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Old 01-07-2019, 07:52 AM   #1
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2019 Spartan Steering Road Wander

2019 DSDP first trip and I have to steer constantly due to road wander. I have the comfort drive up full and no wind but it takes constant steering input to keep in the lane.
This is my third coach and first Spartan but I've never before had to concentrate so intensely on keeping in the lane.
Any thoughts? I've scheduled a front end alignment.
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2019 DSDP first trip and I have to steer constantly due to road wander. I have the comfort drive up full and no wind but it takes constant steering input to keep in the lane.
This is my third coach and first Spartan but I've never before had to concentrate so intensely on keeping in the lane.
Any thoughts? I've scheduled a front end alignment.
Try with a setting of 3 and see if the results are the same. This will eliminate the CD from the equation.

A full front end check should be done as it is not normal for any diesel newmar to wander.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:13 AM   #3
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I tried with CD on one and it was a real problem keeping it in the lane.
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I tried with CD on one and it was a real problem keeping it in the lane.
There is something wrong on the front end, as you said.
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:54 AM   #5
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I had the same problem with my new 2018 DS. I had the front tires balanced (both needed weights added) and an alignment done. After that no more wandering. Steers like it should.
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I had the same problem with my new 2018 DS. I had the front tires balanced (both needed weights added) and an alignment done. After that no more wandering. Steers like it should.
Did you discover this at the beginning or did it take awhile?
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Right from the beginning but this is our first big trip.
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Right from the beginning but this is our first big trip.

Dealer pickup or factory pickup? Did you notice this on the test drive?
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A FPU, during my first drive of our coach, I mentioned to our tech that I was having the same problem. When we got back to the yard he checked our air pressures. Each tire was filled to the max pressure. We reweighed the coach, with a full belly of fuel and water then rest tire pressures according to the tire manufacturers chart. Took the coach back on the road and that corrected much of the issue. Cheap fix for the majority of the problem. I eventually took the coach to a qualified truck tire place and had the alignment corrected (it too was off spec). Tracks much better now.
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X2 on above sugguestions. Also, are all tires inflated in accord with the tire manufacturer's inflation chart? After tires are properly inflated and alignment has been checked/adjusted and if the steering is still not correct, I suggest having the ride height checked.
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Dealer pickup or factory pickup? Did you notice this on the test drive?
Not really. Only on this long trip.
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Thanks good suggestions on what to do and have done at the factory pickup or at the dealer.
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2019 DSDP first trip and I have to steer constantly due to road wander. I have the comfort drive up full and no wind but it takes constant steering input to keep in the lane.
This is my third coach and first Spartan but I've never before had to concentrate so intensely on keeping in the lane.
Any thoughts? I've scheduled a front end alignment.
Something is definitely wrong; tire pressures, alignment, etc. Changing the CD settings is not the answer. You need to get the coach to a qualified Spartan shop to have this corrected.

Please don't continue to drive an ill-handling coach; your safety and that of others is too important.

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Something is definitely wrong; tire pressures, alignment, etc. Changing the CD settings is not the answer. You need to get the coach to a qualified Spartan shop to have this corrected.

Please don't continue to drive an ill-handling coach; your safety and that of others is too important.

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