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Old 05-21-2013, 04:27 PM   #1
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Roadmaster Reflex Steering Stabilizer

Today, I removed the Ford factory damper and installed a heavier stabilizer. Hitchsource.com had the item and brackets in stock. Road test on Sunday heading to the Interstate.

2013 Forester #3051S, Ford E450

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Old 05-21-2013, 08:13 PM   #2
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:16 PM   #3
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Keep us updated. Had my 3170 front end alignment done and what a difference.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:31 PM   #4
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Alignment

How many miles do you have on your 3071? What was the cost? Who did the work?

I have only driven 70 miles (3051SF) from the Dealer to my shop. The RV has about 1,450 delivery miles on it. My first trip is 700 miles the last week of June.

Several folks have suggested wanting until I have a few thousand miles on it before getting an alignment. Forest River should realign the vehicle after building it into a Class "C" RV. There is no reason we should be required to get a brand new RV aligned at a Ford Dealership.

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Fort Myers, FL
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:06 PM   #5
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My 3170 had just 1400 miles. We had made two short trips and the unit drove really bad. Wondering on the road, seemed to track with a mind of its own, two handed white knuckle driving.
This topic is covered in detail on this forum and that is where I got my info.

We were soon to be headed to Florida on vacation, I decided to get the alignment done.
Called three ford dealers in the surrounding area and they could not do it. Ended with Blacks Tire in Florence, SC.
If you read the forum on alignment, you will read about replacing the stock ford bushings with cam bushing. They were required to bring the front end into the tight specs Installed the cam bushings, alignment was preformed all in about 2 hours at a cost of $264.00.
The guys at Blacks are great. Explained and showed me everything before work and priced it.

The forum states to wait until the coach settles in about 2500 miles. The trip to Florida forced me to do it early.
Never regretted the money and plan to file a claim with my dealer and if I get any money back, great, if not! I love my 3170 and considered an alignment no big deal.

Finding a shop was the difficult part. If your ford dealer can not preform the work, bay to low, machine to short, look for a big truck shop. I do plan to get it checked before the 2014 season.
Good luck. That is why I am interested in the steering stabilizer results.
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Do a search for alignment. It is under Sunseeker LE alignment 2012 E450
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:52 AM   #7
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E450 Alignment

Thanks for the information. I will call around locally and see what shop is set-up for this type work. I have read some of posts on the Sunseeker forum about alignment.

BTW...after doing some research on a steering stabilizer, I called my friend that is a very knowledgeable mechanic. He has installed many steering stabilizers on 4X4 trucks and recommended it on my RV. It does provides a margin of safety during a front tire blow out.


Just called my local Ford Dealership here in Fort Myers, FL. They are one of the largest dealers in the Country. Their truck shop has a bay setup for motor-homes with alignment equipment in place. I plan to take it there next week after road testing the steering stabilizer.


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How many miles do you have on your 3071? What was the cost? Who did the work?

I have only driven 70 miles (3051SF) from the Dealer to my shop. The RV has about 1,450 delivery miles on it. My first trip is 700 miles the last week of June.

Several folks have suggested wanting until I have a few thousand miles on it before getting an alignment. Forest River should realign the vehicle after building it into a Class "C" RV. There is no reason we should be required to get a brand new RV aligned at a Ford Dealership.

Tim
Fort Myers, FL
That was the problem though...the specs i post on this forum are tighter than Fords recommended specs. We had a dealer specifically request them...so we would align it and they be out of whack by time it got there. Some were ok, some were not. Just seems like the chassis needed to settle to be sure it will stick.

It leaves our plant within Ford specs.
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Thanks for the information. I will call around locally and see what shop is set-up for this type work. I have read some of posts on the Sunseeker forum about alignment.

BTW...after doing some research on a steering stabilizer, I called my friend that is a very knowledgeable mechanic. He has installed many steering stabilizers on 4X4 trucks and recommended it on my RV. It does provides a margin of safety during a front tire blow out.

Just called my local Ford Dealership here in Fort Myers, FL. They are one of the largest dealers in the Country. Their truck shop has a bay setup for motor-homes with alignment equipment in place. I plan to take it there next week after road testing the steering stabilizer.

Tim
Keep us informed of your results and the mileage.
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Alignment at Ford Dealership Planned

Sam Galloway Ford has the adjustable cam bushings in stock. I am taking a copy of the specs posted by Forest River and some additional comments made by others.

Sunday, I rode test the new Roadmaster Reflex Steering Stabilizer. Basically making sure the vehicle maintains center position and does not pull left or right.

Monday, I will drop it off at the Ford Dealer for alignment.

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Fort Myers, FL
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