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Old 12-05-2009, 02:35 AM   #1
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would appreciate recommendations and comments on saf-t-plus verus blue ox tru-center. thanks walter
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:18 AM   #2
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would appreciate recommendations and comments on saf-t-plus verus blue ox tru-center. thanks walter
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We have the Saf-t-plus on our coach. I added it when we bought it. It dampens the movement of the coach when traveling down the highways. When the coach was new, I felt I was all over the road and now its not so bad. I consider it a safety issue in case I have a blow out on the front tires. I am not familiar with the blue ox tru center or other products. there has been several reports on other products that sound very good.
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Old 12-06-2009, 12:24 AM   #3
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anyone with the blue-ox tru center???sure would appreciate hearing from you....walter
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:03 AM   #4
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I have the Tru-Center from Blue Ox. It works as described above, it keeps the MH going down the center of the lane It is also for safety reasons in case of a front blowout. It does reduce Driver fatigue.

In addition, the Tru-Center has a centering button for crosswinds (and severely crowned roads) that really helps. In a crosswind, you turn the wheel to compensate for the crosswind and then hit a button and it holds the force in that direction. It works very well for this function.

Blue Ox had many problems when they first introduced the product and did stand behind it and replaced all of the previous units. The problems have been resolved and have been shipping a newly designed unit for over a year and it seems to have solved their previous problems. You do have to make sure that you do not hold the centering button for more than 30 seconds as you can burn up the solenoid.

Safety Steer has a similar option but it is an add-on and is not integrated into the actual device. I do know that many Dealers are not comfortable with the add-on device for the Safety Steer, but that just may be a personal preference.
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Faye, it would help a lot to know something about your motorhome, make, length and chassis. Before you jump off and spend a lot of money on something that may not be needed, you should start by weighing the coach as loaded fro travel to make sure you have the load within axle limits and adjust your tire pressures per the tire loading charts (find them on line fro your make of tires).

Next step is to get the front end aligned at a truck frame and suspension shop...not the dealers shop. The coach needs to be loaded for travel again.

Once all of this is done, see how it drives. You may need to add track bars or antiroll bars to get it under control. A steering stabilizer added before you have the suspension set right will only mask the real problem and may not help much.

Have a fun time in your coach.

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i have a 2004 national seabreeze,workhorse22,chevy engine, 32 feet. drives good however i feel it would help to have the stabilizer when passing trucks,and where my tires (22) do not fit into the grooves by cars and this makes steering a little harder. i was thinking of getting the tru center, but wanted the valued opinions from those who have the stabilizers. alignment does not seem to be a problem and i have 102 lbs air in each tire as michelin recommended to me. any further opinions would be appreciated. walter
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i have a 2004 national seabreeze,workhorse22,chevy engine, 32 feet. drives good however i feel it would help to have the stabilizer when passing trucks,and where my tires (22) do not fit into the grooves by cars and this makes steering a little harder. i was thinking of getting the tru center, but wanted the valued opinions from those who have the stabilizers. alignment does not seem to be a problem and i have 102 lbs air in each tire as michelin recommended to me. any further opinions would be appreciated. walter
I had a Safe-T-Plus on a previous coach and have the TruCenter on my present coach. The TruCenter is more expensive but in my opinion does a much better job than the Safe-T-Plus. As for how much it helps, I would hate to be without ours and if it broke it would be repaired quickly.

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We were not having any issues with our coach, however; we had the steer safe installed just recently and boy it does make a difference. So much so.........that the wife is probably going to start driving the coach. She claimed it wandered too much but could find nothing wrong.

Four times she asked me to install the Steer Safe that she had read about online and I said too much money for the hype. Finally did and was surprised, it was worth the few hundred dollars. Next time I'll install the first time she suggests something.
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With living fulltime in our 87 Bounder and driving it myself for the first time,we will be moving state and have been wondering about saftey items like this. Its a 34 foot bounder with dually rear axle ,John Deere chassis ,ford 460.

Found the "steer safe stabilizer" for John Deere/Oshkosh chassis at campingworld, bolts onto the front axle and features a pivot point and 2 huge springs that do the same thing as the products mentioned above. Anyone ever used one of these particular items before? Or heard any good/bad points?
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I have to agree with Ken - these stabilizer products mostly mask problems rather than fixing them. Basically they just make the steering stiffer. In most cases, proper alignment, tire pressure and maybe a track bar will fix the fundamental problems.

Driver skill is a factor too - you have to learn to focus further down the highway than you do with the family car/SUV.
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