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Old 04-26-2006, 04:45 PM   #1
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We have an 05 Vectra 36 gd. Nearly everytime we go into a slanted driveway or entrance, the rear end almost drags on the ground. Anyone else have this problem and were able to get it fixed? We have drug our air brake attachment for the toad off leaving out of driveways twice now.
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We have an 05 Vectra 36 gd. Nearly everytime we go into a slanted driveway or entrance, the rear end almost drags on the ground. Anyone else have this problem and were able to get it fixed? We have drug our air brake attachment for the toad off leaving out of driveways twice now.
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Old 04-26-2006, 05:30 PM   #3
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Are you saying that before you have been able to drive in and out of your driveway or others without dragging bottom, but now you can't?

Maybe you should get your ride height checked by a Freightliner dealer. Perhaps a rear air bag not inflating all the way? Do you have the usual & proper clearance between the bottom of the wheel well and the top of the wheel?
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Old 04-26-2006, 05:50 PM   #4
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We have always been low in the rearend. This is not something new.
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:50 AM   #5
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Each coach is different. After you follow John's suggestions and are sure that all components are ok, then some folks have added wheels , skid plates or altered the slope of the home driveway so as not to damage or drag the rear end. Do a search on this topic and you may find some answers..Safe Miles
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Old 04-27-2006, 04:42 AM   #6
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Motorhome5,

Do you have a drop down hitch?

I have a 6" drop down hitch and I have to be careful of slopes becauseofthe drop down.
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Old 04-27-2006, 04:20 PM   #7
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We do have a hitch, but it is not 6" below the rear of the motorhome. We are fulltimers and thus do not drive in and out of our drive-way. We really have to be careful when we enter any entrance to shopping centers, campgrounds, etc. Thanks for all who have responded.
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Old 04-27-2006, 06:06 PM   #8
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Lot's of long-tailed gas rigs have this problem. Cures?? 1 - Avoid steep driveways; 2 - Fill in the deepest part of the "dip" with 2x6 boards or something similar; 3 - Hit the dip at an angle if at all possible (hitting it straight-on is the worst angle.

Some add little "skid wheels" on the tail end, but what happens when you support the weight of the rig on the rear of the coach? ...especially if you raise the drive wheels off the ground!! ...doesn't sound like a good idea, but at least the wheel might help prevent damage.

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Old 04-29-2006, 08:23 AM   #9
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We have an Adventurer which has a higher rear end than most diesels, but which is still too low for the compound angle at the base of our steeply sloped driveway, but just by a fraction.

We had skid wheels attached. They're neat add just a bit of protection. The weight of the coach is never off the drive wheels, as there is quite a bit of play (in our case, over 10 inches) in the rear end. It's just enough to erase concerns. Going from the street to the drive, we're on the skid wheel for about 8 inches (you can see because they leave a scuff mark in the roadway) and the other direction, only one of the skid wheels hits ground, and only about 10 inches. We've taken slo motion film of the entire path, and the rear end is raised only a few inches at any time.

My husband's an engineer and he spent considerable effort measuring the exact compound angle to be sure we'd be able to use this solution to avoid modifying the driveway. BMost of the problem comes from the compound angle created by the road dipping for about 8 feet prior to the driveway joint, and we wouldn't be able to modify that anyway.

We bought from John Bleakley in Georgia, and his entryway is slightly humped. It is very illuminating to note the deep gouges various rigs have left in his drive
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