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Old 07-29-2014, 10:24 AM   #71
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That would be cool!!
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:24 AM   #72
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Last summer after I completed my first trailer build I immediately hooked up my trailer and started a two thousand mile round trip.....

I learned a few things from the trip, first.... Don't make the rear of the trailer too heavy,,,,, second, sway is closely tied to speed. Third, when trying to get this under control there is only time to do so much, plus, I think having a foot already on the brake pedal is a good thing if things go worse.

It may be that speeding up is the right thing to do , but I drove this whole trip never accelerating out of a sway event. I just wanted to be going slower...
I think what you say here is really important. Barring any sudden event, like an accident, oil spill, mechanical failure, or weather event, you have to recognize when things just don't feel right at speed. For, me, it feels like riding just on the envelope (where race drivers live) where any small thing puts you in a handling problem.

In that case...slow down before something happens and check why that little voice in your head (who is always right, it seems) is nagging at you.
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:31 AM   #73
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at least practice applying the trailer brakes in your own vehicle while moving until it becomes as comfortable as stepping on the brake pedal .
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at least practice applying the trailer brakes in your own vehicle while moving until it becomes as comfortable as stepping on the brake pedal .
Done that....and I would say the tendency in an emergency situation is to fully apply them. Until you know the feel of hand application, skidding will probably be the result. And that probably isn't good either.

For my setup, I think no more than half depression of the trigger is where I'd like to be if the situation ever arises. But, everyone's setup is different, so yes, practice as best you can.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:32 PM   #75
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In that case...slow down before something happens and check why that little voice in your head (who is always right, it seems) is nagging at you.
Couldn't have said it better!
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:47 PM   #76
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I know why my first trip was filled with sway.....

I built the back of my trailer too heavy... I remodeled my remodel and everything is cool now.
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I have posted this before but I would like to post it again. My wife and I had a 20 Safari with a 2008 4runner TV. (Questionable combo now that I look back). We towed the Safari many, many miles. One day a speeding tanker truck came over in our lane and his right rear wheels bumped the trailer. The trailer started swaying. Eventually the car and trailer both went over a full revolution. If you think you can reach down and activate your trailer brake controller I wish you luck. Both trailer and car were destroyed. My wife was physically uninjured and I spent the next month in the hospital. The truck was a hit and run. Later in the box of stuff (only one box was left!) from the trailer I found two sway bar brakes. Both had one end broken off. I don't know if this happened before, during, or after the accident but I no longer have any faith in that type of bar. We have a HAHA now and wouldn't change it with anything.
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Ok, I thank you for the post, sincerely, that is a manner of sway getting started that I never really thought about much.

But, I really want to know what a HAHA is.
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Ok, I thank you for the post, sincerely, that is a manner of sway getting started that I never really thought about much.

But, I really want to know what a HAHA is.
HAHA = Hensley Arrow

PP = Propride

PPP = pivot point projection, the operating principle of HAHA and PP
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I thought maybe so but wasn't sure...

Did I mention that I am waiting for my new/used Hensley Arrow to be delivered?
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I thought maybe so but wasn't sure...

Did I mention that I am waiting for my new/used Hensley Arrow to be delivered?

Yeeeeees, several times! Are we anxious....like Christmas morning?
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You got me...

Lol.
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You got me...

Lol.
You're gonna love it.
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