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Old 07-30-2014, 09:33 AM   #1
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Chassis Repair

I have a 03 Fleetwood Bounder 35E that was listing to the passengers side. This was about a year and a half ago. I took it to Continental RV in Farmingdale NY and there estimate to repair it was $400. I also took it to a few truck spring shops near me and they would not touch it. So I had
Continental do the work. everything was fine when I picked it up even though it took them two weeks to do it and the cost was $685.

The past few times we took it out I noticed that it was not driving straight. The nose was in the lane but the back drivers side was over the line. I was camping in Lancaster PA two weeks ago and took it to a RV shop there and they sent me to Garden Spot Frame and Alignment which is a big truck shop. They looked at it and said that the lift job was not done correctly and the rear axle had slipped. They estimated it would cost $300 to fix it. So I had them do it. I dropped it off at 7am they gave me one of their pickup's to drive while the work was being done. So they fixed the rear axle, laser aligned front and rear, adjusted the camber, and re adjusted the Steer Safe system. I picked it up at 3pm. Cost $525.

Now it drives like a dream straight as an arrow, I can let go of the wheel and it does not drift, very comfortable to drive.
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I'm glad you got the problem solved, and that you're happy. It's a shame it wasn't fixed correctly the first time resulting in additional expense.
Enjoy your new ride and Happy Trails!!
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Few RV dealers have skilled chassis techs or even much experience with chassis problems. Sometimes they just sub-contract the work to an outside chassis shop anyway, charging you extra to take it there and bring it back. I always look for a medium-heavy duty truck shop for chassis repairs on a Class A.

A few big dealers with a year-around clientele have an actual chassis shop with techs that do chassis repairs every day, e.g. Lazydays RV in Tampa. That's a different story.
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I was camping in Lancaster PA two weeks ago and took it to a RV shop there and they sent me to Garden Spot Frame and Alignment which is a big truck shop. They looked at it and said that the lift job was not done correctly and the rear axle had slipped. They estimated it would cost $300 to fix it. So I had them do it. I dropped it off at 7am they gave me one of their pickup's to drive while the work was being done. So they fixed the rear axle, laser aligned front and rear, adjusted the camber, and re adjusted the Steer Safe system. I picked it up at 3pm. Cost $525.
You made a great choice in a truck shop. I drove tractor trailer out of Lancaster County PA for years. Garden Spot Frame has been doing great work for years.
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