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Old 07-08-2014, 07:42 PM   #1
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Popup Suspension question

2010 Coleman Destiny Westlake: I am having fishtailing over 60mph. Took the tires to the dealer since the shoulders of both tires are wearing.

Tire shop says its due to the camper bouncing. (PS, they weren't balanced...I have seen odd wear like that before when tires were not balanced).

At any rate, I started to look at the suspension, typical leaf suspension but then I noticed how the leafs were attached and I thought it was odd. can you guys take a look at your pups to see if they are mounted differently?

The first two pix are the rear mount and the third pic is the front mount of the leaf springs. Looks like they tightened the bolt to bend the bracket to wedge the leafs in the UP position.

Also I thought it was odd, that the leafs are mounted so far to the rear. Seems with the multiple bolt holes on the front mount they would have mounted it further forward so the bend on the rear would engage.

Just my unqualified $0.02.
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Old 08-24-2014, 11:40 AM   #2
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It looks normal to me, and similar to set ups I've owned. Keep in mind u need that little bit of slack in the rear mount so the spring can retract without hitting the horizontal bolt when wheels droop after a bump or if you jacked up under frame

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Old 08-25-2014, 09:36 PM   #3
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Agreed and.thanks. I later found the rear bolts had been over tightened so that the leafs were unable to move to absorb the bumps. I bent the brackets back to their original locations, purchased new tires and will test drive it this week. I am anxious to see if the fish tailing stops .
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I know this is an older post, but if anyone else is reading it for solutions my first suggestion would be to check the tongue weight. 12% of the trailers total weight should be on the tongue for best towing experience. Sway not induced by wind or a passing semi usually points to light tongue weight. Move some heavier items fore of the axle.
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:04 PM   #5
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Totally agree. I noticed the previous owner had filled the fresh water tank to put some tongue weight on it. The tank is located near th front of the unit
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:59 PM   #6
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I too own a 2010 Westlake and had swaying issues. I made sure the weight distribution was correct, tires pressure correct, etc...

I installed a sway bar and the corrected the problem. Recently I replaced the tire with Goodyear radial tires and that help as well

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