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knied1

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Posted: 03/25/19 08:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have had campers for several years.
Starting with a bumper pull, and working my way up thru 5th wheels.


I now have upgraded to a Class A, and am wondering if there is anything I can do to reduce the tippy feel when driving down the road.

It wasn't so awful that I was afraid of the machine, but I was uncomfortable...... I do understand that there will be some movement, but I`m just looking to make the drive a little more comfortable.

I have a 2005 Damon Daybrake 33' lg. My father Recently passed away, and I got the camper from my mother. it only has 34,000 miles on it, and the tires are in brand new condition.



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Those tires are 14 years old. Normal life of a tire is 7 years. Due to the low mileage and lack of use, I would seriously consider a set of new tires.





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I should have been clearer...... the tires were replaced a few years ago, and that is why they are in like new condition.... great tread, no cupping, no dry rot....ETC

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I had a 2003 Damon Challenger and had the same problem. I think most, if not all, of motorhomes built on the Ford chassis back then were the same. I also owned a 2011 Winnebago on a Ford chassis and it was a dream to drive, it was like day and night compared to the 2003 Damon.





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Is it on a Ford chassis?

Have the shocks ever been replaced?


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yes it is a Ford chassis, and im not positive about the shocks.....but it did NOT have the bouncy feel that weak shocks tend to have.

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might find a friend or a dealer, cw not my choice, and have them do a test drive say 20 miles one way .I have a mom pop,dealer here in northeast ohio who is great ,

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It could be your driving. When I started driving class A's I wasn't very smooth and the rig would lean left and right slightly as my steering inputs were rather large. This was true even for the large diesel pushers I drove. As I got better at steering, the steering inputs became less and the ride became much smoother.


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Air bags really helped mine

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The biggest problem is that you have shifted your seating position from down near the ground to up several feet in the Class A.
If you rode on the roof of your 5th tow truck you would probably feel the same swaying motion since the higher you are up, the more the sway is.
Try just driving it for awhile and see if you don't just get used to your new higher position and the different "seat of the pants" feel that you will have.
Naturally you want to make sure that your tires are properly inflated and that the suspension components, including the shocks, are in good shape.

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