We recently purchased a 1997 V-10 Triple E Motorhome on a Ford E-Super Duty Chassis. (GVWR 14,050) It only has 35k km on it. We purchased it from a fella who had owned it about a year, he bought from original owner. Before he got it, it had been sitting for over 5 years.
I have noticed that the brake pedal seems very hard compared to what I'm used to with our GMC Dualie 1 ton, and that when the engine is off, the pedal will click and sort of catch when you depress and release.
Also the steering feels odd, it's like it goes hard/soft. Not pulling or anything and not difficult to steer, just you can feel the wheel tighten and loosen as you drive (kind of like driving on bias ply tires, if anyone remembers back that far, hehe) The steering also doesn't return to center as it should (scared the crap out of me when I drove the first time) My husband says he doesn't notice this, but his everyday runner is an older Chevy 4x4 that I refuse to drive because it's all over the road, hehe) Maybe this feels good to him because he's used to his "buckwagon" as I call it.
I understand that this unit has the hydro-boost brake system, is it possible that there could be an issue with the PS pump that would effect both steering and brakes?
Also, with such low milage, one would think that everything would be in perfect order, could steering parts (ball joints and such) dry out and bind up causing the steering issue of not returning to center? Or issues with hydroboost or PS pump? My husband wants to dismiss these things becasue the unit has such low milage, but I wonder about it sitting for so many years...
Any input would be very helpful