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Posted: 12/27/19 06:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Need advice please. I've been offered a FHU on a remote ranchette where I go horseback riding, but the easements, which are very rutted and rolling, sort of up-and-down lumps in the road, are enough to jar the kidneys out of an elephant(to put it graphically). I took my Ford Taurus, heavy duty car, up there and after that trip have the feeling that with my 27 ft. Class C it would jar and twist and perhaps not be the brightest move I ever made. It's got airbags, good tires, and is well-balance...now. But I'm apprehensive about going down that long horror of a road. Has anyone had this experience, and how did you deal with it, and give me an idea of what to check and look for before I decide to give up the site, which is really beautiful. I have no qualms about saying "NO" to it, just need some other C RV folks' thoughts on it. Thank you!
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Posted: 12/27/19 06:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bull dozor make road better.

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I've gone down some pretty rough roads in my class C (mostly but not exclusively in Alaska). Go slowly and carefully and I don't think it will be much of a problem, with a few caveats. First, if the ground is soft, that could be bad news; the RV is much heavier than the car. Second, if there are quick changes in slope (small hills or valleys, rather than ruts), you may have clearance issues. For basic ruts the class C is usually pretty decent as it does have pretty high ground clearance--it's just long and can't take quick transitions to hills or slopes. Third, overhanging branches and such if present can be problematic, for obvious reasons. Fourth, give some thought to how things in cabinets will be shaken around; it might be wise to move breakables and heavy things from upper cabinets, and use some care when opening them once in place.

Twisting shouldn't be a real problem provided you don't have a defective frame; the twist is taken up by the vehicle suspension, which is designed to move. Jarring and jostling are somewhat controlled by taking things slowly. Going a few times over a bad road to get to a lovely campsite is very well worth it in my opinion.





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DrewE, thank you. That is extraordinarily helpful. The road is hard dirt, a few shallow puddles if it rains. Since my rig is low to the ground, I will have to move very slowly...it has the "skates" on the rear to help with it all. It's worth the anxiety about it to be able to have the peace and quiet and horses. I hadn't thought much about the overhead cabinets, but will wrap and pack accordingly...thanks especially for that thought. Just going slow and maneuvering should be okay, I hope. Again, thank you for a well-thought-out and helpful contribution. Happy New Year to you and yours.
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Posted: 12/27/19 09:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yep, Go Slow.

And if possible have a standby vehicle (ranch truck) to help pull you through if needed.


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Speed....speed gets people in big trouble. Speed means different things to different people. In an RV..speed can cause a lot of damage on tough roads. So...have a glass or cup of water in your hand or on the engine cover..the dog house. If water is bouncing or spilling, out..you are going too fast. Take your time...you will do great.

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Posted: 12/27/19 09:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No problem for my Class C but I have high clearance and 4WD. [emoticon]


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If you have heavy duty front and rear stabilizer bars and shocks, they will reduce side-to-side motion and dipping deeper down. You have rear air bags which should also help. I would fill them up to help stabilize.

And as previously mentioned, don't drive, rather creep down the road....your speedometer needle might not even move.

From your description, it sounds like you can do it.


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Posted: 12/27/19 10:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

x2 Gary & Drew. We found ourselves moving as show as 15 mph west from Glennallen, AK - and that was sometimes too fast. It was the longest 3 hr drive we ever did, but the rig survived just fine.


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Aside from breakover angles, width and overhead hazards, I’ll wager that any road that you got through with a Ford Taurus and didnt bottom out hard or repeatedly will be fine for what is essentially a 1 ton dually truck.


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