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Old 08-22-2006, 05:33 PM   #1
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i need to improve the steering on my 96 safari
diesel trucks going by push it to the side, and generally steering seems like a lot of attention is needed to drive it
nothing seems loose incl the steering shaft
my brother has a 98 37 safari and he too menthoned a 600.00 steering stablizer unit
sounds expensive , whats the scoup.
i added koni's in front ill set the toe soon
just seams like an improvement is needed or at least possible, bill
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Old 08-22-2006, 05:33 PM   #2
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i need to improve the steering on my 96 safari
diesel trucks going by push it to the side, and generally steering seems like a lot of attention is needed to drive it
nothing seems loose incl the steering shaft
my brother has a 98 37 safari and he too menthoned a 600.00 steering stablizer unit
sounds expensive , whats the scoup.
i added koni's in front ill set the toe soon
just seams like an improvement is needed or at least possible, bill
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Old 08-23-2006, 12:32 PM   #3
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What front suspension does the Safari have? Leaf springs" Independent coil spring or air bag?

I woldn't bother with a Safe-T-Plus or similar shock/spring device - they are mostly just stiffeners. A panhard rod (e.g. the Roadmaster/Davis Tru trac) will help wandering/tracking problems and maybe somewhat on the efect of passing trucks. Don't know if one is available for a Safari Magnum chassis or not.

A rear antisway bar may be the best answer if the main problme is passing trucks. That usually means the back end of the motorhome is getting pushed sideways, causing the front to crab a bit and hrequiring steering correction. Stiffening up te rear helps. IPD may have a heavier antiswa bar for your rig.
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Old 08-23-2006, 06:29 PM   #4
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If you have a straight axle front end there are many choices and price ranges. Many of the big names have an offering to help lessening driver input to steering.

I agree with the other Gary who suggested a rear stabilization accessory of some kind. There are several Brand names available. I think IPD was bought by Roadmaster.

Front or rear, all additions are chassis specific.

I agree with Gary to try to get the rear stabilized first. Once that is done, if driver attention is to high for you, then try the steering stabilizer.
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Old 08-25-2006, 02:38 PM   #5
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Bill,

You indicate your coach is a 34' Is it really 34'? Measure the length of the coach, bumper to bumper. Now measure center of front wheel to center of rear wheel. Divide length of coach into wheelbase. You will probably be close to 50% Maybe less. For a M/H to really drive right you need a wheelbase ratio of 54% and up with proper weight on the axles. You are probably heavy in he back and light in the front.

My Safari, a 3540 has about 70% of its total weight on the rear axle. Front axle 7200lbs and rear 16200lbs. Total of 23400lbs. I am light in the front.

You probably have the same weight % as I have, maybe worst because of your short length. Get your rig weighed, make sure the bolts in the u joints in the steering shaft just above the steering box are tight.

From there start in the rear with a good track bar. You aleady have sway bars front and back, or should have. They are factory.

Get as much weight on the front as possible and it will help. I travel with full water and fuel if I can for up front weight.

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Old 08-26-2006, 08:39 AM   #6
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leaf spring not air or firestone has frt rear sway bars
i checked bolts on steering shaft appear to not move by have when i try to turn it from underside, air pressure all is about 100lbs
yes its a 33 ' i added koni;s frt only blisteins were 2" to short
did nothing to rear end has 3126 cat so must be rear heavy also , bill
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who makes the track bars for the rear

ill chk rear out i assume no track bar from factory?
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Bill, try these guys. They are the best.

Henderson Alignment

If you are not in their area, call them anyway. They train other folks all over the country. They may be able to recomend a shop near you.

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