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Old 26 June 2011, 04:23   #1
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Anti snake?

A friend of mine has a 10m rib with 600HP on the back which apparently is a handful to tow, as it snakes badly, particularly down hill.

Has anyone advice on how to tame this setup. I've seen caravans with a thing like a big shock absorber fitted, would this be suitable.

Any advice welcome.
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Old 26 June 2011, 04:25   #2
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Has he measured the weight on the tow hitch?
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As Martini implied, likely not enough tongue weight. Tongue weight should be about 7% (5% minimum, up to about 10% max) of the total trailer rig weight. Too much may lighten the load on the tow vehicle's front wheels, causing steering problems. Too little causes trailer sway.

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As Martini implied, likely not enough tongue weight. Tongue weight should be about 7% (5% minimum, up to about 10% max) of the total trailer rig weight. Too much may lighten the load on the tow vehicle's front wheels, causing steering problems. Too little causes trailer sway.

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I would ask your friend to look at his car handbook as it should state a recommended Tongue weight for the model he drives.
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With 10m & 600hp I'd hazard a guess he's well over the max towing capacity of the car
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With 10m & 600hp I'd hazard a guess he's well over the max towing capacity of the car
It might be one of those useless landrovers currently being slagged elsewhere They'll pull 3500kg Not sure what an L200 will pull, probably the skin off a rice pudding...not
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So how heavy would a 10m with 600hp all up with a full tank of Go Go juice be then?
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So how heavy would a 10m with 600hp all up with a full tank of Go Go juice be then?
About 2500kg I reckon. Legal on a trailer behind a LR.
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Thanks for your comments, car is a ...... Disco3

I think he said the nose could do with being heavier, but with a boat that heavy, it would mean a massive weight on the front to make a worthwhile difference and I'm not sure how to achieve that.

Boat and trailer are new from a good manufacturer, so would hope that the trailer design was generally OK.
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I think he said the nose could do with being heavier, but with a boat that heavy, it would mean a massive weight on the front to make a worthwhile difference and I'm not sure how to achieve that.
Move the axles back on the frame to add weight to the hitch. Try a couple of inches and go from there.
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