RV Mod: Safe-T-Plus Steering Stabilizer

RV Mod: Safe-T-Plus Steering Stabilizer

 


OVERVIEW:

As we made our way from Texas to New Jersey on the Tiffinator’s maiden voyage we stopped in Atlanta to visit old friends who happen to live but 10 minutes from Safe-T-Plus headquarters in Austell, GA.  So we took advantage of the coincidence to have their highly touted steering stabilizer installed.  Brian and his team were fabulous and the install took less than 20 minutes total and an hour from beginning to end which include the test drive to adjust for dead center.

Some of the key reasons why we dove right in to this mod right from the start:

  • Protection against front-tire blowout
  • Return to center while driving lowering driver fatigue
  • Confidence when driving against grooved-roads, uneven pavement, etc.
  • Remove the “slop” in the steering

For our 2017 F-53 chassis with 22.5 inch wheels, the Safe-T-Plus team recommended the 41-180 model with associated F-53K2.5 mounting kit.  If you are unsure what model and mounting kit you need for your motorhome chassis, the link here has a product matrix that can help determine the right model.

We pulled the motorhome into the main bay and the tech’s went to work quickly on the install.  This is definitely a DIY type job for those of you interested installing yourself but it was good for us to take advantage of the team who do tons of installs a month.  At the last Tiffin rally in West Virginia, the team installed 40+ steering stabilizers in 3 days.  That’s a testament to the customer satisfaction and word of mouth.

 

 

 

 

For those of you looking to DIY – there are a few Youtube videos that show the simplicity of the is install:

After the install, we took out the motorhome for a test drive near both at the nearby industrial park as well as the highway. Stopping 3 separate times to adjust the dead-center on the steering wheel.  The road test essentially consisting of getting up to speed, lining up the coach in a straight line as you come to a dead stop, then going underneath to adjust the shock.  While this may be tough for a single DIY’er to do, but having help with someone holding the steering wheel in place while you make adjustments makes for quick work.  The last part of the Youtube install video shows how to properly center the coach.


REVIEW:

Without a doubt, the Safe-T-Plus Steering Stabilizer is a 5+++ modification.  It immediately tightened up the steering wheel play that came from the factory.  After the first set of dead-center adjustments made by the tech team, the motorhome now tracks in a straight line in comparison to the rightward drift from when we first picked the coach up.

So what was a two handed operation of full-on and constant micro adjustments while driving, easily turned into a more “SUV”-like drive with a one-hand operation keeping the coach centered on the travel lane.

I can’t recommend enough the product and team at Safe-T-Plus. They were highly professional and engaging throughout.  If you’ve yet to install this modification or still are hesitant on its improvement – check the customer reviews on online and you can’t go wrong jumping right in.

 

So..we bought an RV

So..we bought an RV

And it seems we aren’t the only ones lately.  Part-time and full-time RVers on YouTube have exploded everywhere and with RV sales at record highs, it attests to the popularity and resurgence of the pastime.

So with that inspiration, that is as good a kick to jumpstart the website and get back to blogging, documenting our new experiences in enjoying the RV lifestyle.  We are starting a new era in our lives with the intention to maintain the tight-nit nature of our family and expand our children’s awareness of this great country of ours.

All the while, as a way to pay it forward for all the RV vloggers and DIY’rs out there that help us make a good informed buying decision, I plan on documenting our experiences and DIY work here on the blog.

But back to the RV itself. Why did we buy one? What did we get? What do you plan on doing with it? That’s both an easy and hard set of questions to answer but we did have a few guideposts:

  • Plenty of sleeping options for a family of 4 with support for temporary guests (nieces and nephews)
  • Somewhat easy to maintain (within reason)
  • Great floor plan with quality finishes/materials
  • No mega bus-type RVs – something that can reasonably fit in national parks/campgrounds
  • Technology options galore!

All the advice we read pointed us that when buying your 1st RV, purchase your 3rd one which makes lots of sense due to the myriad of options out there. But with those requirements, we decided on a new coach and the Tiffin brand. Specifically the Tiffin Allegro Open Road 31SA.

The main reasons where: a) Tiffin reputation and quality workmanship. b) Floorplan, floorplan, floorplan c) Features and upgrade options extremely attractive.

The biggest question we’ve gotten so far is, why not Diesel? We wanted to stay small in form factor (less than 33feet) and Class A options there are limited, fuel economy is comparable between the two, and the price premium for Diesels compared to Class A gas just weren’t that attractive for us.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t find the model we liked in the color/floorplan/options combination in any of the local dealers in NY/NJ/PA. Custom building the coach was an option but with RV sales being what they are, build times are 3-4 months out. But as fortune would have it, we found the exact model with every tick mark we had listed at an RV dealer in Houston, TX.  We learned that this is actually commonplace to purchase an RV out-of-state. So we’re going to use this as our opportunity christen our RV on a maiden voyage through the South/Southeast/Northeast as a summer vacation!

So the journey starts soon. We’re leaving here within a week’s time to start our RV experience. We couldn’t be more excited and anxious. As we get familiar, I’ll post more pictures of the RV as well as our extensive plans to modify the coach to our family’s needs. See you on the road!