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Old 06-23-2013, 08:23 PM   #1
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I have a 97 28ft. widebody that seems to want to walk when being towed, does anyone know what might be causing this. Thanks Paula
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:35 PM   #2
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What do you mean by "walk"? Do you mean sway? Is it crabbing?
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If you mean the trailer doesn't want to stay straight behind you it could be "sway" where stern moves back and forth.

Improper loads in AS moving weight too far aft will lighten tongue. This is dangerous.

If happening with wind gusts and trailer properly loaded and proper tongue weight, etc, a friction sway control will probably help. It does for my 34'.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:01 PM   #4
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What is the condition of your tires/bearings/shocks/axles? Bad tires/bearings can cause the trailer to be unruly.
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Has it ever been aligned?
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Any trailer will appear to walk sideways on slanted roads. A trailer that has been repaired incorrectly may not be square; e.g:

* Trailer tongue on centerline of trailer.
* Distances from center of front hubs to center of trailer ball should match.
* Distances from center of rear hubs to center of trailer ball should match.


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Somewhere here on the forum I someone posted a relatively simple procedure for checking the alignment of the axles. Probably need 2 people and a long tape measure but that would be my best guess as a starting point. If you've had it awhile and it's been a persistent problem maybe checking your tire tread wear might give you some insight also. Good luck with it.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:07 PM   #8
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CWF, I was wondering if Friction Sway Control are the same as sway bar or is that something different? The trailer has just started doing this and tires are good and wheelbearing were packed last month. I am having tv looked at tomorrow, 2005 toyota tundra. Thanks for all the help, hope to get this solved soon. Paula
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CWF, I was wondering if Friction Sway Control are the same as sway bar or is that something different? The trailer has just started doing this and tires are good and wheelbearing were packed last month. I am having tv looked at tomorrow, 2005 toyota tundra. Thanks for all the help, hope to get this solved soon. Paula
Howdy Miss Paula,
Friction sway control is one like this on ours


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It is the part labeled EAZ- lift ...it attaches between the hitch and trailer tongue. Crank the handle to increase friction or reduce. Pretty simple.
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:14 AM   #11
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Paula, Paula here...

I'm In Virginia, so I guess that makes me "east coast Paula"

At any rate - I didn't have any tracking problems with my rig before the accident, but boy I wouldn't have towed it any farther than to a reliable repair facility with that kind of problem. There are a dozen things that could cause this problem and you'll have to go after them one at a time until you've verified everything in your setup is right.

If this just popped up after your hubs were greased... well I'd say start there. It may be coincidental, but if the work was done wrong, you could have grease all over one or two brakes... or someone might have accidentally shorted out the wiring and you could have a brake dragging. Get a friend and go to a parking lot - if a brake is dragging it can be heard by someone standing beside the trailer... check in the direction of the drag first.

Do you notice more dragging on left vs. right ... or vice versa? Check tire inflation on both the tow vehicle and trailer - I once saw a friend who had her left side tires inflated 10 lbs less than the right side. Walked like a big crab. Next inspect the tires for tread and sidewall damage. That includes crawling UNDER the truck and trailer and looking at the inside sidewalls. If you've hit a big pothole you could also have one or more rims bent.
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Check the wheel bearings for proper tightness.
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All these posts are meaningless without the OP saying what she meant by "walking".
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:40 AM   #14
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I have a 97 28ft. widebody that seems to want to walk when being towed, does anyone know what might be causing this. Thanks Paula
Which is it?
Sway = trailer movement left to right to left to right while moving (a cargo weight distribution issue or external force issue or a combination of both)
or
Side Walking = trailer does not align with the tow vehicle while being towed in a straight line (a wheel/axle alignment issue)
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