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Old 05-26-2017, 02:26 PM   #1
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Alignment - If it ain't broke don't fix it

I had my RV into Josams in Orlando. They have a nationwide reputation and I am in the process of moving out of Central FL and thought "what the heck I'll get my 14 Anthem aligned before leave the area". My Entegra has always handled well but I thought maybe it could handle better. I had the rear end and front aligned. Josams is widely known for knowledge about aligning RVs to handle like RVs vs a dump truck. They put my RV on their laser alignment rack and every adjustment was within .1 degrees. In other words it didn't need the alignment. Well I feel better about how the tires will wear. About $550 spent when I should've spent it on fuel. Morale of the story: Not every Entegra you hear about has handling problems. Matter of fact I think they are fewer than you might think.

One thing they did you might consider is rotating the front end tires. (Swapped). I guess it helps promote even tire wear.
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I had my RV into Josams in Orlando. They have a nationwide reputation and I am in the process of moving out of Central FL and thought "what the heck I'll get my 14 Anthem aligned before leave the area". My Entegra has always handled well but I thought maybe it could handle better. I had the rear end and front aligned. Josams is widely known for knowledge about aligning RVs to handle like RVs vs a dump truck. They put my RV on their laser alignment rack and every adjustment was within .1 degrees. In other words it didn't need the alignment. Well I feel better about how the tires will wear. About $550 spent when I should've spent it on fuel. Morale of the story: Not every Entegra you hear about has handling problems. Matter of fact I think they are fewer than you might think.

One thing they did you might consider is rotating the front end tires. (Swapped). I guess it helps promote even tire wear.
Thanks for sharing and ditto on Josams, just a great outfit!
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I have a 2016 Cornerstone and had it to Two different shops under warranty to fix the steering wheel off center and a drifting to he right and one was the selling dealer and was told both times all is well, and was told all steering wheels on Entegras are off center. I called Barry at Josam about having my ball joint recall done, he said he would do the recall and is authorized by Spartan to do the recall. When I got there, I told him about my steering and he said that after the recall he would check the problem out and let me know. After a alignment it steers like never before and go's down the highway straight and easy to drive no more fighting to drive the easy, and the steering wheel is finely straight. This shop is the best to have a nice easy driving Coach. P.S also fixed a vibration problem both of the other shop said it was ok also.
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Dave, where are you moving to? Your not going to leave our heat and humidity are you?
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I had my RV into Josams in Orlando. They have a nationwide reputation and I am in the process of moving out of Central FL and thought "what the heck I'll get my 14 Anthem aligned before leave the area". My Entegra has always handled well but I thought maybe it could handle better. I had the rear end and front aligned. Josams is widely known for knowledge about aligning RVs to handle like RVs vs a dump truck. They put my RV on their laser alignment rack and every adjustment was within .1 degrees. In other words it didn't need the alignment. Well I feel better about how the tires will wear. About $550 spent when I should've spent it on fuel. Morale of the story: Not every Entegra you hear about has handling problems. Matter of fact I think they are fewer than you might think.



One thing they did you might consider is rotating the front end tires. (Swapped). I guess it helps promote even tire wear.


Couldn't agree more.. my anthem has driven straight as a arrow from day one...
and yes I also was told to rotate the front steers regularly to help the wear..

Ya I got the first version Konis and they were worse than the stock bilsteins imo ... about 500 bucks with the install... then did the new version and thank heavens that fixed it ..so we all make mistakes sometimes trying to make good even better...
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Oh. And straightening the steering wheel is easy.... they take it off and rotate it straight... ( assuming your alignment is correct) they did mine at middlebury....
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Dave:

There is a fine line between informing others of problems and getting solutions, and "sensitizing" a lot of owners who are not having troubles with something that maybe they should be spending money to have something checked. Your situation is an interesting one to me. There have been a couple of themes that repeat on iRV2 that I think that fall into that trap, and I appreciate you reminding us of that fine line.

If something is working well on your coach, you should probably feel lucky and happy that you are not having problems reported by other owners on here. And sit back and enjoy your coach. Sorry you spent the money, but for it, you also got some piece of mind.

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Oh. And straightening the steering wheel is easy.... they take it off and rotate it straight... ( assuming your alignment is correct) they did mine at middlebury....
I think the sterring wheel centering is a DIY project as long as you have the tools (1 1/4 socket and sterring wheel puller)
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