My buddy recently bought his first RV - a 2014 Entegra Aspire. He sold his house and they took off for Alaska. Along the way they stopped at a little mom and pop convenience store to top off the tank. He saw the green nozzle and put in about 40 gallons.
He made it down the road about 100 miles and the engine started running "funny". He pulled into a rest area and shut it down. He tried the generator to see if it would run and it ran for a bit and then quit.
After trouble shooting, he eventually checked the receipt for the fuel and found out the green handle had been E85 Ethanol. After a lot of back and forth with Good Sam he and the mechanic eventually drained the tank of about 70 gallons, changed out the filters, and blew out the lines. The put in about 10 gallons of diesel, got it running and he took off.
He's still driving it, but I'll bet he has major problems later on. I can't imagine all that gas playing well with the injectors, sensors, etc. My Dad's hired hand put gas in our combine and fried it. I have my fingers crossed for him, but don't think this will end well...especially in the wilds of Alaska.
Mine is the 8 bag outboard RR8R chassis. I'm thankful. Otherwise I'd also be worried about the trailing arms.
@DSDP Don: I am open to the shocks. I had a similar ride improvement on my 2003 Itasca Sunrise gasser. I added the new shocks, put in "the fix" and it handled nicely for an older rig that wasn't a diesel. I'll do the air pressure and then see about the shocks.
The "too much air" is highly likely. That would also explain the jarring over pot holes. I think I'll get the corners weighed and the pressure set first, then move onto any other things if the problem doesn't go away. Thanks everyone.
Thanks gswgci. I had an alignment on the toad about a month ago and it seems to drive without darting so I think that can be ruled out. I set the Blue Ox up myself but it seems to be set up right. The tow bar is level and attaches to solid tabs on the Jeep's Rockhard steel bumper.
I was thinking of the shocks but was wondering if weighing the coach on all four corners and ensuring accurate/correct tire pressure might be first on the list. (I've been reading of several other Monacos having quite a bit of difference in the rear passenger's side being much heavier.) I'm not sure if it needs to be re-aligned given the only change was the tires.
If it helps diagnose it, the coach seemed to track ruts more than it used to also. I noticed that more on road construction where they had those blasted concrete barriers to keep it exciting during lane re-routes.
I will definitely pick a calm day and take her out without the Jeep as you suggest.
We just returned from a trip and I noticed a little more severe handling issues than in the past. The coach seemed to dart from side to side more than it used to. New for this trip:
New Michelin tiresTowed our 2009 Jeep Wrangler (lifted 4") wheels down with a Blue Ox tow barWind was blowing 10 to 20
The coach was aligned and ride height checked about 8 months ago before the tires. The Jeep looked stable in the camera, but I plan to add the Blue Ox hitch immobilizers in the near future.
I need the coach to steer better. What would you do and in what order to improve the steering?
I'm excited and nervous at the same time. First of all I'm ready for vacation...off to Arkansas for a week of vacation. Second, I'm anxious about doing things right with my first time towing our Jeep. I just hope I have everything set up right and it works.
I have the Blue Ox tow bar. I have the mounting tabs on the front bumper of my Rock Hard bumper. I have a 4" Roadmaster receiver riser to line up with the Jeep bumper. The Jeep has a 4" lift kit and the tabs and tow bar line up level.
I had Camping World install an independent light kit and wiring harness. They put in a seven wire so the Jeep can charge (I hope) when towed.
For brakes I have the iRV2 auxiliary brake for the Jeep. The break-away was put in by my local mechanic. (I hope it stays connected.)
I know I see enough old farts like me doing it that I can do it too, but I worry like crazy that my lights will come disconnected with the cable dragging it to shreds, that the break-away will come loose and cause the iRV2 to kick in and shred the Jeep tires, or that I'll just screw up and clip something on a corner. :D
Wish me luck. I'm doing it come hell or high water.