Q & A: Tail Swing When Towing

Q: I have a 2003 Four Winds Chateau Sport 28-foot Class C motorhome.
Because of the coach’s long rear overhang behind the rear wheels, am I going to have a
problem towing a dinghy? I’d like to tow a 2005 Honda Element with five-speed manual that
weighs about 4,000 pounds. My mechanic said that there might be a problem with breaking the
tire beads on the front tires on the towed vehicle.


A: Long rear overhang
can cause the dinghy to be dragged sideways in sharp turns. You can reduce the chance of
this by not turning sharply or disconnecting before you do, but of course this isn’t always
possible. You might borrow a dinghy vehicle from a friend to check how your motorhome
corners with it. Drive slowly with an observer in a large parking lot to see what happens
before taking a trip. For peace of mind you might also run maximum-rated pressure in the
tires when towing. The more pressure there is in tires, the less chance of popping a bead.


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