« on: June 22, 2010, 02:39:29 pm »
We bought a 2010 2551 w/slide in Tempe, AZ early this year. We have had some problems with it since then -- none of them noticed when it was driven around and tested out in Tempe. In fact, it was the very same rig featured in Motor Home magazine in February of this year. Great review but no mention of the issues we encountered. The problems were centered around driveability. For instance, the play in the steering wheel was pretty extraordinary and made even more-so when the southwest winds kicked up or we were on any uneven road surface. Actually, it was a problem on any surface. In fact, it felt like we were driving in jello most of the time and it was tiresome to try to keep the rig straight. Plus, the rig rocked from side to side when someone stepped on the outside step. I took the rig to a well known and respected independent rv repair shop in Albuquerque who drove the rig on local roads and I-25 and showed us how unstable it was. They recommended Koni shocks and beefier sway bars and an alignment. After $2500 worth of work the play is lessened about 75% and the rocking is far less severe. The rig drives much better although the play that is still left in the steering is bothersome. The second issue was found after camping friends following behind us noticed a problem with our suspension. We stopped and measured and were down about 3" on the passenger side without water. I purposely filled the water tank when we took it to the rv repair shop in Albuquerque and we were alarmingly down on one side and way up on the other. The rv shop suggested air bags for close to $900 but I called Kermit and asked for advice. At that point we were spending way too much money to make this rig drive right. He said to tell the shop to take out the spacer block that was on the drivers side between the axel and spring and not do the air bags. The shop took out the spacer block and we are now level with the slide out or in and the fresh water tank full or emptied. I don't quite understand what a five pound spacer block had to do with all of this but Kermit's advice was spot on and saved us some money. Nonetheless, we did not expect to pay $2500 extra to up grade a brand new rig so it would drive straight without physical effort. My advice: ignore Motor Home magazine reviews. Second, if you are anywhere near Albuquerque and need help with your rig call Statkus Engines.