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Old 12-06-2016, 10:57 AM   #1
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followup on sway or not to sway

Great discussion on sway bars and towing...

We have decided that a sway bar addition is required so will be adding this ASAP. Norm's comment on being good insurance for safety and looking at all the videos posted convinced me.

We may have another issue I am not sure how to solve. Last year we hit that very wide (6') & high (18") speed table in Florida that impacted the hitch attachment on the TV (ripped it loose at the frame) and damaged the trailer tongue.

The trailer was been fixed with a new crank up and the small tweak in the jack platform was straightened. The hitch has been welded to the frame more or less in the same place as the factory mounts seemed to be.

It now it appears that the ball on the receiver is sloping down and no longer level. Hmm Scamp suggests 21" height for trhe 16' but we now measure only 18" at to of ball.

The Scamp towed fine for the past year and it was not until the rear bike rack was added it became squirrley.

Maybe have to find a new TV?

I will try the anti-sway and see how it pulls.

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Old 12-06-2016, 03:48 PM   #2
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Great discussion on sway bars and towing...

The Scamp towed fine for the past year and it was not until the rear bike rack was added it became squirrley........


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There's your answer.
Shift some weight forwards to compensate.
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Old 12-06-2016, 03:55 PM   #3
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Sway bar cont.

Yep did that and virtually all weight was shifted forward to the bathroom bulkhead as well as computer bag (30+ lbs) and other heavier items (3 gallons of water) placed in the shower floor.

So a hundred or so lbs. werre shifted forward. Also added a new and a much larger deep ccyle battery adding an addtional 20 lbs or so to the battery box over the small battery that came with the Scamp.
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Old 12-06-2016, 04:06 PM   #4
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Do you travel with the fresh water tank empty? Water weight: ~8lbs. per gallon, it can add up.
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Yep did that and virtually all weight was shifted forward to the bathroom bulkhead as well as computer bag (30+ lbs) and other heavier items (3 gallons of water) placed in the shower floor.

So a hundred or so lbs. werre shifted forward. Also added a new and a much larger deep ccyle battery adding an addtional 20 lbs or so to the battery box over the small battery that came with the Scamp.
OK - good start.
But the bike rack is at the rearmost extremity.
Have you re-weighed the trailer?
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OK - good start.
But the bike rack is at the rearmost extremity.
Have you re-weighed the trailer?

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Get your trailer weighted like Jim says then put your bathroom scale under the tongue jack.
You need between 10-15% of the total trailer weight, don't forget the bikes, on the tongue. 15% is better and 10% can get a little squirrely under certain conditions.

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Bring your hitch ball up three inches. Adj hitch, me thinks. so that you are level, there about. Carl
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Are the bikes and bike rack solid so that they don't wiggle back and forth? I've seen some that fit really loose and cringe as I pass those guys (or they pass me) on the highway. It does seem that most people that have sway problems also have bikes on a rack in the back. That extra weight on the tail of the dog really affects handling adversely. :-(
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