Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-06-2015, 04:10 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Lanesville, IN
Posts: 8
Help! Horrible noise!

We have been on 6 outings with our Heritage Glen 30' TT and love it. First time campers. We've had some glitches and a bunch of "learning experiences" but here is a new one. Everything was great when we parked on Thursday but when we left on Sunday we had this horrible groaning sound coming from underneath the trailer and couldn't figure out where it was coming from. Think it might be the brakes?

Everything was closed up correctly and the only thing that happened from when we parked to when we left was that we had the right side up on blocks to level and it rained like crazy 2 of the 3 days. Can anyone tell me what we should check first before our first road trip coming up this weekend?
__________________

__________________
Debbie
xtranicedeb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 04:26 AM   #2
Alleged curmudgeon
 
Vern's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Southwest Michigan
Posts: 552
While it is not possible to say for certain what the noise would have been with the limited description here, such a question commonly often leads to the conclusion that the new TT owners were surprised at the popping and groaning of their weight distribution hitch (WDH). Our Equalizer hitch makes a lot of noise at arrival and departure (i.e., when turning sharply), and that is normal. Could that have been what you heard?
__________________

__________________
Lee
2013 Windjammer 3008W
2006 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 6.0L w/Equalizer 4
Nights camped: 2012 (29); 2013 (26); 2014 (40); 2015 (43); 2016 (35); 2017 (34); 2018 (39); 2019 (30)]
Vern is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 04:45 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
EastlakeRoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Eastlake, Ohio
Posts: 463
I agree, weight distribution hitchs do make a lot of noise. I would keep and eye on things and see if this is what you hear. Sometimes the trailers themselves will make some noise as well. All normal.
__________________
2014 Wildwood 300BH
2014 Ford Explorer XLT
2011 Ford F350 FX4
Eastlake, OH
EastlakeRoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 05:20 AM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Lanesville, IN
Posts: 8
OK I'm so stupid ... is the weight distribution hitch the same as the trailer hitch? Why would it suddenly make noise if it's never done it before?
__________________
Debbie
xtranicedeb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 05:49 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
RSchleder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Iowa
Posts: 1,411
Did it occur as you were turning out of your campsite onto a campground road? Yes, the WDH is the trailer hitch with weight distribution bars. These systems do creak and groan, especially when turning a sharp corner!
__________________
Days camping (2016)----181 days
Days camping (2017) --- 82 days
2016 Wildcat MAXX 28RKX (33' TT), 2007 13' Scamp
2015 Ram Laramie Hemi, w/air suspension
30 years RV'ing
11 different RV's
RSchleder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 05:52 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
nomad297's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 2,899
Problem solved!

Bruce
__________________
2016 Rockwood Windjammer 3029W Diamond
2015 Chevy 3500HD LTZ 6.0 Crew Cab 4x4 Long Bed 4.10:1 SRW
nomad297 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 06:29 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
B and B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 10,287
Send a message via AIM to B and B
You mentioned rain.... Rust metal on metal contact. What kind of hitch? If something is suppose to have grease maybe it needs some otherwise you just have to live it on friction surfaces.
B and B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 11:41 AM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 9
Weight Distribution Hitches

Your weight distribution hitch bars and sway controls should be released prior to spotting or backing a trailer. Makes it much easier on you and your rig. Especially when stretched tight enough to make it ride smooth. Also depends on whether it's raining or not...
Izzymovin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 11:55 AM   #9
Canadian Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Eastern GTA, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,722
Quote:
Originally Posted by Izzymovin View Post
Your weight distribution hitch bars and sway controls should be released prior to spotting or backing a trailer. Makes it much easier on you and your rig. Especially when stretched tight enough to make it ride smooth. Also depends on whether it's raining or not...
That's not universally true. With the Equal-i-izer system, the bars don't have to be removed for backing up. The only time I can think of that you'd be advised to remove the bars is when you're backing up an incline to park your trailer. If the trailer is on the incline and your tow vehicle is on the flat, it may be impossible to get the bars off in that situation. Otherwise, there's no need to remove the bars, unless the noise is really bothering you.

