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#16 madjack

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:55 PM

Move the lever gently, then take foot off gas, continue to add pressure until sway has stopped, let off the lever...if the sway appears to be severe enough to put you in danger of losing control or flipping, a hard push and release, (repeat gently) as needed may be your only option...this technique is also appropriate for snow/ice/rain situations...the best technique is to be properly loaded (the trailer) to avoid this condition in the first place!!!!!!!!
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p.s. YOU can get properly loaded at destination for nerve calming purposes........mj

Edited by madjack, 08 August 2017 - 09:33 PM.

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#17 Meadowlark

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 05:39 PM

Thank you, Madjack. I'd made this comment a few days ago and see it didn't post, so I'm saying it again. I had a hunch you've experienced a fishtailing now and then and would know what to do. I'll remember it  and hopefully I'll never need to use the knowledge.

 

As for getting loaded afterwards...well, after a change of underwear, I think a shot of Bailey's in my hot cocoa will do me up right :-)


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#18 madjack

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    About me...20+yrs as a commercial OTR driver, logging over 2million accident free miles...previous to that, 20 yrs in the construction trades...owned a few travel trailers and teardrop campers along with more single and double axle utility trailers than I can count and as such have hauled everything from a nail, a 2x4, vehicles, construction equipment of all kinds all the way up to 100,000# steel beams, chemicals and other heavy haul and haz-mat item(s)
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Posted 10 August 2017 - 06:30 PM

...way too many to count...several with dual axle utility trailers with no brakes...had to brake as trailer came back across centerline of tug...and then the night, driving from St Louis to Chicago with an empty 48' hi cube trailer with black ice and a 40mph wind from 90 degrees to the side...took a backhoe to pry me loose from my seat!!!!!
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p.s. get me around a campfire with a touch (or two) of bourbon in my system telling trucker stories...you may never leave home again (-; ......mj
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