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Old 01-13-2021, 08:37 PM   #1
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Cool Thor ACE steering stabilizer

I have a 30.1 Thor Ace and wish to improve the steering. Has anyone advise as to what brand stabilizer I should use.
I have some play in the steering and want to remove same.
Thanks for any advice and experience you have had.

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Old 01-13-2021, 10:29 PM   #2
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I have a 30.1 Thor Ace and wish to improve the steering. Has anyone advise as to what brand stabilizer I should use.

I have some play in the steering and want to remove same.

Thanks for any advice and experience you have had.


I’ve used both the SafeTPlus and the Roadmaster. Installation and adjustment is the same and they function the same. The Roadmaster appears to my inexperienced eye to be slightly more robust but between these two I’d say get whichever is cheaper or more readily available. If you aren’t going to install it yourself I’ve been told that the SafeTPlus people will install it for free if you buy it from them at their shop. I think the effect on handling is pretty worthwhile.
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Old 01-14-2021, 04:15 AM   #3
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I have a hurricane 29m and i installed the roadmaster. I went with it due to price and similar functionality to the safe-t-plus. Night and day difference in how the coach handles and to be honest I do not know why they don't add them at the factory.
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Old 01-14-2021, 06:13 AM   #4
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I have a former Cruise America Thor Majestic 25' I replace the factory stabilizer when the unit had 128,000 miles on it. Needless to say the factory stabilizer was worn out. I purchased a Bilstein stabilizer (along with four Bilstein hd shocks), installed it myself (took maybe 1/2 hour), and it was a direct replacement of the factory model. It was a Big Improvement in stopping the "wandering." The new shocks gave the unit a more stabilized feeling.
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Old 01-14-2021, 10:59 AM   #5
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As I understand it, the Biltstein is just a hydraulic damper like a shock absorber. The Roadmaster and Safe T Plus both have springs that keep the steering centered.

But if it works for you …….

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Old 01-14-2021, 01:21 PM   #6
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As I understand it, the Biltstein is just a hydraulic damper like a shock absorber. The Roadmaster and Safe T Plus both have springs that keep the steering centered.

But if it works for you …….

David
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Old 01-14-2021, 01:30 PM   #7
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As I understand it, the Biltstein is just a hydraulic damper like a shock absorber. The Roadmaster and Safe T Plus both have springs that keep the steering centered.

But if it works for you …….

David


That is correct. The SafeTPlus has its spring inside a cover but the Roadmaster has it outside and it’s easy to see how it works. I think the spring makes the biggest difference in routine handling while the “shock absorber” function adds benefit for gusty winds, front tire blowout or for occasions when a front wheel drops off the pavement. Before I bought mine I was driving my class A on a country two lane when a distracted oncoming driver (on her cellphone) wandered into my lane. Swerving on to the shoulder involved a drop off and it was one of the scariest driving moments in memory. Haven’t “tried it” since installing the Roadmaster but I believe it’d help a lot.
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Old 01-14-2021, 08:19 PM   #8
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As I understand it, the Biltstein is just a hydraulic damper like a shock absorber. The Roadmaster and Safe T Plus both have springs that keep the steering centered.

But if it works for you …….

David
David,
You may be right about the Biltstein's just being a hydraulic damper, but at least on my unit, when I now turn a corner the steering wheel returns to center. When the old stabilizer was in place, I had to manually center the steering wheel after making the turn. It reminded me of driving an old farm truck. The stabilizer and shocks were part of a package deal and I'm very happy with them.
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Old 01-14-2021, 08:25 PM   #9
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David,
You may be right about the Biltstein's just being a hydraulic damper, but at least on my unit, when I now turn a corner the steering wheel returns to center. When the old stabilizer was in place, I had to manually center the steering wheel after making the turn. It reminded me of driving an old farm truck. The stabilizer and shocks were part of a package deal and I'm very happy with them.
Return to center after a turn is a function of the caster setting in an alignment. Did you also have your coach aligned after installing the upgrades?
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Old 01-15-2021, 04:29 AM   #10
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Return to center after a turn is a function of the caster setting in an alignment. Did you also have your coach aligned after installing the upgrades?
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Old 01-15-2021, 11:31 PM   #11
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Old 01-16-2021, 06:37 PM   #12
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I replaced tires with toyo m154s and it improved handling so much I don’t plan on doing any mods to steering.
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Old 01-20-2021, 06:28 PM   #13
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Steering stabilizer

I have made just one 300 miles in my ACE30.3 since installing the Roadmaster Steering stabilizer. It was very windy and I felt it made a lot of improvement. Don't have to move the Steering wheel so much to stay in the lane.
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Old 01-20-2021, 06:29 PM   #14
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Interesting about the Bilsteins

I too installed a Bilstein steering stabilizer and Bilstein shocks all around. Didn't do my homework on the spring but the steering and ride is much better.
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Old 01-20-2021, 06:57 PM   #15
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I have a 30.1 Thor Ace and wish to improve the steering. Has anyone advise as to what brand stabilizer I should use.
I have some play in the steering and want to remove same.
Thanks for any advice and experience you have had.
I had the Safe-T-Plus installed on our ACE but the Roadmaster should be just as effective. Do yourself and your coach a huge favor and have the front end aligned to. The cheap handling fix helps too.
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Old 01-20-2021, 09:04 PM   #16
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I had the Safe-T-Plus installed on our ACE but the Roadmaster should be just as effective. Do yourself and your coach a huge favor and have the front end aligned to. The cheap handling fix helps too.


Steering stabilizer is a reasonable DIY project too, if you have a stout breaker bar. Adjustment can take take a couple of tries but it’s simple enough.
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Old 01-20-2021, 09:16 PM   #17
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I too installed a Bilstein steering stabilizer and Bilstein shocks all around. Didn't do my homework on the spring but the steering and ride is much better.
See posts #5 and #7 in this thread.
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Old 01-21-2021, 12:35 PM   #18
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Sumo bump stops

Sumo bump stops also helped a lot and are very easy to install.
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Old 06-23-2021, 05:09 AM   #19
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Thor Ace Steering Stabilizer

I am brand new to this forum and to the Thor ACE. We drove a 37' Newmar for over 15 years and just bought a used 2016 ACE with 15,000 miles.
Today we completed a 500 mile trip with about half on interstate and intentionally the other half on a two lane curvy road with many very high hills and wind consistently over 25 mph.
I am fine with the handling, effect of semi trucks (actually not much) but would like to know if any one has done any mod that would give a softer ride. When hitting bad bridge joints, potholes or even large highway expansion joints the impact is really harsh. Doesn't unsettle the coach in any way but I would compare the effect to an old sedan with no shocks and very weak springs. The other effect is steering wheel feed back. Only the very newest stretches of brand new blacktop give a smooth feedback. No wheel shimmy, no following ruts, just constant "rattle" back through the steering wheel.
I look forward to staying in touch with all of you.
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