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Old 02-01-2008, 09:13 PM   #1
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That Big Sucking Feeling

Hopefully, one or two of you have experienced this and can offer some advice on how to handle it or at least prepare for the consequences. When being overtaken by a big rig on an interstate or multi lane road I feel like my entire unit is being worked over by a giant vacuum cleaner. TV and TT move as one unit so I don't notice any sway, but I am very uncomfortable for those few seconds it takes the rig to get around me. Sometimes I think I've moved a foot or more toward the big monster trying to inhale me and mine. Any suggestions would be appreciated (other than shooting a tire... that's already crossed my mind, but I don't think that would be wise).

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Old 02-01-2008, 10:59 PM   #2
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It happens...
All that air has got to go somewhere. Unfortunately, it will can shove around the lighter vehicle a bit. I always tell people to keep the speed down when towing. I know, the semi passes you then at a higher rate of speed...sometimes it's even worse!

Here would be my tips:
Keep your vehicle within the limits of it's towing capacity.
Always load the trailer/weight correctly.
Watch your mirrors to prepare.
Move as far to the right as you can, staying in your lane.
Be prepared with the brakes/or brake controller switch
Avoid traveling interstates, or at times of heavy travel.
Avoid cell phones, and keep both hands on the wheel.

Good luck!

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Old 02-02-2008, 03:43 AM   #3
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Nothing I have tried has made a difference. My 25' trailer was just as bad as my current 32 ft trailer. THe dual cam setup is the same as the Equal-i-zer. Speed seems to make no difference (my speed).

I agree 100%, it is disconcerting. I have asked many Hensley owners if the Arrow helps and all of them replied with a unanamous "YES!" So, that is next on the list of things to try. I know $3k is a lot, but worth the reduced stress. Resale on those Hensley's is outstanding.

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Old 02-02-2008, 08:19 AM   #4
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Old 02-02-2008, 11:41 AM   #5
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Unless a Hensley can ignore the laws of physics, I don't see where it would react any better than the other WD Anti-Sway systems in this situation.
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Old 02-02-2008, 07:05 PM   #6
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I've heard these tips may help:

1. Keep your speed down so that you are easier to pass. The big rig will pass you more quickly. (Go ahead and get it over with, sort of)

2. As the passing truck approaches, step on the gas and ride the brake controller override at the same time. (Don't use the TV brakes) This puts a kind of tension on your set up. Imagine a pendulum, a heavy pendulum is harder to get moving...the braking action makes your trailer, the pendulum, "heavier."

3. And always keep an eye on your mirrors so that you are not taken by surprise.

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Old 02-02-2008, 07:56 PM   #7
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i have found when pulling the tt or the fiver, its always better to be the overtaker vice the overtakee. But this is not always the case and i to have gone white knuckled a few times as i felt all 50 plus feet get drawn in towards the big rig.
i have found a CB radio helps just to say out loud to the truck you know he's there and he has a clear go ahead, that way both of yall are at least aware what each other is thinking, most truckers aprecaite ot say thanks, some are complete donkey rears and blow you off.

when no communication is possible, i to try to stay far right to the edge of the lane but NEVER go in the emergency lane, its just to full of stuff that likes to eat RV tires or has grooves to compound the slight "out of control" feeling

i have also found, even though it pizzzes me off some
is to slack off the throttle some as they aproach to help em sling shot past and minimize the hairy pull moments.

I also try to tow at least the posted speed limit... except if it is posted 70 i run 65-68,
funny thing is the truck likes to pull at 75 but i get nervy and have flash backs of blown tires and smoke.

one more thingy, when i get in places like atlanta which have 4-6 lanes of traffic i stay in the 3rd lane, why you ask
well the the far left is the haul tail lane, the inner two righties are for the DUMMIEs that forget their exit is coming up and like to do those swerves in front of you and exit.
so if i stay in the thrid lane it minimizes those frantic braking incidents and still lets traffic move while i travel at a safer speed, while i am a less of a navigational hazard.

hope it helps.
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Old 02-02-2008, 08:00 PM   #8
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I notice this a lot less pulling a 5er.
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Old 02-03-2008, 05:03 PM   #9
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Not a big deal just anticipate that when a big rig passes you that you will be sucked over about foot towards the rig, so if you see him coming move over to the right about a foot and all is fine.

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Old 02-04-2008, 04:55 AM   #10
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Now I have been told different, I was told to increase and stay to the right as far as possible. This has worked. It helps reduce the push from the semi as he is just gets to the rear of the TT, if you slow down the push is greater because of his speed, if your speed and his are almost equal, then it's greatly reduced. But of course the speed has to be reasonable, not at 70, 80, 90, or even 100.

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