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Old 06-05-2014, 08:43 PM   #1
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Ok...I took the plunge. Got a really good price that I couldn't resist. Hopefully I'll be able to install it next week. Will post results.....
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So how good is a good deal. I'm going to the FMCA rally in Goshen next week and that's on the short list of things I want. How difficult is it to install?
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:11 PM   #3
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About $900 with the adapter plate. Most other places I checked were around $1100-1200. Found a good price on Amazon and etrailer.com gave it their 110% price match, saving me about $70 over Amazon's great price.

I saw a you tube video on install, Phil, and it didn't look too difficult. Just mostly concerned about wiring. Will fill you in, with pics if I can figure out how to put them on to thread.

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Forgot to say, also, that price is for the 270lb version, not the 160.
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I got the True Center install finished today. I did that and put an amp in for the front speakers I put in to replace the stocks a while ago. The true center install is doable, but I spent most of my time figuring out what to do with the wiring, and then laying that out. The stabilizer is the easy part (in my opinion) The install looks very easy when viewing the one on youtube, but I think that guy has done this before. I have a large variety of tools, and if you just have average tools, I would probably pay to have it done. You need a torque wrench, 1 1/8 socket and box end wrench. I drilled the hole too large for the button, so if anyone else is installing, be careful here. Haven't road tested it yet, but will tomorrow. I've got about $900 wrapped up in it, so it's your call whether it's worth paying someone else to do it.
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Old 06-11-2014, 07:37 AM   #6
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Thanks for the update, can't wait to hear how noticeable the difference driving is. I got a chance to drive a Newmar with the comfort drive and I was impressed how it helped eliminate most of the counter steering input needed.
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Got a chance for a quick ride back to the storage area. First impression, in the neighborhood (25) mph, steering effort/resistance increased. Noticeable, but not harsh. Then on larger road at 35 mph, noticed pulling to the left. Pushed button and made correction....straight ahead from there. Next on to freeway for about 5 minutes. Too short for evaluation, but handling seemed secure (although the stock FL chassis is very good). Will travel for a short trip Friday and get to use it more. Really looking forward to seeing the difference in windy conditions since the Berk is stable enough in normal conditions.
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I wish I had one to try out today. Driving across Kansas and then into Colorado had stready 30 to 40 mph cross wind with gusts as high as 60 mph. Berkshire are like a kite in those winds. Tore up 2 slide toppers not to say the nerves I have exhausted. This would have been a great test for the Blue ox tru center. I had considered getting one but was not sure it was worth it after talking to several people. Wish I had one it might have saved some of the white knuckles I had all day.
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Did a short jaunt on Friday to a nearby campground and had a chance to check out the true center. Winds were unusually high, so it was a good test (Although not like the west or the hell wind I found once in Tennessee). I do notice a difference when the gusts hit the coach. It is more subdued and doesn't seem to just grab the wheel from your fingers. I also did an adjustment to turn the wheels into the wind to minimize that condition. Worked well, but winds were more gusty, so not much of a chance to test. Going to New York next week so will do an update then.
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Thanks for the updates. I looked at them at Glamarama and was impressed with it. I had a long talk with the guy selling them. He put his on himself and had some insight on how difficult it was to do. He didn't torque the nuts down he just tighten them as tight as he could. He said the spec is there to insure that you get it all tight enough. I don't know if that's true or not but that was his opinion. I think I will wait until after your trip to be sure it's working well for you but I'm thinking this is a good part to add. I was driving home last night from Goshen on 131 just past Middleberry and failed to see how rough the RR tracks were. Hit them at 55 and the steering wheel was jerked out of my hand. I would think it would feel about the same with a blow out. I am convinced that I need some type of device on my front axel so I think it might as well be the Blue Ox product.
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