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Old 12-27-2014, 12:12 PM   #41
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Actually Taranwanderer, that's a little off on why a 5th tows better and experiences less sway. As SKnight correctly points out, a 5ver has almost all of it's weight on the rear axle. A TT with weight distribution puts a lot more weight on the front axle than any 5th. What makes it experience less sway is because with the pivot point being directly over the rear axle, side to side push by the RV is almost eliminated. With a TT, the pivot point is much further back allowing side force from the RV to have a mechanical advantage which in turn increases the leverage that turns into sway. This is why the ProPride and Hensley advertise their systems as having "pivot point projection" claiming a TT will tow more like a 5ver with their system.
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Old 12-27-2014, 01:02 PM   #42
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Actually Taranwanderer, that's a little off on why a 5th tows better and experiences less sway. As SKnight correctly points out, a 5ver has almost all of it's weight on the rear axle. A TT with weight distribution puts a lot more weight on the front axle than any 5th. What makes it experience less sway is because with the pivot point being directly over the rear axle, side to side push by the RV is almost eliminated. With a TT, the pivot point is much further back allowing side force from the RV to have a mechanical advantage which in turn increases the leverage that turns into sway. This is why the ProPride and Hensley advertise their systems as having "pivot point projection" claiming a TT will tow more like a 5ver with their system.

x2 on that. the proride and hensley essentially put the weight right on or close to the rear axle, making a solid extension out of the hitch ball. much phisics involved.

There is no way a TT can match the stability of a 5er, but as mentioned here, they can b setup to be close and safe. There is always a tendency for the tail to wag the dog so to speak, which is counteracted by the WDH and sway controls.

This is compounded nowadays, by bigger, heavier TT's with less attention to weight distribution front to back that what used to be.


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