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Unread 09-20-2013, 03:13 PM   #1
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Trailer fishtailing

I've got a great off-road trailer but it's all over the road. Talking to a friend that (claims to have) built a lot of trailers, he says the wheels need more toe in. As it stands,it looks like they have no toe in at all.

Is there a simple way to adjust this?

The axle is a single tube style so I don't really know what could be done.

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Unread 09-20-2013, 08:24 PM   #2
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Fish tailing is almost always caused by inadequate tongue weight. More tongue weight, less fishtailing. I am not saying that there are not other causes for it, but I haven't seen any of them.
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Fish tailing is almost always caused by inadequate tongue weight. More tongue weight, less fishtailing. I am not saying that there are not other causes for it, but I haven't seen any of them.
Agreed.

Having a single axle trailer with the axle mounted too far forward on the frame will contribute to the problem of too little tongue weight.

Additionally, the tongue weight can be affected by tongue pitch. Try to use a hitch arrangement that puts the trailer frame level, or in a slightly nose-down pitch.

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No one here knows what they are talking about. You should try Pirate 4x4 they will be happy to help you.

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Unread 09-20-2013, 08:53 PM   #4
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Fish tailing is almost always caused by inadequate tongue weight. More tongue weight, less fishtailing. I am not saying that there are not other causes for it, but I haven't seen any of them.
Hmmm... The axle on this one is mounted almost dead center of a 4x4 box. There is almost no weight on the tongue regardless of load. Here I was thinking that was a plus!

I suppose I could mount a rack on the tongue and force some weight further from the center.


My other takeaway is that I simply must go out and buy a welder now and get to hacking.... Just gotta sell the idea to the wife.

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Unread 09-20-2013, 09:05 PM   #5
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Just throw some weights or something heavy in the very front of the trailer, take it for a drive. Should solve your problem, if not look for something else.....
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Yea, those trailers are meant for about 25 mph. Just bite the bullet and move the axle back a foot. Ever see one of those blacktop pots rolling down the road behind a dump truck wagging all over the place? That's the same principle that is making you miserable.
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Unread 09-27-2013, 09:43 PM   #7
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A swaying trailer would be nerve-racking being towed by a Jeep.

I'd also like to hear how it tows with weight in the front?

My trailer has a battery box in front, plus some water jugs and tools. Lighter stuff is over the axle and to the back. But even if the trailer is empty, it has no swaying (just bounces some more). The axle is in a good position back. I have a ball mount with a 4" drop and the trailer's nose tips down just a bit.

Keep us updated, and what size are the tires? Picture?
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