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Gjac

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Posted: 11/02/21 03:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had steer safe on my MH when I bought it 17 years ago. After reading so many posts on here about how bad P-30 chassis handle and always needed constant correction. I always figured it was the steer safe that made a difference until about 5 years ago I had to drive home without it. I noticed no difference at all, I still drove it with one hand just like a car and was not bothered by passing trucks. It should defiantly help with a front tire blowout, but as others have said get a front end alignment and get the castor right. Another thing not many people on hear mention is to weigh the MH and rearrange your weight(the stuff you carry) so each tire carries the same weight. A light front end will make for a MH that needs constant correction. You can throw a lot of expensive suspension mods at it and they will all help, but I would start with the two things I mentioned which are very low cost.

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Posted: 11/05/21 04:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gjac, you make some good points, but a light front axle is not easily correctable. For example, my w22 came stock at about 6600 lbs. rear axle is about 14,500 lbs. I can’t add weight to frontend other than passengers. I have bare load on rear axle. Using tire load tables, front tires should be at 75-80 lbs and rear at about 85-90 lbs. I’m always going to have a light frontend.

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Posted: 11/06/21 03:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anyone else with w 22 chassis have similar problem or suggestion for correction?

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bennefim wrote:

Gjac, you make some good points, but a light front axle is not easily correctable. For example, my w22 came stock at about 6600 lbs. rear axle is about 14,500 lbs. I can’t add weight to frontend other than passengers. I have bare load on rear axle. Using tire load tables, front tires should be at 75-80 lbs and rear at about 85-90 lbs. I’m always going to have a light frontend.

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Are those your actual weights minus passengers, full FW tank, and all your stuff ready to travel? Or is that your UW from the factory?

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Yes, those were the exact weights with all items, less passengers during a previous weigh in several years ago. I will be weighing the rv again tomorrow but don’t think there will be much difference since we keep same items in rv. Gas, water and are exceptions. Will update after new weights.

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Did you get your exact weights yet?

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Yes, weights were as follows:

Front axle weight. 7010 lbs

Rear axle weight. 14,500 lbs

Very close to previous weigh ins.

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Your weights look pretty good. If you add the weight of two average middle age passengers, say 200 lbs for you and 150 for your wife that brings the front end weight up to 7360/2= 3680 lbs for each tire. 14,500/4= 3625 lbs for each tire. I think your weight distribution looks very good so I do not see the front end being light or the cause of bad handling. As I said in my previous post I would get a good alignment and focus on getting the castor right. How many miles on your MH/shocks? Do they need replacement? I think a good alignment shop can tell if anything is worn, broken such as shock mounts or need replacement. Other things to check for is unusual tire wear, balance, out of roundness. These would also cause vibration in the steering wheel or seat. Good Luck.

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I have bilstein shocks, original from factory in 2005. Also have what I believe to be sumo springs. They are rubber covered springs, yellow colored and mounted below the front shocks. Both could be bad or still good. Not knowing, should I replace both.?

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Rv mileage is currently at 59,000 miles.

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