Work on handling, ride, brakes, suspension, tires, steering.
My husband and I are brand new Safari Trek owners. We have a 1998 24 ft diesel, with a cockatoo on the back. We bought the rig in Norfolk, NJ and made our way across the country to the Lake Superior region of WI. What a trip. We had fuses popping often, a ride that was fraught with yawl, a big, are there little, blow out, and plenty of time to think about what could go wrong next.
Even prior to our journey I had read online, I think it was IRV2, or a trek site about a couple's truly positive experience with a company called Precision Frame and Alignment in Elk River, MN. The article became our mantra as we traveled 1400 miles home through what can only be described as some fun, and a lot of terror!
We parked the rig for the winter as we are both still working this year, and made an appointment with Dick Lorntson, owner of the above mentioned shop. After driving 225 miles in a strong crosswind, ye gads, we arrived, and gladly turned over the Trek to the master.
Dick is a first rate mechanic, a gentleman, very patient and above all, honest. He was adamant that we understand the steps he would take to get our little Trek up to the level of handling and performance we so badly needed.
He explained how we could throw every mechanical cure he had at it and when in fact we may only need part of the possibilities.
First he weighed each corner, and adjusted the tire pressure to suit the weight . We were at 110 psi all around and came down to 80 front and 70 rear, that was the first eye opener. There were many more to come!
1. We had a steer safe and didn?t know it, because it wasn?t working due to a missing part.
2. We had no coil in the spring coils left, they were face on face.
3. Our front stabilizer rubber mounts were absolutely shot.
4. Our brake fluid looked like really dark beer. He saved our brakes by bleeding and replacing the fluid.
5. We had never had an alignment, now we do.
6. We have a turbo diesel!! Didn?t know that!
7. Dick Lorntson was so educational about RVing in general, driving a rig, the different clubs he is affiliated with, the list goes on and on. Priceless knowledge.
8. We had a 2 day job, and Dick rolled out our rig and set us up with 30 amp in his parking lot, and let us use his VW for lunch!
9. During the day my husband and I layed about near the big entry doors on a beautiful lawn shaded by flowering trees. It was really a most pleasant experience.
10. I only hope he passes his skills with RVs and with the owners on to the next generation!
The Trek drives like a different rig now. It handles really well, and doesn?t feel like the tail is wagging the dog. The steer safe is a nice feature, and the ride is so quiet and much less jarring, 110 psi down to 70psi.
The front end is now our fast friend and we now have a very nice ride, a safe vehicle, and much more confidence behind the wheel.
Thank you Mr. Dick Lorntson, you are a gent.