Debate on transferring load to or from trailer at sandy creek crossings

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011 at 17:52
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We are having an interesting discussion at work. Light hearted but real enough

When towing a trailer, and when confronted with a deep sandy creek crossing (Nolan's Brook or similar), in addition to the tarp, lowering tire pressures on both the car and the trailer, do you move easy-to-move weight (heavy crates containing camp oven etc.)
A) from the trailer to the car, to give the driving wheels more weight than the towed wheels, or
B) from the car to the trailer, to spread the load more evenly over the three axles

Personally I believe the trailer should be as light as possible, to have as little drag as possible, and could then easily be off-hooked in case you have to and easier to retrieve if you had to unhook to save the car.

But I can also see my mate's viewpoint - spread the load, if you unhook you get rid of a proper third of the weight and the car is easier to get unbogged and removed from the water.

What do the forum think?

(PS Yeah I know not to do it without and without others present, and yeah I know the 'why risk it' questions are valid, but those are not the points of this discussion)

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011 at 19:45

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011 at 19:45
Out of A & B it can only be A because driving force is related to co-efficent of friction and weight on it.

However - later you seem to be implying disconnecting the trailer , taking the car across and then I'm not sure but I guess snatching it ?
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Reply By: ross - Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 02:19

Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 02:19
A lot of variables in those scenarios.
Ive heard of some owners crossing creeks with trailers that are too light which float and jack knife.

If I wasnt 100% sure about making it with a trailer,I might disconnect it and drag it across when Ive reached the other side(if I had enough rope)
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