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dodge guy

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Acampingwewillgo wrote:

No....the tow bar does slightly angle down toward car. Might be worth a try to get a small drop hitch to see if that does the trick. Never thought about that so much because it was not that big of angle but I'm willing to try most anything.

I did a little reading in regards to this....I believe in within the 3" dip but it still might be worth a try to get the difference closer to level.


If you are within the 3” you should be OK, but some cars are less tolerant to that number. It’s worth a shot if the wiring kit is working correctly.


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Bungee cords holding the steering wheel snugly but not locked in place will help.


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georgelesley wrote:

Bungee cords holding the steering wheel snugly but not locked in place will help.


I've been thinking of doing this if my toad starts to wobble.


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Bungee 's!
Had not thought of that but sounds reasonable enough....Thank you..


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Bungee cord wrapped around the bottom of the steering wheel and hooked under the edge of the driver's seat on both sides of the BrakeBuddy handle. I've used the green/black fabric bungee that you buy in a plastic jar at Walmart, they have the plastic hooks that are non-marring. Basically 5 wraps around the wheel is about right to give the steering enough resistance to eliminate the wobble.


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It's my opinion (and purely that!) where part of the cause of DW is sloppy tow bar parts. Our new Roadmaster Falcon had 2" of side-to-side play over all of the connections:
1) Frame mounting brackets to baseplate bars
2) Baseplate bars to quick-disconnect crossbar
3) Crossbar to towbar
4) Towbar stinger to motorhome receiver

Additionally, there was a half inch of up/down play between the crossbar and baseplates.

All of this factory slop most certainly contributes to DW when towing vehicles that are susceptible to the condition.

Before our first tow across Oregon, I put a lot of effort into reducing that slop by adding thin washers where possible, and reducing the slop in the baseplate bars to the frame brackets and the stinger to receiver. We never had an issue with DW as it all felt tight and solid.

Stinger shims:
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Stinger clamp:
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Crossbar to Towbar shims:
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Crossbar to Towbar shims:
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Crossbar to Towbar vertical post shims:
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The one effect I noticed was the MH steering was twitchy, as the pickup would push left/right on the tail depending on the corners. It wasn't a big deal, but took a bit more focus than not towing.

* This post was edited 06/01/21 10:04am by BruceMc *


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georgelesley wrote:

Bungee cords holding the steering wheel snugly but not locked in place will help.


This. It was required when towing my wife's YJ Wrangler and her big Blazer-we hook them to the mount for the passenger seat.


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Set caster to upper end of specified range.

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Harvard wrote:

Set caster to upper end of specified range.


This would be the proper repair except most vehicles today have non-adjustable Caster and Camber settings.


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Including the Cherokee, which uses MacPherson struts.

This has been true on many vehicles since the 1980s.

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