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Old 01-14-2010, 07:29 PM   #1
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Safari Cascade handling

I have a 2009 Cascade with 7000mi and seem to have a handling problem.
I am continually adjusting the steering wheel to hold a straight line.
Any wind or vechile passing starts a wheel battle.

Any suggestions for a fix?

Mike
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Before you start spending money on modifications, I would suggest weighing the coach when loaded fro travel and then adjust tire pressures based on the axle loads. The tire manufacturer should have a chart available that will provide the correct tire pressure for the load. Over or under inflation can lead to handling issues.

Next while loaded, get the front end cehcked at a good truck suspension shop.

If this does not help, next issue will be what modifications to try. Depending on the chassis, you may need stiffer anti-roll bars, track bars, panhard bars or HD shocks.

But fiirst get tire pressure correct and the front end checked.

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My big brautiful Bounder does that, or rather USED to do that. On my rig and also my buddies (not a Bounder) we found that the steering column outtput shaft basically 'floated' around inside the coupling into the steering box. I cross drilled the shaft assembly and ran 10-32 threads and a nice, strong socket cap screw in there, and it lasted a year before re-tightening was needed. Next time it loosens, I shall go thru the hole with the appropriate drill bit and press a 125 roll pin in place of the screw.
( the drill bit needs to be smaller then 125 due to the natural sloppiness of hand drilling.)
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