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Old 07-26-2014, 09:15 AM   #43
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As previously mentioned, a used Reese hitch can be had at a reasonable price, and would give a lot of peace of mind. That said, I work out here in the Permian Basin Oilfields. There are many travel trailers in use, they are pulled many miles over all kinds of roads, sometimes in moderate to strong winds. I have never saw a travel trailer (or any other trailer) with WD hitch in the oilfield, they just hook up and go on. I have a WD hitch on my Airstream, but it is the first I have ever owned. If I had a 1 ton truck I would not be nervous about pulling without a WD hitch, but would probably have it anyway considering the investment.
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:53 AM   #44
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I have driven past those new RV villages that have popped up between Pecos and Sweetwater a few times, I always wonder what they are like when the alcohol starts flowing.......




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Old 07-27-2014, 12:00 AM   #45
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I have driven past those new RV villages that have popped up between Pecos and Sweetwater a few times, I always wonder what they are like when the alcohol starts flowing.......




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For the most part the people in those villages are good hard working folks from all over the US, that do a hard, dirty job to feed their families. Their work also helps to provide the fuel so that we can drag our Airstreams around.
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Do I need a WD hitch?

I wasn't being judgmental, I consider myself blue collar. I just know that a lot of hard working people, especially younger people, like to socialize with liquid refreshments after a hard week of work in the hot Texas sun.

There are a lot of people in a small area in those parks.....

Besides,,,, while my question was posed in a bit of humor, when I drove past those giant filled to the brim parks, well my question was out of legitimate curiosity.
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:56 PM   #47
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I've towed my 20 ft 3,000 lb boats for years with no WD/ Sway hitch. I now have an Excursion with 7.3 diesel @ 11,000 lb tow capacity. When I towed my 27' Overlander home for the 1st time, I though "Wow- I can barely tell this thing is behind me- feels like a john boat"....

Soooo I had the same question of whether I "need" a WD/ Sway hitch.... Then I saw this video:
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Wow, that guy had forever to get that straightened out...

He forgot the first rule of driving....

STAY COOL.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:33 PM   #49
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I would imagine he was scared sh****ss, and didn't have a clue of what to do.....

Just very lucky that everyone was able to get out of the way.

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What would be the best course of action in such a situation? Applying the trailer brakes alone?


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Sooooo to turn this into a learning lesson. What should he have done? My towing instincts would say step on the gas. I believe brakes are a no-no- right? I dont think coasting wouldve helped at that point. Maybe you can reach down and manually activate the trailer brakes, but that would take some skill to maintain control with 1 hand...

Anyone have an official position on this situation?
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Well, I'm not "official", whatever that means, but I would:

1)Never try and steer out of sway, reaction time is just slow enough to actually increase sway. Hold a straight course, use shoulder if need be.

2) accelerate moderately

3) stay off the brake pedal, but apply trailer brakes moderately.
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Do I need a WD hitch?

Foot off gas and very easy on the brake pedal while reaching down to apply a little extra trailer brakes, not too much too quick, but as much as needed to straighten up.

Also the trailer oscillations become magnified when the the driver unintentionally moves the wheel back and forth from the inertia.

The driver should brace and hold the wheel perfectly straight, any attempts at trying to correct by trying to steer the sway away is a mistake.

Above all,,,,,, REMAIN COOL.

I would say the driver should be careful to resist the urge to over correct, but in this situation there should be no correction at all.
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Don't claim to be an expert on camp trailers , but did for several years conduct training and safety courses for tractor trailer drivers.
In this situation " dry road , no ice or rain " the driver must get off the throttle, apply full braking to the trailer wheels just short of locking them up , maintain steering straight ahead . This will in effect use the tow vehicle as the rolling mass to pull the swaying trailer into a straight line using the trailer brakes pulling the opposite direction . like pulling both ends of a coiled string to make the string straight .
The driver must be able to apply the trailer brakes immediately without having to look for the brake application device , the same as knowing how to put the brakes on using the foot pedal , swift and immediate action .
I could not tell from the brief video as to if this was one of those toy hauler trailers that the back opens up and they load them with all sorts of their scooters and ATV's , but it defiantly was a top heavy elevated box sort of thing , and sure could not see what sort of WD hitch he was using.
Hope they all made it through their wreck without injury's .
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Hopefully, his reaction time would have been quick enough to manually apply the trailer brakes. Accelerating will make the situation a lot worse and very quickly.
It's the very same principle as trying to push a string...... you can pull it, and it'll straighten out. That's exactly what happens when you apply the trailer brakes, the big if here is to manually apply apply them quickly enough.
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Hopefully, his reaction time would have been quick enough to manually apply the trailer brakes. Accelerating will make the situation a lot worse and very quickly.
It's the very same principle as trying to push a string...... you can pull it, and it'll straighten out. That's exactly what happens when you apply the trailer brakes, the big if here is to manually apply apply them quickly enough.
Tell me why accelerating AND applying the trailer brakes isn't like pulling both ends of the string at the same time. I'm trying to understand this, and there are many slight variations of the same methodology expressed above. Why is it different to not pull from the front while dragging the rear?
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