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Old 01-09-2012, 08:40 PM
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Trailer sway gets further out of control with two things: increased speed and increased trailer weight. If you think it's ok to tow at high speeds you've never had a trailer fish tail around behind you for what seemed to be no apparent reason. Once it happens once you will learn to slow down with a trailer. You not only put yourself at risk but put everybody in a vehicle anywhere near you at risk. I had a 3,000 lb (empty) dump trailer with probably 3,000 lb or so in it, behind a late 90's turbo cummins ram 2500 truck doing 70mph down a straight, flat, smooth 4 lane road (two lanes each side) and all the sudden it started swaying and I lost control, the trailer swayed side to side about 90 degrees (I know because I saw both sides of the trailer in each side mirror) several times and I luckily hurt no one as there was nobody in the lane next to me and plenty of shoulder area. I think the truck being so huge and heavy is what saved me and let me get it under control, but I could in fact feel the rear wheels of the truck hopping back and forth, pretty scary.

EDIT: I firmly belief that driving tests should be MUCH more strict, and actually test the skill level of a to be driver, and I think to tow a trailer on any kind you should have to take an additional test.
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