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Old 08-08-2013, 02:14 PM   #1
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Need help to decide - Steering Stabilizer

I have decided after last trip on rutted road and crosswind that I am going to do one more chassis mod, Steering stabilizer, with the additional peace of mind in the event of front tire blow out as an added bonus.

I have looked a websites and reviews for; Steer safe, Safe t plus, and Roadmaster reflex. Like idea of Blue ox true center, but not in the budget!

Like the simplicity of the Steer safe, and like that it does not put stress on the steering components directly, meaning not clamped on to the tie rod like the others. Worried a little about possible contact with road hazards, or springs breaking.

Safe t plus and roadmaster reflex look like essentially the same product packaged differently, meaning the reflex has an external spring and the Safe t plus has internal.

Did come across info that indicated the Steer safe puts 400 lbs. of pressure, and read something in the area of 270 lbs. for the others, maybe same result due to shortened lever arm on Steer safe.?

Anyway, have found the biggest difference to be pricing, Safe t plus will run about $700, Steer safe $410 at there web site, can't find anywhere else, but can get the Roadmaster for $379 including brackets!

Can any one see any reason to select here based on price? Not much price difference in Steer safe and Roadmaster, but big on Safe t plus. I see no significant differences in what they promise to do, and find that reviews are favorable for all three. Kind of like asking if Chevy, Ford or Dodge is better.

Looking for any input to help with decision. I am about ready to order the Roadmaster and give it a shot.

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I have decided after last trip on rutted road and crosswind that I am going to do one more chassis mod, Steering stabilizer, with the additional peace of mind in the event of front tire blow out as an added bonus.

I have looked a websites and reviews for; Steer safe, Safe t plus, and Roadmaster reflex. Like idea of Blue ox true center, but not in the budget!

Like the simplicity of the Steer safe, and like that it does not put stress on the steering components directly, meaning not clamped on to the tie rod like the others. Worried a little about possible contact with road hazards, or springs breaking.

Safe t plus and roadmaster reflex look like essentially the same product packaged differently, meaning the reflex has an external spring and the Safe t plus has internal.

Did come across info that indicated the Steer safe puts 400 lbs. of pressure, and read something in the area of 270 lbs. for the others, maybe same result due to shortened lever arm on Steer safe.?

Anyway, have found the biggest difference to be pricing, Safe t plus will run about $700, Steer safe $410 at there web site, can't find anywhere else, but can get the Roadmaster for $379 including brackets!

Can any one see any reason to select here based on price? Not much price difference in Steer safe and Roadmaster, but big on Safe t plus. I see no significant differences in what they promise to do, and find that reviews are favorable for all three. Kind of like asking if Chevy, Ford or Dodge is better.

Looking for any input to help with decision. I am about ready to order the Roadmaster and give it a shot.

Thanks as usual.
I went with the Safe-T-Plus. $714 for shock and bracket, $171 labor. For the 2011 Ford F-53 it is the Tan version of the steering shock though I don't recall the model number. It made a difference but to complete the package for handling I also added a track bar in the rear about a year later.

That was another $450. The two combined really settled the coach down I can easily handle the coach now but before these changes.... I had many white knuckled moments and more than once thought I had made a big mistake buying the coach.

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Vote for Safe-T-Plus

The reviews, recommendations and information I could gather seemed to point to Safe-T-Plus for me. I ordered it from one of their dealers and installed it myself. It was not difficult at all.

I have been very happy with it. Rig drives straight as an arrow down the road. On a clear day with no wind and no trucks pushing me around I could literally drive straight down the freeway with no hands. No steering wheel shake on pavement gaps or potholes. Handles ruts and rumble strips easily. I found it to be very heavy duty and high quality product, not to say the others are not...you only know what you know.

I honestly can't remember what I paid for it. Can't even find the invoice. But, I have heard/read stories of front end blowouts that scared me to the point where I didn't really care how much it cost. It seemed like it was worth every penny if it could perform as well as it was touted.

