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Old 07-13-2013, 02:28 PM   #113
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Once again thank you all for this storm of tips and information.

Last night, a neighbour offered to tow our Trillium around the block with his GMC Jimmy. He's used to towing a large utility trailer and a large trailer tent (24ft - 3800lbs loaded). His verdict was what you expect. The suspension is dead. The trillium rocked the Jimmy so badly ..... worse than the M-B !!
And guess what.... The car is playing up too

So... Two days ago I was about to advertise the whole bloody lot. Then I settled a bit and decided to store the Trillium for now. Get the car fixed once and for all. Shop around to make the right decisions. I don't want any quick fix.
I'll go camping in a tent this season. My son is actually looking forward to it!!

I also found in my neighbourhood a u-Haul tows by a Suzuki SX4. I talked to the owner who gave me a feedback identical to my parents'. They only feel large bump such as speed bump. I might ask them to hitch their trailer to my MB, at least I know what to expect with a trailer in good working order!
Franck,
Glad to hear you are now taking it in stride. Sounds like a good plan, to put it back and work it over later. That will give you opportunity to really do the homework, gather the correct parts and do it all right.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, that some of this simply comes down to the fact that your FGRV's have an inherently long lifespan as far as the body goes. So it's fair to say that some other components are going to need replacing in the useable life of the trailer.
It is good to remember also that a trailer that is yanking around on a tow vehicle is very hard on certain components of the car or truck. Especially driveline parts ( gears, u-joints, etc ). Good rigging is critical for everything to play together happily.
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Old 07-13-2013, 04:30 PM   #114
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That makes sense to me. Also, sorry but I don't remember the details of this Airstream - it is a tandem, right? Even without inter-axle equalization, a tandem might smooth the bumps out a bit (although doubling them in number). A tandem would also likely have more excess axle capacity (due to the problem of overloading individual axles on bumps), so it might sag more slowly.
True Brian. My Dad had the RV dealership decades ago and he specialized in small Apache tent trailers, up to 16' lightweight TT's. All were single axle trailers.

It wasn't until years later he bought a dual axle 21' Golden Falcon TT. He couldn't believe how much better the larger, heavier, 21'TT towed compared to the smaller lightweight trailers. TV then was a 72 Ford LTD with a 352 V8.
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:51 PM   #115
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True Brian. My Dad had the RV dealership decades ago and he specialized in small Apache tent trailers, up to 16' lightweight TT's. All were single axle trailers.

It wasn't until years later he bought a dual axle 21' Golden Falcon TT. He couldn't believe how much better the larger, heavier, 21'TT towed compared to the smaller lightweight trailers. TV then was a 72 Ford LTD with a 352 V8.
Ha ! Ha ! Apache Eagle ! Had one of those ! Talk about tire issues.....even being religeous at watching the pressure, we still destroyed a few of those notorious little 4.80-8 bias plys ! .....may have had something to do with the speed we would run.......ahem.....
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Glad you tracked down the issue. I hope I didn't offend with my previous line of questioning. You never know what someone's level of expertise is or what their expectations are.

My Scamp had the original '84 axle on it, and it didn't bounce too much, but I also ran the Scamp-recommended 20 PSI in the tires. I'm sure that kept the bouncing as down a bit. Most of my other trailers have/had leaf spring suspensions, which are bouncier than torsion.
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:13 AM   #117
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Ha ! Ha ! Apache Eagle ! Had one of those ! Talk about tire issues.....even being religeous at watching the pressure, we still destroyed a few of those notorious little 4.80-8 bias plys ! .....may have had something to do with the speed we would run.......ahem.....
An Eagle It was the top of the line back then at $499.(cdn). Probably $375US back in 1958! The lil Scout was $299., and the Chief $399. Yes they were very small tires by today's standards. Spare tire and wheels were the popular recommended options. Those were the days.
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:45 AM   #118
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Hi folks,

Time to give you a quick update.... finally. It's simple really... The whole axle was indeed totally worn out so I had a new one fitted. It makes all the difference; no more towing issue and/or discomfort! Problem solved. But.... unfortunately, circumstances have changed quite a bit and I can no longer keep my Trillium
I will advertise it today in the appropriate section and Kijiji greater Montreal.

Thank you again for your help and support.
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:49 AM   #119
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There's a bit of play indeed. There's a loud clunk every so often.
Once I will have found the ideal ball mount I will shim it or used the grinded weld bead technique to make it a tight fit.
There's a product called a "Hitch Vice" that clamps on the draw bar and eliminates the slop between drawbar and reciever. Building it up with weld is not good because with any rust it will be stuck on for good.
Here's a link and the only place that I've found them.
Hitch tightener: no wobble, anti rattle stabilizer device for hitch accessories
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:58 AM   #120
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Is it possibly a tire balance problem?
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