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Old 11-29-2014, 04:34 PM   #1
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Steering damper ?

Brand new to driving motorhomes, but went for a drive with my best friend who is a 40 year over the road truck driver. We both thought the steering was a bit too sensitive. I checked underneath and it does have a steering damper attached to the tie rod.
My MH is a 2004 Itasca Suncruiser and it appears the steering damper has been on there a long time.
Is it possible the damper has worn out? My friend thinks that if it isn't leaking oil, then it should work as intended.
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Old 11-29-2014, 05:10 PM   #2
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Hi Greatscot,
Can you help by describing what you mean by "too sensitive"? Coaches drive nothing like an 18 wheel OTR truck. The entire setup is different. In 36 years of driving coaches (long/short/gas and diesel) every OTR drive thinks they know everything about driving a coach.
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Old 11-29-2014, 05:40 PM   #3
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2004, replace maybe?

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Brand new to driving motorhomes, but went for a drive with my best friend who is a 40 year over the road truck driver. We both thought the steering was a bit too sensitive. I checked underneath and it does have a steering damper attached to the tie rod.
My MH is a 2004 Itasca Suncruiser and it appears the steering damper has been on there a long time.
Is it possible the damper has worn out? My friend thinks that if it isn't leaking oil, then it should work as intended.
Hello, the steering stabilizer/dampener is designed to do just what its name is......stabilize and dampen road conditions up through your steering system. How many miles are on your rig? The stabilizer/dampener would not make your steering sentisive.......If you want to do a simple test, un-bolt it(easy job) and remove it, drive it.........then reinstall it and drive it.............see if you can tell the difference.........
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Check you tire pressure. If they are at max pressure as stated on tire, you need to get your coach weighed and adjust the tire pressure according to tire manufacturer specs for the load.
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Agree with palehorse - the steering damper doesn't make the steering more sensitive. If anything, it does the opposite. But to answer your question, yes they can wear out internally, but they are good for an awful lot of miles on normal driving conditions and I would not worry much about it. Probably other steering components will wear out first.

Is this coach on a Ford chassis or a Workhorse? Both were used in 2004 and the front end design differs. If its a V10 engine, its a Ford; if a V8 its a Workhorse but could be either P32 or W20/W22 version and their front ends are different.

Overinflation of the front tires will increase sensitivity, so that would be my first check.
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