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Old 03-14-2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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Wildwood Xlite - 26BH--fishtailing

I just bought a new 2010 Wildwood Xlite - 26BH, filled the fresh water tank & loading the BackPack ( est. 100#) & started down the road.
Pulling with a 2006 TrailBlazer with Weight Distributing Hitch. The trailer started fishtailing.. I slowed down & gentlely applied brakes & got it under control. Continued at about 60 MPH about 20 miles more, but with not great comfort....
Any suggestions?
Trading in 20 ft Coachmen & never had fishtailing issues.
Fairly new RV'er so any ideas are appreciated.
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:20 PM   #2
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Tighten sway bars, either that or your over towing.
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:01 AM   #3
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I had to move up to an Equalizer Hitch when I went to a larger camper. Never had an issue before but once you do the price for the new hitch is well worth the peace of mind.
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:10 AM   #4
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What speed were you going when the fishtailing started?
Is the trailer sitting level when hooked to your tow vehicle?
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:03 AM   #5
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How fast do you expect to tow? Your china bomb tires are only rated at 65 mph. Also, if you go by the wheel base chart, you need 130 inch wheel base to tow that camper. A 30 foot trailer, would require a 100 inch wheelbase. Suggestions, you need a new tow vehicle. A proper hitch set up might make you more comfortable, until stuff happens.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:13 AM   #6
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You said you had a WD hitch, but did not mention sway control. Two different things on some hitches. Other hitches have sway control built in.

Again, your TV is too short for your trailer length.

ST tires are NOT rated for speeds above 65 MPH regardless of who makes them.

You will also get MUCH better gas mileage below 65 in any case. Try holding up a 4x8 sheet of plywood in various wind speeds and you will get the idea.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:15 AM   #7
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Fishtailing

No one has ask you this question, Are you using a ANTI-SWAY bar? If not, you may try one---Maybe two. This my correct you Fishtailing problem. It did mine when I owned a 26 FT TT.

Make sure you have correct air pressure in you TV rear tires.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:38 AM   #8
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Gary, you did not post which Trail Blazer you have. The standard Trail Blazer with a 113" wheelbase is probably much too short to pull a trailer that size. The EXT with a 130" wheelbase is still a little short, but should do a better job.

IMHO, the other responding posters are on track. You need a sway system if you don't already have 1. You need to do either weigh-ins or fender measurements to see if your WDH is properly set-up.

Another thing to check is your tongue weight. The dry weight of that trailer tongue is listed as 10% of the total trailer weight. Depending on how you load your trailer, you may end up with less than a 10% tongue weight, which makes a trailer tend to sway more. See if you can get the tongue weight up around 12% by redistributing your load.
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As mentioned by others, you need anti sway!!
Either trade your WD hitch in on one with built
in anti-sway or add 2 friction flat bar- anti-sway
bars.
(We had a single flat anti-way bar on our last 19' TT
and it made a HUGE difference. I'd definitely want 2
on a 26.)

I'm happy with my hitch after 3 years.
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