We recently upgraded from a pop-up camper to a 24-foot Travel Trailer, and our first trip on the Florida Turnpike was scary. Every time the big truckers sped by us I would almost lose control of my rig. Can you give me advice on how to better handle trailer sway in these situations? My tow vehicle is a Chevy Express Van with a weight distributing hitch and brake controller.
Got the sways huh? We tow a pop-up camper with a Dodge Ram 4x4, and we have never had any sway problems nor require any special gear with our rig. It mostly comes down to matching your load to the tow vehicle and using an appropriate hitch setup.
For expert advice in these regards, check out the information on these Web sites, and compare their recommendations to your towing situation:
Trailer Loading and Towing Guide (good info).
The Hensley Arrow considered by many to be one of the best RV hitches.
Some RV manufacturers have weight calculators on their Web sites that help you calculate your final load weight including gear and options.
The answer to your questions and a solution to your problem lies in the above resources. Re-evaluate your equipment, and with the advise contained on these pages, make any gear changes or adjustments as they advise.