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Old 03-04-2004, 10:31 AM   #1
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What's the noise level in MH on the road?

One of the things about towing a trailer is that I can't hear stuff rattling and banging as we go down the road. I was wondering what the noise was like in a motorhome as you are travelling. Do you put dampers on things like the stovetop? How about dishes and pans, etc? Does the noise make you wish you had gotten a trailer instead?


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Old 03-04-2004, 10:37 AM   #2
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Big time difference in our MH and the trailers.

Does a tree make noise if you are not in the forest?

Yes we have dampers on Stove, and everything else that can possibly rattle, doors have to be secured, and plenty of road noise too.

I am hoping that when I move up to a $100,000.00 unit, I will not have all of these noises.

The first trip we made in the MH, My wife said, "I never heard all of that stuff moving around" Hello.............

You can believe that the noise is going on in a trailer, it does not take long to realize, you have to secure everything in a trailer before transit.


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Old 03-04-2004, 12:52 PM   #3
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Other than the screen door I don't have many rattles.

I do have a protective non slip material between all the plates, and pans, and bowls.

I also will hear loose stuff rattle in the refer if I let it get too empty.
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Old 03-04-2004, 03:29 PM   #4
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i put something between the plates, pots and pans and still had some noise. i installed centrimatic wheel balancers on all wheels and now about all of the shake rattle and roll has stopped. but when you get on I-40 in Arkansas and other poorly maintained roads it starts again shake rattle and roll. slowing down helps the rattle but you might get run over by a large truck if going too slow. take your pick noise or a trip to never never land and if lucky the hospital. so grin and bear it. petal to the metal of fiber glass.
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Old 03-04-2004, 04:35 PM   #5
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We don't have many rattles in ours. The stove gets a foam slab under the cover before we hit the hiway. The dishes may shake a bit, but I put those rubber mats under them, anti skid, and that quiets them. I do get some noise going over larger bumps at slow speed around town, on the highway its only the engine/road sounds.
There is some engine/road noise...It has gotten better since i reinsulated the doghouse, but i want to insulate under the whole front passenger and driver areas, and just have not yet done so. I also believe when i redo the flooring it may quiet it even more.
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Old 03-04-2004, 04:40 PM   #6
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Noise Level in an '87

I guess I'm pretty lucky, no real noise in my unit.

Of course, things go bang in the night when bumps or bad roads are encountered, but general backround noise is minimal.

Certainly, a normal conversation can be carried on at almost any speed.

The engine area contributes the most noise. A significant increase in dog house noise occurs at aabout 63 to 65 mph. Also, you can certainly tell when the belt driven fan kicks in, but the noise is not deafening.

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Old 03-04-2004, 04:41 PM   #7
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We have a few squeaks and rattles but nothing major. The biggest noise we get is from inside the dog house, especially when the engine downshifts going up a hill.
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You all wanna talk about noise,
try having a fan clutch lock in because the bearing seized at 65 MPH.
Wow!! I didn't know what happened but I got to the side of the road turned it off, changed my shorts then started it up and found the noise.
The fan was wobbling so bad I don't know why it did not have radiator soup for lunch!!
I just unbolted it and drove on home using the elect fan.
don't wanna hear that noise again.
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Old 03-29-2004, 04:25 PM   #9
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Ours was VERY noisey when we first drove it. But we've fixed/corrected a number of things in the suspension, air bags, etc. so now its down to the point of normal conversation noise levels in ours.

We don't do anything special except stick some foam on the stovetop. Our screen door rattles and thats it. But I think with some weatherstriping and some fixes I'll get the rattles out of this as well. We do have extra insulation in the doghouse I I've neve felt like the engine contributes to the noise too much. More wind noise than anything.

If you've ever driven a highline diesel pusher you'll know what a very quiet ride they give. A gas puller will never match that quality but AS's come pretty close. Not nearly the rattles and body squeaks in other "white box" class A's.

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