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Old 03-04-2014, 10:14 AM   #160 (permalink)
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No, it isn't low on oil! - '05 Jeep Liberty CRD Limited
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Great project! I was wondering when someone would start looking into single wheel trailers for this purpose.

I have some experience with this type of trailer, and I wanted to make a suggestion on the ride quality issues you had at first (and I assume still have, although you have moved on).

It is VITAL that the trailer (or more specifically, the wheel pivot) is level. If there is a slope, it can be slightly toward the front (i.e., the front of the trailer slightly lower than the rear), but never ever should the front of the trailer be higher than the rear. The physics of this causes the wheel to try to move to the side rather than line up as it is being towed.

The reason that adding weight helped you get a better tow is that it leveled out the trailer and corrected the physics. That's why there is usually an adjustment on the hitch attachment for the ride height to be able to level the trailer.

Looking forward to your success on this project so I can copy it!
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