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Old 08-22-2005, 01:31 PM   #61
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Even a flatbed trailer can sway. I had it happen to me once with a load of firewood on a tandem axle car hauler. It was one of the scariest things that ever happened to me while driving. The sway was not caused by the wind, maybe the load wasn't balanced right front to back, and it didn't help that I was pulling with an Astro which has a fairly short wheelbase. My friend pulled the trailer with his Astro
Please read the last sentence of my previous post.
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Old 08-23-2005, 09:11 PM   #62
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i like the hensley too

hi folks

not usually grabbed my market hype and the hensley crash pictures 'without one' turned me off toward the product......

and delayed my purchase by 2 months.

BUT (big but here) i've been towing now, with the arrow for 4 months and 8k miles.....it really is amazing how it controls sway or yaw. cross winds, bow waves, poorly banked curves, on coming traffic, high speed passing, sudden braking......the trailer just holds the line. i've even tried to wiggle it (open roads with NO ONE nearby) and after 2-3 ossilations of 6 inches max (on a 34), and it's back to the straight arrow.

one of the more impressive images is big cross winds.

looking ahead or back the semi's are clearly affected, going down the road with the rear tires 2-3 feet off track and correcting whenever another pulls up to block the wind. work trailers and travel trailers wiggling everywhere, boats behind 5ers behind dually trucks looking like a chinese snake parade....

and the airstream/hensley continues to move in line and without drama.

amazing.

also i have yet to trigger the brake controller manually since there's been no need to 'straighten' things any more than they already are from the hitch action.

one comment i'd differ on......
"The longer the travel trailer the more likely that it will sway"

any length trailer can experience yaw/sway and many conditions can trigger it...winds, waves, braking, blow outs, road ruts, uneven pavement, contract with another vehicle, brake lock up.....and many others.

some conditions are more likely to affect short trailers whiles others provoke the longer trailers....and 1, 2 or 3 trailer axles also add to the mix. combine these with the tv variables like weight, wheel base hitch height, disc/drum brake combo's vs 4w disc...

and lets not forget hitch weight as a % of trailer weight......do you really think everyone has this correctly adjusted?

and, type of brake controller, type of trailer brakes and so on..........

it's just not accurate to suggest longer trailers experience more sway.

but the hensley is well worth the cash, comfort, piece of mind and easy of use by far......

cheers
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