Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-18-2014, 01:48 AM   #1
Site Team
 
Terier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 9,616
MH towing Jeep - is this normal?

I'm curious...

While on the freeway today I was nervous being behind a motorhome that was towing a Jeep with all 4 wheels on the pavement. The Jeep and the back end of the MH was all over the lane the whole time. After I switched lane I could see the Jeep drifting side to side with the MH rear following but not so much the front of the MH. It was strange to watch.

Is this normal when towing with MH?
__________________

__________________
Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

2011 Salem Cruise Lite 20RBXL & 2011 Toyota Tundra Dbl Cab
Camping History: 45 Trips / 133 Nights / 3736 Miles
FRF Social Group: Campers of the West
Terier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2014, 06:21 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
RSchleder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Iowa
Posts: 1,277
NO!!!!! Something was wrong with the tow setup. We've towed several vehicles behind our 3 diesel pushers and the TOAD was rock solid behind the coach. There should be no side to side (whipping) movement at all when you have the proper tow plate on the TOAD and a good, well designed, name brand tow bar!
__________________

__________________
RSchleder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2014, 06:24 AM   #3
Plain Old Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Full Timing in South Louisiana
Posts: 1,938
Very normal to see a Jeep as a toad, 4 wheels down. We towed a Honda Fit with both our motorhomes, and it tracked really well. I've seen a lot of Jeep Wranglers and such around us behind the MH's. Not sure why his rig was swaying all over the road though. Probably, driver induced, but may have had other unknown issues. Normally 4 down will track really well.
__________________
John and Rebecca Dickson
Emma-7 / Little John-5 / Iva-1
Full Timing Again, Rev B
2013 Ford F-350 Lariat CC LB PSD
2015 SOB TT - With OC's Awning Poles (#8)
At least in Heaven, RVs will be perfect, and I won't have to keep fixing them.
BigJohnD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2014, 07:37 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Arefbee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Eastern PA
Posts: 875
I see Jeep toads pretty often without issues. It could have been road induced, but the Jeep may have been the source of the issue as well if it was badly aligned or had one or two soft tires.
Was it a Class A or a Class C motorhome?
__________________
2011 PrimeTime Tracer 2600rls
2001 GMC Yukon XL 2500, 6.0L 4.10:1 axle ratio
Nights camping 2014 - 17
2013 - 15
Arefbee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2014, 07:44 AM   #5
Engineer of Crazy Train
 
ChooChooMan74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Tiverton, RI
Posts: 1,559
From my racing days (many years ago, so this is coming from the archives of what is left of my brain), if it is an alignment issue, there could not be enough caster or there is too much tow in. Caster, as the name applies, helps keep the wheel straight. Just think of a caster on a shopping cart that is working properly. It stays straight in the direction of travel. For too much tow in, it makes the vehicle dart left and right. Think of the wheels like / \ and if one wheel gets more traction (bump) over the other, it will dart in the way that wheel is turned. I had that issue with my Jeep, as the alignment went out this winter. Now that it is aligned, it tracks straight.

Now, since I know nothing about tow bars, maybe it could be a bad tow bar setup. But others will have to chime in.
__________________
TV - 2015 Ram Truck EcoDiesel
TV - 2006 Jeep Liberty Turbo Diesel (Retired to Daily Driver)
TT - 2015 Rockwood Roo 183
Locomotive Engineer
Nights Camping --- 2015 - 19 Camped | Winterized -- 2014 -18
Come read my Camping Blogs
ChooChooMan74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2014, 01:15 PM   #6
Site Team
 
Terier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 9,616
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arefbee View Post
I see Jeep toads pretty often without issues. It could have been road induced, but the Jeep may have been the source of the issue as well if it was badly aligned or had one or two soft tires.
Was it a Class A or a Class C motorhome?
It was a Class A motorhome.
__________________
Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

2011 Salem Cruise Lite 20RBXL & 2011 Toyota Tundra Dbl Cab
Camping History: 45 Trips / 133 Nights / 3736 Miles
FRF Social Group: Campers of the West
Terier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2014, 01:40 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Ford Idaho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Idaho
Posts: 9,840
I saw two A class rigs with a jeep behind them one was a standard the other was a four door both looked just fine, no motion side to side that I saw and both were at or over 70 MPH when they passed me.
__________________
2016 F350 6.7L LB CC Reese 28K 2014 Chaparral Lite 266sab
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." 2014 19 days camping 2015 17 days camping201620 days camping
Ford Idaho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2014, 01:52 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
BamaBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Whereever our Berkshire is Parked!
Posts: 6,987
Sounds like something was SERIOUSLY wrong with their TOAD setup
__________________
Bob & Anne-Marie [BamaBob & 6 Actual]
| 2017 Berkshire XLT 43A with Ultrasteer Tag | Blue Ox Avail + KarGard II |
| SMI AF-1 Air Brake | 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland TOAD | Pedego Bikes |
Nights Camped: 2013 - 24 • 2014 - 42 • 2015 - 56 • Jul 2016 - Fulltime •
BamaBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2014, 01:52 PM   #9
Site Team
 
Terier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 9,616
I didn't think it was normal and wouldn't want to be the driver either.

Based on my speed the MH in question was doing 65 mph. Here in SoCal the speed limit is 55 when towing. This area is a heavy traveled freeway especially with trucks. Even the semi trucks were moving out of the way.
__________________
Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

2011 Salem Cruise Lite 20RBXL & 2011 Toyota Tundra Dbl Cab
Camping History: 45 Trips / 133 Nights / 3736 Miles
FRF Social Group: Campers of the West
Terier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2014, 01:53 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Campin Cajun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Cut Off, La.
Posts: 1,830
I tow a Wrangler behind my coach. It has 35" tires with a 3" lift. No side to side. I have the rear view camera on it the whole time I am driving and I have never noticed any side to side motion.

Was the front of the motorhome going side to side also? Maybe the driver had a "few" too many.
__________________

__________________
2013 Berkshire 390BH
Campin Cajun is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
towing

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:09 PM.