We finally get everything to where we are comfortable to tow a trailer for the first time. I wish it was on some grand adventure, but it was just about 35 miles to our home from the campground in Monroe, WA. We did stop a couple of times to make sure nothing was being destroyed and just to check on things. The first thing we heard was the safety chains dragging on the gravel road. Then we heard this plastic sound as we went over our first speed bump. Yup, that was the gray tank plastic cover that had come off and was skipping across the gravel.
Luckily no sway at all! The little T@B trailer tracked like a champ. We did have some up and down bouncing (more than just bumps in the road) We decided that we did not need the 2-inch drop on the hitch as the previous owners had with their taller SUV. So we need to flip that hitch over. That way the hitch will only have a 3/4-inch rise instead of the two-inch drop. We do however need to now add an adapter piece since the sway bar will have nothing to attach to. (Sway bar adapter)
Check out the video! Can’t wait for our upcoming trip 1 month out.
We may have all seen the images of travel trailers or just trailers being towed on the highway, losing control into a roll over crash. Some can be attributed to weight distribution or poor loading of the trailer. Some others can be attributed to driving way too fast for conditions. A few can be attributed to side winds or the pushing and pulling from larger trucks passing on the highway. Since we are not experts on the subject, the information we have provided here and in our attached YouTube Video is based on our own research and is not advice in any way.
Since a sway bar for our T@B travel trailer is new to us and we have never towed a trailer before, we decided for the $30 or so that it costs to purchase a sway bar would be a good idea. If we never have to use it, that would be great! If we really needed it at some point, it would be the best $30 ever spent to prevent a potential loss of control or a roll over crash.
We have never heard that a T@B needs one. They are low to the ground, light weight, and you really can’t over pack it. Our tow vehicle has plenty of available weight to pull the trailer.
Here are some of the resources we used to make that decision:
U-haul trailer sway of death
Caravan Sway Crash
How To Control Trailer Sway by RV Education 101®
how to avoid trailer sway
towing tips for preventing trailer sway
Here is where we found the one that we purchased:
pro series sway bar link