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Old 03-01-2021, 01:11 AM   #1
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Loose or sloppy feel in steering

Drove for the first time on highway and found the steering to be loose to the point that It felt that I was continually moving the steering wheel. Has any one else noticed this sloppy feel? Plan to call my local Tiffin service and ask if the steering can be tightened.
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Old 03-01-2021, 01:13 AM   #2
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What pressure are your front tires set at?
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Old 03-01-2021, 07:05 AM   #3
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That sloppy steering feeling is somewhat common in motorhomes. Since you sound like you are fairly new to driving these things, I would suggest you do the following: Adjust seat so you are comfortable; lock the arm rests down; put your elbows on the arm rests and keep them there. Steer only with your hands/wrists. You will be amazed how much less you will need to make "corrections".
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Old 03-01-2021, 07:11 AM   #4
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Please tell us what you are driving.


Comments on what can cause this in a DP may be considerably different than for a gas chassis which has a different suspension, steering box, etc.
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Old 03-01-2021, 09:28 PM   #5
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I have worked and driven European cars all my life which have rack & pinion steering system. We bought a Tiffin bus and steering felt loose to me. I had Tiffin lift the bus and check front suspension and steering box and to my surprise there was no adjustment on steering box. I adjusted the tire pressure and got used to the steering system. Good luck to you.
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Old 03-01-2021, 09:37 PM   #6
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Yep, it's a learned skill hearding these rigs down the road.

Being a 2021, it shouldn't have any slop in the steering, so maybe you would be happier with a wheel alignment, and setting the castor to +5 or 6 degrees, and 1/8 inch toe in.

It will self-center much better, and be much more relaxing to drive.
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Our 2014 Bus does drive like old 60-70s era cars, a little. (I think all American cars switched to rack & pinion about 40 years ago.) Since I learned on them, I didn't think it was that much of an adjustment. Ours does have Kona shocks, front & back, plus air suspension valves.
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Set by dealer at 100PSI
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Old 03-02-2021, 02:38 AM   #9
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Set by dealer at 100PSI

bet it's too much...


do this, load up like a normal trip, fill up fuel and fresh water, then go to CAT Scale – Network of Certified Truck Scales. to find a location and how to weigh your rig...
then download a manufacturers tire load chart for your tires and see what the minimum weight + 5 lbs will support your load...


good luck !
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There is no reason to get used to it, get the wheel alignment checked by them or out of pocket.

If its off, and they often are, it may help with handling.
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Still no idea what the OP is driving!
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Still no idea what the OP is driving!
His profile pic shows a Tiffin Allegro Open Road.

I agree with JohnBoyToo that the tire pressure is likely higher than it should be, and to be sure the OP should have the coach weighed. It's not expensive.
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Year and model would still be beneficial to all.
The previous owner of mine had added Sumo springs and Koni shocks, upgraded rear sway bar bushings and a steering stabilizer.
I’m going to add positive caster and get it four corner weighed next
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YEP

o8 bus... ours wanders too with Koni shocks and Supersteer installed. Gonna try and add the safetyplus and see if that helps... It's better than it was when we first bought it, but it still seems to wander. However, using the steering wheel as suggested does seem to give me more confidence and less wander. But, I don't drive all that often - only to refresh my skills. DH prefers to do the driving.
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