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Old 05-15-2014, 06:18 PM   #1
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Tru Track Bar

We are looking at putting a type of tru track on our 2005 Gulf Stream class C an wondering which one most people are using?
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Old 05-15-2014, 07:22 PM   #2
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I just installed the Blue Ox Tiger Trac Bar for my Jayco Melbourne 31 foot Ford E450 and drove from VA to Key West and back. It reduced the road tail wag considerably so that I could drive 1 handed except when semi passed. The jury is still out on how much the semi wag was reduced. It is reduced, some you would never know it was a semi passing you, then there is the occasional one that moves you over toward shoulder of road. I was not as tired from fighting the wheel or as tense in most traffic on I95. I do tow a Chevy HHR for your info.The biggest improvement came from having the coach front end aligned and ingall inserts added for tow and camber improvement. Second thing I did was to weigh each axle at a Cat scale, moved some heavy things out of the rear storage behind rear wheels to inside front of coach under dinette and then used that weight for correct tire pressure for each axle. Have Michelins and used their website for weight and inflation. Next year I will replace shocks with heavy duty Bilsteins. Hope this helps, if any questions, I will be glad to answer.
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:12 PM   #3
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I also just had a Blue Ox Tiger Track installed on our 31ft C. Leaving Sat. For a short trip but will be driving on expressway. I'll report any improvement after the trip.
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Old 05-16-2014, 01:51 PM   #4
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Track Bar

Thank for the information.
Blue Ox is my first choice.
Balance an alignment is next on the list with HD shocks to follow.
Finding a shop large enough to handle the vehicle an do quality work is looking like a challenge.

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Regarding the E350/450 front end alignments. It is the +caster you want (at least +5.0 degrees) to achieve if you have Ingall bushings installed.
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Just returned from our short trip to a state park here in Florida - first trip with the Blue Ox Tiger Trac installed on our new C. Here's my evaluation:

When we left on Saturday we were driving in very strong cross winds - 20 mph gusting to 30 mph. Of douse now suspension addition can eliminate the fact that I was driving a "billboard mounted on wheels" down the road in a crosswind. But I did notice an improvement when passed by trucks. Still felt some movement, but could control more easily and "one hand" on the wheel was possible. Of course my most recent comparison was to driving the 43' ft, tag axle, 38,000 lb diesel that we owned previously. Nothing moved it much.

Returning today gave me a much better chance to evaluate - no strong cross winds. I still feel the pressure of a truck, but no "wagging" from the rear. The entire unit moves a little, but easy to control.

Overall I think it is a plus. Next steps for me are weighing the rig now that we have it loaded as we will normally use it; alignment; and possibly air bags, though I'm not sure. I'll use Harvard's recommendation on alignment specifics when I have that work done.
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Old 05-20-2014, 03:40 PM   #7
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I have an appointment next Tuesday for alignment an balance on all wheels. This will be before installing the Blue Ox Tiger Track. The Tiger Track is on the way to me as I type.
Also noticed the front 2" sway bar was not completely tightened down, took care of that.
Been a busy week completing the oil an filter change on the DuraMax along with a new oil pressure switch on the side of the block, an not forgetting oil, air an fuel filters for the generator. Plus new oil. Also found cracks in the gen drive belt. At this time no luck in locating replacement, but still looking.
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Good to hear you are moving foreward and getting everything shipshape. Don't forget to weigh your coach after trac bar at a Cat Scale and then use that to check for correct tire pressure. Then happy trails to you!
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Old 05-22-2014, 04:58 PM   #9
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The track bar should be here this afternoon. Having problems with three tires holding air for more than a week an a half. Hope the front end/tire shop will be able to correct the problem while they are aligning the front end and balancing the tires.
Got one heck of a deal on the Blue Ox Tiger Track through Value RV Parts. $502.79 an free shipping.... I am running 95 lb in all tires (what is listed on sidewall) on our 2005 Gulf Stream Endura 34'. Not sure exactly how much air to run? Any assistance would be greatly appropriated... Jim................
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It looks like you've found a shop, but if you're not happy with them try
Massey's Wheel Alignment in Selma, NC. We had our class C aligned there, they should be able to handle your Endura. They did a great job, found and replaced a couple of ball joints that caused some wander issues.
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We got the motorhome back to the house after alignment, moving front tires (not rims) to the rear, replace four valve stems an balance the front tires. Track bar installed next week. We are getting closer.

Another story....Honda dealer says Blue Ox baseplate is blocking AC from working correctly..................
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I installed a Henderson rear track bar. I did the work my self and the product was build solid and fit perfect. I had one question and I called them on the phone and they guided me on point.


There is good people working at Henderson.
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