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Old 05-31-2016, 07:31 PM   #201
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Just did 6 hours round trip w/ my springs adjusted. I am quite pleased w/ the results. Well worth the effort.
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:49 AM   #202
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Dealer refused to fix

So just came from my dealer. I had gone there armed with info from this forum and photos of my springs set at 4". I have had the rig for 1 year and had 2 alignments done (At Jayco's expense). The front end still feels loose and I often have to over steer just to keep it in the lane.

The springs seem like a logical next step with the alignments having not fixed the driving issues. The dealer claims they called Jayco, who told them that the springs are properly adjusted! The dealer did not do the work!

Guess I am left with trying to do it myself. I am about done with my dealer. Once the warranty is up I hope to never have to go back to them again.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:10 AM   #203
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Griswald, did you have the caster checked? We too had this fixed at time of alignment (this Spring) and feel this was a contributing factor to our over-steering issues. Wind/trucks still can be somewhat problematic, but on straight highway driving at speed (on a decent road), virtually no over-steering now.

http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/ind...?topic=40337.0

Since Jayco said they would foot the bill, we went to a local truck garage that has all the heavy duty equipment for alignments and alike. They advertise RV alignments of all sizes (class A, B & Cs). Did the alignment, caster adj, and Hellwig adjustment. Even adjusted front headlights as needed.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:51 AM   #204
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Call to Jayco

Perhaps before I do the work my first call should be to Jayco... I know others have mentioned a specific contact for the Motorhome division... Does anyone have the phone or email for them?
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Old 06-04-2016, 04:04 PM   #205
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If you have a good local mechanic I would do this. Call Jaycos main number and tell them you have a motorhome warranty issue and they will transfer you where you need to go. Then i would explain your issue with the dealer and ask if you can bring it to a local garage and be reimbursed. Pay the garage then submit the bill to Jayco and cut out the dealer completly.
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Old 06-05-2016, 06:07 PM   #206
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I just returned from a 500 mile trip and found I lost my Cadillac ride . Way to firm for me. I've readjusted them to 3 1/2. See what it rides like next week
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Old 07-01-2016, 12:51 AM   #207
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Prior to adjusting my Hellwig springs on my 2016 Redhawk 26XD to the Hellwig factory recommended two inches my front axle weighed in at 2682, rear 8929 lbs. after completing the adjustment front axle weighed exactly the same, 2682 rear 8907 lbs. (the 22 lb. discrepancy on rear axle would have been from fuel burned driving back and forth to scales). This exercise was to prove my hypotheses voiced by others on a previous thread. There is no weight transfer!
On a lighter note. The improvement in ride and handling both in city and freeway driving was felt immediately, the ride was more solid with less lean or sway on cornering and appeared to have tighter steering. A treat to drive. I expected a slightly harsher drive on rough roads but did not notice any appreciable difference.
Another positive, the rear bumper was raised by 1 inch (every little bit counts). Front end down by ”.
I would like to thank all who contributed to this thread, your input gave me the confidence to complete this mod myself. Thanks to Jopopsy’s procedure post total time to complete, a little over two hours. The hardest part was getting this 78 year old body up off the ground when finished. Now on to my own oil change.
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Old 07-02-2016, 08:33 AM   #208
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brandysdad, thanks for the update. Since there is no rear-to-front weight transfer I can try the adjustment on our 31FK. Good news too about the extra 1" of clearance in the rear. At least if we drag the hitch or a Bigfoot leveler again, they won't hit as hard next time.
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Old 07-02-2016, 02:12 PM   #209
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Yesterday I brought home a 2017 grayhawk, how much will all this apply to the new ones?

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Old 07-02-2016, 04:40 PM   #210
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This is determined by you and/or your dealer on what the differences are from the previous years. If the same as previous years and there are Hellwig springs spaced at more than 2" then you will find this thread helpful. You should hope it is the same as previous years... other than a few complaints this is a very good MH and you will really enjoy owning it as I have. Congratulations and enjoy.
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