You may be used to the smooth ride of the typical passenger car or pickup truck, or even a diesel motorhome, so you may be in for an unpleasant surprise when you first drive a gas engine Class A motorhome. It may wobble and sway around every corner, and a gust of wind or a passing 18 wheeler could push you off the road.
You may be battling the steering wheel, fighting to keep it straight. If you let go, even with one hand, for even just for a second, just to take a sip of coffee, you may veer out of our lane.
Then there is body roll, where very time you go over a dip in the road, or turn a corner, you start swaying from side to side, giving you the feeling you might tip over.
Then there is the wind; whenever the wind kicks up, you can struggle to stay in your lane. Every time a big truck passes on the left, you’ll be kicked to the right, then sucked back to the left.
All this can make for some white knuckle rides, and it’s definitely a recipe for driver exhaustion!
The good news is that there are modifications and fixes that can a huge difference in the driving experience of a Class A gas motorhome.
A steering stabilizer will return the wheel to center, and helping the driver control the steering. Another benefit of a steering stabilizer is it absorbs the impact of a front tire blowout, and automatically corrects your steering, making for a much safer pull over. (You still need to step briefly on the accelerator during a blowout, to ensure you have full control before slowing down and safely pulling over.)
Steering stabilizers comes in different sizes, so it’s important to know which one will fit your RV before placing your order. In addition, you’ll need a bracket kit and hardware, sold separately, to complete the installation.
To address the issue of body roll, the installation of front and rear sway bars can make a significant difference in eliminating the body roll issue. call the manufacturer, to get the part numbers, to make sure you’re ordering the right parts for your Class A gas motorhome. (Know what chassis your motorhome was built on, such as a Workhorse chassis.)
Track bars should be mandatory for all Class A gas RVs, right out off the lot. Track bars provide stability for the chassis, stopping it from wobbling back and forth when wind gusts and trucks blow by.
Track bars come in different sizes, so make sure you consult with the manufacturer about what part number your motorhome needs. Also, if you can only afford one, installing the rear track bar will make a bigger difference than the front.
Also, make sure your wheels are in proper alignment, your tire pressure is correct, your rig is not over weight, and your stuff is evenly distributed, for proper weight distribution.
The queesy, rolly polly ride of a gas Class A motorhome need not be forever!