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Old 08-04-2015, 11:41 AM   #21
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I am sure I could do it, and you can too I am sure of it, just can't crawl around underneath anymore, that is what sucks
and thanks for you service to our country!!!!

yes, I know what you mean about crawling around underneath, I am big guy, 6'2", 285lbs, barely fit.... if I can bust that 1 1/8 nut, then good to go, it is a chore, I am more techie than mechie, but I get a certain level of pride knowing I can still do stuff like this @ 59 yo, I also plan on changing the oil when needed, I did that on all cars when younger . Being retired means gotta squeeze nickels together, I am a tightwad..... unless it is for Wife
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Old 08-04-2015, 01:51 PM   #22
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Well, we finally made it out on our maiden voyage with the CHF and Safe T Stabilizer installed. Encountered some heavy winds and noticed a significant improvement in handling. Well worth the investment.


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Old 08-08-2015, 02:25 PM   #23
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not a sales rep or have any financial interest in company, I watched this and ordered ASAP

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Old 08-19-2015, 06:00 PM   #24
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Had the stabilizer installed by Camping World and found out after it was installed that they didn't have the ability to align it. It is more stable but definitely needs alignment.
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:37 PM   #25
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They just did not want to align it.. See the video on the web site and see how easy it is.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:33 PM   #26
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They just did not want to align it.. See the video on the web site and see how easy it is.

Which video are you referring to? And why wouldn't they want to align it? We recently had Safety plus installed and the dealer said they thought the wheels were out of balance - in their opinion more of an issue than our request to have them install a stabilizer. Their words were, “We took it out and drove it and we believe the wheels are out of balance more than you need a stabilizer, do you still want us to do the stabilizer, we don't do the balancing". They said they did not balance tires and we'd have to go to a Ford dealer or a truck stop. The FR3 does blow all over the road.. I had a fit bit on and it thought I climbed 1, 500 steps because I was working the steering wheel back and forth keeping her steady.


Why would the shop "not want to align" or balance tires if they could do that work? What's the low down on wheels, tires, and alignment of the chassis?

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Old 08-20-2015, 11:17 PM   #27
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Question? Did the FR3 drive straight before SFT+ was installed? If yes then when the SFT+ was installed the last step is to adjust it to the point of the vehicle drives straight. It is a simple process,but takes time, drive adjust and drive until it is right. This time is money and the installer can make more money elsewhere doing quick repairs. If no, wheel alignment should have been done before the install.

Go to the SFT+ web sight and they explain the process. Even if you do not do the work, knowledge is key to understanding.

Balance can happen after alignment and install.
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Old 08-20-2015, 11:31 PM   #28
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Alignment is the mechanical process of making sure the wheels track straight to each other. Caster and Camber are the technical names. These affect stability going down the road. On a flat road, no wind the RV should track straight if you take your hands off the wheel for 100 to 200 yards. The natural tendency should never the vehicle drift left into on coming traffic.

Correct caster and camber also assure even tire wear as not set correctly the tires fight each other and wear at a high rate.

Balancing is the process of adding weight to offset imperfections in the wheel and tire. Steering wheel shaking is usually front tires and if you feel it in your seat rear wheels.

Had mine balanced on a electronic balancer and the difference was amazing. Cost was 132.50.
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The FR3 has a pretty significant case of RV drift and I brought it back to the dealer. They sent it out for a balance and an alignment. After the alignment, it still had a drift issue, which the Safe-T-Plus claims to resolve, so I got the st+. With the st+ the FR3 doesn't get pushed as easily, but was still drifting (mostly to the right). I brought it back and now it drifts mostly to the left. They really don't know what they're doing at Camping World. I'm disabled so getting under and doing anything myself is difficult, if not impossible. Trying to find someone local to do the work is proving difficult. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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When they do the alignment, does the stabilizer have to come off?

Thanks for great explanations!
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