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Old 06-08-2015, 02:54 PM   #1
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Towing - help with tail wag?

1991 Damon Escaper Ultrasport 31ft - a lot of rear end extension beyond the rear axle, thus the tail wag effect. Just put on hitch for trailer/Harley tow. Does towing cut down the tail wag effect much? ..or should I look into a trac bar? TKs for any advice.
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A track bar will be a definite improvement, but you can only do so much with a long overhang. When the coach builder shortchanges the frame size vs the body, you are going to have less than wonderful handling.
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Good point.. I drove it loaded light as hell (even low gas). Sure that didn't help. I'll hook up a single axle trailer with road king on board soon. We'll see how that effects the handling.
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If you have any sort of choice, a longer trailer tongue tends to stabilize the trailer "wag".

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Good point.. I drove it loaded light as hell (even low gas). Sure that didn't help. I'll hook up a single axle trailer with road king on board soon. We'll see how that effects the handling.
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I know it isn't a popular thing to do, but some more tire pressure will stiffen the sidewalls and will help some if reducing "wag" is more important than a little harsher ride..
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Check your rear tire pressures. You may need to run them as firm as possible to stop sidewall squirm. My class C I went to higher load rated tires and that changed it a lot. My class A was the same and I found the PO had them set at 90 psi. I was looking at all kinds of fixes but first inflated to 105 the max for my tires. All of a sudden it was much more relaxing to drive. It may not help but it's free to try.


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1991 Damon Escaper Ultrasport 31ft - a lot of rear end extension beyond the rear axle, thus the tail wag effect. Just put on hitch for trailer/Harley tow. Does towing cut down the tail wag effect much? ..or should I look into a trac bar? TKs for any advice.
I have a track bar and i use a ''hitch immobilizer''. roadmaster and others make good ones.
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Inflate tires to max, trac bars, hitch immobilizers, longer trailer tongue (unfortunately can't mess with that one)... all great stuff. Glad I joined this place the other day. Thanks for the input. Looking at Bell Cranks as well. I think that's adding to the sloppy feel in steering.
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