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cbshoestring

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Posted: 08/19/22 06:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As a fellow glamper, and someone who drives a big ol' road hog, I say ditto to riding the white line.

Some of ya'll seem to forget that contraption behind you is 7.5-8 feet wide. You start hugging the zipper with the TV, that toy your hauling is taking up space I need. At 108" wide, there isn't much left of my lane that I am not using. Sure hate to suck you in, start rubbing like NASCAR.


By the way.....even big trucks feel a bit of tug when another rolls by. Tends to be more of a rock than a tug...but it is felt.

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WNYBob wrote:

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.



I have 10 plys on both the truck and the trailer. Besides WDH I have two anti sway bars one on each side.

My TW is close to 15% so I think its good, I tried lowering the front of the trailer a inch but it did not make any difference.

I will try moving to the right and see how that works.


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cbshoestring wrote:

As a fellow glamper, and someone who drives a big ol' road hog, I say ditto to riding the white line.

Some of ya'll seem to forget that contraption behind you is 7.5-8 feet wide. You start hugging the zipper with the TV, that toy your hauling is taking up space I need. At 108" wide, there isn't much left of my lane that I am not using. Sure hate to suck you in, start rubbing like NASCAR.


By the way.....even big trucks feel a bit of tug when another rolls by. Tends to be more of a rock than a tug...but it is felt.


I have not been in Pa for over 40 years. Did they wash the highways in hot water? Cause them to shrink? Back then city streets would kinda squeeze in on you, but the highways where a truck was likely to pass? Narrow lanes not a issue.
Years back, I passed a sign on the way to CG. Said loads over 10 feet prohibited so many miles ahead. Walking my dog around, couple guys watched their wives ask me directions (That state plates on pickup, and a Mack hat, I guess they thought I knew the area) They wanted to know how to get to the city about 100 miles away. Told them go right down the highway. Guy asked "WHAT ABOUT THE WIDE LOAD RESTRICTION?" I explained first to detour around would be a extra 50-60 miles most lanes of it not much wider than what the state would require to allow 10 ft wide loads to meet, and crooked. I think most people that have never paved, or moved oversized loads think lanes are much smaller than they are.
OP, I think if you get in the habit of running your trailer near the shoulder that will reduce the effect some. Riding to right will also let you see what is coming. Next adjustment between the ears, is know it is going to happen, but will not move you much. What makes it worse is you over-correcting, so you bobble all over your lane.

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Posted: 08/20/22 05:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lwiddis wrote:

"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?


Me. Not even an inch.

But maybe my 45’ fifth wheel qualifies me as a big rig too.


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bgum wrote:

An Airstream will prevent that.


Do they make a toy hauler for the OP?

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Airtabs! I haven't read about them in a couple years it seems. Interesting to hear about them being used.


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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!


How much are you being "sucked over"? Some movement / wind buffeting is going to happen no matter what hitch and truck setup you have. If you are being moved around so much that you think it is a safety issue, then you need to examine your hitch, weight distribution (all 3 - hitch, truck load, and trailer load), tires and suspension (on truck and trailer).

My little 21ft trailer moves around when trucks go by, but I am ready for the movement (watching the trucks approaching me). Usually I don't do anything - the trailer moves a bit, but not enough to have to "correct" for anything. Just hold the steering wheel and keep on going.

Most likely it is just a case of "nature of the beast"!

See you on the road!

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Tvov wrote:

Airtabs! I haven't read about them in a couple years it seems. Interesting to hear about them being used.


In my class C they reduce noise.

Mileage into the wind = no improvement.

Mileage with a tail wind = significant improvement.


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So we have people who believe highways have 9’ wide lanes?
I’ve designed, built, paved, widened and just generally worked on a lot of divided highways and 2 lanes in many states and aside from the occasional marked, narrow, stretches including construction zones never seen a standard lane less than 12’ wide. Even most freeway narrow const zones are still 11’ min.
So for those that aren’t spatially adept, the roads are wider than you think.

Although I feel I still would know this even if I weren’t an engineer and road builder.


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1L243 you have a very capable tow vehicle, so likely your question really revolves around comfort. I have a newer RAM 1500 with the coil rear springs, and its backside is a bit more squishy than I like. So I did most of the intelligent things mentioned in this thread, including working my way through three different anti-sway weight distribution hitches. I ended up with a Propride hitch, and it reduced the overall sideways movement to something I was comfortable with.


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