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Old 01-21-2015, 09:25 PM   #31
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I found it by having the discussion with Forest River that my RV needed alignment. My RV dealer found the Ford dealer for me. Forest River will refer you to a garage that will perform the alignment. While it is being aligned have the service tech move the torsion bars.

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Northside Trucks and Equipment
6221 Northeast Columbia Boulevard
Portland, OR 97218
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:48 PM   #32
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Bigben - how did you find a Ford dealer capable of servicing your MH? We have been looking, but even our RV dealer hasn't been much help.

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I would look around for a Ford Dealer that takes care of big Ford trucks.
I have a local Ford truck sales and maintenance dealer that does take care of me. I mean dump trucks size and bigger maintenance.
Front end alignment, oil changes, Brake Power Flush, Radiator flush as well as replace me AC compressor when it failed.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:51 PM   #33
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Bigben - how did you find a Ford dealer capable of servicing your MH? We have been looking, but even our RV dealer hasn't been much help.

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Have you called your local Ford dealer and asked who is the closest dealer that can take care of Ford F-53 chassis motorhomes?

Here you go. They do Big trucks and also service motorhomes on their webpage.

Northside Ford - Truck Headquarters
6221 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR 97218

503.282.7777

Hours:
Mon - Fri:7:00am - Midnight
Saturday:8:00am - 4:30pm
Sunday:Closed
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:43 PM   #34
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Thanks Iggy and Bigben! It's not that close, but at least it's local. The dealer hasn't been that helpful. There might be another one a bit south that is closer to where we store it, but at least I know of one now!

This forum is great!
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Old 01-22-2015, 10:31 AM   #35
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I took delivery of my new 2015 Georgetown 350XL a couple months ago and since it is my first RV I had spent a few weeks driving it local. Last weekend my wife and I took our kids for a small road trip to Red Rock Canyon State Park in Oklahoma and driving west on I40 I got beat up with the crosswinds. It was definitely a wild ride, luckily coming back was smooth.

I was thinking of adding the Blue Ox true center for steering, the tiger trak for the sway as well has checking with my Ford dealer about doing to cheap handling fix and an alignment on my chassis as you guys suggest. I have had great help on these FR message boards and wanted your advice/suggestions before I pull the trigger.

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P.S. Our first big family trip will be to San Antonio and Austin, TX in March so I would like to get the handling stuff resolved before we go. We all love the motorhome and we are just beginning the start of many travel adventures. Next Christmas we will be taking 2 weeks and going from Oklahoma to the Key West via New Orleans, Orlando, etc.
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:21 PM   #36
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For my 360XL, alignment, CHF, and rear track bar. Need to weight it and adjust the air pressure to specs, mine dropped to 85psi from 100psi. Then it was fine. Also after 2000 mi the tires must wear in a bit because it has gotten better.
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Old 01-23-2015, 07:39 AM   #37
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Christian, you can definitely add the Blue Ox. Lots of good feedback. But - first I'd add the CHF and make sure I had correct tire pressure. My tire chart in my 351 called for 92 PSI. When I picked my new RV up it had 80 psi. Not sure how long you've been RVing but I'd also advise 3 things (listed in order of importance IMO):

1. Progressive Industries HW50C 50 Amp Hardwired Electrical Management System (we stalled the built in model). Without this your electronics are subject to unconditioned power). Look around you find this for under $300.

2. On board air compressor. If you've ever chased around to find a compressor with a worn out nozzle you'll gladly spend $100-$125 for this. This is not a convenience item, one of the most important systems in your RV is where the rubber meets the road - take care of it.

3. Along with the air compressor a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Read the stories of RVers that have had blow outs. While the TPMS won't prevent tire issues it will tell you about them - before they are blowouts as a rule.




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Bigben -
Which air compressor did you end up getting? I'm trying to find one that is compact and goes over 100 psi, would love your experience!

Have the EMS and bought the TPMS (to be installed once we get the tire stems extended....)

Always something to work on I think!!!

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Old 01-26-2015, 07:17 PM   #39
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I was able to snag a 150psi pancake compressor at harbor freight when it was on sale for $99 less a $25 coupon. Yes it may have been built in China, but works great. Has 6 gal capacity and does the job fine. I need 105# in my GT378.
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Old 01-26-2015, 07:50 PM   #40
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First trip with our new 378xl

I purchased a craftsman on Amazon for 108.00 including freight. It is not a pancake design and sit upright. The footprint is 12 inches x 7 inches
Very compact and easy to store
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