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Old 01-14-2020, 11:19 AM   #21
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Maybe check your tire pressures. I have a 1997 Roadtrek 190, Dodge B3500. I used to run the tire pressures at 45psi front, and 80psi rear, and the ride was acceptable. In 2018, I had the front end aligned in preparation of a cross country trip. The mechanic set the tires pressures at 65psi front, and 80psi rear. He said he had to raise the front pressures in order to get a good alignment. On the ride home, I experienced the death wobble at just over 50 mph. I started experimenting with tire pressures, and settled on 52psi on the front, and still 80psi on the rear. No more wobble. The van handled very well on our 10,000 mile cross country trip.
Wow. Thank you, Tom. I have been instructed to run 65 front and 80 rear and that is what I have been doing. The rig did have an alignment, however, I have been cautioned on another Roadtrek forum that usually they don't use the correct specs for this vehicle when they do the alignment, (including 220 foot lbs of torque on the part that requires it).

Many people have told me that their ride has benefitted from upgraded shocks or other interventions. I just hesitate to keep throwing money at new parts, HOPING to get a better ride. It's a real shame because we absolutely love the Roadtrek, but I would consider moving on from it only due to the terrible ride. White knuckle driving is not my idea of an easy relaxing vacation time.

Thank you very much for your idea! I appreciate the post.
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Old 01-14-2020, 05:50 PM   #22
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Wow. Thank you, Tom. I have been instructed to run 65 front and 80 rear and that is what I have been doing. The rig did have an alignment, however, I have been cautioned on another Roadtrek forum that usually they don't use the correct specs for this vehicle when they do the alignment, (including 220 foot lbs of torque on the part that requires it).

Many people have told me that their ride has benefitted from upgraded shocks or other interventions. I just hesitate to keep throwing money at new parts, HOPING to get a better ride. It's a real shame because we absolutely love the Roadtrek, but I would consider moving on from it only due to the terrible ride. White knuckle driving is not my idea of an easy relaxing vacation time.

Thank you very much for your idea! I appreciate the post.
You're welcome. I had Bilstein heavy duty shocks installed right after I bought my Roadtrek. They also made a big difference in handling.
Anytime a shop is working on the Dodge front ends, they need to know the front axle is a heavy duty axle installed by Roadtrek, and not the standard B3500 axle.
I know what you mean about a white knuckle ride. I drove the van from Conn. back to Boston after the front end work, and the van would not stay in the lane. I was wandering from one lane to the next, and a puff of wind would scare me to death! Correct tires, air pressures, and shocks seem to be very important for good handling of this RV.
Good luck, and don't give up on your Roadtrek!
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