13' U-Haul- "one" straight tow bar - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-02-2019, 08:47 PM   #1
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13' U-Haul- "one" straight tow bar

Can anyone or U-haul owner tell me"why?" do all U-haul camper have only "ONE" straight tow bar- "The bar"that hook the Hitch to your towing vehicle. Is it safe for towing the camper? Or any swaying issue because it don't have the tradition "triangle" two bar ? I'm curious about this towing design. Any answers would be appreciated. Thank you.
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I don't have a Uhaul, but think it might be because the Uhaul incorporates a surge brake, and the activation mechanism is in that tongue.
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The CT13 Uhaul camper does not have surge brakes, actually no brakes at all. The larger VT16 does have surge brakes. I believe that single tube tongue is just Uhaul's standard design as it is used on most of their cargo trailers. I have not had any towing issues with our Uhaul camper, or when I rented their cargo trailers.

EDIT: the larger Uhaul rental trailers that have surge brakes have a "V" type tongue with a straight extension for the brake mechanism. The non-brake trailers have the single tube tongue.
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Etrailer sells a surge brake assembly that goes directly on a A-frame or "V" type tongue without requiring a straight extension. I installed one years ago on a pop-up camper that previously did not have brakes.
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Surge brakes only work if you hit the brake of the tow hard enough to work the device.
Electric brakes work with just a touch on the brake pedal, or with the brake controller alone.
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