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Hello all,

Does anyone know who can do a  front end alignment on my 2004 Monaco 40DST? I am in Birmingham and every shop I spoke with said their computer machine does not have the spec's.

 

Thanks,

Steve.

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The only easy adjustment is “toe in” on a solid front axle. On car tires I jack the tire up and mark a line on the tread as I spin the tire so I can measure the distance between… front and back. You want 1/8” in.

On truck tires, I find a raised rib or edge on the side of the tire near the tread and measure those distances. I like 3/16 toe in on that big of a tire. Two people can check this in 3 minutes.

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See if there is a josamusa near enough to get to. They handle the big chassis like rvs. My rig is there now for air system work but I have had them do alignment and chassis integrity check - the shake test! 

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The specs for my coach are in my manual.

When I bought our coach in 2008 the front tires had a bad wear pattern and a there was a vibration in the front end.  First thing I did was have new tires installed and then an alignment.  I called Buddy Gregg in Knoxville and asked them about an alignment and they gave me the name of the shop they uses, which was in Knoxville.  I took it there and they checked and confirmed a problem. Not sure if they had specs or just based in on the make/model of the axle.  They actually had to bend the front axle, I watched from the lounge they had.  Not sure exactly how much they had to do but after the the rig drove straight and true.  I put +50K miles on that set of tires and the tread still looked like new when I replace. 

Call a large RV dealer near you and ask for a recommendation. 

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sounds like there is limited adjustment potential.  Why the alignment?  Hit something?  Is it pulling to one side?  Steering wheel off center?

If none of the above, a simple eyeball with a tape measure and string by someone experienced should confirm that all is likely good.

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I need to have my drag link and steering shaft replaced because of knocking in steering column when going over bumps. The shop has diagnosed the problem. They do not have the spec's for allignment.

Thanks....

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Hi Steven,

As someone mentioned, check the chassis section of your manual as I found the specs for mine there. I called the local Cummins Coach Care facility who gave me a referral to a shop they send their customers to for alignments. I lucked out and got a good shop but at a minimum I would expect them to have the resources to take care of your problem. 

Coach Care

2200 Old Pinson Highway
Birmingham, ALABAMA 35217
205 841-0421

 

Jerry

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Steven,

The only place east of the Mississippi river that I would and do use is Josams Frame and Alignment in Orlando, FL., 407-438-7020, ask for Barry.

They have done the alignment on my coaches and replaced the drag link on the 2004 Endeavor that I had. Took about a week to get the drag link.

Bill B 07 Dynasty

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