RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Dinghy Towing: Smart Car Tow Vehicles

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Help and Support  |  Contact

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Dinghy Towing

Open Roads Forum  >  Dinghy Towing

 > Smart Car Tow Vehicles

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Sponsored By:
mary will

Texas

New Member

Joined: 04/10/2012

View Profile





Offline
Posted: 06/11/12 08:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are towing a Smart Car four tow on all four wheels down it good going down the road but if we turn Right or Left it do not come back in line and cause the car to move with short jerky and twisting wiggle motions. Have to stop and turn the wheels straight. Can someone tell me why ? this is doing it,so we can fix it.

carringb

Corvallis, OR

Senior Member

Joined: 07/28/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/11/12 08:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Needs more Caster!


Bryan

2000 Ford E350 DRW Wagon, V10 - 385,000 miles
2014 CreekSide 31KQBS (QuadSlide bunkhouse)


Dennis M M

Geneva, IL; Tucson, AZ

Senior Member

Joined: 11/06/2004

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 06/11/12 10:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Caster is the vertical angle of the front wheel front to back - think of the front wheels on a grocery cart. Not something you can or should mess with yourself. Macktee has the best advice. Sounds like something is binding.


'99 Volvo VNL610 - 425 HP Volvo; Super 10 Spd
'11 smart fortwo on Volvo
'05 Newmar Mountain Aire 35 BLKS
Trailer Saver; Bigfoot; Pressure-Pro.
Our Travel Blog - A New Adventure


Turtle n Peeps

California

Senior Member

Joined: 06/23/2008

View Profile


Online
Posted: 06/11/12 08:55am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

carringb wrote:

Needs more Caster!

^^^^ what he said. Pull in 3 or 4 degrees. It'll snap back.


~ Too many freaks & not enough circuses ~


"Life is not tried ~ it is merely survived ~ if you're standing
outside the fire"


Macktee

Canada

Senior Member

Joined: 12/19/2010

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 06/11/12 09:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mary, it sounds like something in the towbar, or baseplate is out of alignment. Has it done the same thing since you started towing it. If so I would take it back to the shop that did it and have them check it out. If you did it yourself, I would take it to a pro and get it looked into. Macktee


04 Monaco Dynasty Diamond 1V ( Homer II)
2012 Ram 1500 4X4 Quad Cab towed
2013 Cargo Mate 28ft enclosed car hauler
2013 Hyundai Elantra GT
2010 Club Car Golf Car

mary will

Texas

New Member

Joined: 04/10/2012

View Profile





Offline
Posted: 06/11/12 09:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What is this caster about it not for my car I am looking for help.

Alan_Hepburn

San Jose, Ca, USA

Senior Member

Joined: 05/02/2003

View Profile





Offline
Posted: 06/11/12 11:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's actually a common issue with smart cars, and many other cars as well. It's dependent on the geometry of the setup, including distance from the rear axle of the RV to the hitch, length of the hitch receiver, and other factors. The simplest solution is to run a bungee cord from the steering wheel down to the driver's seat bracket. If I recall most people use about a 34" bungee cord - loop it around the bottom of the steering wheel, then connect the ends to the driver's seat frame. The cord allows the wheel to turn for cornering, but pulls the wheel back to center when you straighten up.


----------------------------------------------
Alan & Sandy Hepburn driving a 2007 Fleetwood Bounder 35E on a Workhorse chassis - Proud to be a Blue Star Family!
Good Sam Member #566004

jmckelvy

North Alabama

Senior Member

Joined: 07/25/2006

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 06/11/12 06:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does the car have a steering wheel lock position in the ignition key? If it does you are remembering to unlock it??? Probably not your problem but thought I would mention it.

I forgot once after being distracted during hook up of my Jeep Cherokee. Tires don't like that.


06 Dodge 3500,Dually,CTD,Auto,QC,4X4,Torklifts,Fastguns
2013 Arctic Fox 990
2008 Northstar 8.5 Arrow--up for sale soon
US Navy 1964-1968, 2-Tour Vietnam Vet

States camped in with Northstar.


gotsmart

Aberdeen, WA

Senior Member

Joined: 02/20/2012

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 06/12/12 12:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Alan_Hepburn wrote:

It's actually a common issue with smart cars, and many other cars as well. It's dependent on the geometry of the setup, including distance from the rear axle of the RV to the hitch, length of the hitch receiver, and other factors. The simplest solution is to run a bungee cord from the steering wheel down to the driver's seat bracket. If I recall most people use about a 34" rubber bungee cord (not nylon) - loop it around the bottom of the steering wheel, then connect the ends to the driver's seat frame. The cord allows the wheel to turn for cornering, but pulls the wheel back to center when you straighten up.



2005 Cruise America 28R (Four Winds 28R) on a 2004 Ford E450 SD 6.8L V10 4R100
2009 smart fortwo Passion with Roadmaster "Falcon 2" towbar & tail light kit - pictures

mary will

Texas

New Member

Joined: 04/10/2012

View Profile





Offline
Posted: 06/11/12 01:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you i will take it back to the shop they put on the towbar and baseplate yes it starting the frist time out.Thank all of you i hope this will fix it.

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 

Open Roads Forum  >  Dinghy Towing

 > Smart Car Tow Vehicles
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Dinghy Towing


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2014 RV.Net | Terms & Conditions | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS