Plus vs the J-Ride. And the only addition for 2018 is the HD stabilizers F/R, which will do nothing for the ride but should cut down on the top heavy sway. You can read this thread for a discussion of the issues I encountered if you haven't seen it.
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Old 03-23-2018, 11:34 PM   #3
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I just brought home our new 2018 Alante 26X. I just moved to the 26X from a larger DP as our needs have changed. The DP Air Ride was smoother, the Cummins had better power, I will miss the Exhaust Brake and the Air Brakes. The 26X will get us into campgrounds that the DP would not allow.

Upon leaving the Dealer, I traveled I-5 at 65 MPH for a while. I passed several semi-trucks and had one or two pass me, I had no problem with the way it handled, it was not overly windy out, so that might change things, we will see. I had an older Class C with the V-10 and a 5 Speed, the newer V-10 and the 6 Speed seem like a better combination. This new combination operates overall at a lower RPM than our older one. I live in a very mountainous area, so downhill is always a concern for me.

The 6 speed Transmission downshifted each time that I touched the brakes and I never felt unsafe. I really wish there was better transmission control on the shifter. Besides the usual P R N D, there is 4th, 2 and 1. It would be nice to be able to select and hold through any of the gears, depending on grade, weather, traffic, etc.

Overall the steering seemed fairly smooth around corners and straight stretches. The ride was not bad or good. My daily driver is a Ram 2500 so I am used to a fairly stiff suspension. I do not expect this motorhome to ride like a higher end automobile.

I hope this answers some of your questions, if not ask away. JH
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Old 03-24-2018, 05:22 PM   #4
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Well then maybe they derated to front leaf springs, a lot of people complained about the harsh thuds and bumps when hitting potholes or bridge transitions. (ME!) I will be interested in a followup review when you get her fully loaded on a trip and have a semi blast past you at 75. I hope they did improve the suspension, it needed it, Ford did say they were going to try and fix the issues for the '18 models.
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We added the koni fsd shocks on our 2016 31ul precept. Took a good deal (not all) of the harshness out of the ride. The original shocks were bilsteins.
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I added those also, the blistines were too small and rated for the over stiff leaf springs. Added to the air suspension I now have a really good ride, much better than as delivered.
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Old 03-28-2018, 06:27 PM   #7
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The 2019 model 26y they spread the wheels out extra 20" maybe that would help some?
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The 2019 model 26y they spread the wheels out extra 20" maybe that would help some?
That should be a positive improvement in ride and lessens rear overhang.
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Having a 2016AY, I believe 20 inches more on the wheelbase would provide a much nicer ride.
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Having a 2016AY, I believe 20 inches more on the wheelbase would provide a much nicer ride.
True, but how many of us are going to run out and trade in for a new one only to have to start the Factory Beta Test all over again
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