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Old 10-17-2016, 09:42 AM   #1
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I have recently purchased a 2005 Seneca 34SS on a Chevy C5500 chassis. When going down the road, the unit seems to want to wander. Is this the nature of the beast or do I have a front end issue?

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Depends on a number of factors. Tell us more about your unit. How long have you had it? How many miles? Is this something that has been going on since you bought it, or just began? Has it been in the shop lately? Do you tend to hit curbs with the front wheels when parking along a street? Does it have the rear air suspension assist? Are the tires all properly inflated? To what pressures? Are all tires matched? Stock suspension, or mods? Shocks from factory? Loaded fairly evenly all around?
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Old 10-17-2016, 09:47 AM   #3
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I have recently purchased a 2005 Seneca 34SS on a Chevy C5500 chassis. When going down the road, the unit seems to want to wander. Is this the nature of the beast or do I have a front end issue?

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You gots front-end or wind resistance issues.

All motor vehicles should track generally straight. Letting go of the steering wheel should result in the wheel centering and the vehicle following a reasonably straight course. Anything else, get it checked out NOW!
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Yeah, crosswinds do affect what feels like "tracking". All other things being correct, this will always be something of an issue while essentially driving a vehicle with the aerodynamics of a grand piano down the highway. I experienced that just yesterday.

One additional factor to consider.
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It is something that should be checked out, can be simple as air pressure or bad bushings, to worn or loose suspension. The Kodak should prvive a stable ride.
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Some units built on the kodiak chassis have less than a desirable weight ratio behind the axle. I suspected this in my previous Four Winds Chateau 34G, having the same wheelbase as the shorter models it was obvious my extra length was all aft of the rear axle. There is an optimum center of gravity ratio when extending the frame and where the weight is placed on the frame. A concept not always engineered properly by the RV manufacturers.
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Some units built on the kodiak chassis have less than a desirable weight ratio behind the axle. I suspected this in my previous Four Winds Chateau 34G, having the same wheelbase as the shorter models it was obvious my extra length was all aft of the rear axle. There is an optimum center of gravity ratio when extending the frame and where the weight is placed on the frame. A concept not always engineered properly by the RV manufacturers.
Understood. But if this is true, they would all handle like this. They really don't. It's actually a very stable platform. There is something wrong with his particular unit, or the way it's loaded. Likely something minor.
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I have recently purchased a 2005 Seneca 34SS on a Chevy C5500 chassis. When going down the road, the unit seems to want to wander. Is this the nature of the beast or do I have a front end issue?

thanks for any advice.
Ensure the front tire pressure is at least 85 psi.
Get a front end alignment.
Add a rear trac bar.
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Depends on a number of factors. Tell us more about your unit. How long have you had it? How many miles? Is this something that has been going on since you bought it, or just began? Has it been in the shop lately? Do you tend to hit curbs with the front wheels when parking along a street? Does it have the rear air suspension assist? Are the tires all properly inflated? To what pressures? Are all tires matched? Stock suspension, or mods? Shocks from factory? Loaded fairly evenly all around?
Just bought unit so I am not sure of answers to many of your questions. It has 40,000 miles. no rear air suspension assist. Tires are properly inflated. Unit was not loaded at all.

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If it's not loaded, the weight distribution won't be that far off. So, that's not likely an issue. Are the front tires wearing evenly?
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