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RE: Where to get steering alignment done for a class A?

Closer but still a day trip would be Eric's This time of year could be very busy! How do you find these places and know that they are good?
Hunk of Cheese 09/28/21 03:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where to get steering alignment done for a class A?

Hendersons Lineup has an excellent reputation and the only west coast place I would go to. This is getting to the point of my post -- how did you find out that Henderson's Lineup has an excellent reputation? I can't easily take minimum three days (+ possible extra in case of trouble) to get work done. How can I find a place that's nearer to me that also has a good reputation? I can find lots of places near me but identifying their reputations in a trustworthy way is really hard.
Hunk of Cheese 09/28/21 02:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where to get steering alignment done for a class A?

Assuming no worn parts (we don't know how many miles on it, or if chassis lubrication has been done as it should) there isn't much to a front end "alignment" on that chassis. With its solid front axle, CAMBER can only be changed by bending the solid axle. Caster can only be changed by adding/subtracting solid metal shims (and caster is really not a significant factor when it comes to tire wear) Toe- IN is really the only normal "adjustment". And, it can be checked with nothing more than a tape measure. No exotic machinery needed. Yes, to check rear axle to frame alignment to insure that the coach is not "dog tracking" which can also affect tire wear, is a little more complex. It has about 70,000 miles on it. The first shop I took it to, who told me they couldn't do anything, also told me it needed new parts on both wheels. I'm kicking myself; I can't remember which part. The second shop ordered the parts for me and then told me when I got there that the first shop was crazy and I didn't need them. They also greased the steering parts. Third shop that actually claimed to do the alignment (but without effect) agreed that no new parts were needed.
Hunk of Cheese 09/28/21 10:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where to get steering alignment done for a class A?

Maybe a day trip is in order! https://www.hendersonslineup.com/ That place looks awesome! But it's a three-day trip for me, full day to drive south from Seattle, a day to get work done assuming(!) all goes smoothly, and a day to drive back. How did you find this place, you just know of it already or you were able to search it out using good search terms that I haven't found yet?
Hunk of Cheese 09/28/21 10:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where to get steering alignment done for a class A?

Hunk of Cheese, do you have the tires properly inflated for the load that they're carrying? Some places just air up the tires to the max inflation pressure on the tire, but that is often times over-inflated for the specific tire & RV/weight combination. I know on our rig that gave a very poor (hard) ride and made steering a bit squirrelly, especially on rough pavement. Argh. Yes, I have the tires aired properly -- I keep them all at 90 PSI, which is slightly higher than the tire manufacturer's recommendation for my weight. Tire mfr. recommends 80 PSI which is also the tire's minimum allowed inflation and I wanted to stay above the minimum. When I first got my coach and took it in for inspection, the shop filled my tires to 140 PSI. Ride was so hard. I came back later after learning some stuff and tried to tell the guy he had made a mistake. The whole shop was immediately very angry, (I guess they had had this argument before.) and somebody sarcastically yelled at me "if 140 PSI wasn't the tire manufacturer's recommended pressure then why would they stamp it on the side of the tire?!". They waved away and didn't want to look at my PDF brochure from the tire manufacturer. Wow, that was frustrating. De-airing the tires did help a lot with the squirrely but it's still there.
Hunk of Cheese 09/28/21 09:49am Class A Motorhomes
Where to get steering alignment done for a class A?

I've got a class A motorhome on 2014 Ford F-59 commercial chassis. The front wheels are each wearing excessively on the outside edge, with feathering across the width of the tire, and the steering seems too flighty IMO where the vehicle wants to wander in the lane and requires constant steering corrections. It won't track straight on a straight road with no wind; it rapidly wanders off one way or the other. (I've never driven any other motor home though so maybe this is just normal?) Last summer I took the RV to three (3!) different places and couldn't get it properly aligned. The first place was a truck shop that said their drive-on-top alignment tool was broken today. The second place was a truck shop that said their attach-to-wheel-from-the-front alignment tool couldn't reach as the wheels are set deeper in the wheel wells than commercial truck would do. The third place was a ford truck dealer who happily claimed to align the tires. But I noticed no change at all in the driving and the bad wear pattern has continued getting worse, in the same way, since it was aligned. I haven't found any RV place that will do tire alignment. All the RV places I've called only want to work on the house, not the truck. How do you all pick a good shop to work on your mechanicals? Currently I'm located East of Seattle. Edit: I got the bad alignment done with the truck fully loaded for travel. I'm running at about 12,000 lbs on the rear axle, which is max rated load, and about 6000 lbs on the front axle (1000 lbs short of 7000 lbs max rated load on that axle)
Hunk of Cheese 09/28/21 01:05am Class A Motorhomes
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