At Alignment Center and Alaska Car & Truck, RVs are one of our specialties, and it’s easy to see why. Alaska’s a popular destination for vacationers and adventurers, and RVs are a great way to see our part of the world.
Unfortunately, nobody likes fighting the steering wheel of an RV when it constantly tries to pull to one side or the other. And while an RV is built on a medium truck chassis, the principles of wheel alignment are the same as with your car. The vehicle is engineered with the wheels set at very specific angles for the best handling, road manners, steering response and ride quality…and when any of the wheels deviate from those angles, you have alignment problems.
Just like with your car, alignment problems with your RV will usually show up as:
Persistent pull to one side while driving on straight pavement
Handling that feels heavy or clumsy
Poor “returnability,” meaning the wheel doesn’t center itself readily after rounding a corner
Poor wheel alignment on your RV means more than just an annoying pull to one side. It means that one wheel is trying to constantly steer the vehicle to the right or left, and is being dragged down the highway by the other wheels. That adds up to heightened rolling resistance and friction, which hurts fuel economy, and tread along the outside or inside edge of the tire that’s being scrubbed off due to that friction.
Remember, this type of tread wear is not covered under tire warranties!
Just like with a car, RV wheel alignments are done on an alignment rack; the rack allows the technician to make precise measurements of the alignment angles and then compare them to factory specs. The steering components allow for precise adjustments to bring alignment back into spec again.
If you think alignment isn’t that big a deal, consider this…if your wheel alignment was only 1/8” out of spec and you were to take your hands off the wheel for a mile, your vehicle would end up 28 feet off of a straight line at the end of that mile!
Don’t just put up with poor wheel alignment and the premature tire wear and poor fuel economy that go with it. Make an appointment with us at Alignment Center and Alaska Car & Truck and let us get your RV driving like it’s supposed to again.