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Old 07-07-2014, 12:41 PM   #1
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Steer stabilizer or not

We recently purchased a 43ft, 2005 Mountain Aire DP with about 55,000 miles. It has a tag axle on a Spartan Mountain Master chassis with an independent front suspension and both the steering and tag axles have all new Michelins. The drive axle will be getting new Michelins right after the FMCA Rally in Redmond, OR next month.

I am experiencing moderate front end wondering, worse on some roads than others. I have read that tag axle units don't wonder as much as singles but I have nothing to compare this too as the last big rig I drove was 30 years ago. I would like to make it ride and handle to its fullest potential and I am wondering if a steering stabilizer, such as a Safe-T-Plus or something similar, might be a good investment.

I would appreciate any comments and suggestions on the various brands of steering stabilizers and especially any comments from others with a similar Spartan chassis.

I had the coach into a Spartan shop for a thorough chassis inspection and asked them to check the front end for any worn components. It came back with a clean bill of health.
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We don't have a DP, but in our gasser the TruCenter is a must have.
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I was really lucky. My Windsor was steady as a rock on the road when I bought it! I installed the SteerSafe stabilizers to help maintain control in case of a blowout on the front tires.
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Our Bounder is in the shop now, we are adding the Safe-T Plus....I'll know more next week and update after we return from Savannah.
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Do you have enough weight on your front tires for better tracking?
Brochure and Owners Guide.
Look at the weight information in OG.
Below in my signature are QT's links for more info for your Newmar, congratulations and welcome to the Newmar family.
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Originally Posted by 007";2128340]Do you have enough weight on your front tires for better tracking?
[B][URL="https://comnet2.newmarcorp.com/instance1Env99NEWMAR/html/images/2005madpb.pdf
Brochure[/URL][/B] and Owners Guide.
Look at the weight information in OG.
Below in my signature are QT's links for more info for your Newmar, congratulations and welcome to the Newmar family.
The only time I have had it out on a good run so far was on the 250 miles home from the dealer where I purchased it. On that trip it was essentially empty other than a full fuel and propane tank. I rear through the manual before leaving the dealer but I don't recall any information on weight other than excessive weight and even distribution.
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Has anyone with an independent front suspension and tag axle installed a steering stabilizer? If so, please provide your comments on any difference it made.
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