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Last year, my wife and two friends took a trip out west in our Monaco Diplomat DP. The Power Steering Head went out in Utah.

She found a truck repair shop that could order a rebuilt unit and install it. She rented a car for the week.

When she finally got home, she said the Coach drove fine, but the steering wheel was now off center a lot. More of an annoyance than anything.

But last Sunday I decided to fix it. I read up on it, and came to the conclusion that the shop that replaced the head should have adjusted the Drag Link. Heck, I could do that.

I took the Coach to my shop, (I own a Machine Shop), and removed the big drag link ball joint from the Pitman Arm. I loosened the clamp that locks the ball joint thread, and tried to screw it in. It would not budge.

I removed the other ball joint from the driver's side steering arm, and removed the whole drag link so I could secure it in a large vice. Even after applying heat and liquid wrench, it still would not turn. I figure the threads was galled.

This is why the shop in Utah did not adjust the length of link.

Rather than just putting it back together, I decided to fix it by making the drag link adjustable in place.

I took a piece of 4140 steel bar stock, cut it about 7 1/2 inches long, and threaded one end for 1 1/4 12 TPI right hand, and the other end for 1 1/4 12 TPI left hand thread. I also had to make two jam nuts.

I then cut a 4 inch section out of the drag link at a appropriate spot. I drilled and tapped each end with the same 1 1/4 12 TPI, one left hand, one right.

I then assembled the drag link with the "turnbuckle" in place, and remounted the link from the pitman arm to the steering arm. I shortened it about what I thought it needed.

Did a test drive, I had to adjust it a tad more, and now the steering wheel is dead straight when going down the freeway.

I would post a picture of the fix, but I see there is no provision, such as a "manage attachments", for doing such.

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By the way. I am 72 years old, and getting to old to be climbing around under a motor home. But my wife is happy.

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Posted: 08/21/19 01:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very ingenious fix! Sounds like something I might have done when I was 72. [emoticon]


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zigzagrv wrote:

Very ingenious fix! Sounds like something I might have done when I was 72. [emoticon]


I would love to post a picture, any idea how to on this site?

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Posted: 08/21/19 02:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Use this app provided by member 1492. Upload the photo, copy the link and paste it into your post.





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My old IPad does not contain the 11 update, so the App won't load. I have a new IPad at home, it might.

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On a RV you will never have a issue. But a truck, that found on a roadside safety check the vehicle would be impounded, not allowed to move until replaced.

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JRscooby wrote:

On a RV you will never have a issue. But a truck, that found on a roadside safety check the vehicle would be impounded, not allowed to move until replaced.


I would never do this for anyone else. I consider it a viable, and completely safe fix, but for my use only.

My primary hobby is Benchrest Shooting. I shoot NBRSA Competition, both Score and Group. Since I own a machine shop, I am able to build my own Rifles that I use in Matches.

While I get inquiries all of the time, I cannot build Rifles for other shooters, including my friends.

Far too much liability.

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Guess you should have searched a little more as all that’s necessary to center is to remove the steering wheel shaft from the U joint at the base of the steering column (inside the MH)...takes all of 6-8 minutes. It’s a 10mm bolt holding the shaft in.


This post is my opinion (free advice). It is not intended to influence anyone's judgment nor do I advocate anyone do what I propose.

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jackie wrote:



I would never do this for anyone else. I consider it a viable, and completely safe fix, but for my use only.


I agree, it is likely safe. Viable, not sure. The problem was installed at the same time as a part. Most of my life, that was a indication of a mistake in the installation, or less likely, the part.
Are you sure you did not change the toe-in?

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“ Are you sure you did not change the toe-in?”
Changing the length of the drag link does not change the toe in...it moves the left tire. You change the length of the tie rod (ties the two tires together) to adjust the toe in.

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