Zona_the_stona wrote:I was reading the article in the LA Times. Here is a good visual aid from that article.
This stuff applies only if you are towing a U-Haul trailer with shitty-ass surge breaks.
If you tow a trailer with proportional electronic brakes and a modern brake controller, the advice for controlling sway is completely different.
If you have a break controller (a little box installed near the steering wheel in the truck), use the manual break lever to apply brakes to only the trailer if sway becomes a problem.
Also, this 40/60 split thing only applies to the U-Haul trailers.
A more universally acceptable loading rule is to ensure that the tongue weight is in the range of 10% - 15% of the total trailer and cargo weight.
The tow vehicle being heavier than the trailer; not a chance. Most trucks can tow much more then their own weight safely if properly equipped. For U-Haul, where they have crappy surge brakes, no weight distributing hitch, no brake controller in the tow vehicle ... sure, good idea, but not a general rule for trailering.
My #5500 half ton Chevy can tow #8500 with a weight distributing hitch and good brake controller. Modern 3/4 and 1 ton trucks can tow upwards of #15000 and they seldom way more than #6-7000.
Lets not try to trivialize this into an inaccurate list. Anyone planning on towing should learn how to do it right and safe. A single thread on a Burning Man board aint it.