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    Trailer rear end "crabbing" to left

    On a recent camping trip, we noticed the rear end of our 2016 Reflection 303 RLS was tracking...crabbing...to the left. The trailer has always towed perfectly in line before. Having trouble finding a shop that will look at it to determine the problem. We had it in just last Oct for the Forever Warranty inspection and no problems were found. Just wondered if anyone else has had a similar problem and how they solved it.

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    How is the tires wear looking? It might be a bent axle or sticky brake for which abnormal tire wear would show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeMai View Post
    On a recent camping trip, we noticed the rear end of our 2016 Reflection 303 RLS was tracking...crabbing...to the left. The trailer has always towed perfectly in line before. Having trouble finding a shop that will look at it to determine the problem. We had it in just last Oct for the Forever Warranty inspection and no problems were found. Just wondered if anyone else has had a similar problem and how they solved it.
    Folks (the few) who have reported similar issues shared a bent spindle(s), bent axle(s) as Steph and Lise in post #2 , broken/bent spring hanger(s), broken spring(s).......areas related to the suspension. A visual inspection by you or someone else should be able to quickly see something wrong with the degree is "crabbing" you mentioned.

    I would measure the distance between the axles by measuring from the center of the wheels caps. I would also measure the distance between the front and rear trailer tires as another mark. There are other measurements using the rear of the RV to axles and a common point forward of the axles tires to do the same if one is comfortable and understanding how to do.

    A qualified alignment (heavy duty for trucks/trailers) would be in the cards of you cannot see or find anything.

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    I'd crawl under it to visually check the suspension. If everything looks normal I'd get a straight edge and assuming the trailer axles aren't tweaked from turning I'd put the straight edge across the face of the front and rear tires.

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    Don't look for RV shops. Go to a shop that specializes in trailer work, and the will know how to measure everything if you cannot see anything amiss visually like: broken or flat spring(s), bent leaf spring hangers, axle without a crown, badly worn tires, cracked frame, or flipped equalizer.
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    I concur with Rob & Nikki. You need to do a visual inspection and use a long enough straight edge. Compare curb side with street side. Look for bent suspension parts, missing or loose bolts. If you have an appropriate set up, lift one tire and turn it. Repeat with the other to ensure the brakes are not grabbing.

    The best place to take your trailer is definitely not at your RV dealer. A suspension specialist in light to heavy trucks and trailers is your best bet. They will usually fit you in a lot sooner than an RV dealer would too.

    Also a great place to have suspension upgrades put on your tow vehicle. They will recommend and stand by their work.
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    Look for a possible broken center pin on the leaf springs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canyonlight View Post
    Folks (the few) who have reported similar issues shared a bent spindle(s), bent axle(s) as Steph and Lise in post #2 , broken/bent spring hanger(s), broken spring(s).......areas related to the suspension. A visual inspection by you or someone else should be able to quickly see something wrong with the degree is "crabbing" you mentioned.

    I would measure the distance between the axles by measuring from the center of the wheels caps. I would also measure the distance between the front and rear trailer tires as another mark. There are other measurements using the rear of the RV to axles and a common point forward of the axles tires to do the same if one is comfortable and understanding how to do.

    A qualified alignment (heavy duty for trucks/trailers) would be in the cards of you cannot see or find anything.

    Dan
    Thanks to all fellow RVers who responded to my blog. The trailer goes to a frame and wheel shop next Tuesday for a complete check up...then we'll be good to go!

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