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Old 07-28-2015, 06:35 PM   #1
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2015 Ford E-450 driveability

Just got home from another shakedown trip. Question I have for all the Ford chassis Foresters and Sunseekers is, are they all loose in the front end when driving down the highway? We had a 1997 Minnie Winne, E-350 and this new Forester is as loose as our old unit. Just seems like way to much play in the steering to be comfortable. I have seen from other post the Chevy chassis is much better but I am hoping there is something we can do to make the Ford be more responsive. Thx for any input on this matter.
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:07 PM   #2
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Tough it out for about 2500 miles. Then go have it aligned with it loaded for travel including water. Pump up air bags to 70 psi also. Made a world of difference to my 3050s! It was covered under warranty as well, good thing because an alignment would have cost $200!
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:21 PM   #3
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Tough it out for about 2500 miles. Then go have it aligned with it loaded for travel including water. Pump up air bags to 70 psi also. Made a world of difference to my 3050s! It was covered under warranty as well, good thing because an alignment would have cost $200!
Did you go to a Ford dealership or the dealership you bought your motorhome from? Does an alignment help with the slop in the steering also?
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Did not know front end alignments were cover under warranty?
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Old 07-29-2015, 04:50 AM   #5
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Did you go to a Ford dealership or the dealership you bought your motorhome from? Does an alignment help with the slop in the steering also?
I went to an alignment shop that specializes in large trucks. I had my dealer authorize the work prior to going. Since I had the complaint right from the start they paid for it.
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Old 07-29-2015, 06:10 AM   #6
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I have less than an inch of play in my steering wheel on my e450. You should have less than 2 inches of play. I doubt there is any parts wear but take a look at the steering box and check to make sure it's tight to the frame. A loose box could cause issues. An incorrect caster setting can also cause excessive play in the steering wheel. My bet is a caster change will fix you up. I would get that alignment and see what changes.
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I got the alignment specs from Forest River (search this website too) and went to a truck specialty with the alignment data. Huge difference in drivability with 70 to 75 PSI in the air bags...as mentioned earlier, give your rig at least 2500 miles to settle in before having an alignment done.


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Here is the link that was posted by Brian Clemens that Ourflat is referring to. Although it states that is requires adjustable cam bushings to be purchased, many have not required them. YMMV

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Old 07-29-2015, 12:06 PM   #9
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I, too, thought that there was too much play in the front end when I only had about 800 miles on my Class C. I took it in to an independent truck alignment shop, and they told me that the front end was not out of alignment (they did suggest new sway bars, but that's another story). In any event, I have taken several more longer trips, and after about 2500 miles the front end has settled down considerably and I am happy with the ride. As others have suggested, pumping up the rear air bags (65 psi for me) also helped.
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Old 07-29-2015, 12:41 PM   #10
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Here is the link that was posted by Brian Clemens that Ourflat is referring to. Although it states that is requires adjustable cam bushings to be purchased, many have not required them. YMMV

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Thx for all the replies fellow RV'ers. Deaver, went to the link and printed it. Will take our unit in sometime soon and try those settings and get back with a report afterwards.
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