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Old 01-21-2008, 07:54 AM   #1
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:26 AM   #2
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That's a good one. Better the trailer upside-down than the car!
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:47 AM   #3
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Boy, that sure brings back some memories. Fortunately, we made it home without incident, but many others did not. Whew! We did have a truck and a double axle U-haul, but it was still nerve wracking. We had already been on the road twice as long as it normally takes and we decided to spend the night 60 miles from home. Smart decision.
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:48 AM   #4
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Here's another...... that police officer was very lucky
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Old 01-21-2008, 10:19 AM   #5
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Old 01-21-2008, 11:27 AM   #6
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Now that one shows what a sway control is supposed to prevent.

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If you noticed the windshield wipers were going on the police car. That would mean wet roads possibly quite slick. Aren't you supposed to disconnect the anti-sway bar on slick roads? If the trailer balance is all wrong and had anti-sway connected would this have been the result?

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Old 01-21-2008, 04:52 PM   #8
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Aren't you supposed to disconnect the anti-sway bar on slick roads? If the trailer balance is all wrong and had anti-sway connected would this have been the result?
Definitely the instructions are to release the friction of a friction sway control bar during rain and while the roads are still wet after a rain.
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My opinion is that even on a dry road with a properly adjusted friction sway the same thing would have happened. That probably waaay too heavy trailer was yanking the tow vehicle all over the road and the driver's corrections may have been making things worse.

Actually, this is the sort of result I envision when someone uses a bandaid friction sway bar to compensate for some fundamental underlying problem with balance or tow geometry and it allows them to be going faster when things start to go wrong...
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From my limited knowledge of forces it appears that friction anti-sway bar can cause more harm than help. An anti-sway bar stiffens the side to side movement of the connection between the TV and Trailer. The result of that is when you going into a corner there's a side loading on the trailer tires, hence the warning disconnect the anti-sway on less than Ideal roads. If there's anything causes the trailer to loose traction sideways the trailer is going to attempt to whip the TV. It's difficult to overcome the friction on a side loaded tire, but once the tires start sliding they want to continue sliding. From watching that video several times, I'm not so sure that there wasn't some kind of stiffening of the coupler joint.
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If a trailer starts swaying DON'T SLOW DOWN, step on the gas, this will straighten out the trailer. I 've towed many cars on a trailer and this worked for me. It's a bit scary to step on the gas when the trailer is swaying but it really works.
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If a trailer starts swaying DON'T SLOW DOWN, step on the gas, this will straighten out the trailer. I 've towed many cars on a trailer and this worked for me. It's a bit scary to step on the gas when the trailer is swaying but it really works.
OR if you have trailer brakes, activate the trailer brakes and NOT the TV brakes.
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Old 01-22-2008, 02:46 PM   #13
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And so Byron THAT is the reason to have trailer brakes even if the TV has super duper brakes.
If that trailer get a mind of it's own ,accelerating ( if you can) or activating the trailer brakes is the only answer.

I was in a slide downhill on wet pavement with a U-haul rental so called surge brake trailer. Surge brakes are no good either as far as I am concerned. While sliding downhill toward a stop sign on a off ramp in KY. NOTHING worked. ABS was trying to stop the car but there was no "surge" hence no brakes on the trailer. Give me a brake controller any day, just a tap and it would have been less scary.

Eventually I stopped just past the stop sign but my nerves were shot for the next few hours.
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If a trailer starts swaying DON'T SLOW DOWN, step on the gas, this will straighten out the trailer. I 've towed many cars on a trailer and this worked for me. It's a bit scary to step on the gas when the trailer is swaying but it really works.
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