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Old 12-18-2012, 03:10 PM   #1
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Front end and steering stabilizers

After reading so many posts about steering stabilizers, before our last trip up the Florida coast we had the original RV dealer in Stuart Florida install the Safe T Plus . As suggested we went for the larger size (230 lb) shock with appropriate kit. I did notice less road play while traveling back home on the Florida Turnpike but the steering wheel was turned at least 20 degrees clockwise and I had to fight the 378 Georgetown to keep it straight.
From my understanding it should have been running in lane with "hands off" for at least a few hundred feet on level road but wasn't. With the RV dealership 75 miles away I decided to take the advice of many and start from the beginning.
There is a large Ford Dealership between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami that is capable of handling MH and trucks so I brought it over. First I told them to check the front end alignment which should be covered under warranty. There is only 2200 miles on the 2013. Second I want them to readjust the Safe T Plus on a LEVEL ROAD.
I believe the dealer did a rush job and did not calibrate the stabilizer on the front end causing me to continually drive the MH back to center.
The steering stabilizer does a good job of resisting passing tractor trailers and wind but being off center is a chore. As a new MH driver the only real constant concern is when there are miles of highway construction leaving you with uneven tire tracks and and unlevel pavement.
You end up bouncing all over the place and hopefully don't end up against the concrete barriers. Best advice is to realize the Georgetown is awkward and to slow down!
Thanks to everyone who advised me to start my MH ownership with a front end alignment. Steering stabilizers don't correct faulty steering.
(Also asked the Ford dealer to put in rigid valve extenders)
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:19 PM   #2
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Is this normal to be done on a new MH?
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:56 PM   #3
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I have a 2012 378TX XL and all I needed was Ford to do a frontend alignment when it was new. Forest River told me to have it done and they will pay. I have had no problems at all since and I have almost 10,000 miles on my MH.
The wall sticker says the tires need 90 psi which I have used the past 5,000 miles but have recently increased to 100 psi because the tires seemed to squat a little. I'm not over weight but like a more stable ride as well as more stable when setup camping.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:56 PM   #4
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The Ford service advisor seemed inclined to agree that putting a large motorhome on top of a F53 chassis will frequently change the alignment. Apparently that would be warranteed as you had done, Iggy.
Reubenray, including messages from Iggy, I got repeated suggestions above any other be sure to make an appt with a truck shop, tire shop or Ford dealer to evaluate front end.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:36 AM   #5
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I too have that same issue.
My 378's steering is off about 20 degrees clockwise.
It seems to be a problem to keep it running down the middle of the road even on level road and no wind.
Who should I contact to see is Forrest River will correct the steering wheel issue?
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:55 AM   #6
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Wow. I actually have an appointment with a local RV repair shop to install the safe t plus steering stabalizer and the roadmaster rear sway bar on Friday. They are putting it on my 352qs. Makes me wonder if I should spend that kind of money putting it on if you guys say it doesn't really work.
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:33 AM   #7
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Forest River reimbursed me 100% for wheel alignment and front end work. Except for installation of sare t plus which is mine they were totally on the ball.
Go to a major truck shop (not Ford nonsense) and get a full alignment:front and back! THen install stabilizer. You will feel safer immediately..I could feel stabilizer with trucks passing , wind, and road curvature.
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I too have that same issue.
My 378's steering is off about 20 degrees clockwise.
It seems to be a problem to keep it running down the middle of the road even on level road and no wind.
Who should I contact to see is Forrest River will correct the steering wheel issue?
BTW I also had them straighten out the cock eyed steering wheel to 12 o clock. It annoyed me too.
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BTW I also had them straighten out the cock eyed steering wheel to 12 o clock. It annoyed me too.
Do you have any idea how they straightened the steering wheel back to high noon?

I have been looking and checking to see if it is steering linkage or adjusting the tie rods equally and opposite from each other.
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How were you able to get repayment from Forest River? I will be scheduling this ASAP as white knuckles are not my idea of fun
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