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Old 02-21-2002, 01:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Towbar dragging, lock the steering

OK....another newbie has bought a rig.

Please dont flame me to death on this....

If I'm going to drag my 40 with a tow bar, should I lock the steering?

I tried to to a test drag over the weekend, and the 40 wanted to go in a different direction then I wanted it to (steering locked and not locked). (I had it aligned this morning)

I'll post a pic if we play nice.

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Old 02-21-2002, 01:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i use to have the same problem with mine when it was srpung under and over. i couldnt never figure i tout. i noticed when turning slowly it would track right. even when i tied teh wheel tight to teh cage it would just drag the front around. so i gave up and just drove the turd all sumer! jiMMy
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Old 02-21-2002, 01:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's a caster problem. Too much caster and it moves the "steering point" of the tire. Mine did this last summer, I put in like 4 degree shims (Rotating the pinion down to about stock) and it follows my GMC no problem now. Sure was a shock watching the cruiser go a different way at 35 MPH
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Old 02-21-2002, 01:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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DON'T LOCK THE STEERING! I created a nicely folded up towbar once when I accidently forgot to unlock the steering wheel.
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Old 02-21-2002, 01:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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it first did it to me in the middle of a busy intersection, everyone was honking, i was like fuck off with your horn and get out and help me turn the wheel so i can move it dumb asses. trailer time nwo baby! jiMMy
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it first did it to me in the middle of a busy intersection, everyone was honking, i was like fuck off with your horn and get out and help me turn the wheel so i can move it dumb asses. trailer time nwo baby! jiMMy
No shit. I had 3 guys honking at me, and not one got out. So I gave them all the and took my time. I would have gotten out and helped someone if I saw that happen.
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Get a stout tow bar and lock the steering with a "Club" type apparatus. i did it this way for years. Just leave a little play and don't try to turn too tight.

Better yet, fix your caster
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Old 02-21-2002, 02:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I've always heard NOT to lock your steering with a tow bar.
How else are you going to go around corners??
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its good to have somethign there to bring it back to center jsut incase. like a bungee cord or something. jiMMy
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OOps....I'm still a newbie....cant post attachments yet
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I had a problem with a Cruiser I was trying to tow. I had to lower the tow bar to change teh geometry . that solved the plowing and cornering problem. My bar was pointed down on a 20* angle. When I got it level , problem gone.
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I flat towed for years. Always used a Bungee tied to the bottom of the steering wheel and to the brake pedal...
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So, the ultimate question is....What in your guys' opinion is the best way to tow, besides trailers.
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So, the ultimate question is....What in your guys' opinion is the best way to tow, besides trailers.
1. Trailer
2. Tow dolly
3. Flat towing

On the tow dolly, I found a good price at DISCOUNT HITCH in Austin, TX. Picked up the Tow Master Heavy Duty model for $750.

They are a pain to find once the RV's hit the interstate. Local RV places wanted $950, and tried selling the light weight versions saying "they only make one model" Not enough room to store a full size trailer, but the cruiser can almost park over the dolly!

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Old 02-22-2002, 07:04 PM   #15 (permalink)
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The steering is not supposed to be locked. And dont try backing up when flat towing neither. BAD. VERY BAD.
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Old 02-22-2002, 08:41 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I hear ya on the backing thing.

I tried it with the towbar again yesterday....I turned right, and the 40 wanted to go left.....whats that all about?

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