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1320Fastback

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Posted: 05/04/21 06:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I heard a rumor opening a window on each side of the trailer even just a little bit helps reduce the sway from cross winds or big rigs bow wave.


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Your truck may pull it, but in my opinion, you don't have enough truck as to weight and wheelbase length to control that long of a trailer. The tail is wagging the dog.

I pull a 26' trailer with a 3/4 ton crew cab truck and eight ft bed. I have no wind problems at all. The tires are load range E.

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Air bags says it all to me, if you needed them to level the load,then your WDH is not set up right or your WD bars are not sized right. .
Measure unloaded front and rear bumper height adjust until near equal front to rear loaded truck and trailer , thats the Weight distibution job. Air bags tells me your WD bars are not set up right.
Done right your 1/2 ton can do the job fairly, LT tires and air bags ? might as well bought a 3/4 ton

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Posted: 05/05/21 06:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What velocity winds are you talking? Even 80,000 lb semis get blown around by crosswinds. One trip westbound across Nebraska we saw two tractor trailers flipped by the wind and at one point I pulled over and stopped. If you are having trouble in 15 or 20 mph winds you have a problem, faster than that is normal.

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Posted: 05/05/21 07:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

atreis wrote:

How heavy is the tongue? Tongue weight should be 11-15% of total trailer weight. If you don't have enough tongue weight when fully loaded, it'll be all over the road, and potentially very unsafe.

Being a toy hauler, too light of a tongue is also the most likely scenario.

This is what I'd guess is the problem. Tongue weight is too light.

One of my trailers is a 34 ft bumper pull and I always check it with a tongue weight scale.

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Toy haulers tend to have EXCESSIVE tongue weight, because the rear is left open for the garage, and all the "house" part of the trailer is ahead of the axles.

The fact that he needs airbags after the WDH is supposedly correctly adjusted strongly hints at this.


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Posted: 05/05/21 08:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BarneyS wrote:

Slow down to 60mph or less and put a Hensley hitch on the trailer.
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Posted: 05/05/21 08:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RV "bumper tow trailers" have their wheels in the pivot mount for a weather vane position, crossed with a teeter totter fulcrum.

Modern light duty trucks have fluffy suspensions.

I used a (bought used) ProPride hitch on a won ton single wheeler towing a heavy 32ft travel trailer (12500lbs). It stopped the wig wag from traffic bow waves and cross wind. It had certain other pains in the keester but it did not "sway". The rig went down the road like it was on rails.

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Posted: 05/05/21 09:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IMO .....the felt effects of a cross-wind are directly related to the square footage of the rv side wall area and the weight of the rv.

Again.....my opinion.......your unit is pretty light for it’s surface area. On a recent trip we had several hundred miles of high winds (Oklahoma well into Wyoming). We had no control issues, while others (semi’s and rv’s) appeared to be struggling. But, our 40’ 5th wheel weighs in at 20K. In a wind situation, heavy weight is your friend.....until the wind overcomes the rv weight! Then things get real ugly....real fast!

Many folks get uncomfortable movement with their towed unit when passing a tractor/trailer at highway speeds. We rarely feel the wind from a passing semi! Weight is your friend......until it’s not! [emoticon]

You simply have to determine your comfort level with your particular unit. In some situations.....that may mean parking her nose into the wind (like a boat on the water) until the wind subsides! memtb


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1320Fastback wrote:

I heard a rumor opening a window on each side of the trailer even just a little bit helps reduce the sway from cross winds or big rigs bow wave.


This is an interesting theory that kinda makes sense. I'm going to try to remember to try it.


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