Last year, we traded in our fifth wheel for a 35 foot Tiffin Allegro RED, and I promised my husband I would share driving duties. My first driving experiences were a disaster!
I did not like driving the coach. My husband patiently waited for me to volunteer to drive on trips and I did not. He changed tactics and we'd stop at a rest stop or for fuel and he'd announce that it was my turn to drive. I reluctantly took the wheel hesitantly and fearfully out of the parking area and onto the freeway. I was uneasy and a bit scared, I didn't trust the coach on curves, so I would hit the brakes before every curve and go very slowly when I felt on the verge of losing control (not good on freeways). Even driving straight was crazy hard as the coach wandered to the right and left and staying in the lane required continual small adjustments. I spent too much time checking the side mirror to make sure the tires were close to the lane marker. I hit the rumble strips, a lot! Hit the dots to the lane on my left too. It was frustrating not to be able to point the coach and drive straight, every second or so I felt the coach wandering and when it was windy I'd exit the first available off ramp and tell my husband I was done.
It felt too overwhelmed driving the coach. I was disappointed I couldn't break through and become comfortable when driving. Compensating for the coach's loose steering, its tendency to lean on curves and rough ride didn't provide much time to look forward and anticipate the grade changes and the traffic in front of me. Instead of proactive driving I drove in reaction to the coach's wandering ways.
My husband found references to Henderson's on several internet RV forums and told me about it and I said let's make an appointment and drive to Grants Pass from San Diego and get it fixed.
What a difference Henderson's made in the steering and handling of our coach! We are on our way home from Henderson's and I've driven the coach both days and I'm thrilled. It now tracks well, goes where I point it! It takes the curves without leaning and my comfort level has improved to the point that I feel confident on the road. Our 35 foot coach rides smoother and to test it I put a hairbrush on the bathroom counter yesterday during our 8 hour drive. It didn't move! Success!
Henderson's modifications have made driving much more comfortable and I am a more confident driver. Never thought this would happen! As my husband told the Henderson's staff, we were there to smooth out the handling for me and it worked! I drove 60 MPH yesterday on I-5 on a curvy area with lots of grade changes and I felt comfortable. What a difference!
P.S. My husband loves the new way the coach drives too!