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Old 03-14-2015, 08:56 PM   #1
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1989 Southwind Steering

Hey everyone. My wife and I are new to RVing. We just pruchased a 1989 Southwind 34 foot. The question I have is there is some movement in the steering column when you hit bumps and rough road. The steering reaction is not effected but the whole shaft moves side to side. Is this normal? I just replaced the steering stabilizer shock. Any help would be great, Thanks
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Old 03-15-2015, 05:37 AM   #2
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Do you mean the steering column or the shaft that goes down through the steering column?
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:10 AM   #3
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I would say "no".

We have an 89 Southwind and I've never noticed any movement in the steering column. There is a big U-bolt which holds the column in place about halfway between floor and steering wheel. Is this in place on yours?
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Old 03-15-2015, 11:43 AM   #4
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Yes, there is a clamp holding the steering column like yours.

So yes, I have movement in our MH steering shaft. As you said, the steering is not effected, but there is considerable steering wheel shaking. The rougher the road the more pronounced the shaking. I smoke and have had a cigarette jarred right out of my hand. I had my mechanic look it over, and everything seems to be OK, it is just something inherent to the Chevy truck chassis of that era.
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Old 03-15-2015, 11:45 AM   #5
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To all The column that goes through the floor seems to be tight with no movement. But when I go over bumps (in Louisiana that's most of the road) the steering wheel vibrates left to right.
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