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Old 29 March 2004, 16:32   #1
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Trailer Wobble

I moved my boat back on the trailer by 2 feet as the nose was really heavy. Its now lots better, but the trailer now wobbles at 60mph from side to side. Very disturbing. I assume this is a direct result of moving the weight.

Do people agree that a light trailer nose causes wobble.
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Old 29 March 2004, 16:36   #2
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Yes, that or too many Stellas before setting out
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In your cars handbook it should state recommended nose weights for trailers, mine is 50-80kg. Experiment within your cars recommended range to start with, maybe moving the spare futher forward would help!
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Andy,

How heavy was too heavy?

Remember this whilst towing,

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If you increase.....

your speed the wobble WILL stop. I know that's not the answer you want however, it's a handy tip for anyone towing. I was taught and had demonstrated that this is how you stop a wobble. Most people would either brake or slow down which, only causes both the car and item being towed to lose control.
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Hmm. I certainly wouldn't advise that!

A correctly loaded trailer, suitable for the job, should not sway dangerously. If it does start then the best course of action is to slow down by just keeping yout feet off all the pedals. I do agree with not braking though!

If you accelerate it may (or may not) cure the sway, but you've still got to get back through the swaying speed when you decelerate. If accelerating doesn't cure the sway it can rapidly get out of control as the movements get bigger and the speed increases.

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A light trailer nose will definitely cause 'wobble'
I would try moving the boat forward again.
Only a foot or so this time.

What car are you towing it with Andy?

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Agree with JK. If the caravan ever starts doing this I always reduce speed but not by braking. The nose weight must be right for the car. Get it sorted or you might live to regret it or maybe you wont!
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I tried the "speed up" technique once.

Never again!

I ended up snaking over both lanes of the dual carriageway and nearly took the back end off the car. Lucky there was no traffic near me (certainly wasn't once they saw me snaking around!)

Problem at that point was a loose wheel on the (horsebox) trailer.

Thing is, you never really know what's caused the wobble - minor handling problem or a mechanical problem with the trailer.

Just slow down, then at least you'll have a problem at a lower speed, not a higher one.
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