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Old 10-02-2016, 02:17 PM   #1
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Steering wander

Is it normal to have 2"-3" steering wheel wandering while going down highway at 60mph? I have new steer tires, balance and alignment. Also safety plus steering stabilizer. Our unit is a 2005 Bounder 38n on Freightliner chassis.
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Seems to be abit excessive. There is an adjustment on the steering gear to tighten up the "lash". On the gear itself, look for a small stud/screw with a locking nut on it. Screwing the stud in should take the excessive wander out of the wheel action. Look on "YOUTube" for some information on how to adjust the lash.
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Old 10-02-2016, 05:32 PM   #3
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Or maybe just excessive tire pressure? If the pressure in the steer tires is well above what is needed for safe load carrying, they can feel as if they wander a lot. And they may be - hard tires will tend to track the minute ruts in the pavement,
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Is it normal to have 2"-3" steering wheel wandering while going down highway at 60mph? I have new steer tires, balance and alignment. Also safety plus steering stabilizer. Our unit is a 2005 Bounder 38n on Freightliner chassis.
Steering wheel wandering??? Do you mean excessive steering wheel "play" or is the coach "wandering" on the road and you have to change direction of the steering wheel 2 to 3 inches to correct it?



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Old 10-02-2016, 07:36 PM   #5
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Steering wheel play. I know that the mh will probably not be as steady as my suvs but the steering wheel feels sloppy.
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Old 10-02-2016, 07:43 PM   #6
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Michelin says it takes 30,000 miles for a tire to break in and give good performance. That's from their truck tire brochure. I noticed a degredation of steering precision when I changed tires on the '02 DSDP even with Michelins replacing Michelins.
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do a search here on irv2 for sheppard steering and trw. If you have sheppard steering (may require build sheet or call to the factory to find out) that may be the issue, I have noticed a few threads discussing a swap to the trw unit to improve the steering. owners indicated a major improvement.
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1st question I'd have is how long has it done this, did alignment make any difference?Before just jumping on swapping out parts till it's fixed, the coach should be jacked up, check all steering tie-rod, drag link ends, steering column u-joints, king-pins or ball joints if IFS, control arm bushings etc.... also as noted above, correct tire psi .....but 2 to 3 inches is worn components. Not saying steering box is not cause or issue, but I'd be sure I had no other problems....
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Thanks for the help. I am taking the coach in next week to have the front end checked.
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How much play do you have in the steering wheel when parked with no engine running? If you have 3" of play I would think a visual underneath while rocking the wheel should give you an idea whats up.
"Michelin says it takes 30,000 miles for a tire to break in and give good performance. "
Id think id get issue corrected ASAP!
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Rear tire inflation can also effect steering. Our 2008 Itaska Ellipse (Winnebago Tour) calls for 110 front, and 95 rear. We were running 100 on all tires as recommended by the tire dealer for a 40DP. I didn't like the steering (understeer) and set rear at 95 with front the same at 100. But, based upon a tip from previous post, I also increased water to 1/2 and therefore weight to the front. Amazing difference. Steers great now and ride is very nice. And yes, I did have it weighed and reference the Toyo M177 tire pressure charts.
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