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Old 12-23-2014, 01:02 AM   #43
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Hi, My hitch must be one of the good ones because it worked well while I was towing on snow and ice.
I think that the goodness of a hitch is proportional to the skill and patience of the driver.

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Old 12-23-2014, 01:03 AM   #44
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I think that the goodness of a hitch is proportional to the skill and patience of the driver.

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Old 12-23-2014, 01:17 AM   #45
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I know that Husky says to disconnect their friction sway control in wet weather. I'm wondering about the Equalizer system.
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Old 12-23-2014, 01:30 AM   #46
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I know that Husky says to disconnect their friction sway control in wet weather. I'm wondering about the Equalizer system.
If you have any rear wheel drive only vehicle, it stands to reason to keep as much weight on the rear wheel as possible in a slick situation. I expect that is what they are thinking of. The more sway control you have, the less weight on the rear drive wheels you will have. it would apply equally to an equalizer hitch. However, they might not advertise it as the ideal front to back weight distribution would vary greatly from second to second in most slick driving conditions. So it may be best to ignore it and stop in the next campground and avoid all this nonsense.

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Old 12-23-2014, 06:57 AM   #47
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I know that Husky says to disconnect their friction sway control in wet weather. I'm wondering about the Equalizer system.

Hi, disconnecting Equal-I-zer's friction sway control would be to remove the spring bars. This would overload the rear of the vehicle and drastically reduce weight on the steer axles. Not a good idea especially in bad weather. I have towed in all kinds of weather and the only adjustments that I have done was to turn down my brake controller so that the trailer brakes wouldn't lock up before the tow vehicle's brakes. [this was done in snow and on ice]
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My understanding ( limited as it is) regarding sway control in slippery conditions is those using a friction sway control device. I've read that these devices may be disconnected in order to improve handling. NOW, if the sway control features of a hitch is integral to the weight distribution I would heed the advice above by Bob and not disconnect it at the risk of compromising the steering and overloading the rear suspension. Personally I have a hitch with sway control built in and cannot be disconnected but with prior hitch use I did not use a sway control and never felt I needed it.

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Yes, we are traveling w the whole family. Husband will be driving in mountains. Also, I'm hoping the TN mountains and location of the koa will be less treacherous than the squirly roads in and out of banner elk. The for sat also has us traveling on dry days.

Another question, our Overlander is a '75 and I'm nervous about using the old furnace for fear that we either poison ourselves or blow up. The camper is in great shape, but that is not a system I want to gamble with. Anyone see a problem w using space heaters so long as they are clear from walls and objects?


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Old 12-23-2014, 12:36 PM   #50
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A lot of us use space heaters. Preferably use only those with modern safety features such as a shutoff switch if the unit turns over. Instruct children in safety procedures regarding them and enforce the rules.

Get your furnace checked by a competent HVAC technician for safety as soon as you can.

Carbon monoxide detectors are inexpensive, battery powered, and easy to install in your trailer.
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Get at least one combo smoke-co detector, or one fir each end of the trailer. An LP detector is also handy. These are a must for using the furnace.
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Need trailer traction on snow and ice... chain them up.
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I'm petrified

Go see the snow.

Just wait for the road crews to work their magic.

Snow and ice is not usually allowed to accumulate for long in areas where snow and ice is common.

Unless you get yourself caught in a blizzard, or you are very impatient after a snow or ice event chances are the roads will be clear.


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J. Morgan, I suspect the road-clearing conditions vary substantially, depending upon where you are. Oftentimes in snow country, the local highway department gurus assume that folks in the area know how to drive in the stuff. Our house is on a school bus route, so our road is regularly plowed and sanded-- unless it's a weekend or holiday. We live just east of a major mountain pass, however, and it is often snow-packed at the summit, including during late-spring snowstorms. In the West, any place with snow fences is an indication of frequent blowing and drifting snow. Often times in the mountains, the plows don't operate at night, so early morning, even in sunshine, may not be the best time to drive.

Also, some areas are big on road salt-- good for the traction, but not so great for aluminum trailers.

Megan, for sure get your furnace inspected. We often use an electric space heater if we have a plug-in. But a big reason to use the furnace when it gets below freezing at night-- and not above freezing during the day-- is that the furnace should blow heat below your floor, to keep your waterlines from freezing up. (We generally winterize our trailer, however; and camp that way. Inconvenient, but no worries.)

A furnace can use up a lot of propane, so this is a good time to make sure your tanks are full.

BTW, I just watched the DVD of the Disney film "Frozen" while visiting family for Christmas. I thought of your thread, and wondered how many children in Florida who saw it are itching to play in the white stuff!

Please report back and let us know how your trip went.
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Having driven a lot in lots of different places, the only place I was stuck for any significant period of time was in Oklahoma,,,,, three days while waiting for the interstate to be free enough of packed snow and ice. They simply didn't have the resources to deal with this kind of deep freeze there.

In my experience, where they are equipped to deal with snow and ice, the highway departments do a pretty good job of clearing primary highways and well travelled secondary roads within a day or so after major precipitation ceases.


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Electric space heaters are ok to use. Any other kind of portable heater can kill you unless you leave a window open.
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