07-22-2014, 04:02 PM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Originally Posted by ricklillie
Thank you for your comments. We took our first RV (Winnebago 27' Sightseer) to a specialty shop (Pacific Brake & Alignment) in Indio, California. They deal primarily with the big truck rigs. They also service RVs.
Pacific worked wonders with the first RV, so we decided to have them checkout our 2011 Georgetown RV. They trued the steering wheel (i.e., the FORD emblem looks right at you rather than off to 1:30 on the clock), adjusted the steering box which got rid of most of the "play in the wheel" which made steering really responsive and controllable, and aligned the front end, and installed a SafetyPlus steering stabilizer on the front of the coach.
The difference in performance of the coach is amazing. We still get rocked a bit when we hit heavy cross winds. I'm not sure they is a "cure" for this problem. When winds pick up, we slow down and drive defensively.
During the past few days, we drove through mountains with steep 6% down grades. We tried the suggestion of slowing down in advance of the down grade to a slow speed and setting the cruise control. While this worked, the longer the down grade, the more speed would pick up exceeding the speed we had set on the cruise control. When this occurred, we would break lightly and down shift to "3" or "2" gear. This combination of actions helped keep the coach running smoothly and under control.
We're not towing a car on our trip. Rather, we have a rack on the back where we carry a two-seat Honda Elite motor scooter.
So far, we're getting about 8.0 to 8.5 mpg. This is much better than we got with our Winnebago.
The repair costs were not inexpensive, but seemed reasonable for where we live.
->Front-end alignment: $165
->Adjusting the steering box: $65
The most expensive part of the repairs was the SafetyPlus Steering Stabilizer and installation kit.
OTHER REPAIRS THAT WE'VE MADE
We appreciated a comment we received about how to re-glue the ceiling over the driver/shotgun seats. We followed his suggestions. So far, the repair has worked great.
NO SOLUTION TO REPAIR NEEDS THUS FAR
So far, no one has managed to figure out how to make our Dometic refrigerator work properly. It performs OK when we travel through "cooler" parts of the U.S. When traveling through "warmer" (Southwest) areas, it performs terribly. I called Dometic about the problem and they had nothing worthwhile to say or offer.
We're open to suggestions for fixing the refrigerator problem. We've installed two fans (i.e., one at the bottom of vent and one at the top of the vent.
Palm Springs, CA.
Edit: Moved to "Problems with cooling Dometic refrigerator/freezer" thread.
2012 Georgetown 360
SHE wanted "a new