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Posted: 12/02/18 09:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think we all get there are some of you that only drive a little. That option is a gentle and safe option and less stress for sure. There are times I would love to only drive a few hours...

The reason the question is asked is not how LITTLE one drives but how FAR one can safely drive. We all know that short trips are the bestest, but for those of us with a job, kids, and things to do at home it is important to get where I am going. Therefore, I may drive 800 miles in a day.

It is this reason I got rid of the FW and moved to a MH. The long, long trailer (movie reference) was too much for the kids and DW and dogs in a truck for 800+ miles in a day....drove me crazy. It turned out to be the best option for us to get a DP.

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Hey neighbor! We have similar coaches, with the biggest difference being the chassis (I think you're on the Ford F53, we're on the Workhorse W22).

Also, when I purchased ours, the original owner had installed a Safe-T-Plus steering stabilizer and Henderson's track bar.

After one trip through I-40 through the Smokies I added front and rear anti-sway bars as well.

So on the balance, almost all the time I much prefer driving our Class A instead of our old combo - 2000 F250 7.3 with a 35ft 5th wheel.

Last year on our 4 week trip, we started and ended with 3 days of 500+ miles each day to get out west and back home. It wasn't the most enjoyable, but just wouldn't have been possible in the truck/trailer combo. Most of that driving was me driving with one hand and just chillin' in the driver's seat, staring down the interstate towards the horizon. (Until we hit Atlanta, then I was staring at brake lights, ha ha).

The only times I missed the truck/trailer was on super twisty roads and high wind days. I could really hustle that truck and 5th wheel down a tight mountain road if I had to, but the motorhome just doesn't have that same handling predictability. The anti-sway bars helped a ton, and I'm getting more comfortable with the motorhome too, so not a big issue.

With wind I felt like the truck and 5th wheel were more stable, especially dealing with semis blowing by. I got used to the "pitch and catch" eventually ... spotting a truck coming by, countersteering as it pushed us, then steering back into the "wash" of the wind coming off the truck's trailer.

I also need to improve the front seat in the MH, it's too soft for me for driving all day. Made do with a cushion on top but might do something different for next year.

Anyway all that to say is we didn't look back once we were in a MH! And that's a gasser ... My friend who drives a diesel Tiffin said it's a really easy drive!


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In 2007 I traded my Class C Jayco for a new 5th wheel. I missed the motorhome the first trip out......and for the next 5 years. Then traded it for a class A gasser. Owned it for 2 years, sold it bought the current DP.

Hands down, best decision ever. I love driving the DP, sort of hate stopping for the night. We go to Oshkosh every year, it's 985 miles from our house to the campground. We do it in a day and a half and I'm really not tired when we get there.

I've said it before, I know Fleetwood is "entry-level" but when we bought ours, it was pouring down rain in Houston. Of ALL the coaches on PPL's lot (high-dollar ones included) this Bounder was the only one that wasn't dripping water SOMEWHERE inside.


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