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Old 04-26-2017, 12:56 PM
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Default Tire Sidewall Stiffness - Towing Stability

One of the first things about towing safely and preventing sway is making sure the tow vehicle's (TV) rear tires have a sufficient sidewall strength, and load rating. Most of the trailer 'weaving' I see in front of me is likely caused by the TV's rear tires sidewalls not being strong enough. A tower needs to make sure their tires' load rating is sufficient for the rear axle vehicle weight PLUS that weight of the front of the trailer being towed.

I am not an expert on the subject, but it happened to me once when I was towing a boat with an S-10 pickup I used to have. Had a very slight sway at speeds above 60 MPH. I had different tires with stronger sidewalls mounted and installed on the back of the pickup and it stopped the sway immediately.
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Old 04-26-2017, 04:45 PM
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I got the Mckesh mirrors and installed them while I was picking up my new to me 2720. The mirror surface is larger than most slide on mirrors, and I found I almost wished the Mckesh were just an extra inch taller and wider. Imagine how I'd have felt with the smaller mirrors on the slide on types.

Stability was pretty good, it was just taking me a little time to get used to what mirror I was looking through when it was nighttime. Overall, I'm very glad to have the Mckesh mirrors. I'm not seeing any issues with the seals staying pinched. If I was towing on a regular basis I might have wanted to have the OEM towing mirrors which include a convex mirror below the large extended plane mirror, but that wouldn't be an option for the Explorer.

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