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Old 08-05-2016, 03:59 PM   #1
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Steering -2016 Jayco Redhawk

Hubby and I just purchased a 2016 Jayco RedHawk 26xd with a Ford E450 engine and chassis. This is our very first RV of any kind! Steering seems really loose unlike late model vehicles. Constantly have to move steering wheel to go straight. Is this normal for this type of vehicle or is something wrong? Thanks for any help and advice!

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Old 08-05-2016, 04:49 PM   #2
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Having too little front end +caster will manifest itself as "loose steering" (and wandering) at highway speeds. Ford ships these E series cutaways with the caster set at +3.5 Degrees which is OK for city driving BUT you need to have at least +5.5 degrees of caster for highway driving.

Here is a link to my experience, circa 2010.

E350/E450 Handling Problems are caused by too little + CASTER

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Where would this be adjusted then? The RV dealership or a Ford dealership? Is this Castor adjustment related to alignment?
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:53 PM   #4
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Where would this be adjusted then? The RV dealership or a Ford dealership? Is this Castor adjustment related to alignment?
Setting the caster is part of an alignment. Best to use an independent truck alignment shop for aligning the E series. Definitely not an RV shop and a Ford shop will just want to leave it at 3.5 Degrees.

Adjusting the caster involves changing out the concentric bushings that anchor the top of the upper ball joint and replacing them with adjustable concentrics such as Ingalls 59400s. A good alignment shop will know all about this topic.

By the way, according to the members of the Jayco forum, Jayco will typically cover the costs of this first alignment.
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Just a good alignment shop, one familiar with the need to increase caster on the Ford E series chassis.
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Hi, and welcome!

We had the same issue... The first step was to get the tire pressure right. What worked best for the 26XD was 70 pounds in the front, and 80 pounds in the rear (and we keep 80 pounds in the spare).

If you need an alignment, a truck tire place is the best place to go. Send Jayco the receipt, and they'll reimburse you for the alignment.

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