A question for caravan towers.

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 23:46
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Hello there,I had a Troopcarrier (2010 model V8) towing my Goldstream full height Off-Road van via a Treg hitch and enjoyed a wonderful experience.
Recently I sold the Troopy and replaced it with a Mazda BT50 twin cab ute .
Problem.Now, at or approaching 100 km/hr my van bobs from side to side - not a fish tail - but bouncing left to right. All tyres on car and van are at 40 psi.
I'm not happy. My thoughts are worn out shockers on the van.
Any other thoughts?
Thank you in anticipation of your worthy replies,
Regards PeterS.
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Reply By: TomH - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 00:21

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 00:21
Wind vortex coming off a different shaped vehicle?????
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Reply By: mudbro2 - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 00:39

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 00:39
Is your van single or tandem axle? Maybe replace the shocks and see if it still happens. Do you have a canopy on the ute? It may be what TomH said about wind vortex. This could be a question to ask on one of the caravan forums where all the members are caravaners.
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Follow Up By: baznpud (tassie) - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 17:17

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 17:17
If you look at the original post again, you will notice peters500 has the van for sale, not to sure why he bothered to ask the question.
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Follow Up By: mudbro2 - Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 12:10

Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 12:10
To baznpud. I have read the original post again but nowhere does it say he is selling the van. Not sure which post you were reading?
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Follow Up By: baznpud (tassie) - Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 12:27

Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 12:27
mudbro2
Look at the bottom of the thread, "classifieds" van for sale.
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Reply By: Russan - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 07:00

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 07:00
Could also check wheel alignment on van
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Reply By: Erad - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 08:45

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 08:45
What about the loading of the van and tug? Are they similar?

Another thing to check is the length from the centre of the rear axle on the tug to the tow hitch. The Mazda has a long overhang, and this may be creating a strong turning moment on the tug.
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Follow Up By: Lucko - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 09:22

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 09:22
That's exactly what I found with our Colorado, too far between axle and towball. Managed to shorten the hitch shank by 100mm, made sure we carried plenty of weight over the ute axle, reduced weight carried behind the van axles and reduced the van tyre pressures marginally. This helped no end.
From what I've read, this is a common issue with the increased popularity of utes towing caravans.
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Reply By: Member - wicket - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 10:05

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 10:05
you might find some answers here
http://www.caravancouncil.com.au/#!technical-articles/cbu9

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Reply By: Member - peters500 - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 10:29

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 10:29
Thank you to all those who have replied - I'm onto it! Regards PeterS500.
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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 11:08

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 11:08
Did I read that right,
You sold the V8 troopy and brought a Mazda????

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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 11:29

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 11:29
mark +1 - that was my first reaction.....
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Follow Up By: Member - mark D18 - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 11:59

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 11:59
Scott
If you read it as well it must be right.
Thought I was seeing things.

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Follow Up By: TomH - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 17:47

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 17:47
Always someone different
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Follow Up By: Slow one - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 21:11

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 21:11
Yep, spoke to Peter and he said he has traded up to a better vehicle.
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Reply By: Member - Will 76 Series - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 19:50

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 19:50
Why would you do that?
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Reply By: Member - peters500 - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 22:23

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 22:23
I just checked the replies to my query about towing. But I see instead that I need to apologise to two respondents.
To Mark D18 because I had the cheek to sell my Toyota and buy a Mazda. Unforgiveable!
And then Baznpud suggested I didn't even need to ask my question as I was selling the van.
Well to these two officious and self appointed moderators I say "mind your own effing business".
To all the others who considered my situation and offered their helpful replies - without comment - I say "thank you".
PeterS500.
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Follow Up By: Member - mark D18 - Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 22:50

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 22:50
Sorry peter

Obviously A bit of a touchy subject .

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