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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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[–] dt1 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

There was a bunch of crap strapped to the back of the trailer exactly where you don't want any extra weight.

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

common misconception doing this would just make things worse, not as bad as over correcting + braking but bad. what he should have done is accelerate hard. Accelerating pulls the trailer back behind you.

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

Wouldn't have worked going downhill like that. The weight of the trailer would cause a slingshot effect, which is what we saw here,of the extra weight being pulled harder down hill than the truck. Your fix would work best going uphill only.