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Old 08-08-2004, 07:54 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by swebster
I run Bilsteins up front, and Monroe Gas Pressurized on the rear (along with Red Ryders on the tags). I found that while the new shocks really helped with "hop" and "tail slap" the jarring had more to do with tire pressure.
I was running my tire pressure too high. My coach has fairly new tires all around and I had been keeping them up to the cold pressure marked on the sidewall. I found out through the forum that the pressure should be lower. Once I dropped about 20 lbs the entire rig smoothed out.
Part of the tire issue is that when these coaches were new, they had load range D's on them, over the years, the load range has gone up to E's, or even F's, which means the tire is capable of carrying more weight, and more air pressure. IIRC, the original tire pressure for these rigs was 65PSI.
Try the lower pressure, and see how it rides. You can always bump the pressure back up some if you notice rolling and swaying, until you get a ride you are happy with. If the shocks are not worn out or broken, you shouldn't have to replace them, although shock manufacturers recomend taking a look at them after 20K miles.

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Old 08-17-2004, 06:51 AM   #16
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Dropped the air pressure to 66 psig. This was a goood improvement. Tires seemed to operate warmer. And handling was a bit reduced. But all was good. Guess I'm going to skip replacing the rear shocks for awhile.


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Old 08-17-2004, 11:20 AM   #17
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between adjusting tire pressure, and air bag pressure I have improved the ride on mine many times over. Now if I can get to the point where I can put back in the rear airbag compressor......

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