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Old 10-26-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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Degree of wheel cut

How do you find out your degree of wheel cut ? Does anyone know what it is for a 2006 Monaco Diplomat PAQ ?
I watched a video that said its critical to know this in order to know when to turn your wheels in a turn. Any opinions ?

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Old 10-26-2012, 06:20 PM   #2
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Monaco Roadmaster chassis are all set up at approximately 50 degree wheel cut. If you take Barney Alexander's driving class at Lazy Days, his instructions are all based on the 50 degree chassis.

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Old 10-26-2012, 08:14 PM   #3
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Turning radius can be important when comparing different chassis, if you are concerned about maneuvering room. Knowing that you need 32 feet or 37 feet for a "U" turn doesn't help much from the driver's seat. (55 degree or 50 deg. wheel cut)
The answer is to practice in a large parking lot to get a feel for how much room you need and what the motorhome track actually is. Then you may be able to use the cues from the video. I believe they will be different based on the layout of the dash and drivers seat in your particular MH.

Chassis wheelbase (length) also changes the track the vehicle will follow. (you can clip an inside curb with the rear tires).
Another consideration is that overhang behind the rear wheels will make the back of the chassis swing wider than the wheel track, hitting something next to the curb. This is called sweep. Biggest effect here is at low speed when turning out of a fuel station or campsite and the rear overhang hits a post or pole.

This may help to visualize the turn.
Understanding Motorhome Turning Radius vs Wheel Cut Diesel Motorhomes Turning Radius and Wheel Cut

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Old 10-27-2012, 04:45 PM   #4
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I gotta agree with Hooligan - knowing the number is zero help. You find out real quick in a practical way when you turn the steering wheel and it won't go any further (maximum turn angle). Chances are, if it is much less than 50 degrees, you will feel the steering lock often enough to be frustrated. If somewhat more than 50 (mine is 56 degrees), you probably won't ever even turn the wheel far enough to hit the stop.

So get out somewhere open and practice some very sharp turns, like you needed to make a U-turn on limited space. Learn to gauge that before you need to do it!
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