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Old 25 March 2016, 13:31   #1
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Towing in winds (I.e tomorrow and Sunday)

We've got to tow from leicester to chard tomorrow and then on Sunday from chard to lymington



6.3m Humber and trailer:1500 kg
Towing with an Audi A6 Quattro- good for 1800kg



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Motorways on day 1 (Mainly had wind I believe)



A roads on day 2 ( crosswinds)


Wind: gusts of into 50 mph


I guess the simple answer is keep my speed down

Beware lorries overtaking me

Any other thoughts?

Or am I just being over cautious?
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Old 25 March 2016, 13:33   #2
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Oh and twin axle brenderup trailer
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Make sure your nose weight is correct. Keep your speed down especially going down hill. Use engine braking rather than brakes.
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Use engine braking rather than brakes.
Debatable....During advanced driver training I was "encouraged" not to use engine braking. The reason being most modern cars are fitted with ESP as well as ABS and the ESP system can't mitigate for any unbalanced braking effect from the engine particularly with two wheel drive as there will be a disproportionate braking effect on one axle set.....However I've never noticed this and I have certainly noticed the alarming effect of brake fade (Yon big hill down into Oban). So open to debate
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Brakes in a car I agree tech had come on a long way but with trailer old school for me far more control with engine braking least that's how it feels to me driving
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Bit of both surely?
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ABS etc should only matter when you are at or close to locking breaks. Engine breaking is surely meant for slowing the car not trying to stop quick? If you need to stop quick use the breaks. If you want to break over a prolonged period use the engine to allow the break still to work if you need it - at which point the ABS will trigger just fine. You will gather I think it's nonsense. Even before EPS etc people argued if you put the wear on the engine (expensive to repair) or breaks (intended to be consumables). I suspect the 'modern brakes are good and are cheaper to repair camp' found another argument.
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Bit of both as above and drive with mechanical sympathy!
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On motorways & exposed roads keep an eye on sections where you emerge from relative shelter onto exposed areas.
The section of the M1 just north of J21 is like that & its nickname of 'caravan alley' is well earned.
IME twin axles are a lot nicer to tow - when National Express passes you at Warp 6 the whole rig, car & trailer moves instead of a bit of tail wagging by the trailer.
Take your time, look well ahead, stay within the trailer speed limits & you should be fine.
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......Engine breaking is surely meant for slowing the car not trying to stop quick?

Au contraire, I find engine breaking usually results in a fairly rapid halt.😏
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