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Old 08-17-2007, 03:04 AM   #1
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Looking at a 1997 Adventurer with 49k as a First MH. On the test drive there is a slight vibration that you can notice on the dash and also in the shift lever. Not enough to make a noise but noticeable. Dealer says its "normal" Iam not so sure but as its my first no idea of what normal is in a MH. Tires are all less then two years. Thoughts?
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Looking at a 1997 Adventurer with 49k as a First MH. On the test drive there is a slight vibration that you can notice on the dash and also in the shift lever. Not enough to make a noise but noticeable. Dealer says its "normal" Iam not so sure but as its my first no idea of what normal is in a MH. Tires are all less then two years. Thoughts?
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Could be tires out of balance (among other things like worn stabilizer, alignment, etc.). My advice is to have dealer rebalance front tires and then agree to pay for front end alignment once you've got the coach loaded "wet".
Keep in mind that motorhomes do not drive like cars or pickup trucks. They are big boxes on big truck chassies. You'll sense vibrations, noises, swaying, etcetera in a coach. To help with your perception of the problem, you might try riding in a friend's MH, or maybe taking a friend with you when drive this Adventurer again...
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I would also go with tires as the likely problem. If they are balanced and it still vibrates next would be the drive shaft/u joints. Hold the brake, shift from drive to reverse several times. Have someone outside listen for a clunk, look at the u joints for zerks and evidence they have been greased.
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If it has been sitting for a while there may be flat spots on the tires till they warm up.
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Ditto on the advice regarding tires....flat spots can be the problem, but then you have to consider balancing, alignment and then into the drive line...bearings/seals, etc. Don't let the dealer convince you it's normal to have a vibration...
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