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Old 06-16-2016, 12:42 PM   #1
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Replacing Safe T Plus Steering Stabilizer-Suggestions

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I've got a '94 Southwind on an Oshkosh chassis with leaf springs on all corners, no air bags. It has an old(no idea) Blue Safe T Plus on it that I believe is shot.

We've just started a 9+ month trip around the country including Fairbanks and would like to replace it soon. I can either install another Safe T Plus or get a Roadmaster or ???

Does anyone have any input on a direction to go on this?

Thank you
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What makes you think the safe t plus is shot?
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Old 06-16-2016, 04:07 PM   #3
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I believe it to be shot because I spend most of the time correcting my course, very small back and forths but she does wander a bit. I've got brand new Michellens on all four already. The rig only has 30k miles but is coming up on 22yrs of age.
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I believe it to be shot because I spend most of the time correcting my course, very small back and forths but she does wander a bit. I've got brand new Michellens on all four already. The rig only has 30k miles but is coming up on 22yrs of age.
Probably one of the last things I'd blame would be the Safe-T-Plus. While it may not be totally up to snuff it is only an additional part in the steering system.
Your unit is 22 years old. The springs have settled a bit, the rubber bushings in the spring hangers have deteriorated a bit and without a doubt the alignment has suffered somewhat due to this. You may also have a tiny bit of play in the suspension system or the steering system components such as draglink and tie rod ends.
You may be overloaded or your load might be distributed unevenly. I'm sure you packed heavily for a 9 month excursion. Maybe a trip across the scales would reveal some useful data.
I would schedule an appointment with a reputable alignment shop and have the unit gone over with a fine tooth comb before throwing parts at it which may not correct the handling problem.
You are driving a saltine cracker box with no aerodynamic qualities whatsoever. It won't handle like a Ferrari.
Has this MH handled better on previous drives? What kind of load are you used to driving with?
I understand I'm jumping around a bit but I'm just trying to get the thought processes started.
Get the basics out of the way then proceed.
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Old 06-17-2016, 12:17 AM   #5
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Understood. New shocks, new tires, added a trac bar and overhauled leaf springs up front. It does not pull to one side, it just wanders a bit here and there I've weighed the rig and we're within loading. Tires have been inflated according to axle loading. It drives ok but, there is room for improvement.
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Did you get a front wheel alignment? I just replaced all my tires and am noticing a little different handling myself. My Saf-T-Plus is only 1 year old. Am scheduling an alignment soon.
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You are in CA. Take a long week-end and drive to Grant's Pass, OR and let Henderson's RV alignment fix your steering problem. They are very knowledgeable Safe-T-Plus dealers and can really tun up our steering and alignment.
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You are in CA. Take a long week-end and drive to Grant's Pass, OR and let Henderson's RV alignment fix your steering problem. They are very knowledgeable Safe-T-Plus dealers and can really tun up our steering and alignment.
I'm actually in Sparks, NV headed to Fairbanks so that's an excellent idea, we'll plan a stop there. Thanks!
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Hello all,

I've got a '94 Southwind on an Oshkosh chassis with leaf springs on all corners, no air bags. It has an old(no idea) Blue Safe T Plus on it that I believe is shot.

We've just started a 9+ month trip around the country including Fairbanks and would like to replace it soon. I can either install another Safe T Plus or get a Roadmaster or ???

Does anyone have any input on a direction to go on this?

Thank you
Just FYI - Depending on when your Safe-T Plus was manufactured, it may have a lifetime warranty (see link below);

http://www.safe-t-plus.com/media/stp...-warranty5.pdf

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