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I think I need a steering stabilizer?


Phil Saran

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Wife and I picked up the new Class A MH (Thor Hurricane) in Texas on Friday and drove it home

to Colorado. MH has big sway bars front and back but it does wander a bit like my old 2004

Ford 350 4x4 4 door long bed.

 

Would a steering stabilizer help??

 

Open to suggestions and opinions.

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We had a Safe-T-Plus installed on our Monaco Monarch .

 

I use to have to make almost constant corrections . Now , much more comfortable .

 

Definitely worthwhile .

 

One of the features of the Safe-T-Plus is the self centering .

 

 

Safe T Plus reduces the “over-steering” effect caused by side winds, passing semi-trucks, and road ruts.
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The very first thing to do is to get the loaded RV weighed and adjust your tire pressures per the tire manufacturers load/pressure chart. Adjust your load as needed to get the axle loads within manufacturers ratings.

 

The final thing to do is find a good truck suspension/front end shop and have the front end alignment set with the RV loaded for normal travel.

 

Many of gas class A and C RVs have the fresh water tank located behind the rear axle. Traveling with much fresh water will cause the front end to be light and will have a negative effect on the steering. If the water tank was full, try lowering the water level and only carry about 20 gallons or so until you are closer to your destination.

 

Another thing to check is your shock absorbers. I would recommend upgrading to a good heavy duty shock.

 

Check this before you start adding add-on patches and crutches which only mask the real problem rather than cure it.

 

Ken

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With regard to the F53 chassis - at least on the lighter versions, besides better shocks and a "steer safe" type device rear trac bar seems to do the trick for handling issues. It does depend on the wheelbase and motorhome-specific stuff what you need, though.

 

On the 18K F53 chassis I'm going to buy (with Winnebago Vista 27N) I'm anticipating putting on a Steer-Safe or SafTPlus, better shocks and a rear trac bar. I'll do it one at a time, though, as I think they are needed. After getting a "loaded" alignment done and truing the front tires (at least). I can tell you from my big truck experience that truing and alignment makes a huge difference in driver workload. To me, these are all required safety items (as needed). You do NOT want any "marginal handling" situations. IMO.

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We had a Safe-T-Plus installed on our Monaco Monarch .

 

I use to have to make almost constant corrections . Now , much more comfortable .

 

Definitely worthwhile .

 

One of the features of the Safe-T-Plus is the self centering .

 

 

 

Just to clarify :

 

I reset both front and rear sway bars to the stiffer position on our F53 chasis and had a loaded alignment done prior to having the safe-t-plus installed .

We normally carry only about 10 - 15 gallons of fresh water and little or no waste .

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