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Old 04-14-2012, 09:33 PM   #11
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dunnnc, you've got too many 'n's in your handle, and you're missing the 'e'.
If you had actually read my post, you would have understood that the dampening action needed to stop a camper from rocking due to a buffeting wind would exert far higher forces than a shock on a passenger vehicle.
Just because you don't understand something doesn't mean you should post sarcastic garbage in response.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:29 PM   #12
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with 2 different 5th wheels in 12 years, have never noticed side winds. Head winds, mostly with gas mileage and truck down-shifting. Wayne
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:40 PM   #13
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Heavy duty sway bars per axle are about the only suspension mod that would help with the effect of side wind.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:43 AM   #14
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i'm sure some suspension mods would help.
is your trailer a TT or a 5th wheel?
@bikendan - My trailer is a fifth wheel.

@everyone else - I understand that the problem is the huge surface of the trailer that catches the wind and thus acts like a sail. My thought was if with the addition of air bags (independent of each other) it would lessen the effect of the trailer swinging or whipping. Thus, allowing me to un-pucker my six during adverse weather. Thoughts?
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:03 AM   #15
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87Crew is correct, only sway bars would be truly effective. I wonder if anyone makes them 8 feet long?
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:29 AM   #16
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Having drove truck for over 20 years and 1 million + miles, with trls having been pushed into the other lane by winds and in one case the trl wheels on one side actually coming off the ground, that no suspension modification will prevent cross winds from pushing a trl around. For a modification to control the cross winds it would have to be computer controlled and be able to reacto to different pressures in micros seconds in order to inflate the air bags proposed and some how steer the axles at the same time. It aint goin to happen.
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lindy, I think you make a good point.
That is why the suggestion that shocks would solve the problem is simply laughable. I would assume that your semi trailers all had shocks?
I think the only real solution is to simply pull over if it gets scary.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:49 AM   #18
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lindy, I think you make a good point.
That is why the suggestion that shocks would solve the problem is simply laughable. I would assume that your semi trailers all had shocks?
I think the only real solution is to simply pull over if it gets scary.
I'm a CDL driver as well and no semi trailers do not have shocks they have air bags (very large air bags). I pull a 48' feather lite trailer and that thing doesn't get pushed as much as my FW. That's why I started thinking about adding air bags to my FW. If the only difference between the two trailers (aside from weight, which is probably the the real solution) is the air bags then why wouldn't it help my FW.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:12 AM   #19
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RonLynnJr; hate to disagree with you but ALL our Wabash trls had shocks with the air bag systems.
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Lindy, I think Ron and you are on the same page.
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