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Old 12-14-2012, 04:58 AM
 
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NOW I've done it !!!!!!!!!! I just had to read about roll overs and Uhaul trailers.....What can I do to prevent them? I see hundreds on them on the hwy and I have never seen a rollover...I have pulled a small RV from KY to FL and was ok. Is this the same thing as pulling a uhaul ?? I don't want to jinx myself but I am a pretty good drive (female even).......Please give me some tips.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:57 AM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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There are some tips here to avoid trailer swaying, probably the leading cause of rollovers.

U-Haul: Tips: Learn how to load and haul a trailer safely
Hitching Up - Trailer - Sway
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:59 AM
 
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NOW I've done it !!!!!!!!!! I just had to read about roll overs and Uhaul trailers.....What can I do to prevent them? I see hundreds on them on the hwy and I have never seen a rollover...I have pulled a small RV from KY to FL and was ok. Is this the same thing as pulling a uhaul ?? I don't want to jinx myself but I am a pretty good drive (female even).......Please give me some tips.
1. Make sure your trailer isn't too big, and that everything on the tow vehicle is working properly - including mirrors that give you plenty of rear view vision.
2. Load the trailer correctly. 60%-70% of the weight should be in FRONT of the axle, resting on the tongue. This will keep the trailer from "fish-tailing." Do not overload the trailer. Heavy stuff goes on the bottom of the load, to lower your center of gravity.
3. Take "wide" corners so that you don't clip anything.
4. Read the owners' manual for the tow vehicle to be sure, but you should probably leave it OUT of over-drive when towing a trailer.
5. Do not do ANYTHING fast. Don't accelerate fast, give yourself a LOT of room for braking, and don't turn fast.
6. Don't drive over 60 mph, unless & until you become VERY comfortable towing the trailer.
7. Do not pull into a tight area that you cannot easily drive out of. Backing up these trailers can be a real pain in the butt.


Don't panic. You'll do just fine!
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:09 PM
 
Location: NW Penna.
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Make sure that the ball is at the correct height, too. Which hitch you need can vary with the height of your receiver / vehicle. You want the trailer to be pretty level. Towing with either a 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton pickup, I've never ever had a U-Haul sway. But I only use the two largest enclosed trailers they offer. I prefer the double-axle one.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:42 AM
 
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I did get a double axle. I have faith in myself. It is the others I am afraid of....Thank you all, I will be fine and will let you know when I get there. I take you guys everywhere.
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