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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 16-09-2017, 22:54 Thread Starter
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Rear fixed bed ,drive stability

we looking to buy rear fixed bed , elddis 255 , however we just hired a roller team 694 with fixed rear bed and ducato multi jet engine .
I have to say I found the steering very light on the front , and at 65mph the drive was not stable , and was uncomfortable .
do rear fixed bed motorhomes have this problem whereby the weight is at the back is making the steering / driveability light on the front ?

whats the thoughts ?

how does the elddis 255 drive ?
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I have a Chausson Allegro 94 with a fixed rear bed. Fully loaded it has 2150 kg on the rear axle and 1600 kg on the front

I do not even notice the extra weight towards the rear and steering feels fine.
I did have a little bit of wheel spin going up a mega steep road in Austria in the pouring rain but apart from that it feels fine.

It should be fine but you could get the axles weighed and also check tire pressures not too high. (About 60 - 65 psi would be a good starting point for the front
and a little higher for the back depending on axle weight) and give it a test drive first if you are buying used.

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Also distribute weight around the interior of the van.
Our Hymer B544 has a drop down bed (fabulous!) at the front. all the other heavy stuff i.e. kitchen & bathroom were at the back. It was very stable, unless you took it up an extremely steep dirt track to get a beautiful view over the Guardianna valley when the steering did go a little light!
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Depending on what you are used to, a newer van will probably feel lighter on the steering anyway due to more advanced steering geometry and better pumps/motors.
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I agree with Kev - later vans have lighter steering but still plenty of "feel" - if you turn the wheel the van reacts. Our Hymer (based on Ducato) has lighter steering than our car but still plenty of "feel" and always gives confidence.

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I can't imagine that rear beds are as heavy as rear kitchens as already stated. Plus the 255 has a fairly long overhang behind the rear axle?

I try and state simple facts in a nice way.
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i think the modern motorhomes do seem light at the front but being front wheel drive and power steeing this especially with 130hp or more and if you drive it like a car away from roundabouts and corners weight distribution can also make a big difference and it is advised by many on here to have the van axle weights checked at a weigh bridge .

vans with a fixed bed tend to have a big storage area beneath and they get loaded with a lot of stuff behind the axle which can make the front feel light

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One temptation of a rear fixed bed is to store all the big heavy stuff under it. And that can make the back heavy and the front light.
You need the weight spread around and distributed as per the axle loadings. And as low as possible.


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