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Old 01-22-2018, 10:12 AM   #1
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Just purchased a 2018 Miramar 34.2 . So far just minor problems that i repaired. What can be done to tighten up the steering, 300 miles and I felt like I was whipped.Click image for larger version

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Old 01-22-2018, 10:56 AM   #2
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First, congratulations on your new coach and welcome to the forum!!!

You are probably experiencing the same problems everyone has with the F-53 chassis, being blown around by semi’s and wind.

The first fix is free and makes a HUGE difference, it’s called the cheap handling fix or CHF. The fix involves moving the links on your front and rear sway bars, takes about 1 1/2 hours with simple tools. Search CHF on the forum for details. After doing the CHF get your front end aligned. After completing the CHF and alignment you will think you are driving a new coach!!!

Next add a steering stabilizer, Safe-T-Plus and Roadmaster are the major players, my nod goes to Safe-T-Plus. The steering stabilizer is a safety item that also reduces driver fatigue. There are several YouTube videos that explain and demonstrate the CHF and steering stabilizers.

Lastly you can add a track bar to the rear.

Best wishes, go out and have FUN in your new coach!!!
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Welcome and congrats! I did the CHF, then safeTplus stabilizer. One hand driving, no problem with wind or semi trucks. Jerry
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Old 01-22-2018, 11:34 AM   #4
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Welcome !!
And Wow! to SuperD and Jegdrum5050 .. Probably just made his week with a quick and perfect solution to a problem that was most likely keeping him up at night !
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Old 01-22-2018, 03:05 PM   #5
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Congrats and welcome! Just the CHF and alignment will make a huge difference.
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Old 01-22-2018, 03:28 PM   #6
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Could some of it be the stress of driving something completely new (and pretty darned expensive)? Try relaxing your while-knuckle grip on the wheel, and take a deep breath.
It might not help; but it WILL make you feel better!
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Old 01-22-2018, 04:21 PM   #7
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I recently got a 34.2 2015. The wife and I did the CHF on front and back bars and it changed from a boat back to a land vehicle. Tomorrow will be adding a Steer Safe steering stabilizer. I look at Safe T plus etc... I'm surer they're fine and expensive but for my less money I like how the Steer Safe hooks to both the individual wheels x- braces and not just a shock absorber in the middle.
https://youtu.be/1cual2q2y2I
Anyway, I'll get a chance to test it out properly on my trip back home from Quartzsite to L.A. which btw was a 2 handed drive out here.
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Old 01-22-2018, 05:17 PM   #8
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Welcome to the site. I have a 2017 34.4 Miramar and just passed the 2500 mile mark on the clock.

The first thing to do is get a front end alignment. I was whipped after driving mine about 100 miles. I found out that the wheels were towed out by 26mm. Make that as your first todo: item. This alone made a night and day difference. Also if you want this to be covered by Thor, be sure that it is well documented! They pushed back on me and I just didn't bother fighting it.

As far as the CHF, on mine at least it cannot be done without extending the linkage. Also, something that I read early on about the CHF that concerns me is that some people were saying that it makes the front suspension so tight it puts your front windshield at risk. After driving over I-20 through Shreveport recently, I'm glad that my suspension is still stock there.

After some careful thought and consideration, my next modification is to get a front steering stablizer such as the Safe-T-Plus. Driving on the interstate, semi trucks will still blow me away as they begin their pass and suck me back in after they pass. While I've gotten accustomed to anticipating this while sitting in the right lane, I've gotten surprised when my mind starts wandering as if I was driving a car.

As for sway, I would tighten up the rear end by either extending the linkage to do the CHF or replace the sway bar with an upgraded one.
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Old 01-23-2018, 01:18 AM   #9
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We purchased last year a 2016 Miramar 34.3 and the man before me had the front and rear stablizer bars replaced with larger ones and I can drive it like a pickup or suv for handling its great. We had a 2015 Jayco and I did add the steering stablizer and the CHF and that did help on that model
Also in Georgia , Warner Robins so keep in touch as we have similar models .
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Old 01-30-2018, 05:32 AM   #10
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Could some of it be the stress of driving something completely new (and pretty darned expensive)? Try relaxing your while-knuckle grip on the wheel, and take a deep breath.
It might not help; but it WILL make you feel better!
Great advice, Bob. I experienced the same thing - being worn out at the end of each day. As I finally realized my elbows were locked and a was stiff arming the steering wheel, I made myself relax and just drive. That made everything much better.
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Great advice, Bob. I experienced the same thing - being worn out at the end of each day. As I finally realized my elbows were locked and a was stiff arming the steering wheel, I made myself relax and just drive. That made everything much better.
Since I ride a Can Am Spyder: I've learned that relaxing my grip on the bars makes a HUGE difference!
That has also proven to be true when driving anything!
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Old 01-30-2018, 01:21 PM   #12
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Yes, thatís one of the first things they teach you in motorcycle and performance driving school. Just relax your grip. The next thing they teach you is to shift your gaze farther down the road. I can almost guarantee that this will help too. It will smooth out your driving so you donít make as many small corrections and it will help you to see possible hazards earlier - which matters a lot on motorcycles and RVs. Not criticizing your driving skills just pointing out that the required skill set is different for these vehicles.
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I recently got a 34.2 2015. The wife and I did the CHF on front and back bars and it changed from a boat back to a land vehicle. Tomorrow will be adding a Steer Safe steering stabilizer. I look at Safe T plus etc... I'm surer they're fine and expensive but for my less money I like how the Steer Safe hooks to both the individual wheels x- braces and not just a shock absorber in the middle.
https://youtu.be/1cual2q2y2I
Anyway, I'll get a chance to test it out properly on my trip back home from Quartzsite to L.A. which btw was a 2 handed drive out here.
Addendum: Steer safe really made for a more relaxed drive. 1 handed driving was pretty effortless, and since I didn't want to burn up petrol at 70+ I tried to keep it 60-65, which made for lots of big rigs passing me by... glad to say I barely felt them pass by.
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