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bts1985

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A lot of great responses thank you very much!

To address some of the questions:

The coach is just a few years old and has about 17,000 miles on the chassis. The coach was empty when I took it in - no water in the tanks, and even our cupboards were empty as well, including any loose items that were around. The tires are basically new - probably a couple thousand miles on them - pressures have all been checked. The original tires, which tracked straight and still had plenty of tread, had dryrot on the sidewalls. That's the only reason I changed them. The brakes - I guess it's possible a caliper could be sticking, but they feel like new and don't pull at all when I brake. Don't know if that means anything. No mechanic has mentioned any brake issues though.

Both mechanics said the same thing, "we adjusted it to spec." I'll bet they measured it, noticed it was "in spec," then charge me 300.00 anyway. They eventually did the right thing and refunded the alignment portion of the bill. Well - as of yet it hasn't been adjusted in my account. They are waiting for the "paperwork" LOL!!!

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If they adjust in spec and send you down the road then they have not done a proper alignment and have not earned $300. Probably a toe-n-go shop


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Just as a shade tree answer, if the brakes on the side it pulls to aren't hotter than the ones on the other side, I wouldn't count on a tight brake being the source of the pull. If you have an InfraRed "Temp Gun" try to shoot just the rotor or caliper, which means through a hole in the wheel and point blank range.
I can only hope that the alignment "rack" or "machine" whatever you call it was in calibration.
I stand by my comment and those of others that "Specs are the Starting Point." A high school home economics student can set a vehicle to spec. The Rack's the Oven, the Vehicle's the Ingredients, the Wrenches are the Mixmaster, and the Specs are the Recipe" BAM! You got Cake! But would you serve it to company?


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bts1985 wrote:

LOL! That's what I said. I was very pleased with their other work. I don't understand why they would say something like that and ruin my whole experience with them along with their reputation.

Dave - I have considered contacting Dodge. I haven't found anything similar online when I research Sprinter issues.


Why would you contact Dodge? Why not Chevy or Ford?? Since non of these companies have anything to do with Sprinter calling any would give you the same results! Sprinter is sold and serviced by Freightliner! If you are going to call anyone call Freightliner.

My Prisim runs straight and true no pull left or right! Anyone telling you different is just whistling Dixie!

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Thanks for all the great responses. I really felt like they were trying to hand me a line, and based on what everyone has said, they were.

I will say that Lazy Day's did a nice job on my tires and I'm very happy with that. If they had put a little more time into the alignment, my experience would have been really great.

So it looks like I will have to take it to either a Mercedes or Freightliner dealer for the alignment. The Mercedes rep that I called recommended that. I wonder how much that will cost?

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bts1985 wrote:

Thanks for all the great responses. I really felt like they were trying to hand me a line, and based on what everyone has said, they were.

I will say that Lazy Day's did a nice job on my tires and I'm very happy with that. If they had put a little more time into the alignment, my experience would have been really great.

So it looks like I will have to take it to either a Mercedes or Freightliner dealer for the alignment. The Mercedes rep that I called recommended that. I wonder how much that will cost?


If I may suggest Ocala Freightlinner just off I-75. They even have a small RV Park in case you have to overnight. Excellant shop with experianced mechanics!

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bts1985 wrote:

I have a Itasca Navion that I tried to get a front end alignment done and was told that the chassis are set up for a slight pull to the right. Is this true? Will a perfectly aligned RV still always drift to the right? Or is this only an issue with the Sprinter chassis?


My Navion tracks so straight I can let go of the wheel on a level road with no crosswind. I guess there must be something wrong with it.


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Coach-man wrote:

bts1985 wrote:

Thanks for all the great responses. I really felt like they were trying to hand me a line, and based on what everyone has said, they were.

I will say that Lazy Day's did a nice job on my tires and I'm very happy with that. If they had put a little more time into the alignment, my experience would have been really great.

So it looks like I will have to take it to either a Mercedes or Freightliner dealer for the alignment. The Mercedes rep that I called recommended that. I wonder how much that will cost?


If I may suggest Ocala Freightlinner just off I-75. They even have a small RV Park in case you have to overnight. Excellant shop with experianced mechanics!


Thank you very much!

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I recently bought a 2009 Winnebago Class C "as is" and on the way home from TN I noticed it was pulling to the right as I went down the road.
When I took it to a local Ford dealer to get it inspected prior to licensing (MO) they said the front tires, brakes and front end checked out fine.
I took it to a Alignment center that does a lot of RVs and they found out the ball joints were bad. (Said alignment was ok).After replacement of ball joints the rv steered straight. (so I guess they were bad???)

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cac43 wrote:

I recently bought a 2009 Winnebago Class C "as is" and on the way home from TN I noticed it was pulling to the right as I went down the road.
When I took it to a local Ford dealer to get it inspected prior to licensing (MO) they said the front tires, brakes and front end checked out fine.
I took it to a Alignment center that does a lot of RVs and they found out the ball joints were bad. (Said alignment was ok).After replacement of ball joints the rv steered straight. (so I guess they were bad???)


I will check this out - thanks!

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