OnTheRoad4Fun

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  1. Workhorse Ride Quality

    I have a 2007, W-22 Workhorse chassis with 25K miles. I have had jarring of coach at many bridge approaches as well as potholes. Everything is relative, but I would like to keep the damage minimized from impact. So far I have: 1. Installed Sumo Springs 2. Replaced the factory Bilstein shocks with Koni FSD's 3. Had the four corners of the coach weighed and adjusted the tire pressures accordingly. 4. New Michelin 245/70R 19.5 XZE tires XZE tires are truck tires that were the only tires in stock to fit my coach. XZE tires have thicker sidewalls than XRV tires. In the future I may investigate replacing the front tires with the softer XRV tires that do not have as great a load carrying capacity, but may ride softer. After all of the above work, there has only been very small improvement in the ride. Maybe this is as good as it going to get. I do not know what else to do.
  2. Trac Bar to Keep Motorhome Straight - Front or Rear?

    I have a 2007, W-22 Workhorse chassis with 25K miles. I have been driving it since 9K miles. I always had trouble with road wander at highway speed. The Safe-T-Plus steering stabilizer and this did not solve the problem. Sumo Springs tied the rear axle to the chassis and helped somewhat. A rear trac bar was added and was mostly redundant to the rear Sumo Springs. Finally after installing a front trac bar I was able to get most of the road wander taken care of. Apparently this front trac bar helped stabilize the movement of the front leaf springs. It is still not like driving a car, but the steering on long trips is much better. I am able to relax more and arrive much more rested.
  3. Dang Rodents

    Try "Fresh Cab" Rodent Repellent usually found at Tractor Supply Stores (Farm Supply Stores in general) like CO-OP's. Place mint scented packets around. Helped us while camping last winter. I also got our inside home insect company to install baits that make the mice thirsty. When they leave to drink water, they die outside the coach.
  4. Exterior Maintenance - Cleaning and Waxing Fiberglass

    If you want good guidance on cleaning and protecting your RV, go to the website "GOCLEAN.COM". Several informative videos. It is run by an expert in the RV industry. They recommend Baby Shampoo and Heinz Vinegar for cleaning. No brushes, only lambs wool. No microfiber on paint, only high grade terry cloth. No wax is recommended, only polymers.
  5. Shock Absorbers

    I own a 2007 Allegro Open Road 34TGA with the W22 Workhorse chassis. I replaced the factory Bilsteins with Koni's. I spent close to $900 in parts and labor. There was only minor improvement in ride characteristics. Not enough improvement to warrant the expense. All four corners of coach weighed. No problems with being over weight or significantly out of balance. All tire pressures adjusted to weights.
  6. Ride Stabilization

    I recently added Sumo Springs to a 2006 Workhorse W-22 Chassis. The Sumo Springs help with side sway and makes the coach handle better on curves, with passing trucks, and general control of the vehicle. There is a much more solid feel to the handling. It helped a little with potholes and bridge expansion joints, but not very much. It is worth it to me to have better control of the motorhome. It is not like having air ride, but it is not bad for a vehicle with leaf springs. The shop that installed the Sumo Springs was impressed with how well the coach handled.
  7. Gasser Game Changer For Me!

    I recently added Sumo Springs to a 2006 Workhorse W-22 Chassis. The Sumo Springs help with side sway and makes the coach handle better on curves, with passing trucks, and general control of the vehicle. There is a much more solid feel to the handling. It helped a little with potholes and bridge expansion joints, but not very much. It is worth it to me to have better control of the motorhome. It is not like having air ride, but it is not bad for a vehicle with leaf springs. The shop that installed the Sumo Springs was impressed with how well the coach handled. The W-22 chassis has a long enough wheelbase (57% of total length) so that "tail wag" has never been a big problem. The Sumo Springs do seem to help the tail wag that I do have, since the rear Sumo Springs are attached to the frame at the top and to the axle at the bottom. This seems to help the rear of the coach from swaying too much.