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Old 09-20-2013, 08:57 AM   #1751
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Up on the rim near Sedona az on our first trip in the palazzo 33.3! Everything seems to be working perfect (boondocking)..... Learning lots! This forum is absolutely the best, pulled up the 7% grade with easy... Never below 67 miles an hour... Passing large semi's! The jake brake works wonders down 6% grades! So far I'm very impressed! Wish I understood the tv, DVD, cable, antenna system better(the game was on tonight)? Jacks worked perfect, inverter worked perfect, slide outs perfect, drop down bed awesome, convection (for the lasagna) worked with generator on, now sleeping with the inverter on! Heater just kicked on at 71.....this rv'ing thing just may work! Thanks IRV2... For teaching us so much! I hope Thor watches this forum as many others do! Hoping to do just a few improvement:
#1) led lights, we live in AZ and these lights are to hot.
#2) side shades for front windows....needs something other than the cheap, not very workable acordian blinds( noticed some good recommendations on this forum)
#3) the surge protector...kinda fond of the progressive product!
#4) battery filler/checker for house batteries
#5) now just looking for things!

Truly was impressed with the ride, easy, smooth, confident, plenty of power...wish I could find a fault! Troy and Tammy Reeves in Gilbert, az with three boys!
Super!
Great to hear a "good"report once in awhile.
Headed out this weekend for a week at the beach.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:53 AM   #1752
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Super!
Great to hear a "good"report once in awhile.
Headed out this weekend for a week at the beach.
Tom,

Are you going to Myrtle Beach Travel Park?
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Are you going to Myrtle Beach Travel Park?

No
Going to Onslow Beach on MCB Camp Lejeune.
No openings at MB Travel Park except in the back. Wife wanted to be close to the water.
Can't beat the $12.00 a night at the MCB campground.
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How has everyone enjoyed their drive of the Palazzo's. Anyone else fighting the wheel on a 33.2 and any ideas to correct?
What tire pressures are you running??
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What tire pressures are you running??
90f/95r
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How has everyone enjoyed their drive of the Palazzo's. Anyone else fighting the wheel on a 33.2 and any ideas to correct?
Lots of threads on this issue with the Palazzo.
Bottom line.......... you need to have the coach weighed with travel weight. Toe-in checked. Set tire pressure by recommended chart.
Had ours done. Took all the steering problems out.
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The Palazzo was pulled in with full weight and aligned accordingly. There was still a lot of shimmy in the wheel. I have heard of a steer safe to help stabilize the front end but this Palazzo had 500lb weights installed in the front to help the ride. I'm thinking that Thor either got a bum Chassis from freightliner or they tweaked it at the factory when installing the coach on frame during the vacuum bonding stage. I had a 33.2 that the radiator mount wasn't flush with the chassis either and we had to go back and forth from freightliner to dealership. Talk about inconvenient but the Palazzo has been great since Freightliner straightened it out.
Welcome to the Palazzo family! What year is your 33.2?

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The Palazzo was pulled in with full weight and aligned accordingly. There was still a lot of shimmy in the wheel.
You have had an alignment and still have a problem. Balancing the tires is another possible solution. I have heard of cases where tires are out of round and they have to be shaved. I would say that the tires are the next thing to check. You should have no vibration. I don't and everything is stock.
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First off welcome to the Palazzo family!


I have the same suggestion as Tom Copeland, get it weighted (4 corner) with ALL your normal travel stuff, >1/2 tank of fuel, 1/2 tank of fresh water and empty, near empty holding tanks. Make sure you and your co-pilot are in your seats. Once weighted adjust your tire pressure accordingly. If your dealer said they had it alighted I would ask to see the alignment sheet. No proof then I would assume that it was not aligned.

I installed a steering stabilizer but it was for control in the event of a tire blow out when my DW was driving not to correct any wondering or normal driving control issues. I could steer my coach with one hand/finger prior to installing the stabilizer. It does give a more positive feel to the steering wheel.
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at CW Woodstock GA. Very Pretty Coach!

Front drivers seat


Center strip is a rather dark brown...

Both slides were fully extended....deals just don't care


not the first jack down....that is the DEF tank on the right in the picture. It is on the driver's side of the coach.

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How has everyone enjoyed their drive of the Palazzo's. Anyone else fighting the wheel on a 33.2 and any ideas to correct?
We just had our 36.1 weighed on all four corners at Freightliner in Gaffney. Our unit was loaded with full fuel tank, 3/4 DEF and 1/3 tank water. They told us to bring it in with full tanks. The total weight was 24K. What was strange is that even empty, right out of the dealership, we had a noticeable lean towards the rear passenger side.

After having it weighed, we now know that there is a difference of almost 700 lbs between the left and right rear sides. Unfortunately, we are not heavily loaded on the right. We travel pretty light, a few folding chairs, light weight ladder, mop, broom, etc. In my unit, we have a small bedroom slide and the refrigerator on the passenger side. I would think think the full wall slide with the washer and dryer on the driver's side would trump that.

We were told to load the driver side compartments to offset the weight. Only problem with that is that there ARE no compartments on the rear driver's side that we could load. That is where the DEF tank and wet bay are located.

We're not really sure what to do now. Even when parked, you can see it from the front end, and definitely from the rear. Freightliner said the tanks are most likely located on the right, but I can't be sure. Even so, our black and gray tanks were empty when weighed and we only had 1/3 tank of fresh water.

Any else experience this?
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We just had our 36.1 weighed on all four corners at Freightliner in Gaffney. Our unit was loaded with full fuel tank, 3/4 DEF and 1/3 tank water. They told us to bring it in with full tanks. The total weight was 24K. What was strange is that even empty, right out of the dealership, we had a noticeable lean towards the rear passenger side.

After having it weighed, we now know that there is a difference of almost 700 lbs between the left and right rear sides. Unfortunately, we are not heavily loaded on the right. We travel pretty light, a few folding chairs, light weight ladder, mop, broom, etc. In my unit, we have a small bedroom slide and the refrigerator on the passenger side. I would think think the full wall slide with the washer and dryer on the driver's side would trump that.

We were told to load the driver side compartments to offset the weight. Only problem with that is that there ARE no compartments on the rear driver's side that we could load. That is where the DEF tank and wet bay are located.

We're not really sure what to do now. Even when parked, you can see it from the front end, and definitely from the rear. Freightliner said the tanks are most likely located on the right, but I can't be sure. Even so, our black and gray tanks were empty when weighed and we only had 1/3 tank of fresh water.

Any else experience this?
Have you had the ride height checked? It is adjustable. Ours was off to the left. We also had an air line leak on an air bag (coach would drop down over night) that was fixed in Gaffney. All of which can make the coach lean.
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The Palazzo was pulled in with full weight and aligned accordingly. There was still a lot of shimmy in the wheel. I have heard of a steer safe to help stabilize the front end but this Palazzo had 500lb weights installed in the front to help the ride. I'm thinking that Thor either got a bum Chassis from freightliner or they tweaked it at the factory when installing the coach on frame during the vacuum bonding stage. I had a 33.2 that the radiator mount wasn't flush with the chassis either and we had to go back and forth from freightliner to dealership. Talk about inconvenient but the Palazzo has been great since Freightliner straightened it out.
Who installed the 500 lb weights? With that what is the result of a 4 corner weighing? Sounds a bit strange to me.
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My brother did a test drive of a Palazzo out in CA and thought it was horrible, which is contrary to the vast majority of owner reports. It was so bad he wondered if a wheel, not just the tire,but the wheel was bent.
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