The above only relates to the Equal-i-izer WDH. I have no experience with the chain type WDH.
__________________
2019 Rockwood Signature 8290BS, Reese Revolution pinbox and B&W Patriot 18K hitch
2016 Ford F-250 XLT SuperCrew, 6.2L, 4x4, 6'9" bed, 3.73, w/ snow plow & camper pkgs.
2011 Rockwood Signature 8293SS (2015 - 2018)
2010 Rockwood Roo 23SS (2012 - 2014)

itat is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 12:25 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Boso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 1,198
Noise

If it is a equalizer hitch the more noise the better it is working that means more friction don't worry about rust it cleans itself
Boso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 01:38 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Rick_Geneseo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 148
I usually left mine on when backing on flat ground. As far as noise, i cired most of mine when i WD40 all the chains and used marine lithium grease on the trunion bars.
Rick_Geneseo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 02:43 PM   #12
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Dover, DE
Posts: 23
If you have a sway control device that hooks to the trailer tongue and your hitch head, those can suddenly make noise, especially if they get rusty.
frisbyh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 03:46 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Pixelbum1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: SW Ohio
Posts: 230
Quote:
Originally Posted by frisbyh View Post
If you have a sway control device that hooks to the trailer tongue and your hitch head, those can suddenly make noise, especially if they get rusty.
Yep, yup. I agree with you and also B&B prior re the rust. I was always
advised to not grease the contact points on the WDH as you WANT a little friction and resistance to help it "do it's thing". THAT being said tho...it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to lightly grease those points (same grease you use on the hitch ball) just to see if the problem rights itself which I think it will.It rained for two days...TT was on a tilt during that time...which unwittingly exposed one side of the WDH more to the weather and guess what...then you got the rust. However, it should go away by itself the more you drive it, sooner or later... If not then take it to the dealer and perhaps start with the bearings in the wheels? Break a leg!

PS: I never removed my WDH, or any of that when backing into a site with my former 25' TT with dual axles. I think it actually made the backing process much MORE predictable and accurate, spotted or not, so nah!
__________________
Si Hoc Legere Scis, Nimium Eruditionis Habes!
Pixelbum1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 03:58 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
RSchleder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Iowa
Posts: 1,411
I'm wondering if any of these replies have any relevance to the poster? How about a little feedback to let us know if these replies are of any help to you? Do any of the circumstances we described "mirror" the situation you experienced?
__________________
Days camping (2016)----181 days
Days camping (2017) --- 82 days
2016 Wildcat MAXX 28RKX (33' TT), 2007 13' Scamp
2015 Ram Laramie Hemi, w/air suspension
30 years RV'ing
11 different RV's
RSchleder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 08:47 PM   #15
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 15
Sounds to me like the "sway bar" they do that when they are wet.
harpplayer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 09:06 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Where the stars at night are big and bright
Posts: 793
We recently had that happen to us. I lube the spring bars and ball, do they run smooth. They creak a little and the chains pop a bit making turns. Last week, the back of the Tahoe started moaning like two newlyweds on their honeymoon! It freaked out the cats (one of whom is the quintessential hairy chicken )! I traced the noise to the anti-sway control bar. I cleaned the bar and it helped. I think I need to adjust the bolt on the other side to square up the brake that dampens the sway. Anyone have any other ideas?
__________________
2015 Palomino SolAire 20RBS
2017 1500 Silverado LTZ Z71 with 6.2L, 8-speed & tow package
2015: 18 days; 2016: 21 days; 2017: 19 days; 2018: 26 days; 2019: 8 days (so far)
elchilero53 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 09:11 PM   #17
Carknocker Family
 
Ida Ratherbe Camping's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 688
My first thought was that they forgot to unhook breakaway switch when setting up, pulled cable out then drug it home with brakes set. But reading replies, I can agree on WDH also.
Ida Ratherbe Camping is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 09:14 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
B and B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 10,287
Send a message via AIM to B and B
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pixelbum1 View Post
Yep, yup. I agree with you and also B&B prior re the rust. I was always
advised to not grease the contact points on the WDH as you WANT a little friction and resistance to help it "do it's thing". THAT being said tho...it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to lightly grease those points (same grease you use on the hitch ball) just to see if the problem rights itself which I think it will.It rained for two days...TT was on a tilt during that time...which unwittingly exposed one side of the WDH more to the weather and guess what...then you got the rust. However, it should go away by itself the more you drive it, sooner or later... If not then take it to the dealer and perhaps start with the bearings in the wheels? Break a leg!

PS: I never removed my WDH, or any of that when backing into a site with my former 25' TT with dual axles. I think it actually made the backing process much MORE predictable and accurate, spotted or not, so nah!
X2
B and B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 09:51 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 306
Quote:
Originally Posted by Izzymovin View Post
Your weight distribution hitch bars and sway controls should be released prior to spotting or backing a trailer. Makes it much easier on you and your rig. Especially when stretched tight enough to make it ride smooth. Also depends on whether it's raining or not...
If you have a Blue Ox WDH with sway control bars there's no need to unhitch before backing.
slipf18 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2015, 09:53 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Kenny kustom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 3,467
Quote:
Originally Posted by slipf18 View Post
If you have a Blue Ox WDH with sway control bars there's no need to unhitch before backing.

Yup. Never unhooked.


2008 F350 CCSB V10
2016 Sabre 36QBOK
__________________

__________________
2017 Dynamax Isata 4
Kenny kustom is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

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



» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:31 PM.


×