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Old 04-11-2009, 12:40 AM   #15
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I have noticed that when I am parked on a level area that the bus leans to one side. At the moment I can't remember (old age) which way it is leaning. I have been meaning to get it leveled but I don't see it while I am going down the road so I forget about it. I will definitely check the drive line or have it checked. Boy howdy, nothing is cheap when it comes to fixin' motor homes. I checked at Sam's Club about new Michelin tires and they have to order them but they are about $400 each. I had to buy a couple of Bilstien <sp shocks for the rear as one was broke and they were $100 apiece. I see where Koni's are way higher.
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:45 AM   #16
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If you're coach is leaning to one side when you are parked on level ground, that is indicative of a deflated air-bag. So it could be a bad air-bag, or air-valve and associated lines to that bad. Bet that is you "vibration" problem, and I wouldn't be doing much driving until it's fixed, as you could be damaging the driveline components (bearings, seals, U-joints, etc.)
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:49 AM   #17
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I will be getting a check up this week or next at the local RV shop. If I don't get satisfaction with them I will find a Freightline shop to look at it. I would check it out myself but they don't allow anyone to things like that in Sun City West.

Thanks for all of the information from all of you.
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Old 04-14-2009, 10:07 AM   #18
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Darryl,

The Bilstein's might be cheaper but the Koni's ride is superior...by a long shot. If you get a chance (and the $$) to change all four out, I highly recommend it. They can be had for around $125 ea., sometimes less depending on the deal and circumstances.

Re: the air springs (air bags), leveling valves etc., even if all are well, there is a correct ride height for your chassis that will make a marked improvement in your ride quality and handling. If the ride height has been improperly set or needs adjustment, it would be a good idea to pull the driveshaft and check the condition of the u-joints (internally) for lubrication, scoring or disintegration, as well as the slip spline on the shaft. A DP has a very short driveshaft between the trans. (Allison usually) and the engine and a little change in ride height can translate into a very big difference in ride and handling...plus you wouldn't want to damage that $12K - $15K tranny.

While the service techs are "under there", have them check out your sway bar bushings, brake slack adjusters, rear differential fluid quality/level, wheel bearing oil level, steering linkage and bell crank adjustment and lubrication etc. It might be $$$ but a complete chassis inspection and service will give you a lot of piece of mind going down the road.

Too bad about the Sun City thing as I do all my own maint. and it saves a bundle of the hard to come by $$$.
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Old 04-15-2009, 01:20 PM   #19
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Thanks Quikduk:
I have printed out your replys and will take it along with me when I go to Orangewood RV. I googled Orangewood and one person had given a bad revue so don't know what to expect. I think it had to do with sales but I am not interested in a new motor home right now.
Hope they can figure out the solution to my problem/s.

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Darryl, I would encourage you to take your coach to a Freightliner (Oasis) dealer; not an RV dealership. It would be unusual for them to be experienced in chassis problem diagnosis, and this is a chassis-related issue. Google "Freightliner Oasis Dealers" to find one, or go to Frieghtliner's website, and click on the button for Oasis Dealers.
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I will check that out also. I have a appointment next Tuesday to get the oil and filter changed at Orangewood and I will question them about my problem and see if they understand what I am talking about.
Is a Oasis dealer a part of Freightliner? I will check the on line yellow pages here in the greater Phoenix area.
I was surprised when I was in Sioux City IA there was not a Freightliner shop but Peterbilt knew what to look for when my brake lights stayed on all the time and it was also killing my cruise control. I didn't have a clue but after they fixed it it was so logical I could have kick my own hiney for not seeing it. Oh well.

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"Is a Oasis dealer a part of Freightliner?...."

Yes, the 'Oasis' dealers are the Freightliner dealers who have met the factory's requirements to work on motorhomes. They are supposed to be more "motorhome-knowledgeable and friendly", and have been distinguished from regular Freightliner truck dealers, by the "Oasis" designation.
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