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Old 09-09-2011, 08:21 PM   #15
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Okay...we finally have some answers! My husband took it to some suspension shops yesterday and it seems like the van needs some "front end work". So, we took it in today and had new upper and lower ball joints and a new control arm installed. We also talked about air bags and they said the front anti sway bar was okay but that it could use a back one. At this point, it is now safe to drive and I will be hauling a friend and our 2 horses to Santa Fe tomorrow for some camping and a competition on Sunday. I did notice an improvement when I drove the van swayed a lot less. I guess the tires were NOT the problem as I originally thought. We will look at upgrading some of the other things but at least I know it is now safe and roadworthy. Thanks for all your help and I'll keep you posted...Trisha

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Old 09-10-2011, 09:11 AM   #16
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Be sure, too, that all your heavy things are in your bottom cabinets/storage areas.

Also, distributed as evenly as you can front-to-back and side-to-side.

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Old 09-10-2011, 01:25 PM   #17
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Yes, I try not to put heavy things in the top cabinets. The alignment guys said that the van is very heavy in the back b/c all the tanks are back there. There's not much you can do about that unless you fill your fresh water at your destination. I'm off to Santa Fe (from Albuquerque) and will let you know how things went when I get back...Thanks! Trisha
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:56 PM   #18
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Uh, check the max weight rating on those tires (should be embossed in the side). The rear axle has about 6,000 lbs sitting on it, so the tires need to be able to support that. The stock tires handle about 3,000 lbs at 80 psi - I don't know what the new ones have. I'm guessing they have enough capacity or you would've shredded one by now, though.

Definitely sounds like you have the steering issues resolved (or will soon). They're a top heavy vehicle, so it's going to feel a bit sloppy compared to a car, but at the same time it shouldn't be too much.
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Old 09-11-2011, 06:54 PM   #19
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Has anyone heard of Timbrens? One shop recommended them. I drove the van to Santa Fe pulling a 2 horse trailer (full) and the van did much better so the work they have done so far has made an improvement....Trisha

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