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Old 09-19-2011, 07:48 AM   #1
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Trailer and Tow vehicle rock slightly forward and back when stopping

Never having towed a trailer before I noticed that both the tow vehicle and trailer are rocking slightly forward and back when I stop. I've gone over the brake controller information as well as the hitch and I'm positive they are both set correctly. All tanks are dry in the trailer as well.

Is this normal or is there somthing else I should be looking at? We leave on our first trip this week.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:58 AM   #2
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snip......Is this normal or is there somthing else I should be looking at? We leave on our first trip this week.
I would not consider it normal, and the cause could be one of a number of things; Soft TV suspension, improper tongue weight (cargo loading issue), under rated TV receiver or WDH, and/or adequate weight not returned to the TV's front suspension just to name a few.

Check out some of the STICKY's at the top of the "Towing and Tow Vehicles" section of this forum for some additional information that may be helpful as well.

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Rustic, did some checking and my Tacoma has the 3 leaf configuration on the rear. There is a TSB from Toyota that may allow me to replace them with a 4 leaf version which is standard in Canada. Will look into that when I get back from the maiden trip. Thanks for the tip.
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If you get into upgrading the leaf springs, you may want to consider going to heavy duty shocks.

A little different situation, but I upgraded my shocks to a set of HD Bilstein's and it took out a noticable amount of road vibration I use to have while towing.

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