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Worth the Weight

The weight of a motorhome, or perhaps more importantly, how it is distributed, is something a lot of RVers don’t think about. We know that motorhomes are large and heavy, and drive much differently from the passenger cars and trucks we’re more accustomed to.  But there’s more to consider. Virtually no two motorhomes built on the same chassis have the same weight distribution, and may be loaded differently. We see a lot of side to side discrepancies due to slide outs, washer/driers, generator placement, and other factors. I can recall many times weight ratios have been off. When we first got started at Henderson’s Line-Up, I remember working on a GM P32 chassis that drove great and the customer was happy. The next day, we worked on the same chassis for a well and pump service company, and it didn’t turn out so well. We wondered, why? Two of the exact same chassis, yet each had different results. We hate unmet expectations! And that’s when we rea ... read more

Do I need an inspection?

Do I need an inspection?

At Henderson’s Line-Up, inspections are a big part of what we do every day. Unlike passenger cars, which are fairly easy to have inspected, (or even to inspect yourself if you’re so inclined) trucks, trailers and motorhomes are large and heavy, and have a number of different suspension/brake and steering systems depending on the make/model. In addition, RVs tend to cover a lot of miles—and owners aren’t often inclined to perform regular inspection/maintenance while they’re enjoying life on the road. Below are some pictures of owner’s trucks and trailers from a recent Heartland RV rally. You’ll likely be surprised as they were at how close some of these rigs came to serious damage, even disaster while on the road. If it’s been a while since your rig has had a once-over, now is the time to book an appointment at Henderson’s Line-Up as the busy travel season comes to a close. Inspection is FREE at RV events and rallies, and at our shop ... read more

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Safety

Motorhome or trailer?

Motorhome or trailer?

  It’s a question that faces many RVers at one time or another: Truck and fifth wheel or motorhome and dinghy vehicle? Each has its advantages and liabilities, which we’ll explore in detail here. The first and most important question is, how do you travel? If you like to keep moving, spending only a night or two at each location, a motorhome/dinghy is probably the best solution.  Generally speaking, motorhomes have a larger, more comfortable cockpit than pick-up trucks, and usually ride more comfortably, too (Class A motorhomes in particular). This is an important consideration if you plan to do more touring than camping/park living. Motorhomes are also better for traveling families, as the kids are not confined to the back seat of the truck and can watch TV, snack and use the bathroom conveniently while on the road.  Once at your chosen destination, you can pull into your site, deploy the leveling jacks/slides (if equipped), hookup and you’re pretty ... read more

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Miscellaneous

SS701 Rear Trac Bar for 3500 Sprinter

SS701 Rear Trac Bar for 3500 Sprinter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Mike Demith Marketing Manager 541-955-0769 [email protected]om SUPERSTEER RELEASES NEW TRAC BAR FOR SPRINTER CHASSIS The Mercedes Benz Sprinter is one of the most popular and versatile commercial vehicles on the market today, and is widely used in the RV industry for everything from Class B van conversions to luxury Class C models and beyond. SuperSteer, a division of Henderson’s Line-Up, recently introduced a new Trac Bar for the Sprinter chassis (part #SS701) that dramatically reduces sway and improves steering control by positively centering the rear axle. The bar bolts on easily in about 90 minutes with no drilling or welding required, and comes with all necessary hardware and instructions. MSRP is $583 plus shipping. For more information on this and other SuperSteer suspension products, contact SuperSteer at 888-898-3281 or visit www.supersteerparts.com ... read more

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Newmar RECALL Steering Gear Mounting Bracket may Crack

Report Receipt Date: DEC 09, 2015  NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V829000  Component(s): STEERING  Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,920 All Products Associated with this Recall MakeModelYears Newmar Dutch Star 1997-2005 Newmar Essex 2004 Newmar Kountry Aire 1997-1998 Newmar London Aire 1998-1999 Newmar Mountain Aire 1997-2005   Manufacturer: Newmar Corporation   SUMMARY: Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 1997-2005 Dutch Star and Mountain Aire, 1998-1999 London Aire, 2004 Essex and 1997-1998 Kountry Aire motorhom ... read more

