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I realize that this subject has been beat to death, but maybe someone did not get the message.

I just took delivery at the factory on a brand new Class C on the E450 chassis. Having done this before, I scheduled a couple of days in the area checking out the coach before heading home. The front end was badly out of line and pulling strongly to the left. I took it to a knowledgeable front end shop and they found that it came from the factory way out of line. Also, the buhsings had to be replaced because the ones that Ford provides are not adjustable. The company that I bought the coach from footed the bill.

My recommendation. If you buy a coach, new or used, have the front end checked before you drive it very far.

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Posted: 01/11/06 06:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When we bought our Damon Workhorse actually sent us a free alignment certificate for that very reason.


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Hi, I also had the allignment done on our E450 with only 2300 miles on it & also had to replace the Ford bushings because they could not be adjusted enough to allign the front end, Earl at the Rivercabins.


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I would tend to believe that the Coach Mfg bought the chassis and built the unit and never thought about aligning after the unit was completed. The alignment can also be correct when the empty coach leaves the mgfr but the alignment can be way off after the coach is loaded.


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Posted: 01/11/06 03:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our dealer really stressed loading up the then-new MH, filling the tanks, then getting it aligned.

When driving, it didn't "pull" - but felt "floaty" while going down our county roads - enough so that 45 mph was about as fast as I dared to drive :-)

After the loading/alignment, it tracks rock-solid. Feels like a very large SUV....LOL!

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Posted: 01/11/06 10:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I must be the luckiest owner in the world of an E450 as I have not had any steering, alignment or shock problems. Maybe I got that one-in-a-million unit that has everything in place. I hope so and continue to travel with all original equipment still in place except for replacing tire valves with the steel extensions.





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no jerry you got 2 in a million-
9500 miles and no problems and tires are nice and even.


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Ours, purchased new, was right on the mark from the start...as indicated by now 15,000 miles with great handling and even tire wear.

It does happen.


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At 5000 miles I noticed my front tires wearing badly. $185.00 and rotating the tires using the new spare also, things are fine now at 18,000 miles.

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Front end alignments are a well-known issue with Ford E-450s (and 350s, too, I suppose, but am not 100% sure).

One should load up the rig and then see if it tracks true on a level surface - the middle lane of a divided highway with three-lanes on your side is best as you can ride right on the crown of the road.

If it pulls to either side when you let go of the steering wheel, it needs an alignment.

This has to do with Ford's design of the front end.

It is my understanding that Ford's warranty includes one initial front-end alignment. I do not know that for sure, but I do know that I did not pay for mine - whether it was actually Ford, Jayco, or Blade Chevrolet (my Jayco dealer) that picked up the tab for this I cannot say for sure as I never inquired.


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