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Old 01-23-2016, 04:43 PM   #15
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I hope a solid axle. They have a drag link from steering box to spindle and a tie rod from left spindle to right.

IFS have 2 tie rods, a center link, pitman arm and ideler arm.

Unless it's a Ford twin I beam.
I agree. Thats why I asked. Dint make sense.
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Old 01-24-2016, 05:59 AM   #16
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Great, thanks for all the help. Since it is a Country Coach, it has IFS, so I guess it is the tie rod adjustment process. It is in there for post purchase inspection now, I will "educate" the service writer... That scared me when he started talking about adjusting the steering box. I don't want them touching that. Kind of makes me wonder if the shop is competent. It is RV Masters, it had great reviews, one of the best in Houston, kind of disappoints me...
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Yes, this is the way to adjust it on a Freightliner chassis....not familiar with the others. Easy? Well, this adjustment will take a large pipe wrench and a bit of muscle. Patience helps also. Will help to have a helper in the coach to watch the steering wheel movement since turning the drag link the wrong direction will make the concern worse. One of the realities here is that, often, these drag links have not moved for some time....hence, muscle. Also, somethimes they "free up" all of a sudden, so be careful of the knuckles.

Several points of good advice above. I'll offer one little trick to make things a whole lot easier with much less trial & error required. As best you can with the vehicle not moving (and the engine probably running), center the steering wheel "visually" as you look at it from your normal seating position. In other words, that's where you want the steering wheel to be when you're headin' down the road. Now, secure a piece of thin masking tape (I use the blue painter's edging tape) at the very center of the top of the steering wheel. Next, drive the coach slowly and as absolutely straight as you can into a level area where you want to make the drag link adjustment....Don't look down at the steering wheel while doing this....that will mess you up for sure.

When you stop, you should see that the tape is off-center to one side of the other....right? Now, when you make the drag link adjustment, your steering wheel will move accordingly, and your goal, thus, is to get that tape right back to the center position where you first viewed it and want it to be, as mentioned above. If you take the coach out for a test drive, do not remove that tape....or you're back at square one. Make sense?

I learned this tip from one of the best heavy truck/motorhome alignment shops in our area. Caution....if you are going to get a front end alignment, get that alignment first before doing the above adjustment. A good, competent shop will make the adjustment for you. If you don't need the alignment, then do the above as described. It works, and you will be pleased.

If possible, please let us know how make out....it will help all of us. Thanks!!
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However "centering of the steering wheel" will be part of a front end alignment at a any reputable alignment shop.
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Great, thanks for all the help. Since it is a Country Coach, it has IFS, so I guess it is the tie rod adjustment process. It is in there for post purchase inspection now, I will "educate" the service writer... That scared me when he started talking about adjusting the steering box. I don't want them touching that. Kind of makes me wonder if the shop is competent. It is RV Masters, it had great reviews, one of the best in Houston, kind of disappoints me...
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Some steering boxes can be adjusted to eliminate unwanted "play" in the steering.
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Are you talking about solid axle or independent front?
My bad, I typed drag-link while thinking tie-rods. Thank you guys for catching my error.
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Did you drive it in both left and right lanes?

If the road is crowned it will cause the mh to steer towards the edge of the road resulting in wheel being off.

Different vehicles different amounts.
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