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Old 08-08-2017, 03:47 PM   #1
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Do we need a steering stabilizer?

We have a 2016 Sunseeker with a Ford E450 engine. We tow a 2003 Honda CRV with a Blue Ox Alpha tow bar. When we are passed by a trailer or truck on the freeway, I have to hold onto the steering wheel for dear life since we are jerked to the right. There just seems to be too much play in the steering. Has this happened to anyone else? Is an after market steering stabilizer the answer? If so, what kind and what does one cost?

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Old 08-08-2017, 03:50 PM   #2
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Have you had the front end alignment done ??
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Old 08-08-2017, 03:58 PM   #3
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stabilizer or not

We have a 35 foot 2017 329DS, My first drive I had white knuckles. The first thing I did was get front end alignment which I thought improved my pull right going down the road, still did not fix truck push and cross wind issues, then I installed steering stabilizer which I thought improved jerking when 18 wheelers passed. Then I installed rear sway bar by roadmaster, which improved cross wind effect and tractor trailer push. Is it perfect no. I don't know what my magic number is for cross wind where it is to much, but when the rig starts jumping on the road I pull over.

What am I doing next either shocks or zumo springs, pot holes and road cracks feel like I am hitting metal to metal bouncing, just very rough. Did some reading and I am not sure, you can ask 10 people and get 8 different answers.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:07 PM   #4
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Mine came with the rear seat bar. I added a Trac bar to the rear and Bilstine shocks in the front. No more white knuckle drives.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:43 PM   #5
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We have less than 3,000 miles on our Sunseeker. and 2100 of that was delivery. We'll be sure to have front wheel allignment check next time we're in for service. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:59 PM   #6
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Thanks. Sounds like it could get expensive. I appreciate your reply.

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Your factory shocks will be good for about 20000 miles. Then it will start to wollow. Then go with the Bilsteins. I tried Monroe's first, but they lasted as long as factory. With the factory rear sway bar, the Trac bar is great. Takes side motion out of the rear leaf springs. There should be a shimmy damper in the front steering, it not they are easy to add later. Mine is not bad yet, but when it goes I'll get one from Bilstein.
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Old 08-08-2017, 06:45 PM   #8
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I have a 2015 FR3. The one thing that made the biggest difference in handling for my coach, was the "Cheap Handling Fix" (you can Google it, or CHF). It takes about 45 minutes and costs nothing. I put on new shocks as 32Duce said my factory shocks went away by 24k miles. The CHF took out almost all sway and removed the white knuckle drive feeling. I also put on a Blue Ox-True Track. But the biggest improvement was the CHF.
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Old 08-08-2017, 07:36 PM   #9
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Thanks for the suggestion. I'll definitely google this. Just got a quote of $360 for a front wheel alignment which others have suggested. Do you think this could be the issue for a coach with just over 3,000 miles that we've only driven 600 miles? Steering just isn't very tight.
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Old 08-08-2017, 07:51 PM   #10
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Thanks for the suggestion. I'll definitely google this. Just got a quote of $360 for a front wheel alignment which others have suggested. Do you think this could be the issue for a coach with just over 3,000 miles that we've only driven 600 miles? Steering just isn't very tight.
I didn't try the CHF or the front end alignment. First thing I did was the Roadmaster Reflex Steering Stabilizer. Did wonders! Second was the Blue Ox rear sway bar and Blue Ox trac-bar. What a difference! No problems with passing 18-wheelers and the MH doesn't wallow in curves. If I don't get the alignment this year, next for sure. We just haven't been out as much this year as we were last year. That will change in 2018!
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What tire pressures are you running?
Alignment, CHF, scale for axle weights, set tire pressures per tire manuf +5psi.
Then you can start emptying your piggy bank!!!
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Front ends are set at the factory on a bare chassis. Everything changed when they added the body! Get the alignment! You will be happier then now.
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What tire pressures are you running?
Alignment, CHF, scale for axle weights, set tire pressures per tire manuf +5psi.
Then you can start emptying your piggy bank!!!
First as mogman suggested 1.Tire pressures read the drive side door frame 2.Weigh your rig loaded and check the tire manufactures requirements 3. You have a E450 the cheap handling fix is for the F53 4.What is the pressure in your air bags, I run mine 60-80 lbs. 5. Get an alignment with the specifications you should find here with a search. Depending on the shop you go to they may question them Take it slow and do the easy stuff first, then get out your credit card if needed
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While I have a class A, the Roadmaster Reflex Steering Stabilizer made a huge difference in handling. Would definitely suggest that for a first step.
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Old 08-09-2017, 01:46 PM   #15
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I Know exactly what you mean. After we got RoadMaster Steering Stabilizer there is very little push from big vehicles that pass. The steering wheel will have much less action and will react to a slight turn.
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Old 08-09-2017, 05:11 PM   #16
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I spoke to a head service guy at Coachmen who said all units are aligned before they leave for the dealer, so unless you hit something or caused it to go out of alignment, that's not likely the cause. I added a Roadmaster Steering Stabilizer to our Class C and it helped a lot, didn't do an alignment. Cost of stabilizer is about $200, and as much to install at Camping World.
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It may be warranty covered by the manufacturer
Forest River covered my alignment and new front tires that were badly worn in only 6000 miles. Sooner is better than later
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Old 08-10-2017, 02:13 AM   #18
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Best suggestion yet!! Many thanks. I'm heading to the dealer first thing tomorrow morning to discuss installing a stabilizer bar -- hopefully before our 10-day trip next Tuesday. How complicated is the installation? Can't imagine it will be covered under warranty, but I will check.
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Best suggestion yet!! Many thanks. I'm heading to the dealer first thing tomorrow morning to discuss installing a stabilizer bar -- hopefully before our 10-day trip next Tuesday. How complicated is the installation? Can't imagine it will be covered under warranty, but I will check.
If you can follow basic instructions (WHAT?!?! ) and know the difference between a socket and open-end wrench, you can install this yourself. Mine took about 30-45 minutes. And most of that was trying to locate my tools which my son had "borrowed" and left on his bench.
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X2 on the alignment. We have 2016 Forester, sister to Sunseeker. I had it professionally aligned first thing when we bought it. I asked my pro about after market stabilizers and he advised against it, said I didn't need it. He is right. We are nearing 14 K miles on our Canada/Alaska extravaganza and no problems, steers great.
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