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Old 03-19-2015, 09:24 AM   #1
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Coach sways with bike in garage

I have a 2014 XLR 30fqsl. I mounted my Condor chock on the drivers side, loaded my Electra Glide and discovered that the trailer would "wiggle" while being towed. It did not wiggle before the bike was loaded. A full load of water reduced the sway to a manageable level, but still produced noticeable tire wear on my tow vehicle (3/4 ton Dodge diesel).
Will centering my bike in the garage eliminate the sway? I tow in the winter and a tank full of water is not always possible.
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Old 03-19-2015, 11:07 AM   #2
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You need more weight on or in front of the axle. If most of your weight is aft of the axle you will definitely have more swaying.
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Old 03-19-2015, 11:17 AM   #3
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You need more weight on or in front of the axle. If most of your weight is aft of the axle you will definitely have more swaying.
Agree, not enough tongue weight.
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Old 03-19-2015, 11:18 AM   #4
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I agree with the above. You need to spend $20 at a truck stop scale and figure out your weights:
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Old 03-19-2015, 11:29 AM   #5
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in addition to the above suggestions, I added a 2nd friction sway bar from Harbor Freight for $40 to my setup. It worked really well for me.

I have my Road Glide Ultra, about same weight as your Electra Glide, on the left side of my garage and that makes no difference on mine.

Also, are you using a weight distribution hitch? If so, can you adjust it to move less weight off the hitch?

Good luck, I know the sway can be very annoying and even dangerous.
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Old 03-19-2015, 11:44 AM   #6
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Load the bikes at an angle so they span the width.
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Old 03-19-2015, 01:00 PM   #7
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Agree with the tongue weight problem and I would also consider looking into a Hensley or Pro-pride hitch.
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To be safe with a standard (vice 5th wheel) trailer you should have between 7% and 10% of the total weight of the towed vehicle on the tongue.
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This Nitro is a TT not a 5er. It seems weird that a vehicle designed for hauling several "toys" would be so easy to unbalance. A full load of water puts weight equal to the Harley on the other side of the axles. I am wondering about a different hitch although I think a truck with duals might be the answer too $$$$
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Old 03-19-2015, 02:07 PM   #10
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Trailers don't sway any less behind a DRW truck. You might just feel it less. Better sway control is your answer but loading the garage will always make a trailer sway a touch more. Even on 5vers.
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