Hoping I never have to find that out.

Best of luck on your decision! Safe travels.
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I can't help with comparisons, but I've had my Safe T Plus for >5 years and it made a big difference in handling and peace of mind.

The trim kit which allows adjustment on the fly has been on my wish list for a long time but it's probably not going to happen.

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I had the Steer Safe on our last MH. The way it works seems to be OK. I kind of like the idea of adding the 400#'s to keep the steering wheel centered and to resist movement of the coach as you encounter winds and semi's and or road swells etc. The others are probably OK as well. I also know that I can save a few bucks by installing the steer safe my self.



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The trim kit which allows adjustment on the fly has been on my wish list for a long time

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What "trim kit"? I don't find anything available that allows you to adjust centering on the fly.

Can you elaborate please?

Thanks,

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What "trim kit"? I don't find anything available that allows you to adjust centering on the fly.

Can you elaborate please?

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No problem.

SuperSteer Trim Unit for Freightliner Chassis

The trim kit isn't made by Safe T Plus but rather by Super Steer which I believe is the brand name of Henderson's Line Up... Grants Pass, Or.

It wasn't available when I had them install my Safe T Plus but it sure would be nice to have.

BTW, this caused a bit of a stink here on the forum a couple of years ago when members called Safe T Plus folks and asked about adding the trim kit. Initially, they were told that it would void their warranty... which is incorrect. I ended up finding myself in the middle of Henderson's and the Safe T Plus folks but rest assured that the trim kit is available and won't void the STP warranty.

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Thanks RickO.

It is a bit pricey at $550 and apparently operates with air pressure which I don't have. Is this mostly for use on DPs?

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It is a bit pricey at $550 and apparently operates with air pressure which I don't have. Is this mostly for use on DPs?

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Sorry Roll. I should have checked out what kind of coach you have.

They ARE pricey... that's why it's still on my wishlist and not on my Safe T Plus.

Frankly I never looked closely enough to see if it operated off of air pressure or vacuum. You could shoot an email to Hendersons. They're some good folks to work with.

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I purchased the Steer Safe two or three years ago. It is easy to install and adjust. It works exactly as advertised. I am very pleased with it, and recommend it.
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Roadmaster reflex

I decided, after much reading and reviewing, to go with the Roadmaster, have to admit part of the decision was price, but my thought...if they all do essentially the same thing, why not base on economic factors, $344 vs $410 vs $500+.

I am looking for moderate improvement on straight ahead and safety margin in the event of blow out, thinking I will get all this from the Roadmaster reflex.

Will report back in week or two.

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Sorry Roll. I should have checked out what kind of coach you have.

They ARE pricey... that's why it's still on my wishlist and not on my Safe T Plus.

Frankly I never looked closely enough to see if it operated off of air pressure or vacuum. You could shoot an email to Hendersons. They're some good folks to work with.

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I had a Safe T Plus with Trim Kit installed by Hendersons. It requires air pressure which of course my gasser doesn't have. They did a real neat job of installing a small compressor and a 1 gallon tank.
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I have a 98 Winnie Adventurer. It has OEM stabilizer (leaking). My question; is the OEM equal in performance to the Roadmaster---Safe-T-Plus? Cost seems about the same and no bracket change. I went to the Ford Motorcraft site. They give no description. Just the msrp $400.00. Anyone know if a new Motorcraft is equal to the others ? Thanks, Stan
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I have a 98 Winnie Adventurer. It has OEM stabilizer (leaking). My question; is the OEM equal in performance to the Roadmaster---Safe-T-Plus? Cost seems about the same and no bracket change. I went to the Ford Motorcraft site. They give no description. Just the msrp $400.00. Anyone know if a new Motorcraft is equal to the others ? Thanks, Stan
How is it that the '98 ford chassis had a steering stabilizer OEM and the 2003's did not? Was this a factory option, or Ford supplied dealer add-on? Curios why they did not include such an important safety and handling component on them to begin with.
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