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Old 07-15-2015, 07:52 AM   #1
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Turning sounds

Hi everyone,

I recently purchased my first trailer, a Jayco 264 BHW, and so I have a newbie question.

When I'm turning even mildly tightly, the things sounds like an old wooden pirate ship. It creaks and moans just like an old ship would. I'm always going slowly and I don't necessarily think anything's wrong but I thought I'd ask if this is normal. Driving down the road everything is fine & dandy but anytime I'm parking it makes a racket! Is this fairly common?

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Old 07-15-2015, 07:53 AM   #2
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When you are at highway speed, you may be leaving the sounds behind.
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That means your hitch is working properly and is normal. When it stops moaning and groaning is when you need to worry. You can disconnect during parking. That may also keep you from damaging the hitch.
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Thanks!

When you say disconnect, do you mean disconnect the sway bars? I do that and get quite a bit of noise even so. Good to hear it's normal!!!!
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that is normal on tandem axle trailers. it is your suspension components adjusting.
you will here it to when raising the tongue levelling front to back at times
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WDH's are known for their creaking and groaning. The chains, cams, etc. are dry and when they are doing their job it is metal-on-metal movement. The good news is that, under normal circumstances, there is very little movement.


Removing the anti-sway before backing is a must, unless you like bent anti-sway parts.


Taking the time to remove the spring bars before backing will stop the noise, but you will loose some of your front end control that the WDH provides. Try it and see which side you'll be comfortable compromising to.
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Old 07-15-2015, 09:22 AM   #7
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All normal. You do not mention what your TT is nor what your WDH is. If you have twin axle unit, you will notice when backing up, the wheels will look out of alignment, all normal.

To help quiet the hitch noise, grease the ball. Some WDH's can be lubed. For example on the E4 hitch you an lube the pivot points for the bars at the knuckle. All these things help reduce hitch noise.
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Old 07-15-2015, 09:28 AM   #8
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Old 07-15-2015, 09:37 AM   #9
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If you have a friction sway control like this one it will make this noise when turning. You can silence it by loosening the friction once you get to the park entrance. Also make sure you loosen it before backing up.
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I really need to get the details on what I have. I have both the sway bars and the friction control. I take it all off whenever I'm backing up or in any situation where my speeds are going to be @ 20 MPH - i.e., just to the dump station and back.

Looks like I need to grease the hitch ball a bit and be happy with the noise.

Thanks to everyone for your posts. It's a huge help to always have a few ears and some good advice. Getting into this stuff is pretty fast and having experienced advice for free is priceless.

Thanks again!
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