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riverboaterbill

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Posted: 05/23/21 10:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Guys,
I am considering a Safe T steering stabilizer for my 2020 Ford 450 chassis Leprechaun Class C. I would appreciate advice from anyone who has tried this addition. It is expensive so I am being cautious. Thanks in Advance! Bill

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Seems like they make a bigger difference on gas rigs than DPs. I removed the Safe- T-Plus (made in Atlanta) on my DP until I could make it adjustable on the fly...poor man’s Comfort Drive. I would not have bought one but since it was paid for, making it adjustable made it worthwhile. It made driving tiring when driving with a cross wind... have to hold the steering wheel off center/not straight ahead. In their older ads they admit it makes it harder for a driver to oversteer their rig... probably the biggest advantage. I realize there are plenty of happy owners that will recommend adding one.

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For me, it seems like it creates a problem rather than fixing one.

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riverboaterbill wrote:

Hi Guys,
I am considering a Safe T steering stabilizer for my 2020 Ford 450 chassis Leprechaun Class C. I would appreciate advice from anyone who has tried this addition. It is expensive so I am being cautious. Thanks in Advance! Bill


What symptoms are you trying to fix ? Make sure you try the correct remedy.

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Posted: 05/24/21 10:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Positive caster is natures stabilizer. Too little +caster will create a steering dead "do nothing" zone between left and right at highway speeds.

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Tire pressure and caster are the first two things to address to improve steering on the Ford E-van.

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Thanks Guys! I had a through and accurate alignment from a truck center and they said they increased the caster as much as possible with stock Ford parts. I also installed a TPMS to monitor tire pressure. It still is a bear to drive especially with a cross wind or passing truck. I understand it is a high profile vehicle but I am hoping to find something to tame it down. I appreciate the replies!


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I had the same problem.
I needed the Ford bushings added to gain more caster. I also added a rear track bar which bolts to the frame and rear axle. It eliminates any side movement which translates to the steer axle. This was a great improvement.

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riverboaterbill wrote:

Thanks Guys! I had a through and accurate alignment from a truck center and they said they increased the caster as much as possible with stock Ford parts. I also installed a TPMS to monitor tire pressure. It still is a bear to drive especially with a cross wind or passing truck. I understand it is a high profile vehicle but I am hoping to find something to tame it down. I appreciate the replies!


I upgraded the shock absorbers which not only reduced the banging when going over small obstacles like rail road tracks but also cut the side roll you speak of in half. With a front and rear stabilizer bar and new shocks it drove like a different vehicle. And yes, proper wheel alignment.

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No mention of your tire pressures... Get the rig weighed loaded as you normally travel and then check the load/inflation tables from your tire manufacturer. Nothing else can give you the right pressures for your your rig. Ignore the door sticker and the max psi on the sidewalls.

Most Ford chassis Class C's can be cured of any ride and handling issues by doing a proper alignment to include upping the + caster and simply inflating your tires for the load they are actually carrying. At just a year old your original shocks should still be fine but down the road {so to speak} plan on upgrading. I went with heavy duty Bilstein's and they have been awesome.

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