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[–] not_drunk 1 points 44 points (+45|-1) ago 

Anti-sway bars help.

Also, not driving like a jackass helps too.

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[–] RoundWheel 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Nailed it.

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[–] RoBatten 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It is likely the trailer was loaded improperly. Might have had water tanks full. There has to be some weight on the tongue. If there is too much weight behind the trailer's axles and negative tongue weight, or not enough tongue weight, this happens. What you do is release the accelerator pedal and manually apply the trailer brakes to stop the swaying. This was not done here, obviously.

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[–] SuperShilly 0 points 29 points (+29|-0) ago 

Literally the same thing happened in front on me on the highway 4 years ago. The f150 and trailerhome didn't have the towing capacity etc and weight distribution was fucked with way too much weight in the tongue.

The lady driving went around a bend on the highway at 70 ( I slowed down because I pull trailers all the time and told my girlfriend to watch the trailer.) 10 seconds later the trailer and truck had flipped and I had stopped where they flipped after she lost control.

I got them out and had my gf call 911. The truck started smoking so I got the battery cables off as well. Also the husband was sleeping when they flipped and was a diabetic. So while I was waiting for the fire department to show up I was digging through a destroyed trailer (the entire trailer; walls, furniture, etc was all over the highway) looking for the fridge to find his insulin.

Good times

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[–] crustyjuggler 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

Wow. You didn't sit and take video like 90% of the population would have!

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[–] manapot 0 points 18 points (+18|-0) ago 

he probably didn't even shout world star

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[–] bambou1991 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Some people are so inept, I'd rather have them film and stay out of the way than try to help.

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[–] caniscanem 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

well prepared man you are

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[–] Skyrock 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Good thinking, man. A lot of people don't know about the need to disable the battery to prevent a fire.

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[–] RAMASULE 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Have a reddit gold.

Good for you man, everyday hero.

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[–] Plant_Boy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

There is no reddit.

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[–] derram 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

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[–] aria_taint 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Travel trailer means your going on vacation. There's 100% no reason to be passing a big rig like that. You're not in any fucking hurry and to put your family's life in danger all to get to the KOA 10 minutes faster is wholly irresponsible! I had a travel trailer for 20 years and have seen many accidents like that unfortunately. That asshole just altered his family's live forever and hopefully nobody was killed due to the unmitigated stupidity of the driver.

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[–] con77 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

wouldnt taking your foot off the gas stop that?

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[–] Erotic_Monkey 1 points 9 points (+10|-1) ago 

I think you need to accelerate to 'pull' the trailer straight and stop the wobble, then carefully brake.

Wasn't there a Mythbusters or something on this subject?

Although, I guess the main point is that they should not have been going so fast in the first place to lose control of the trailer.

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[–] RoBatten 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

You only accelerate if you have a small trailer without trailer brakes. This large trailer is required to have brakes. Lift the pedal and manually apply only the trailer brakes.

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[–] Sosacms 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

I think remembering they are pulling a trailer so they don't ram into the truck they are passing, would have been the most helpful in that situation.

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[–] revofire 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

That's actually a good idea. If possible, accelerating to pull it straight is the easiest thing to do if you're not experienced to control it otherwise.

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[–] undertheshills 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Clearly he is the kinda guy thats got this.

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[–] clamhurt_legbeard 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yep!

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[–] 10386118 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

On a trailer like that you would hit the manual trigger on your brake controller. Slowing might help if you got it soon enough, activating the trailer brakes would...

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[–] KILLtheRATS 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

He was probably getting cross winds coming down the hill, also.

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[–] ot_to_know 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

So what is the right solution here? I think immediately applying the trailer brakes would be my solution to the sway. The trailer is essentially pushing the truck at this point. Forcing drag on the trailer without applying any brakes on the truck should get that trailer back on track.

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[–] Rotteuxx 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

That could help, but just lightly to transfer enough weight to the tongue to regain control. Locking them up could be bad.

Passing a big rig with an ultra light trailer like that will always cause issues because of the wind.

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[–] Tb0n3 6 points 4 points (+10|-6) ago 

Truck driver should have stopped way before that dust cloud. He had fair warning and chose to drive where he couldn't see. Lots of dumb truck drivers only worried about getting to their destination on time. Stupid 4-wheeler too.

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[–] clamhurt_legbeard 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I had a trailer start doing this on a trip once. Always started the instant I got over 55. The speed limit was 80. Trip was very frustrating.

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[–] ot_to_know 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

An over loaded tounge will do that at higher speeds. Very dangerous.

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[–] RoBatten 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Negative or not enough tongue weight contributes to this problem as well. There has to be some tongue weight, but not too much.

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[–] clamhurt_legbeard 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

My trouble was CG too far aft. Large trailer but not much stuff - I had a large bed and not much else!

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[–] Damnpasswords 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's why you use engine braking, not just your brakes

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