Traveling in an RV the Safe Way: Center Your Steering Control
For tens of thousands of people in the U.S., traveling in an RV is more than just a way to get from point A to point B. For some, it’s an enjoyable way to see our fair country that gives them more control of their itineraries; for others it’s a way of life. Whatever your reason for RVing, though, safety should always be a primary concern. That’s where Safe-T-Plus comes in. Safe-T-Plus makes products that give the driver more complete control over the vehicle, reducing the chances of an accident. Today, we’re going to give an overview on how to properly center the Safe-T-Plus steering control on your vehicle after the installation. We’re also including the link to our YouTube video, which goes into even more detail. That way, you can read about it and see how to do it. Repetition is the key to learning (and sometimes the key to centering your Safe-T-Plus, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves). What you’re trying to accomplish by centering the steering control is to get the vehicle to track straight down the road without having to hold the steering wheel to make it do so. Obviously, you don’t want to leave the steering wheel unattended — it’s not the RV version of autopilot — but to have more stability and control of your vehicle.
1. Initial Road Test
The primary goal of the initial road test is to determine the pull of your vehicle. While on a relatively flat stretch of road, take your hands off the vehicle. (This works best in one of the center lanes, as they tend to be more level.) Determine if the vehicle continues to go straight or if it pulls to the left or the right. If it continues to go straight, no adjustment is necessary. If it pulls in one direction, an adjustment is needed.
2. Find a safe location
Look for a safe location to park the vehicle and pull over.
3. Make the initial adjustment
This will require two people. Have one person hold the steering wheel in a straight position (the position the steering wheel would be in if it were going straight down the road). This is where you will make the adjustment. While that person is holding the steering wheel, the second person will go underneath the vehicle, loosen the U-bolts on the tie-rod, allow the Safe-T-Plus to center (It will center itself), and re-tighten the U-bolts. Again, watch the video so that you can get a better idea of what we’re talking about here. It’s a fairly straightforward process, though, and it’s one that can be accomplished with a wrench; there’s no need for complicated tools.
4. Second Road Test
This is just a repeat of the initial road test. Take your hands off the wheel and determine if the vehicle goes straight. If it does, you’re good to go. If it still pulls to either side, you’ll have to do another adjustment. Sometimes the Safe-T-Plus only needs one adjustment; other times it may take several. There are multiple variables that can keep the Safe-T-Plus from making the perfect adjustment, including traffic passing by or the steering wheel not being in a perfectly straight position. Therefore, sometimes multiple adjustments must be made. I’ve mentioned it twice now, but once more won’t hurt: Watch the video. Centering your Safe-T-Plus steering control is not difficult, but seeing the steps enacted will give you greater confidence and understanding of the procedures. Do you have any questions or comments about centering your Safe-T-Plus or traveling in an RV? Leave them in the comments! For extra peace of mind and safety, install the Safe-T-Plus product that’s right for you.