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Old 02-06-2009, 07:39 AM   #1
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I just got my MH back after having to replace the engine twice due to overheating problems. Problem was solved but I just noticed the MH leaning to the passenger side. The MH was towed 6 times during the problem. 2 of them long distances. I havenít been able to get under it yet for a look see.

My question is what I should look for. What could have been damaged during repairs or during towing to make it lean? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-06-2009, 08:30 AM   #2
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TWO ENGINES!!! How many miles? Wow, what caused the overheating problem.

Not sure what to look for on suspension, but would do a visual to see if springs and other components just don't look right. Perhaps bent, especially at the tow truck hookup points.
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Collapsed air bag or broken spring. My guess would be an air bag.
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Collapsed air bag or broken spring. My guess would be an air bag.
You are on a Ford Chassis forum, where did the air bag come from?
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:57 AM   #5
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TWO ENGINES!!! How many miles? Wow, what caused the overheating problem.

Not sure what to look for on suspension, but would do a visual to see if springs and other components just don't look right. Perhaps bent, especially at the tow truck hookup points.
RoadRohrers here is the link to my odessy
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Thanks for the replies. bdpreece, I don't have airbags so springs seem like the candidate.
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Read it and am amazed at the lack of monitoring of the cat converter. Seems since they have a plug and they have a sensor and they have the computer programmed for other vehicles in the fleet, they would not install a dummy. Wonder how many sensors they could've installed for the price of your two engines and related costs.

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FAKRWEE": Man you have had one heck of a trip. I would almost bet money on a broken spring leaf or maybe entire spring, probably on the rear. May you get a good run soon.
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How much does it lean measured at the wheel wells on each side front and back?
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Thanks for the replies. bdpreece, I don't have airbags so springs seem like the candidate.
Sorry every coach I have ever owned since the 80s has been on a chevy chassis up untill now. Each had ride right air bags. I did a search on 2007 Suncruiser and saw references to air bags so assumed all had them. Guess not.
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How much does it lean measured at the wheel wells on each side front and back?
Hi John. I'm off work this week so I'll be able to take a good look at it. I also have to wait till the rain stops. Yea, it rains in So. Ca.

No problem Brian, thanks for the replies.
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Better make hay while the sun shines, look like rain SAT.
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Well the sun shone today so I went out and made hay. Got underneath the MH for look see and also measured how much of a lean. The lean to the passenger side is around 2Ē. I noticed only 2 problems underneath that can or not be related to the lean.

1-I have 2 antisway bars in the rear, the factory, and an IPD. The factory bar broke the clamp on the passenger side and is unattached to the pumpkin. The IPD is ok. I donít know if this could affect the leaning.

2-I checked the leaf springs and the one in rear on the passenger side is missing the Teflon shimmy that goes at the rear junction where the leaf is attached to and makes contact with first leaf.

These were the only 2 things I found out of the ordinary. All the leaf springs seemed to be in correct place and all bolts tightened. I wonder if between the broken brackets on the antisway bar and the missing shimmy, both on the passenger side, this might be the problem.

Could these 2 problems be the culprit?

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Well the sun shone today so I went out and made hay. Got underneath the MH for look see and also measured how much of a lean. The lean to the passenger side is around 2Ē. I noticed only 2 problems underneath that can or not be related to the lean.

1-I have 2 antisway bars in the rear, the factory, and an IPD. The factory bar broke the clamp on the passenger side and is unattached to the pumpkin. The IPD is ok. I donít know if this could affect the leaning.

2-I checked the leaf springs and the one in rear on the passenger side is missing the Teflon shimmy that goes at the rear junction where the leaf is attached to and makes contact with first leaf.

These were the only 2 things I found out of the ordinary. All the leaf springs seemed to be in correct place and all bolts tightened. I wonder if between the broken brackets on the antisway bar and the missing shimmy, both on the passenger side, this might be the problem.

Could these 2 problems be the culprit?

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Tom,

That is a start and repairing these items may resolve the lean however the forces that broke the bar mount may have bent the springs also.

Aggressive tow truck driver, bad roads or both while being towed probably contributed.
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Another factor might be water and propane tanks. On mine, my fresh water and propane are both on the passenger side and the holding tanks are on the driver side. So when fresh water and propane are full and holding tanks are empty, there is a huge weight differential driver side to passenger side. My height difference is 1 1/2". The AirLift springs do a nice job of leveling and I believe control in windy driving.
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