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Old 10-05-2016, 08:13 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Bobbie54 View Post
Quick (probably not) question: it's clear from this video how distribution of weight affects fishtailing. (Less clear how it would if equally distributed, though.) How does speed affect it? Obviously it would be more dangerous at higher speeds but does the likelihood of swaying/fishtailing increase with speed?
If the vehicle is susceptible to fishtailing from an improperly distributed load, the fishtailing will be aggravated by higher speed. And the only real way to recover from the fishtailing is to reduce speed, not by braking, but by slowly decelerating.

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Old 10-06-2016, 12:41 AM   #12
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some info here, that seems to be good.


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Old 10-06-2016, 10:25 AM   #13
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Why would descending push the trailer and tow vehicle sideways as stated in the previous video (1:43-1:50)? There is no sideways force.
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Old 10-10-2016, 12:00 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Brian B-P View Post
It's a great video to illustrate some of the effects of load distribution... but it's not about weight-distributing hitches at all. It's from a British company, and WDH is very rarely used there.
Oops... I realized when I looked at this again that this specific video is something from the U.S., not the original by Bailey of the U.K. The idea is the same - mass distribution matters.

The rig in both cases has a moveable axle, so different trailer geometries can be simulated. The two posts holding the weights can also be moved, so it can be used to show that a trailer with mass closer to the ends is less stable than one with mass closer to the middle, even with the same tongue total mass and tongue weight. The video with the Mustang does not show the effect of axle position, or of moving masses toward or away from the middle.
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Old 10-10-2016, 08:26 AM   #15
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Good find Brian - that's the one I remember seeing a while ago and being very impressed by it.

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