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BIGDEP

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I have a 2005 29 foot class C Minnie. I have rear air bags and just
installed a Safe-T-Plus on the front end. Front air pressure is
60, rear is 75. I notice that I get some wandering on the front end
from small ruts or uneven roads. Any way to stop this. It is very
frustrating!!

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The only way I could stop the wandering on my Minnie Winnie was to SELL it!!
A Semi passed me on I-5 and sucked me completely into the other lane. That was the last time I drove it. Sold it two weeks later.


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Yes, I did have the wandering before the safe-t-plus. The chassis
is a 2004 ford 450.

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I had the same problem with my 2001 Winnie with a Chevy chassis. If I were you I would do two things right away. I would get the rig weighed and set the tire pressure as to the tire manufactures setting as to the weight that's being hauled. I would then get the rig aligned. After I did these two items the wondering went away in my rig.

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You may need an alignment; alignments should be done with the motorhome loaded as you would typically travel. I have a 2005 26A Minnie, also with air bags but no Safe-T-Plus. The pressures I run are 65 front, 85 rear, and I have no wandering, or any other handling issues. Did you have the wandering prior to the Safe-T-Plus installation?
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Ford chassis ? You didn't specify


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After you've completed you're alignment and you still find issues you may want to invest in a Steer Safe instead.

I like the direct application it had on the wheels that controlled the steering and keeps you in a straight line.

Safe-T-Plus is also a very good product. You may want to ensure it was installed properly w/ the wheels straight sometimes the installers miss this crucial step.

You never said if you're towing a heavy load or if the rear of your RV is over loaded. If it is nothing you can do will help you as a heavy rear end load will almost lift your front tires while driving especially when hitting a rut on the road.

Check your weight if possible. It's a pain in the butt I know but maybe necessary and you may need to unload some heavy items you maybe carrying or towing or add a ton of air in your rear bags to compensate but you need to be careful, just because the bags give an extra 5,000lbs load to carry doesn't mean your giant mini chassis has the capacity to cope w/ the load yet alone your tires and brakes.

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And finally, you have a Ford chassis, they just don't ever go down the road like some others. An alignment, tire pressure, steer safe will help, but Ford twin I beam is notorious for vague feel. I would also have your ball joints and steering links checked. They can wear in 30-60 thousand miles, it's another bad Ford twin I beam trait.

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There is no way Ford can do a proper alignment on the bare chassis. It is up to the coach manufacturer or dealer to take care of that...
Yeah right.
Take it in yourself. Not the dealer, an alignment shop with truck experience.


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I am not towing anything, and as for heavy loads in the back,
all I have are my folding chairs and some wood levelers. I have nothing under my rear bed. I could bunp up my air bags. I think they are at 70 psi.

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