Yes I have Andyw for the first time away a couple of weeks back.....Having said that, a complete new set up.... new Tig and different caravan (Swift challenger SE 580). A couple of times that's all. In all my 35 yrs driving lorries ( Artics 40 / 60 footers) and caravans 30 yrs it is the first time I have experienced it. I have meticulously weighed everything and just underweight. and have got 85% nose weight.Andyw said:I would be interested if you Guys have any moments where your van feels slightly unstable or scittish over potholes or overtaking lorries on motorway.
stumpy said:Yes I have Andyw for the first time away a couple of weeks back.....Having said that, a complete new set up.... new Tig and different caravan (Swift challenger SE 580). A couple of times that's all on the m/way from Lancs to Hereford.Andyw said:I would be interested if you Guys have any moments where your van feels slightly unstable or scittish over potholes or overtaking lorries on motorway.
In all my 35 yrs driving lorries ( Artics 40 / 60 footers) and caravans 30 yrs it is the first time I have experienced it. I have meticulously weighed everything and just underweight. and have got 85% nose weight.
I did find putting the settings on the Tig to sport set-up helped a bit. But this week I'm away I am going to keep my tyres on the Tig normal as instead of the higher load pressure as Roy has suggested and but my awning on the axle albeit a fraction in front to add a bit of weight instead of having it in the boot. Also this is the first time I have had ATC on a van. I am away again this week, so will see what happens.
Hi mate....this will be our first time at Sandringham, we are stopping at the MH&Caravan club site. Just hope the weather bucks upTractorboy said:Stumpy,both the Sandringham sites are really good although The Caravan and Camping Club site isn't so regimental.We live only about 15 miles from Sandringham and it's great to go there for a quick weekend trip.
Hope you have a great time there.
Thanks for the info Tricky, as I have never had ATC before now. I will now know what to expect if it is triggered.Tricky said:Just for clarification, the ATC is NOT a dynamic stabilisation, it's actually quite a coarse (but effective) tool. If you're finding towing stable this will be down to the towhitch stabiliser, and probably the stabilisation program on the Tig which is dynamic.
I had once instance of the ATC operating, and boy do you know, it applies the brakes on the caravan and it's like someone dropped an anchor. My situation was I'd actually left a rooflight open vertical after a lunch stop, and this acted like a sail in a cross wind and caused a yaw, before I'd even picked it up the whole car was yanked backwards and lost about 20+mph in an instant.
Enjoy your towing....
(My outfit Mk1 tig, 2015 177ps 4motion DSG and Bailey Unicorn, mk2 Madrid)
Hi Roy, thanks for reply, I agree it's a great bit of kit but does lack space between the ball and bumper, I don't have a stabiliser head but it's still very close, I use a homemade bumper protector just in case. My understanding was also that the trailer should ride level or slightly nose down but all I can seem to find when searching for the correct set up is that there should be a positive notice weight.Roy said:Hi E-bee
Firstly I think most of us who tow opted for the VW swivel tow bar. It's a great bit of kit but for caravaners it's lack of space between the ball and back bumper means you have to be careful hooking up with a stabiliser head.
I guess your trailer will not have one of these.
I have always understood that a trailer, whatever it is should ride level or at worst slightly nose down and never nose up.
I am sure tow ball height has been reviewed before but I can't remember the topic.
Your hitch does seem high, can't remember my height. When it stops raining will try and get measurement. I believe it should be around 420mm according to Alko.
The only solution, if manufacturer approves is to lift the hitch on the trailer since you can't change tow ball height.