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Safety

JUST ONE MORE REASON TO HAVE A SAFE-T-PLUS

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Safety

Bellcrank Advisory Circular

Bellcrank Advisory Circular

Download PDF HERE Date:4/20/2015 RE:SS100 SERVICE DOCUMENTPURPOSE. This advisory circular recommends checking the bell crank assembly on all Freightliner Chassis equipped motor homes that have exceeded 10,000 miles. Freightliner/Magnum chassis affected are XC and XCS chassis with a I beam front axle. Chassis that should be inspected were produced from the year 1993 to 2012 with a 2 piece drag link. The bell crank affected has a 3 bolt mounting pattern MAKE/MODELS/YEAR AFFECTED. RV/CHASSIS/MAKECOACH/CHASSIS/MODELYEAR/NOTESAirstream Land Yacht All   Sky Deck All       Alpha Leisure See Ya 2002-2008       Coachman Cross Country 2008-2012/3 bolt only   Pathfinder 2008-2012/3 bolt only   Sport Coach ... read more

Operation Christmas Child - It's SHOEBOX TIME Again!

Operation Christmas Child - It's SHOEBOX TIME Again!

Since 1999, Robert & Barbara Henderson have volunteered their time and resources to help Operation Christmas Child share God’s love in a tangible way with gift-filled shoeboxes for needy children around the world. Their first year they worked with local churches and businesses to collect around 350 shoeboxes, filled with gifts of love, packed by families and sent off with prayers that each box would end up in the right hands. Last year, they managed to get 1,800 shoeboxes collected despite the fact that there are more collection centers now, which means more choices for people to drop off their boxes. This year the goal is 2,000 shoeboxes. Will you consider being involved? Just last week we received this email from a nine-year-old girl in Southern Oregon. She writes… Hi Everyone! I’m very happy with how this year has gone! Only one more month and I stop collecting! Can you believe it? I have ... read more

You Know You're Doing Something Right When...

You Know You're Doing Something Right When...

We know how challenging it can be to drive your RV thousands of miles in wind, weather and road conditions that range from pleasant to horrific - even on the same day! Recently we heard from one of our customers who was having difficulty keeping the coach on the road. It swayed a lot (sound familiar?) and wandered incessantly! We installed our SuperSteer trac bar, a custom sway bar built by Roadmaster to our specifications, a set of SUMO Springs and Safe-T-Plus steering control. Here’s what our customer had to say… I do business with a lot of people and companies. It is pretty rare that I am as happy as I was with what I got from you. I do want to tell you just how much at home we were made to feel by Don and all of your guys. We got into town late in the evening, and were concerned that just “setting up house” outside your shop might look a little funny, but we settled in and enjoyed a good evening’s rest. The next morning, Don got us in and got the work under wa ... read more

How to Get Better Fuel Efficiency Without Spending More Money

How to Get Better Fuel Efficiency Without Spending More Money

In our last blog, we discussed how to improve gas mileage by improving airflow as it mixes with your fuel. This effect is accomplished through the “Ultra Power Performance Tuning” we offer that can increase mileage by 1 – 3 mpg, and some customers claim even more. Today, I want to share a few things that are easily overlooked but can also improve mileage and they won’t cost you any money. Air pressure in your tires: Under inflated tires increase friction and slow you down but according to the Energy Department, properly inflated tires can increase fuel efficiency by 3%. That may not seem like much but if you figure on $4 / gallon for gas, that’s like saving 12 cents per gallon every time you fill up. That’s better than a kick in the rear with a frozen boot in February! Change your oil regularly: Oil is for lubrication. The reason we change it is because it gets dirty. The dirt causes friction and thus wears on your engine and causes fatigue. Keep you ... read more

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Miscellaneous
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