RV Daily Tips Issue 404. June 12, 2014 | RV Travel

Here a few great tips to start with regards to stopping trailer sway, I hope the people read these and it helps, but two things I need to say before you do that;

1) SLOW DOWN way to many people way to fast to begin with and when you add a trailer it just compound’s this danger.

2) Check your weight as most trailers are over weight, be safe and leave some of the stuff home.

 

RVing Tip of the Day

Reducing trailer sway and other RV towing issues
by Steve Savage, Mobility RV Service
As an RV technician, I’m often asked how to best control trailer sway. A related question: What aftermarket parts are helpful in addition to weight distribution hitches? To answer that question, I think it’s best to start at the beginning.
1. The first consideration is matching the towing capacity of the tow vehicle to the weight it will be towing. Capacities are stamped inside the driver’s side door. Read them and understand what they mean — then select your trailer accordingly. There is nothing you can add that increases the capacity on that label, so if the trailer you want is too heavy for the truck you have only one option: Get a bigger truck.
2. No tow vehicle can do a good job controlling sway if shock absorbers are worn or steering and suspension parts are on their last legs. Aftermarket parts are not a Band-Aid for parts that are worn, so fix what is worn first. You may be surprised to find your problems vanish or are greatly reduced when everything is up-to-snuff.
3. Air bags do not increase the capacity of your truck. They keep things on the level side-to-side, but leveling is done first with the air bags deflated using the spring bars on your distribution hitch — then the bags are inflated.
4. Anti-sway bars and dampers are at times helpful. But again, in my experience, too many folks try to use them to make up for an undersized truck or worn parts. My standard advice is to try aftermarket parts one at a time, as the improvement in handling diminishes rapidly with each part.
5. Finally, a simple suggestion: Slow it down! When towing, you are moving more weight. Stopping takes longer and lane changes require more space. Fuel mileage when towing is also affected more by wind resistance, which in turn is affected greatly by the speed you are traveling. You save money using a lighter foot on the fuel pedal.
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About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

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