Originally Posted by wbdavey
IMO the best way to stop sway is to manually engage the trailer brakes while holding the steering wheel very steady.
A few years back I had my trailer try to pass me. I feathered the trailer breaks while adding gas to my Jeep and pulled the trailer back in behind me. Problem was it kept on going, pulling me off the road and causing me to roll twice before I stopped. I couldn't figure out what I had done wrong!
There was a couple that had been following me for about 10 miles. I didn't know them. The trooper questioned them and they told him that I wasn't doing anything wrong. I had been doing the speed limit and seemed to know what I was doing so they decide to follow me. Thank God they stopped to help! I ended up on the roof but fortunately I was fine and so was my dog.
They come to find out that an axle had snapped near the tire on the drivers side. It was decided that the accident was not my fault and could not have been prevented. Thank God nobody was hurt! IMHO though I also blame myself. Even though the Jeep Renegade I was pulling with was rated high enough to pull that trailer I personally think it was too small. I might have been OK with a large SUV or a full size truck.
Yes, the best way to pull a trailer back in is to slowly feather the trailer brakes
while slowly increasing your speed. This should pull the trailer back and then you can slow down as you normally would.
The problem many people have with this method is that their brake controller is mounted in a bad location and they cannot reach it. The dealer I bought my last trailer at did this to me and I've got to move it! I can reach it but not comfortably.