- Weekend Camper
- Posts: 36
- Joined: Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:44 pm
- B190 Year: 1996
- Location: Seattle, WA
I will say that I've never found driving on unpaved roads with the B very fun--I don't know what the heck those folks who install 4WD do (though that would make me more comfortable in the snow). I'm not that concerned with the vehicle, but rather all the stuff in the house part--everything bangs around and squeaks, it is kind of crazy-making. And to get to these magical campsites some amount of rough road driving is necessary. I did learn from a guy that letting 5-10 lbs of air out of your tires makes a washboard road passable. Those roads have always felt like they would rattle not only my teeth out, but every mechanical fastener in the rig. Down pressuring takes care of most of that, but you have to remember to fill 'em back up when you find pavement again.
As for the washboard roads, of course, clearance isn't usually the issue. As you say, it's all the bone-rattling! My solution so far has been to drive very slowly, but if you have a few miles to go, it can make for tedious driving. Letting 5 - 10lbs out of the tires is a good, though time-consuming, idea. That would be my main problem with doing this - all the extra time involved. I sure wish there was a button on the dashboard we could push, that would automatically down-pressure the tires, then another one to re-inflate them afterwards!