Hi ho towing community..
I need some advice from whomever has some..
I have towed about 1000 miles so far, very successfully, my vintage solid 1955 Roadliner,(13' cabin)with my 2003 Suburban 1500 - without sway bars. I do not have an uneven hitch to tongue hook up..It appears very level and easy to do. Clearly I am very careful and slow and will continue to be.
I have never felt any sway on the road, and the trailer tows straight and true.
Perhaps I have been lucky as well...
Now I have been made aware of the need for sway bars, and /or a weight distribution set up and am wondering what is necessary to be safe and not sorry on the open road.
I have also just purchased a 1973 Roadrunner with a 19" cabin..so the vehicle to trailer weight ratio I am used to will be very different with the newer trailer as it's dual axle, and about twice as heavy @ 4000 lbs.+
This newer trailer is also really well built,and is in super condition..solid and sound.. and so far tows straight( locally) but I'm getting nervous that I am missing something really important here.
After hearing how sway bars and weight dist.bars can really make a difference in safety I must ask people who know more than I do.
What kind of accidents do these things protect us from?
Do all informed towers have these?
I really appreciate this forum and thank you before hand for your help.
I have got to figure this out soon.
Ill have to google that "adjustable rise" I have no idea what that even is! Can you explain a bit?
I guess we're both waiting for some important info to come around. I know many towing ladies who do not have sway bars, but one lost her fantastic vintage KenCraft trailer in an accident recently and it started to make me think more seriously about safety instead of just fun fun fun!!
Ok community, Fred and I are eager to hear what you all have to say....
I have logged a couple few miles down the ole road ways with a trailer or two or ten. I highly recommend *sway bars. Some say they are a pain, added expense, to hard to hook up, etc.etc. But with a bumper pull, you want as much stability as possible between the tow vehicle and trailer. Remember,, the ONLY thing holding the trailer behind you is that hitch ball,, the trailer is pretty much at the mercy of the winds and such. Its only job is to follow you. Sway bars, are in fact a safety issue that *Controls the sway the trailer might experience while toodling down the highway. If I pull a small 10 footer or even a 30 plus footer, I will always use sway bars,(weight distribution bars on heavier models), when I have to go highway speeds.
They are actually reasonable on price if you factor in the safety of them. They will help you avoid *losing your trailer, or even worse, taking out another motorist.
Weight distribution bars, take the tongue weight and even it out over the tow vehicle frame. (tongue heavy trailers).
When towing, always make sure your interior load is evenly distributed, as to not be nose or tail heavy.
Taking the addition ten minutes to double check everything will save you hours of frustrations.
Happy trails and be safe out there.
Thank you Lakota..for both your posts..This is just the kind of info I need to make sense of this issue.
So I understand I need both with the heavier ,longer trailer but do I need both with the smaller trailer or just the sway bars with that one ?
And if both are needed for both, can I use the same sway bars/weight distribution bars for both trailers or do each need their own custom sized sets?
They make quick connects for sway bars and W/D's the W/D's arent always needed for lightweight smaller trailers. At least not in MY case.
Lakota, what do you mean "Not in my case"? Do you have other more sure safety systems for small trailers?
and what does"aren't always needed" mean?
Under what conditions would they be needed?
Does "quick connects" mean it's easy using one set for both trailers?
And one last question please..do you recommend a particular brand?
and.. thank you for your answers. I really am asking this many questions because I don't quite understand it all yet.
What I meant ,not in my case, Ive pulled smaller 10 and 12 footers and the weight distribution bars (W/D bars), didnt really make a difference,, It wasnt a heavy load to have to distribute.
What I had mentioned about quick connects,, is you can aquire the hook up hardware for both trailers and use the sway bars on either without having to have 2 sets on hand.. I carry sway bars with several pieces of hardware to hook up to pretty much any trailer I have to pull.
David is right on the mark, especially with a 1500 series truck. I have a 1500 series dodge ram I pull my 9,000 lb 5th wheel with. BUT.. I have heavy duty air suspension bags under the back with criss cross stabilizer bars on rear axle and upgraded bearing hubs. When I do pull a bumper pull I adjust my adjustable hitch and use sway bars and W/D hitch. If its a real heavy bumper pull, I use my Red Dodge 1500 with 2500 rear end,, with sway and W/D. I tend to be a little OVER cautious.
Excellent blog BTW David,,, very well written and informative.
Geez..Lakota..talk about throwing around some 100$ mechanics terms.I'm a middle aged suburban mom who's having a heck of a learning curve about now and enjoying it immensely, but I have never heard of these things before. I will look them up online .I have great respect for what your saying about being over cautious, but have no idea how or if those additions apply to my situation or not.
Heavy duty air suspension bags?..bearing hubs?..2500 rear end.?..what's an adjustable hitch? Yet, I am very thankful that your out there willing to give me info that could save me from a real disaster. Thank you for elongating my learning curve this evening. I will try to keep up. Where is Davids WD blog?
Hi David..I've looked all over this website and cannot find your blog..where is it??