HELP! We tow a 17' Escape
with a Toyota Sienna van. When we got the Escape
we had a Previa, when we got the Sienna we had to use a different hitch because the Sienna is so low, even with the higher hitch we often scrap pulling out of low driveways, i.e. gas stations, etc. It is quite a jolt, but bearable.
2 yrs ago a 9 yr old miniature poodle named Abby came to live with us. First summer she traveled with no problems, but on a long trip last June, bad tires
caused extra shimmy and vibration and even after getting new tires
she became very fearful, anxious, shaking, panting, etc. all the way home. It was horrible for us, for her, made for a stressful trip. I bought a "thunder shirt"
for her, used some aromatherapy, bought her a bed for the back seat, she calmed just a little and we made it home. Took several months for her to really like going in the car again. But she eventually became happy and willing to go, she goes everywhere with me.
Planning a long trip to the Tetons in a few weeks, we took a 'shake down' trip this weekend and her behavior started again after one bump. She was a nervous, shaking, anxious dog the whole trip. Fine out of car.
The van does feels every bump, curve, swerve, and vibration in the trailer. To us it is noticeable but we can live with it. To her it is a nightmare!
We are facing having to take this trip without the trailer if we can not find a solution and wonder if there might be a better hitching system, or some way to resolve the vibrations, etc. Has anyone else had this problem, do people think it is the tow vehicle/trailer combo creating the vibrations, etc.
Any ideas, suggestions, similar experiences that might help us would be appreciated. We are at our wits end.