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Old 07-30-2016, 10:31 AM   #1
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Handling Help Needed on my 2016 Alante 26x

My wife and I went to the Jayco Dealer (Spring 2016) to consider a slightly used Class C. The Alante 26x caught our eye for not much more money. We ended up trading in our 2008 Jayco Designer 35RLTS fifth wheel against it. I had no idea I could have taken the Class A for a test drive and thought I needed a special endorsement on my license. Needless to say, that was our biggest mistake! Being able to get into a Class A vehicle was within grasp. We pulled the trigger and made the move. We knew it was a great deal smaller but figured pulling a vehicle would put us about where we needed to be (from a length perspective). The drive home was horrible! We wanted to bring it back. The 1.25 hour drive normal drive home took over 2.0 hours and I could barely get it to 50 mph without being tossed about. When I was too close to a passing semi, I found the draft to suck you in and if you were towards the right side (of the right lane) then it would push you. My wife was getting sick and wanted to pull over. I didn't want to stop until I could be done! You could predict the larger vehicles and would counter-steer and get this wobble sensation going that made you brake until you gained control but the virtual gusts from no where with no vehicles around I could only figure was unlevel ground. I could barely get to 55 mph without losing control of the vehicle.
I did a little more research on this J-Ride thing and sent my VIN to Jayco in Indiana and they said I got the full package with the Bilstein shocks and sway bars and read more to find the this J-Ride package was the ultimate riding experience they taunted; but this is not what I bought into.
Both the cab AC and the overhead AC needed repair also but the dealer is rectifying that. I also found out that my daughter (indeed) could not watch TV going down the road because there was no inverter. Dealer is looking into this also so I can't complain here other then I was told one thing and the delivery was quite something else.
Apparently, in 2015 the Precor took on a new suspension upgrade and the Alante's took on the old Precor chassis. I went to another dealer store and drove a 2015 Precor which was still on the F53 chassis and had it up to 70mph in the rain with one hand and no issues so I knew it wasn't my imagination.
We are still working through the details but it appears that it is going to be my expense fixing the handling of the motor home so my wife will at least ride in it, let alone maybe one day drive it. I've read a ton of issues with the F53 from a handling perspective and found out also that Jayco does a tire alignment on the chassis before they put the camper on it. Not sure what value that would bring but when you add hundreds of pounds, I'm guessing there wouldn't be a ton of value. Fortunately, one alignment is covered in Jayco's 2 year warranty so that will be done next week.
I am asking the veteran RV'ers out there what the number one upgrade would be to fix this monster so I can keep control of the MH going down the road. Right now, I am leaning towards the Blue Ox True Trac product for the rear end. Any recommendations would be appreciated. I'm hoping the installation of whatever product I have to buy is something that I can do myself.
I'm afraid this MH is so new, it wasn't easy finding information good or bad on it.
This is going to be a very expensive boat anchor if I don't find something. Thanks again

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Old 07-30-2016, 11:19 AM   #2
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The front end alignment done at a reputable truck shop should take care of it.

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Old 07-30-2016, 11:20 AM   #3
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There is a posting from deerlope I think I spelled his name right but I am on it to mgralante2016. We purchased a new one same model as yours a 2016 this past June and also have several issues that are waiting to get fixed so we can use the unit .
Be happy to share fixes and problems etc with you anytime . I have not yet driven it enough to talk to your problem but the post I mentioned does address it ,
478-319-7376 in GA.
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Old 07-30-2016, 11:27 AM   #4
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Same experience with my 2016 Alante 25AY. I was amazed at the lack of driveability. I am close to the Roadmaster headquarters and production facility, so I went to them for their front sway bar (replacement with larger) and rear sway bar add on. Also added the Roadmaster RSS steering system. Cost for all was $2414 installed. The driveability is greatly improved. The safe-t-plus steering system seems more popular than Roadmaster's RSS, so that would be worth your consideration if you choose to go this route.An RV will always be an RV, but improvements can help a lot. Hope this is some help for you and good luck with your decision.
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Old 07-30-2016, 11:57 AM   #5
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Suspension upgrades include: CHF, Bilstein Comfitrac shocks which are specifically tuned for the F53 chassis, trac bars front and rear, sway bars front and rear, Safe-T-Plus, and for the final touch add Sumo Springs front and rear.

The CHF (Cheap Handling Fix) if applicable should be first on the list.
Adding other components until ride comfort is met is a personal choice.

This link has some of the needed information to get started; http://www.irv2.com/forums/f23/cheap...fix-72335.html

Some people say the F53 chassis is also much better when traveling with a full fresh water tank.
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Old 07-30-2016, 12:10 PM   #6
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Thanks Don, I am anxious to see the results.
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Old 07-30-2016, 12:14 PM   #7
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Thanks Milo, just sent you an email.
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Old 07-30-2016, 12:18 PM   #8
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Brushbuster, I'd love to hear how you rate the vehicle now that you've had all of the improvements done to it. Perhaps a rating 1-10 with 10 being the best ride when you bought it and what some of the upgrades gave you. I was hoping another thousand out of pocket for upgrades, I simply couldn't swing that investment right now with the rig being less than 2 months old. I do appreciate the info and thank you very much.
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Old 07-30-2016, 12:22 PM   #9
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Thanks Abarkl,

Sounds like you've put quite a bit of an investment into your rig after the fact. I did read about the cheap fix and appreciate you sharing that info. I wondered if Jayco would void the warranty if the change was made. I do however have my MH mechanic's attention since it is still at the dealer so maybe I'll shoot him the link and see if this is a good option. Thanks again
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Old 07-30-2016, 03:07 PM   #10
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All great advice!

I would add to check your tire pressures, mine varied by 30psi which I wouldn't have thought leaving the dealer. You may want to run those pressures up to decrease side wall flex.

Best of luck!


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