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Old 08-26-2015, 12:47 AM   #1
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:56 AM   #2
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:57 AM   #3
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:08 AM   #4
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What speed does it start to become noticeable?

Was it OK and then suddenly started?

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Old 08-26-2015, 09:08 AM   #5
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Sorry my phone was playing with me last night and I gave up.
Here goes. I have just picked up my new Escape 17B and am towing it with my 2009 Chevrolet Uplander van. I am also using an Anderson weight distributing hitch. It tows well until I get to 80 kph and then a vibration starts. It actually feels like the tires are out of balance. At 90 kph the vibration is still there but it is reduced by quite a bit.
I had the trailer tires balanced to make sure it wasn't them. One was out by an ounce but the other was fine. I took it for a drive and it helped only a little bit. I did have to move from one campsite to another and ended up making the short trip with a 3/4 full black tank and an almost empty fresh water tank. I also placed 3 full 10L water jugs under the front seats of the trailer thinking maybe I didn't have enough tongue weight ( it does feel like an out of balance tire and not a sway). With the extra weight it didn't vibrate as much. It was actually quite better. I also stopped in a parking lot and measured the trailer to make sure it was towing level and it was level to within 1/8 of an inch..
So....I'm still not sure what my problem is. At this point I'm thinking maybe it is the wind coming off of the van funny and buffeting the trailer.I'm thinking of trying a wind deflector on the top of my van. Has anyone else had a simular problem?
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Old 08-26-2015, 09:10 AM   #6
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To be more accurate the vibration starts to build just before 80 kph gets bad at 80 then subsides as I get closer to 90.
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Old 08-26-2015, 09:37 AM   #7
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how about tire balance on the van?
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Old 08-26-2015, 09:43 AM   #8
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To be more accurate the vibration starts to build just before 80 kph gets bad at 80 then subsides as I get closer to 90.
Hi: Weezy... I would add 5-10#'s of air to the rear tires on the van and test tow again. Could be a very cheap fix... unless you use expensive air!!! Alf
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Do you have a tongue scale to accurately measure your tongue weight? Here is a good one, http://www.amazon.com/Sherline-LM-10...gue+scalecheck that and balance your tow vehicle tires and check your front end alignment and then report back.
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:32 PM   #10
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Vehicle wheel alignment does not solve vibration problems. Loose steering components, tires(balance or runout) , and worn drive train components are the usual cause of vibration. If the problem is the tow vehicle, it would be evident when the vehicle is not towing a trailer. Tire balance problems usually are noticeable at a particular speed . The vibration may not be noticeable above or below the symptom speed.
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