Thought I would give an update of our recent trip pulling a hfs30 toyhauler.
We left Ohio on a trip to Hatfield and McCoy Trails down in West Virginia about 40 miles from Bluefield at Ashland ATV Resort. ( A very nice campground for atv and utv users
Trip down was 325 very nerve racking miles
. Coming back 325 miles was a little easier.
The hitch is a Blue Ox hitch with sway bars and was set up at the dealers for the truck and trailer. Pulling it home from the dealers back in November was not an issue. The sway bar link was on 7.
On the way down it was white nuckles all the way even stopping to adjust sway bars on the trailer, all it wanted to do was sway. The friends behind us called it the wiggle wagon and the wind did not help matters either.
We had a Polaris rzr backed in over the axles in the back which weighs about 1100 lbs.
All my friends said I need more tongue weight on the trailer to keep it from swaying.
I had the sway bars on the 7th link, backed it down to the 6th link, but did not see much difference it was 55 mph all the way and both hands gripped tight on the wheel.
Coming home I backed the chain down to the 5th link which helped greatly even tried the 4th link but it was way to loose. We also piled everything we could in the front of the trailer. Coming home was not as bad, but some areas the wind would catch the trailer and start it swaying again. Coming home we did 60 mph with no problem and sometimes 65 if it was a straight stretch.
Where I noticed a problem was on long sweeping curves or bridge abutments that were at an angle, then the trailer would start to sway.
Driving at 55 mph on local roads it did just fine.
Everything worked well in the trailer and we had a very good time.
We pulled it with a 1/2 ton Silverado with a trailering package, transmission cooler and air bags. We just purchased the truck a couple months before the trailer. Next truck will be a 3/4 ton, but the 1/2 ton did just fine. We had a few places we pulled 4300 rpm up the mountains.
8 miles per gallon just a little more than my friends with motor homes pulling trailers that got 7.2 and 7.6.
We can not wait to go again.
Any help on trailer set up to get rid of the swaying would be greatly appreciated.