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Old 01-20-2017, 02:50 PM   #1
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Front End Alignment on Chevy

We picked up our Forester 2861DS on a Chevy chassis on Tuesday, January 17th from RV Wholesalers. I will post a separate thread on that but all in all it was a great experience. Very helpful and nice folks.

My question is regarding a front end alignment for the Chevy 4500 chassis. The motor home had 600 miles on it when we picked it up and we drove it 700 miles home. We have found that the vehicle pulls to the right and the steering wheel is offset to the left. We have found a shop to do a front end alignment. I have done a search and have found suggested front end alignment specs posted here for Ford units, but not Chevy. Can anyone help me find what specs I should provide to the mechanic for the alignment?

Josh? Do you have any information for the Chevy units?

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Old 01-20-2017, 07:35 PM   #2
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Any alignment shop worth it's weight in salt that has a good quality alignment machine, will not need any info from an outside source. Today's computerized alignment machines have all the correct and/or updated specs already in them. So, as long as the machine has been kept properly maintained and updated, the machine will tell the technician which way to adjust.
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Old 01-21-2017, 08:26 AM   #3
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X2 for sure. Perhaps the need for info = heed the need ( find another alignment center; even if you have to drive a distance to get it done RIGHT).
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Old 01-23-2017, 09:34 AM   #4
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I agree with the above posts.

I'll find the specs and post them back to this thread.


*Per our warranty department "We recommend they be set to factory specs" for alignment.
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Old 01-23-2017, 10:03 AM   #5
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Use a shop that SPECIALIZES in RV's and trucks.
They know how to put a "motorhome" alignment under it.
That usually incs more caster than is recommended for a straight steer on offset and undulating roads.
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Old 01-23-2017, 03:52 PM   #6
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As a longtime mechanic, now retired, I can say that factory specs are a good balance between handling and tire wear. MANY techs will blow a vehicle out the door if the specs are "in the green" so says the machine, when in reality there will be tire wear and handling issues. I used to be the guy in our shop who fixed those alignments. If you find a great tech who really knows what those alignment angles are and what they do, you better keep him. Not many techs these days have been properly schooled in that, and many other systems on your vehicle. It's also possible your pull is created by a tire. My .02.
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Thank you all for your input.

Joshua, I would appreciate you posting the specs.

Springerdad, thank you for the additional information on the tire possibility. We noticed the pull while we were still in Ohio, which is where we picked up the unit. We had to take it to a tire shop to get the valve extenders replaced on the duals and spoke to the tech there about the pull. He did swap the two front tires but it made no difference in the handling of the unit on our 600 mile trip back to central New York, on various road surfaces.
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Kayleys Mom, our warranty department recommends factory specs for alignment.
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Kayleys Mom, our warranty department recommends factory specs for alignment.
Joshua, thank you for your reply.

Just to confirm, by "factory" you mean Chevy specs?
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Yes.
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