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Old 02-08-2010, 01:42 PM   #1
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Sate-T-Steer stabilizer

I have never felt the need to install a Safe-T-Steer stabilizer on my coach which historically was designed to handle like Ron Doyle’s BMW. Convince me.

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Old 02-08-2010, 02:55 PM   #2
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I drive in Baja, where roads are narrow, like reallly narrow. I'm always pretty sure we can get a reasonable thickness of feeler gauge between my mirror and the truck's heading the other way (or even more fun, passing a truck from behind). That combined w/the not-always-even pavement presents some challenging driving. And then there is the asphalt build-up, leaving a steep 4-8" drop off at the edge of the paving (great fun if you wander a bit too far right and hook a tire, which I've done 3 or 4 times, requiring a fast and adamant adjustment to the steering to pop the tire back on the road, then a reverse adjustment to prevent over correcting into the opposite lane mere inches away).

I was told steering correction hardware tends to "right" the steering wheel easier, but also requires you to pull harder to maintain a turn (i.e. its trying to return the wheel to center all the time). I don't want to hook a tire, then fight the coach's weight and the steering gizmo springs at the same time my pulse is accelerating 65 to 165 in a split second. While it might be a nice addition for the sleep-while-you-drive kind of freeway loping along we mostly experience, I like the feel of the drive for those times when control is all about handling the wheel just right. Although it would probably become second nature after a bit, I still don't want any extra fight for control when I need to engage all my concentration.

For those planning a few blow-outs, these may be a good addition.

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Old 02-08-2010, 08:46 PM   #3
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I installed a Safe-T-Plus steering stabilizer at Redlands Truck and RV last year because I was worried about the pull from a front tire blowout like you had, if my wife was driving the coach with her rheumatoid arthritis issues. I also was worried about the steering gear box bracket, which I subsequently fixed at Carrier and Sons. So far I've been lucky on both of these issues and haven't needed the steering stabilizer for those reasons.

However, shortly after I installed the steering stabilizer at Redlands last year we drove to Georgetown, Texas, 1300 from Palm Springs miles in 3 days, as we have done at least 3 times previously in the coach. I was amazed at how much less tired I felt every day. Since then, I've noticed it every day I have to drive 400+ miles. Its just less tiring to drive; I think because the steering wheel corrections are just fewer, not as hard, and the coach tends to wander less. I didn't expect the reduction in driving fatigue. It does as EMike says; tends to take a little more pressure to turn at speed on the freeway. I have also hooked an asphalt drop off a couple times, and it definitely doesn't pull as hard. I also believe it doesn't jerk to the side as much when I get passed by a truck in a strong crosswind.

So for me the hidden benefit was a reduction in driving fatigue along with the feeling of more control over the coach, especially when it's jerked sideways for any reason; a front tire blowout potentially one of them.
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We installed the "Safe-T-Plus Steering Control" shortly after the "bride" got bounced to right by a semi, combined with a strong wind. We are absolutly delighted with it. What as major difference in handling? I would not be without it now. Downside is a bit of extra noise from our power steering pump but had it checked by Freightliner and they did not see a problem. They install the same system regularly on OTR trucks.
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