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Old 04-29-2014, 11:36 AM   #15
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Thanks for your thought, but the steering is not locked.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:42 AM   #16
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If you have a hitch extension on it it will cause it to move you cannot get all the movement out and you compound the problem with a extender good luck ! fyi i have the same issue when i tow my 2500 hd but no problem with my jeep
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:25 PM   #17
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If you have a hitch extension on it it will cause it to move you cannot get all the movement out and you compound the problem with a extender good luck ! fyi i have the same issue when i tow my 2500 hd but no problem with my jeep
I'm not sure what you mean by an extender, but I do have an 8" drop hitch in my receiver.
It only adds a few inches to the hitch length. Doesn't seem likely that it would cause my sway problem. Interesting thought, though.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:38 PM   #18
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Is your drop hitch "tight" in the receiver or are you just using a hitch pin?
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Old 04-30-2014, 03:06 AM   #19
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Might check the wheel alignment on the toad.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:04 AM   #20
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Same deal

I sense the same is happening to me, what I have noted is the amount of slack in the fit of the drop bar in the MH receiver and the slack in the tow bar in the drop receiver add up to a lot of "slop". Have posted recently about this. This past weekend I purchased 2 hitch tighteners, I plan to install them this weekend. If nothing else they will quiet the clunking back there, and at best eliminate some of the wander.

I will let you know what happens
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Havent noticed any sway from a sloppy receiver hitch set-up but did have some front tire wear on the towed. You can get receiver stabilizers at CW for $29 each, or make you a couple for about $5--but then again, I am kind of a DIY guy
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...I do have an 8" drop hitch in my receiver.
It only adds a few inches to the hitch length.
Note that a drop hitch is like a pendulum and amplifies any movement and slop at the tow bar. As others have posted, a hitch immobilizer is a low cost add-on and definitely worth trying. I have an 8" drop hitch and without the immobilizer I can see my Jeep wandering back and forth on the highway. With it it remains straight as an arrow and eliminates any tail wagging the dog effect.
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Once you check all that has been mentioned check to see if you have a rear track rod installed. Our 2013 F-53 chassis came from the factory with a front track rod but not one on the rear. If you bought your coach used maybe one was installed by the previous owner. If you bought your coach new then it won't have one unless you had one installed.

There is always a certain amount of side to side play in the spring shackles and shocks. Installing a rear track rod will connect the differential to the frame reducing the amount of side to side movement being caused by your TOAD. It is usually referred to as, "The tail wagging the dog."

Check some of my posts and you'll see how I built mine for $45. Normal purchase price will be around $400 to $600.

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Havent noticed any sway from a sloppy receiver hitch set-up but did have some front tire wear on the towed. You can get receiver stabilizers at CW for $29 each, or make you a couple for about $5--but then again, I am kind of a DIY guy
I was at CW last week looking for them and found 2 left on shelf from old vendor, they changed supplier according to salesman, and the two were clearance priced a 60% off, and got my GS discount too. Felt happy
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Just had my toad wired, and pulled it for the first time. The coach wanders a bit while towing, but does not without the toad. The tow bar is a brand new Blue Ox. Tires are new on both vehicles. Everything is locked in and perfect. Why would it wander with the toad, and not wander without it?
Bruce, all 3 of the MH's we have traveled in have "Wagged the tail" when towing. Rear trac bar solved the problem on each.

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We can't tell we have the toad behind us. I have to send the better 1/2 to the back window to see if the toad is still there once in awhile.
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Thank you. I would appreciate hearing the result of your installation.
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I will check the "play" in the hitch, and then make whatever "fixes" it needs.
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