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Old 01-09-2012, 10:39 PM
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Yeah well lighter loads are less dangerous for hopefully obvious reasons. Trailer sway is not only caused by poor load distribution though; the amount of torque(sway) that the trailer puts about the pivot point (the ball) increase as the trailer axle(s) get further from the ball and the trailer plus load weight gets heavier. Velocity only makes sway worse from road forces...
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I speak from my personal experience and my comments apply to my particular setup for my driving ability. My trailer is 14ft overall, around 1800lbs with all the weight loaded very low.







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Ive pulled many many trailers with many many different trucks and im also a CDL driver and i have never heard of a trailer swaying out of control for no reason. If the weight distribution on the trailer is wrong and your going to fast... well those are your reasons. A experianced and observant trailer tower, or even one with comonsence, should realize right away if their is a problem with the load. I do however agree that 65mph to 70mph is a good range to stay in with moderate loads. Whatever the case drive at the speed you are confortable with... that is always the best speed for you!
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You have a nice trailer setup there IN2H20! You've managed to make me jealous lol (my father and I are in search of a good deal on a trailer).

My whole point was that (even with a properly loaded trailer) something as small as poor road conditions (a bad bump) can be enough to get a trailer swaying...and it only gets more likely to happen at higher speed.
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While I'm always one to appreciate caution on the road instead of wreckless abandon, in this case, your counsel isn't universal.

I have spent many a year on the road towing a trailer loaded with all sorts of things. Once year I did 18k miles with a race jeep behind my super duty. There are many stretches of road in the west that are unlike anything you'll see east of Texas. And with a properly loaded trailer the handling is just as predicatable as without it. Its just a different dynamic. On many of the dirt roads I used to tow in on, it was not uncommon to have 8 wheels sliding in the dirt sideways... 4 on the trailer and 4 on the truck.

My point is that its unfair to speak in absolutes. Nobody in their right mind is doing 90 on the 405 with a loaded trailer. But there are stretches where going that fast is slow.



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