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Old 05-30-2015, 02:14 AM   #1
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New Thor 31E owner 2015

My wife decide we needed to up grade from an R-POD traval trailer to 33 ft couach. It's the Thor's chuck wagan model 31E. It has the V-10 motor and does not lack power. It handles well in town. I do have a question to anyone who drives Thor 31E. When im on the hwy the large trucks push me a over the road. I talking 3 to 4 inches of steering wheel traval from top center of wheel. We drove to 12 hour into AZ. and have to fight this the whole way. Is this normal and what can I do about it. Looking foward to future conversation. Thank for reading this.
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Old 05-30-2015, 02:45 AM   #2
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Start with an alignment. Take it to a truck service center and get it aligned.

After that there are a lot of options to improve handling.
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Old 05-31-2015, 12:23 PM   #3
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Check and adjust your tire pressure, weigh each axle seperatly. Jim.
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Old 06-01-2015, 04:33 PM   #4
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Yup! Tire pressure and alignment first. When properly set they make all the difference in the world.

But, you will still get buffeted by the wind wall of passing big rigs and other RVs. If you are a weekend warrior, it's probably not an issue, (most likely the thinking of every motorhome manufacturer). However, if you are a fulltimer, or just picky, then you will want to modify things a bit.

Here is the list of suspension modifications that you might start investigating:

1. CHF - The "Cheap Handling Fix".
2. Steering Stabilizer, (Safe-T-Plus, TruCenter).
3. Rear Axle Stabilizer Bar.
4. Shock Absorbers, (you likely don't need this one on a new coach).

Some people perform them in different order, or skip some.
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Old 06-01-2015, 07:33 PM   #5
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My 31L is basically the same size, and sounds the same re. steering
I personally don't think mine is all that bad....it drives like a truck... but if it were designed properly it shouldn't be this way.
and on calm days it actually tracks quite well
....But my DW is afraid to drive it

I have been reading lately over on another forum, that insufficient caster angle is a common culprit with these E chassis.... as in even when within spec it's not enough. Not my recommendation, but what I've read.... it needs to be on the high end of the spec range, or maybe even over a bit...

After a year, i finally have an appointment to get mine checked in a couple weeks. No place convenient near me that does truck alignments

rattle me in about 3 weeks for a report....
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:14 PM   #6
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Yup! Tire pressure and alignment first. When properly set they make all the difference in the world.

But, you will still get buffeted by the wind wall of passing big rigs and other RVs. If you are a weekend warrior, it's probably not an issue, (most likely the thinking of every motorhome manufacturer). However, if you are a fulltimer, or just picky, then you will want to modify things a bit.

Here is the list of suspension modifications that you might start investigating:

1. CHF - The "Cheap Handling Fix".
2. Steering Stabilizer, (Safe-T-Plus, TruCenter).
3. Rear Axle Stabilizer Bar.
4. Shock Absorbers, (you likely don't need this one on a new coach).

Some people perform them in different order, or skip some.
Good suggestions here, I went one further and put Sumo Spring Maxims on the front. I have not replaced my shocks yet as mine is new also.
These make the driving much more manageable and enjoyable. WIND is a different story, it will still push you all over.
PS: with the mods passing semi's were not an issue coming from either way just flat out cross winds are.
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