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Old 03-21-2015, 01:18 PM   #1
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Trailer sway

I have a 24' trailer that's 27' 10" and am looking at a 31' trailer that's 36' long. Wondering what sway problems I might have. Using a Equalizer hitch
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Much depends on your tow vehicle (wt capacity, towing capacity, etc.) and how well the trailer is balanced. Tongue weight should be at least 10% of the total weight of the trailer - the higher the better (within reason, of course). Trailers that are too heavy in the rear tend to want to sway more.
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Tongue weight

Too little tongue weight and it will wag like a happy dogs tail..
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What type of tow vehicle do you have?
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I'm in the same camp, what is your tow vehicle. The reason it is important is, some vechicles like the old Ford extended vans which had 8' behind the axle were a wreck waiting to happen due to trailer sway.
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It's not the trailer length that makes it sway - it's the trailer balance. If it has sufficient tongue weight, 10-12% of the gross weight, it won't sway at all.

All this assumes your tow vehicle can handle the tongue weight of the larger trailer.
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This was originally from rv.org. I copied it from David's RV tips:
For the first 110" of wheelbase, this allows you 20' of trailer.

For each additional 4" of wheelbase, this gets you 1' more of trailer.

Wheelbase / Trailer length
110" = 20'
114" = 21'
118" = 22'
and so on
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That's probably a reasonable "rule of thumb" estimate, but by no means is it edicted anywhere. A vehicle with a firm suspension can typically handle more trailer than a "soft" one, for example.

And those numbers don't mean much for 5W trailers either.
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Sway is a function of setup, has absolutely nothing to do with trailer length. Done correctly you could reasonably expect a 22' trailer to handle as well as a 32'.
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