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JimMartin

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Posted: 04/11/14 04:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My RV didn't come with a steering stabilizer. I'd like to add one to it. It's a 1999 Ford F53 chassis with V10. What's your opinions on different brands?


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Posted: 04/11/14 05:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've had steer safe for years on my F53. I like it.


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FIRST thing to add to that chassis is a front Pahnard rod (aka track bar).

Later F53 chassis had them as original equipment.


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Posted: 04/11/14 07:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

x2 on the pan hard bar. I have same chassis 1999 f53 pace arrow vision. I used davis tru trac bar and had front end lined up. Lord what a difference. Took the steer safe off. I can actually drive one handed now and sip a coffee if I want too.

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Trac bars and steering stabilizers DO NOT perform the same function, since the OP asked specifically about steering stabilizer's, why not answer his question.

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Topflite51,

A valid observation. But, there is quite some overlap in their affect on driving.

Both help reduce rut tracking, vague steering, sensitivity to cross winds, etc.

By not fitting a Panhard rod on the F53 until 2005, Ford allowed a complete cottage industry to fill the void.

But, many view a steering stabilizer as more a band-aid (a cure after the fact), the Panhard rod more as a preventive.

That is not to suggest that a steering stabilizer does not perform a desirable function, but on that chassis, it would not be the first thing to add.

If the OP tells us what changes he has already made to the chassis or gives a more detailed explanation of what he wants to correct/improve it might change our recommendations.

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Posted: 04/11/14 09:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have you had the front end aligned and been sure the caster was set at 4+ degrees. My MH "wondered" around until I did that. Drives fine with no added band-aids.


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My RV is basically stock. Only thing done is the CHF. Front tires are at 100psi

Looking to reduce the steering wheel pull from right to left when hitting potholes or bumps in the road.

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topflite51 wrote:

I've had steer safe for years on my F53. I like it.


Jim,
Also have a 99 F53 chassis..
My first addition was the steer safe. (Then added a tracbar from Brazil's)
100psi sounds pretty high. You sure that's correct?


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Our '99 F53 chassis also didn't come with a steering stabilizer. The first thing I did was have a front panhard bar and steering stabilizer. That took care of wandering but the wind induced tail wag remained. After installation of a rear panhard bar, most of the tail wag was handled.

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