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Old 11-01-2006, 08:22 PM   #1
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We recently purchased a 2007 Fleetwood Terra LX (31 ft, Workhorse chassis (8.1 w/ Allison trans). On the freeway, the steering wanders quite a bit, especially if there are any ruts or uneven roadway...
The tire pressure is set per factory recommendations. Several others in our camping group w/ the same chassis seem to experience this as well.
This is our third motorhome and/or trailer, and we've never experienced this "wandering" before. Does anyone know of a remedy to this problem, and/or have the same problem w/ this motorhome?
Thanks.
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Old 11-01-2006, 08:22 PM   #2
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We recently purchased a 2007 Fleetwood Terra LX (31 ft, Workhorse chassis (8.1 w/ Allison trans). On the freeway, the steering wanders quite a bit, especially if there are any ruts or uneven roadway...
The tire pressure is set per factory recommendations. Several others in our camping group w/ the same chassis seem to experience this as well.
This is our third motorhome and/or trailer, and we've never experienced this "wandering" before. Does anyone know of a remedy to this problem, and/or have the same problem w/ this motorhome?
Thanks.
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Old 11-02-2006, 12:29 AM   #3
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gregg454, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. Congratulations on the new Fleetwood Terra. You can do a search for this topic by clicking on the find button and then unchecking the box and click search. If all of the suspension and streeing components are correct an aftermarket steering stabalizer might help. Once you get this correted, I am sure you will enjoy both it and the forum. You will find we are a group of fun loving RVers that like to help each other where we can. Any questions you have, just ask. Good luck and stay safe.
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Old 11-02-2006, 05:35 AM   #4
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Did you have your front end alignment checked after you loaded the motorhome??
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Old 11-02-2006, 06:24 AM   #5
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This is a common problem that arises from changes in chassis geometry as a result of adding the coach body and whatever you gear you put on board.

(1) Check and adjust the alignment with the motorhome loaded, per Tom's suggestion.

(2) Forget the "factory recommendations" for tire pressure - they are a one-size-fits-all variety. Get the coach weighed, at least front and rear axles, if not each individual wheel, and set the tire pressure per the tire manufacturer's load/inflation tables. If you use the axle weights, divide by two and round up by 100 lbs or so to allow for variatios from side to side.

(3) If the above two items do not make it handle satisfactorily, add a Tru-Trac bar from Roadmaster to the front end OR a Supersteer track bar from Henderson to the rear end. Either one of those will surely correct the problem.
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Old 11-02-2006, 08:28 AM   #6
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gregg454,

Which Workhorse chassis is your Terra on, the W series or the P series?
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Old 11-02-2006, 05:45 PM   #7
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Welcome gregg454. I just installed Steer Safe and took in on a 350 mile test ride, works GREAT now I can enjoy the ride .
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I put the Steer Safe on both my Ford as well as my Workhorse and it made a difference on both. It is realatively east to install by yourself. s/Toby
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Old 11-02-2006, 07:05 PM   #9
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bluewind:
gregg454,

Which Workhorse chassis is your Terra on, the W series or the P series? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hi...
It's the W. Thanks for any suggestions you can give me...
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Old 11-02-2006, 07:09 PM   #10
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I haven't heard a lot of good things about the Steer Safe...
It does work, though?

Thanks to all for your suggestions.

As far as load weight, there really isn't that much at this point. I'm thinking I need a stabilizer, but am not sure which one would be best.
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Gregg, since you have a brand new coach that's still under warranty, I'd start with the dealer and then Fleetwood/Workhorse if the dealer can't correct it.
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I've tried the Safe-T-Plus (similar to Steer Safe) and Trac Bars and found the track bars to be a far superior solution to handling problems on both Ford and Workhorse chassis.

The steer-safe and Safe-T-Plus try to correct the steering wheel position (the symptom) while the track bars try to correct the underlying wheel tracking problem. Both are easy enough to install yourself and the price is similar. That makes the track bars (Davis/Roadmaster tru-Trac or Henderson Supersteer) a hands done winner in my book.

But your mileage may vary...
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Hi Gregg and welcome to iRV2. I had the same problem as you are experiencing. If you go to the Spartan Chassis forum, you'll find my "Chassis Drives Like A Hunting Dog" thread. While the chassis is not a Workhorse, the adjustments are similar. It will provide what I've been through and what I did to correct the problem. Making Workhouse make the chassis the best it can be is a good suggestion from BIGRED1. After that consider looking at the variety of steering stablizers on the market and have one added to your coach.
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Ccommander 11 here. Nnew to the forum but not rv'ing. Ii am personal friends with one of the biggest rv dealers her in Ontario and he says ""the safety plus" is the best stabillizer and works like a charm.He took me on a test drive before and after and both him and i agree no motorhome should be without it. Mine cost me about $1000.00 canadian installed . Good luck
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