I left Carlsbad, New Mexico early and started across Texas, heading East. There was a storm that came from the California coast over night that was causing light, gusty winds.
The Wind is NOT my friend when towing a trailer. But I was prepared!
As part of the Load Leveling Tow Hitch I installed, I purchased the optional Trailer Anti-Sway Friction Control kit.
Trailer Sway is when the end of the trailer is moving back and forth, like a fish tail. This can be caused by another vehicle, like a Semi passing you or by gusty wind. Or both!
Since I installed the kit in Los Angeles, it has worked great at keeping the trailer steady.
Anyway, I spent all day tooling across West Texas and almost made Dallas in the afternoon. I stopped for gas and was pulling out onto the access road when I heard a “Boom” and felt the back of the truck rise up a bit.
Here is the hitch showing the main Tow-Ball and the two broken Sway-Balls.
It might be hard to tell, but the top hitch plate is 3/8″ thick steel. (Or, maybe pig-iron?)
So I pulled the other side off before it, too fell off. To say I was shocked is an understatement. Of course, it’s Friday evening by this time so I cannot call anyone at the manufacturer about this until Monday. >_<
Here is roughly what the whole setup should look like. (Stock picture, not my rig)
The long bars on the bottom with the chain are the Load Levelers and the thing in the middle with the blue label is the Sway Control.
Saturday morning I started heading East with no Sway bars. There was no wind that early, which made it nice. By the afternoon however, I had crossed into Louisiana and the wind was wicked; The flags at the gas station were flapping hard. Maybe 15mph with 20+mph gusts.
By now it’s white knuckle driving…every big rig that passes me sucks me into it’s lane and I’m constantly pulling everything back to the center of my lane. Slowing down to 55mph helps, but I only traveled 390 miles today and I’m already frazzled. I have another 700 miles to go to North Carolina and plan to be there Monday.
Hopefully I can make it out of the darned wind tomorrow…