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Old 08-19-2018, 12:49 PM   #15
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... the other half of typical divided highway that resembles eastern Washington or Oregon....
or northeastern California or northern Nevada... parts of US395 look a lot like that.
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Old 08-19-2018, 12:58 PM   #16
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John in Santa Cruz, yes, much of America looks like this.

Gordon2, when you've spent as many hundreds of hours driving through that kind of landscape, as we have, yes, we don't really appreciate its "beautify." Been there, seen it; just interested in point A to point B if driving through that landscape any more -- and watching the wreck video.

Sorry to be so jaded.

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Old 08-19-2018, 01:08 PM   #17
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The semi was able to slow down when the sway started but the guy pulling the trailer seemed to pull further away from the semi.
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Old 08-19-2018, 01:10 PM   #18
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corrected !!!

never noticed the beginning...showing other two lanes way up high....good eye!
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Old 08-19-2018, 01:36 PM   #19
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Somewhere there was a safety video posted that showed when the tail starts to wagging the dog it’s better to speed up than slow down. Once the camper is up on one end of the axle tho, I think it’s a done deal.
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Old 08-19-2018, 01:52 PM   #20
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And that is the most relaxing way to drive also... if it were only possible.

Around here you might have that luxury, if you only drive between 3 and 5 am.
I tow through Nashville, Atlanta, Chicagoland, etc. at rushhour.

I understand your point, sometimes you can't even leave a safe following distance 'cause someone will muscle in on the gap.

Of course literally no one can do the impossible,
still...

traffic is only rarely so heavy on Interstates that you can't position yourself to good forward visibility and a safe following distance while avoiding snuggling up to the nearest semi.
At least with a car in front of you, you can see what traffic is doing in front of it.


Our last trip to Florida, we ended up in Nashville and Atlanta during rushhour with a total of maybe thirty minutes combined of "bumper to bumper" traffic out of 25 hours of driving.
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Old 08-19-2018, 01:54 PM   #21
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Somewhere there was a safety video posted that showed when the tail starts to wagging the dog itís better to speed up than slow down. Once the camper is up on one end of the axle tho, I think itís a done deal.
At least it was a video!
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Floyd; I think the current understanding is that it's better to slow down if the tail begins wagging the dog.

It used to be considered common sense to speed up, but in fact once it starts that waggle, speeding up only makes it worse. I saw a video about that, too.

And of course, my video trumps your video.

Maybe I'll check on this issue again. My general attitude is most things are made worse by speeding up. But that's just my philosophy. Then again, hurry up with that answer, I'm WAITING!


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Floyd; I think the current understanding is that it's better to slow down if the tail begins wagging the dog.

It used to be considered common sense to speed up, but in fact once it starts that waggle, speeding up only makes it worse. I saw a video about that, too.

And of course, my video trumps your video.

Maybe I'll check on this issue again. My general attitude is most things are made worse by speeding up. But that's just my philosophy. Then again, hurry up with that answer, I'm WAITING!


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Check which post to which you are responding, you may have meant Sharon B
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i thought the best thing you can do if it starts to wag is grab the manual brake override on your trailer brake controller ?
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Floyd; I think the current understanding is that it's better to slow down if the tail begins wagging the dog.

It used to be considered common sense to speed up, but in fact once it starts that waggle, speeding up only makes it worse. I saw a video about that, too.


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Getting the trailer to pull back, preferably with it's own brakes is the most affective way to stop sway, along with getting rid of speed. But accelerating is the same thing as the trailer pulling back, except for the speed part.

I got myself out of a terrible, out of control, sway problem by nailing the throttle and pulling as hard as the truck would. Then, when it finally straightened out, after using up all lanes on the freeway for a bit, I hit the brakes hard and got rid of speed before it could start again.

That rig had a particular speed where it would suddenly go nuts back there. About 50 MPH and here we go. Fortunately, it was a one time thing, a very heavy trailer on the way to the dump with no trailer brakes.
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i thought the best thing you can do if it starts to wag is grab the manual brake override on your trailer brake controller ?
This is absolutely right, providing you have trailer brakes hooked to a controller.
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I got myself out a terrible, out of control, sway problem by nailing the throttle and pulling as hard as the truck would. Then, when it finally straightened out, ..., I hit the brakes hard and got rid of speed before it could start again.

... a very heavy trailer on the way to the dump with no trailer brakes.
Would that not be a perfect recipe for a jack-knife? Braking the truck hard after speeding up, with a trailer that has no brakes?
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floyd, you're right, it was Sharon B.

"Somewhere there was a safety video posted that showed when the tail starts to wagging the dog it’s better to speed up than slow down. Once the camper is up on one end of the axle tho, I think it’s a done deal."

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