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Old 12-03-2017, 04:34 PM   #1
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Passive steer vs. regular tag

I'm looking for pro's and con's for passive steer on a freightliner chassis.
Is the passive steer that much better than a standard tag? I look at it 2 ways; passive steer one more thing to have serviced, one more chance of a problem, on a newer coach means a few (lots) more dollars.
Or, great for maneuvering in tight areas, resale value, won't tear up my yard leaving and coming home..

So who has and who doesn't and why?
Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 12-03-2017, 07:00 PM   #2
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With my coach I raise the tag in tight turning instances. Would not have a passive steer system.
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Old 12-04-2017, 11:43 AM   #3
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Don't have it and don't want it:

- Totally unnecessary, my 'steering angle' now is 60 degrees.
- The added cost on a new coach is $40k to $50k.
- I'll never wear out my tag tires from scrubbing.
- As noted above, I can manually take the pressure off my tag tires in a turn.
- Very complex system, something else to break.

Take that money and improve the current product being manufactured. Then maybe we wouldn't have to return to the factory to have something fixed.
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Thanks for the replies..
I know when there's more "stuff", it may be an invitation for a failure.
I like simple, but if the trend is to have the passive steer, then I'll drink the kool-aid. But if it really doesn't help much, count me out.
So, when the tag is raised for turning and backing up, does that put excessive weight on the rear axle? How long is ok?
Staying tuned here...
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Hey Ricky. I would start a new thread with this question. You will probably get more responses.
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They started including it on the XCR chassis in 2016. Ours has it. I haven’t had a problem with it...knock on wood. Many are reporting accelerated tire wear and cupping. It obviously adds to the complexity. There are now 6 grease point instead of two on each tag. There is a Warning light that come on until you are aired up enough to enable the tag lockout. I have not Driven a 2015 version of my coach to make a fair comparison of maneuverability. It wasn’t an option that I checked off when we ordered our coach.
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Many of the higher end coaches are coming with this feature as "standard"...whether you want it or not. Which has resulted in a great increase in price
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