Want to eliminate trailer sway? All you have to do is get a bigger truck … right?
Nope. That couldn’t be further from the truth, actually.
Although a bigger truck will allow the driver to haul larger, heavier loads, a massive rig simply will not eliminate trailer sway – physics just doesn’t work like that, unfortunately. For some reason, this seems to be a popular belief, and it’s actually pretty dangerous.
At ProPride Hitch, we want you to be educated on this topic.
Here’s why: The point where the trailer and hitch connect doesn’t change, regardless of vehicle. The components remain the same across the board: coupler mounted to a spherical ball.
“To achieve a safe towing experience every time, make sure you are set up properly – make sure to inspect your rig,” said Alex Miller, National Sales Manager at ProPride Hitch. “Ask yourself: ‘When you’re hitched, is your RV level? ‘Do you need more or less distribution?’ ‘Can your vehicle handle the load?’”
There will always be some sort of sway, that’s just nature. However, by using a ProPride 3P, you can significantly reduce sway – that’s just one way to help alleviate the issues.
Driving technique and habits also come into play.
Really, the only variable that makes a noticeable difference is the connection point between the two-vehicle and the railer. If it’s connected to a round ball, your trailer will sway. It if it’s a round ball with a friction sway-control hitch – such as our 3P – it’ll sway a little less … but it’s still going to move while in motion.
However, with that said, towing with a bigger truck is never the answer. Proper equipment and load management, along with steady driving, is the only proven way to effectively eliminate trailer sway.
Additionally, a bigger truck will only end up costing you more money. Now, that’s not to say that the purchase won’t be worth it in the long run. Big trucks can do more than smaller trucks.
But again, the size of the vehicle has nothing to do with eliminating trailer sway.
With most newer big trucks costing the same as a starter home, truck buyers are investing more and more each year into their truck – and many of them feel that investment will increase safety when hauling.
Don’t be fooled by misinformation. Just because the dealership salesman says a bigger truck will reduce sway, doesn’t mean it’s true. They’re trying to get the truck off the lot, possibly telling you what you want to hear just to make a deal.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our expert team at (800) 960-4767 to find a solution.