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Old 06-12-2013, 10:52 PM   #11
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Nope, I've never had that happen.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:24 AM   #12
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Run the same speed as traffic and it won't happen. You're driving too slow, you are going to get run over.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:29 AM   #13
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I too was a very white knuckler until I installed a Hensley. Expensive but works very well. Can't put a price on safety.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:58 AM   #14
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It is normal. It doesn't happen all the time but I can feel the push/pull of semis and busses. It may just be me, but the less aerodynamic the rig passing me is, as in a bus, the more I feel it.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:01 AM   #15
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With my travel trailer I used an Equalizer brand hitch with 4 point sway control and did not have a problem. The hitch was over-sized for my camper at the time and the camper was stable as a rock.

With the 5th wheel I only notice it in cattle chutes when passed by large trucks exceeding the speed limit.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:08 AM   #16
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Air tabs greatly reduce the effect semis have when passing I would estimate by 75%. They are pricey but do work. I put them up both sides and across the top.
And it drives people nuts trying to figure out what they are. LOL

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Old 06-13-2013, 07:16 AM   #17
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Its funny I've seen these on a couple big trucks as of late.


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Old 06-13-2013, 07:20 AM   #18
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Its funny I've seen these on a couple big trucks as of late.


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They claim on semi tractors they increase the fuel mileage from 1/4-1/2 mpg which would be greatly beneficial, but I didn't notice any difference in anything but the absence of the semi passing tail wag. To me they were worth the cost and effort installing.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:25 AM   #19
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With out old trailer and its set up, it happened mostly when the possum bellied cattle trucks passed. Something about the holes in their trailer created strange air currents. When I'm riding my motorcycle and get passed by one of these, depending on the direction of the wind, the air can go dead.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:28 AM   #20
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Any pilot will be able to talk to you at length on the benefits of vortex generators to increase fuel economy by decreasing wind drag.

Having said that, not sure how much effect it would have at the speeds we travel compared to a jet aircraft.

The slight tug on the aft end of the camper by the generators adds longitudinal stability (dampens sway) to the camper by resisting movement of the rear of the camper. It takes much less force to handle it there than at the nose of the camper.
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