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Steering stabilizer installation

by Tom Jones

This article describes how, with help from my friend Robert, I installed a Blue Ox steering stabilizer on our Monaco Camelot diesel pusher.

I purchased the Blue Ox True Center steering stabilizer and bracket from PPL Motorhomes. PPL offered a great price, they were very courteous when I called to order, and the units were delivered promptly.

Before installation, I laid out the parts on my driveway and took inventory. Everything was there, including several options for U-bolts and optional switches for the dash. Blue Ox even provided a fuse holder, fuse, crimp connectors, wire ties, and wire wrap. The "bracket" consists of the two black heavy duty metal plates shown in the picture.



The first task was to remove two of the bolts holding the axle to the frame.



This seemed easy enough, but those bolts were on really tight. I used a long bar to provide additional leverage, but broke two 1/2 inch socket extensions.



A trip to the local equipment rental shop, and I had an electric impact wrench and an impact socket. Zip-zip, and the nuts were loose. Then I attached the large metal plate using the existing bolts, and the small metal plate to the tie rod using a couple of U-bolts. Next, I attached one end of the stabilizer bar to the large metal plate, and the other end to the small metal plate.



All that was left was to run a couple of wires into the coach, hook up to 12V power, and install the switch which allows you to set/adjust the center position while driving down the road.



A brief test drive confirmed the unit was working.