As Chilliwack’s premier source for high-quality truck, camper, and towing accessories, the Trademasters team fields a lot of questions about how to give your motorhome the smoothest ride possible. In today’s post, our motorhome accessories experts will go over two common drivability issues for class A motorhomes, and then provide solutions (and our recommended products) for each. Read on to learn more, and contact us today to check our inventory or request a quote!
2 Common Drivability Complaints for Class A Motorhomes
Some of the biggest complaints that we get from Class A motorhome owners include: “This motor home is tiring to drive; It takes too much effort to steer down the road; It’s not a relaxing drive.”
The second most common type of complaint that we hear is the “roll” or side-to-side sway when driving over uneven surfaces. This type of sway is often experienced when pulling out of a gas station and back onto the road.
Although driving a motorhome will always be harder than driving a car, there are simple ways to fix these two annoying drivability issues.
Problem #1 – The Steering Wheel Is Hard to Turn
First let’s talk about steering. Class A motorhomes, as great as they are, can be a little top- heavy. They look somewhat out of proportion, but fortunately, they are designed, roll-tested, and certified to drive down the road safely with no concern. Unfortunately, their strange proportions can make them hard to steer, especially in tight turns.
Fix It With a Steering Stabilizer
If you’re having difficulty steering your motorhome, consider investing in a steering stabilizer.
A steering stabilizer is a heavy-duty shock absorber that is mounted horizontally to the steering arm and the frame, then bolted in place. Put simply, it provides a second arm, or a “strong arm,” for the steering mechanism. This prevents an increase in steering difficulty when turning the wheel in tight spots.
A steering stabilizer takes about an hour to install, including a road test to make sure that it is adjusted properly. Once it’s done, you never have to worry about it again — there is no maintenance.
We can’t overstate the effectiveness of a steering stabilizer to improve the drivability of a Class A motorhome. They’re easy to install, reliable, and effective. We have never had a customer come back to our shop to complain or ask for a removal.
If our Trademasters team was pressed to make a recommendation about where to start looking for a steering stabilizer, we would suggest Safe-T-Plus and Blue Ox. These are two brands that we know and trust.
Problem #2 – Side-to-Side Sway on Uneven Surfaces
Next, let’s talk about vehicle roll, keeping Class A motorhomes as our example. As a driver, you’ll notice the roll that occurs when driving over uneven surfaces, like leaving a gas station. When the rear tires cross the curb at an angle, there is a slight drop and the motorhome sways left to right several times before settling down and leveling out.
Fix It with a Rear Stabilizer
Side-to-side sway on uneven surfaces happens because the rear axle and differential are independent of the motorhome frame and are connected only by the springs. We often have people ask us if installing an airbag would solve the problem, but the answer is “no.” Airbags are designed to carry weight, not take away side-to-side sway. The best fix for this is a rear stabilizer.
Blue Ox makes an excellent product called a Tiger Trak bar, which is different from an anti-sway bar — it is a clamp that bolts on to the rear differential on one end and bolts on to the frame on the other end. It sounds simple, and it is, but the results are amazing! Rear stabilizers help dramatically reduce roll to almost nothing — the improvement in ride stability cannot be overstated.
Contact Trademasters for All of Your Camper Accessories Needs
If you are struggling to keep your RV in the proper lane, or if that side-to-side sway is starting to get to you, think about having one or both “driving helpers” installed in your Class A motorhome or diesel pusher. You’ll be amazed by the difference! The steer stabilizer and rear stabilizers don’t necessarily need to be installed at the same time. We suggest you start with the steering stabilizer, take a trip, then add the rear track bar if the problem persists.
As always, if you have any questions about this, or about anything else related to RVs, towing, vehicle solutions, or truck accessories, then contact us online, send us an email at email@example.com, or give us a call at 604.792.3132. We’re happy to help!