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Posted: 08/19/22 06:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

An Airstream will prevent that.

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Posted: 08/19/22 06:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Particularly if the semi is going by quickly, it's going to happen.

If the trailer otherwise goes right back in line, it's normal. If it wags back and forth for a minute or so, that's an issue that you should address.

- Try to hold steady and not react. As the bow wave moves up, it can result in an overcorrection.
- Pay attention to what's coming up behind you so it doesn't surprise you.
- If you do see a truck coming up, move to the right a bit more. Going from 4ft separation to 6ft can reduce the impact by half or more.


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Lantley wrote:

A Hensley or Propride hitch will eliminate the big truck push pull.


Not exactly. While the hitch will help, you will still have the push, only it is different. The truck and trailer get pushed together as one and won’t flex at the hitch point like a regular hitch. You will be more in control and won’t have sway but you will still feel the bow wave.


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What tires do you have. Soft sidewalls, allow sideways movement. Go with a stiffer tire!
Also check your weights per TV and TT axel weights, especially the TV front end, to light will exaggerate sway.

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Your not privileged, it happens to my Class C too, I'm sure it happens to other classes too. Sometimes it's only a little, other times it makes you get a tighter grip on the wheel. [emoticon]


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Posted: 08/19/22 09:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bukhrn wrote:

Your not privileged......
I feel it hauling my FW but the truck and trailer move as one. It's not as dramatic or concerning as towing a TT


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1L243 wrote:

I'm towing 10,000 bumper pull Toy Hauler. I'm under my Gross weight in both the truck and Toy Hauler.. My TW is 1440 pounds including the hitch.

My trailer sits level when being towed. But everytime I'm passed by a big rig or a big box truck I get sucked over.

Is there anything I can do to deal with this or is it just then nature of the beast!


1. Work towards not getting your doors blown off by semi trucks. Maybe they drive alot faster where you're from, but I can't imagine putzing down the freeway that slow (we are talking divided highways here, right, because if a semi has enough time to pass you on a 2 lane, you're a rolling road block...)

2. You can believe "under 10klbs" means it's not that heavy of a trailer, but having never towed a bp toy hauler until a couple years ago, about same size as yours, they tow a little "bigger" than I would have thought.
That with 30+ years of towing about anything you could hook to a pickup truck, and many things that probably shouldn't have been towed by a truck the size I was driving.
That said, I feel they tow pretty well for what they are. Spread axles would help a bunch though, IMO.

3. Idk what you have for a wdh and antisway, and how much that helps. I tow naked, plop 'er on the hitch, air up the bags and roll. I can feel the trailer wiggle when the truck does (my truck for sure tows worse than yours with the janky lift, huge offset tires and a wore out steering box) but it straightens itself out just as fast.
The question here, is what is your "other" experience towing? Good chance, it's just the nature of the beast as you put it as you don't mention any basis for comparison.

that's my 2c.
Or you could take the inane suggestion to buy an Airsteem from the peanut gallery!

* This post was edited 08/19/22 02:20pm by Grit dog *


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"But every time I'm passed by a big rig or a big box truck I get sucked over."

Does anyone not get sucked over when a big rig passes?


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2112 wrote:

bukhrn wrote:

Your not privileged......
I feel it hauling my FW but the truck and trailer move as one. It's not as dramatic or concerning as towing a TT


I've driven MH, 5ers and TT...they all react to a passing truck.

If the TT is set up properly, there is nothing dramatic or concerning.

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1L243 wrote:

I'm towing 10,000 bumper pull Toy Hauler. I'm under my Gross weight in both the truck and Toy Hauler.. My TW is 1440 pounds including the hitch.

My trailer sits level when being towed. But everytime I'm passed by a big rig or a big box truck I get sucked over.

Is there anything I can do to deal with this or is it just then nature of the beast!


I use the Reese Dual Cam hitch and have little or no swaying when big trucks pass me.

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