Re: Troop Trailer
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Wed, 5 Aug 1998 19:15:54 -0400
CHUCK BRAMLET wrote:
> One thing that whomever is towing the trailer needs to know
> is something I learned many years ago, to my sorrow.
> A trailer has two weights - curb and hitch.
One other cautionary note: *where* the weight is in the trailer is also
critical! If the weight is behind the axle (to the rear, away from the
towing vehicle), the whole rig will be *very* unstable at speed, and can
go into wild side-to-side oscillations that braking may only make worse.
So, be sure the heaviest gear (or any partial load) goes as far forward
in the trailer as you can manage -- and *secure* it there so it won't
shift in transit. The first acceleration after each loading, partial
unpacking or repacking the trailer should be done slowly, with full
attention to any developing instability.
YIS, Steve on Cattail Creek <Steven G. Tyler>, Severna Park, MD, USA
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