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Old 01-31-2018, 05:45 PM   #1
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Anyone have problem with sway in a lil snoozy?

We are wanting to buy a lil snoozy and was just curious if anyone had a problem with sway while towing?
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Old 01-31-2018, 07:54 PM   #2
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I have not heard any sway reports about Snoozys. The most important factor with dangerous sway is hitch weight, which should always be 10-15% of total trailer weight. If you do not have at least 10% on a Snoozy's hitch, I would say you've loaded it with gear incorrectly... too much behind the axle.
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I would think dragging that incredibly long extension cord behind the trailer would alleviate sway.
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:38 PM   #4
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Absolutely no sway over 40,000 miles under all kinds of conditions like down long mountain passes, high winds from all directions, passing and being passed, and the most scary time when we crested a mountain road in Wyoming to see a female moose come out into our lane and then change direction to trot down the middle of the road. We stood on the brakes and did evasive maneuvers..... no sway...... love those surge disc brakes!
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Old 01-31-2018, 09:37 PM   #5
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Thanks I figured it wasn't a big problem.
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Old 02-01-2018, 01:29 AM   #6
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uncontrollable sway is something trailers pullers should be aware of. There are many factors besides tongue weight. Every trailer will go into uncontrolled sway at some speed. The trick is keep that speed higher than you drive. Many of us have that the 60%/40% rule keep the speed higher than 60 mph. 60% of the weight in front of the axle and 40% behind the axle.
Some people seem to think that if you add weight to rear you can off set that by adding weight to the tongue. The pendulum factor doesn't change and the pendulum effect is one of factors that causes uncontrollable sway.
As I mentioned above speed is an important factor. Most trailer tires sold in the US have a 65 mph limit embedded in the side wall and along with the max tire pressure, that's cold pressure measured first thing in the morning.
I think most trailer manufacturers are well of sway and what causes it.
The word is be safe.
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We stood on the brakes and did evasive maneuvers..... no sway...... love those surge disc brakes!
It's not hard braking that brings on sway and surge brakes are no more likely to help with sway than electric brakes, possibly less likely. At least with electric brakes you can apply them independently of the TV brakes, if sway develops, and cure it. And you can easily adjust the ratio between the trailer brakes and the TV brakes to match them perfectly. Surge brakes are fine, but they are foremost a very simple solution for having brakes without having to alter the TV, And they are on boats because boat trailers get backed into the water every time they are used, which would wreck electric brakes. Lil Snoozy was very creative when they decided to put their fiberglass body on a galvanized boat trailer. Smart.
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I would think dragging that incredibly long extension cord behind the trailer would alleviate sway.
Just think of the advantages! You could run the air conditioner while on the highway and not worry about sway But, oh the havoc behind you!
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Old 02-01-2018, 12:03 PM   #9
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Any trailer will sway if it is not properly loaded and the hitch is not properly leveled.
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Old 02-01-2018, 12:46 PM   #10
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uncontrollable sway is something trailers pullers should be aware of. There are many factors besides tongue weight. Every trailer will go into uncontrolled sway at some speed. The trick is keep that speed higher than you drive. Many of us have that the 60%/40% rule keep the speed higher than 60 mph. 60% of the weight in front of the axle and 40% behind the axle.
Some people seem to think that if you add weight to rear you can off set that by adding weight to the tongue. The pendulum factor doesn't change and the pendulum effect is one of factors that causes uncontrollable sway.
As I mentioned above speed is an important factor. Most trailer tires sold in the US have a 65 mph limit embedded in the side wall and along with the max tire pressure, that's cold pressure measured first thing in the morning.
I think most trailer manufacturers are well of sway and what causes it.
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Well, I suppose technically you're correct about the "many factors." Like a much longer trailer, or an unusually short wheelbase on the tow vehicle, or inappropriate tires or tire inflation. Yet the hitch weight would be, by far, the most significant factor for a trailer the Snoozy's size.

I must point out, however, that your tire speed rating statement ("Most trailer tires sold...") may not be true any longer. When I go to the tire store for new trailer tires, the ones they now stock are 75 mph or higher... a most welcome development for me since I am often in a hurry while towing my Hauley.
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Any trailer will sway if it is not properly loaded and the hitch is not properly leveled.
Now it all makes sense! Just yesterday I went out to the garage and my trailer was busy swaying away. Some gear had been unloaded from the front and the nose was a little high on the jack.
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Don't forget about looseness at the hitch ball.
I think someone mentioned that the Lil Snoozy uses a boat trailer frame, with the axle farther back. That longer wheel base is a big factor in avoiding sway.
As such, I would expect it to have more than 10-15% of its total weight on the hitch.
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Now it all makes sense! Just yesterday I went out to the garage and my trailer was busy swaying away. Some gear had been unloaded from the front and the nose was a little high on the jack.
I can think of several reasons a parked trailer might be swaying... but I won't mention them here.
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We have towed ours for 24,000 miles with no sway. We normally drive 60-75 MPH. I ran it up to 90 one time to test for sway.
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