You have probably seen them, trailers that just don't tow very stable. Sometimes it's a little scary following one down the road. Even worse if it happens to be your trailer!
Here is a quick video captured along the highway showing some trailer tow wagging instability. This is not a bad case, but I'm sure it's working the driver a little and maybe making them nervous as they round corners and pass other cars.
In this particular case, the trailer loading appears to be the problem. There could be other things, of course, but it's hard to tell just rolling down the highway. Please read our article on Trailer Stability for a lot more information on towing, and what makes some trailers tow stable. Avoiding these towing issues makes pulling a trailer a bunch more fun. In the meantime, Enjoy the Video.
Trailer Tow Video
Fortunately the car (SUV) in this video is heavy enough that the trailer doesn't seem to waggle the car too much. With a smaller, lighter car, trailer tow in a semi-stable condition like this might be a hair raising experience. Yet, trailer towing does not have to be work, and the trailer doesn't need to waggle like this. Making a trailer tow stable is fairly straightforward. It's a matter of making things true (axle, wheels, frame), then loading the trailer with the proper weight proportions.
More Information About Trailers
We have a lot of great info about trailers. Try these articles about Good Trailer Design and insights as Tips for Purchasing a Utility Trailer. You might also be interested in our Towing Tips for a bunch of helpful thoughts about making your trailer tow tasks both safer and more pleasant.
If you want to BUILD a trailer, you've come to the right place - almost. We have a whole website dedicated to DIY builders. Visit Mechanical Elements for a variety of trailer plans, and specifically read the Mechanic's Post for tips and tricks on building, and on better DIY construction. Even about trailer tow success. Some of the posts are general DIY stuff, but much of it is specific to trailers and building them. The website has plans, but the real purpose is to share information. It's there for you.
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