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Old 08-11-2015, 02:36 PM   #11
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That's weird. I had mine aligned before I brought it home. I had the dealer fill the fresh water tank (since it sat square over the rear axle) and have at it.

On numerous times I have taken my rig (on the test drive before purchase and fully loaded en-route to camp) up to 65 w/ my hands off the wheel. So long as there is not a cross wind, she tracks true.

I really love my J-Ride equipped Greyhawk.
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Old 08-11-2015, 02:45 PM   #12
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Generally speaking, no vehicle should be 'unpleasant' to drive. With no cross winds, a truck should track straight.


The chassis should respond immediately to any steering inputs.


'Looseness' in the steering could be caused by too much weight aft. Remember what happens when you tow too much bumper-pull without a WDH?
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Old 08-11-2015, 02:47 PM   #13
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That's weird. I had mine aligned before I brought it home. I had the dealer fill the fresh water tank (since it sat square over the rear axle) and have at it.

On numerous times I have taken my rig (on the test drive before purchase and fully loaded en-route to camp) up to 65 w/ my hands off the wheel. So long as there is not a cross wind, she tracks true.

I really love my J-Ride equipped Greyhawk.
Mine is J-Ride equipped as well. They just didn't call it that in 2012. Mine has driven terribly since day one. It stinks too, because normally, I love to drive. Not the Greyhawk. It really does take the enjoyment out of it. It's a workout.
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Old 08-11-2015, 02:49 PM   #14
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I had mine aligned. They set the caster +5 and change on both sides - forget the exact numbers. After reading Harvard's thread, it makes me wonder how because I never installed the Ingalls sleeves. Improvement was negligible. Still wanders, and blows all over the place. Rarely do I have only one hand on the wheel. My wife refuses to get behind the wheel.

I would be very suspicious that they just fudged the caster numbers on the alignment report.
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Old 08-11-2015, 03:14 PM   #15
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'Looseness' in the steering could be caused by too much weight aft. Remember what happens when you tow too much bumper-pull without a WDH?
On the old TT I would agree... But in the MH there is no extra weight in the ass end... Almost everything, not factory installed, except two duffle bags is forward of the rear axle. I don't travel with any fluids beyond a full tank of gas. And even most of the heavy equipment including the two main slides is situated between the axles.

This "looseness" is almost a failure of the steering to engage, I feel like I am over steering in order to make small adjustments, particularily at speed. Hopefully the next set of alignment adjustments make the difference.
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Griswald you need to find an honest alignment shop that will do a good job getting the caster and camber right. on a ford ttb front end is a lot of work that most mechanics dont want to do it. Their is a saying in the alignment busisness "set the toe and go" which unfortunately is what most mechanics do. Picture caster as the front forks on a bmx bicycle. When the handle bars are in the right position the steering is tight. Now spin the handlebars around so the forks are facing backwards and the steering is wobbley and loose. This is most likely what you are experincing. I hope you can understand what im trying to describe. Try giving jayco a call their customer service is great and they will most likely cover the cost.
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That is a great description of my problem Greyhawk. I put a call into my dealer today, as they still have my rig... Did not hear back. I will be armed with the knowledge you all have shared when I speak with them next. So it is very appreciated. One way or another it will be going back on the rack and properly adjusted.
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Old 08-13-2015, 12:55 PM   #18
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So I went out on a test drive with the dealer today and got the service manager in behind the wheel. He quickly acknowledged that the alignment was still off.

Thay are booking it in to a different shop next week and they will ensure they do therir own test drive before it is returned to me.

Thanks again for all the advise.
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They should have drove the thing the first time .....
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I couldn't agree more... It is a personlity flaw that I am a little too trusting that others are going to do their job properly the first time... My dealer has abused that flaw one time to many, I don't intend to make the mistake again.

Reality is the rig should never have been delievered to me in the state it was in. I wondered about wether or not it should have past a safety inspection. Unfortuneatly Ontario regulations only require a visual inspection of the alignment to pass a safety
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