Originally Posted by 2xaround
Our conversation today is on steering stabilizers. Some seem to feel they make a significant difference while others don't.
I think you will find many opinions on the steering stabilizers, but what it ultimately comes down to is how YOU feel it drives and if YOU feel you need it.
I test drove ours when we were just looking, only went about 5 miles with me driving, 5 miles with the salesman driving. It drove like I expected. When we bought it and drove it more, I thought it was all over the road and I was mortified thinking "what did I get myself into???"
I did probably the same research you guys are doing and I did two things - aired up all of the tires to 92 psi and did the cheap handling fix (CHF) on the front. Drove 150 miles immediately after that, one handed, didn't cringe when being passed by a large truck and actually enjoyed the drive.
8,600 miles later I'm now so comfortable with how it drives "normally" that I know when I have a tire (noticeably) low. So for me, I'll spend the money on the TPMS first. Would I love a steering stabilizer too? Probably...but I don't know any better and am comfortable with how it drives now.
BTW, since we purchased from the same dealer you did, I had all this same research in my back pocket and tried to get them to add on a steering stabilizer and rear trackbar as part of the deal because I thought I'd need it - Pontiac RV does nothing mechanical so it was a no-go in my deal. I still want to add that rear trackbar though to help with the body roll and sway while going down the road.
When you finally get your coach (I'll bet that wait is killing you!) I'd recommend trying the "free" fixes first before you throw money at what may not be a problem for YOU. If you still don't like how it drives after those things, then you have all the information and knowledge you need on what's available to help make that ride safer and more comfortable for YOU.