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Old 10-29-2022, 10:34 PM   #1
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Roadmaster RR10 Chassis Damage Due to Improper Lifting of Chassis

While replacing my airbags, and replacing the front tires, a local truck/rv shop cracked my windshield. Good news, they will be replacing my windshield. Bad news, they were improperly lifting the coach. They lifted the rear of the coach using a tow truck, using the rear frame members and hitch assembly. During the rear lift, the weight of the coach was on the new set of Michelin Coach X tires. I don't know what pressure the tires we set at, however they were squatting excessively under the load.
Could this have damaged the new tires?

They also used a tow truck to lift the front, not sure where they lifted, they said two lift points were used and they lifted evenly. I will find out more on Monday. My understanding is these coaches should always be lifted by the axles.

I'm concerned about additional damage from their work. I'm planning on inspecting the coach on Monday. My initial primary focus will be the tile (full ceramic tile coach) and the slides. I'll be looking at anything else I can see with my untrained eye. I'm concerned about the slides, this coach has three large hydraulic slides, any feedback on how to check their operation safely without causing any additional damage? Thinking I'll park the coach on a very level spot and slowly move each slide in and out, checking operation on the inside and outside during the process. Should I remove all the inside trim so I can observe the slide mechanical movement? The slides were not moved while in the shop.

Any suggestions on other specific issues or problems to look for?

I'm thinking I need to get a roadmaster chassis expert to inspect the coach to see if any additional damage was done.

Recommendations on a qualified Roadmaster Chassis shop or expert to consult with? I'm in the midwest, Kansas City area.

Thanks!
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Old 10-30-2022, 08:53 AM   #2
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You probably will not find a roadmaster expert. But any GOOD Truck chassis shop can inspect the frame. They will put it on a rack and do some measuring. Perhaps with lazers. They should also inspect the h frame at the rear. What year and model is your coach. Early models of that chassis have a problem with welds and cracking of that H frame. I do not know the exact years but early 08 and older may have that problem.
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Old 10-30-2022, 11:44 AM   #3
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You probably will not find a roadmaster expert. But any GOOD Truck chassis shop can inspect the frame. They will put it on a rack and do some measuring. Perhaps with lazers. They should also inspect the h frame at the rear. What year and model is your coach. Early models of that chassis have a problem with welds and cracking of that H frame. I do not know the exact years but early 08 and older may have that problem.
Thanks for the feedback.

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I doubt you have the chassis with those H frame problems. Being an 09 it was either at the end of the old Monaco or assembled with those parts by Navistar. When I read your post I could not believe that a truck shop did not have proper jacks.Many of the independent shops have wheel lifts or a hoist or a pit.
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Old 11-26-2022, 11:13 PM   #5
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I canít believe a shop did that. I would be worried about the frame bending or weld points cracking. I have 2002 HR scepter with those H-frames on front and back axles. No troubles with welds but the manual clearly says not to allow tow service to lift anywhere but the front axels, and strictly for towing only not suspended for working on.

There was a freight liner shop in the west bottoms in KC that had all the equipment for suspension and wheel alignments on over the road trucks. I recommend taking it to them to inspect the frame and suspension. Especially the front axels, mine is rated for 15k on front. The thought that the entire weight of the coach was leveraged on the front axels makes me suspicious of crushed wheel bearings and bent supports.
Hereís the link to the shop:
Premier Truck Group of Kansas City Collision Center
(913) 342-4269
https://maps.app.goo.gl/QEVK45SgxQg2ZEK8A?g_st=ic

I would really like to know what place did this, I donít want those guys working on mine.
Also, curious what you find out about the inspection.
Good luck!
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