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Ford Super Duty Fishtails While Towing Trailer: Video

We’ve seen more than our fair share of Ford Super Duty involved accidents over the years, which isn’t surprising given how popular that model has remained in the U.S. since its inception. Many of those incidents involve the large truck towing trailers, with one getting hit by a semi and flipping over, another one getting stuck in a drive-thru, and another one that lost its cargo while crossing the road in rather dramatic fashion. Now, this recent video from ViralHog shows exactly what can happen when a Ford Super Duty driver loses control of a fishtailing trailer in the middle of the highway, too.

Ford Super Duty Towing Trailer Fishtails - Exterior 002 - Front Three Quarters

Fishtailing – otherwise known as trailer sway – happens when a trailer begins to move side to side on its own, which can sometimes result in total disaster, as we can see here. Oftentimes, this can be caused by load imbalances, a lack of weight over the hitch and too much in the rear of the trailer, or even a strong gust of wind or quick changes in direction.

It’s unclear what caused the trailer being towed by this Ford Super Duty to begin fishtailing in Ogden, Utah, as the video cuts in while that is already in motion, but the trailer is loaded up with wood boards and what appear to be bags of dry concrete or sand up front. The video notes claim that the trailer was overloaded, but in any event, the driver isn’t able to stop this from happening, and the trailer sway is bad enough that it causes him to lose control of his pickup, too.

Eventually, the truck cuts sideways and completely turns around – facing oncoming traffic – before the driver is able to bring it to a halt. Luckily, the vehicle filming the action is able to stop, and no one runs into the Super Duty, which could have very well happened and made this incident much worse.

We’ll have more wild videos like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford Super Duty news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Mike K

    Must not of had a brake controller. Or does know how to use it!

    1. DB

      Brake controller had nothing to do with it. His load was too far back on the trailer. Not enough weight on the tongue. Don’t comment if you don’t know what you’re talking about.

  2. Hafcanadian

    Tongue weight was too light. Trailer load was improperly placed.

  3. TC

    If you’re so damn stupid you can’t figure out why this happened you shouldn’t be making vehicles or driving one. Ignorance is taking over the world.

    1. DB


  4. Thomasthetomas

    He put the weight too far from the hitch, OBVIOUSLY. Load it close to the hitch as possible.

  5. rapturd

    I think the trailer was too short and half the load was hanging off

  6. Billy

    Trailer way to short for the load. Plus as some said weight was mostly to the rear of trailer. You can see that the front of the truck is up in the air when he comes almost to a stop. All said the ford HD handled it very well.

  7. 2damnbad

    If you’re going to pull a trailer, learn how to load one properly. If you don’t, then don’t pull a trailer. About to the point of being for a trailer endorsement for towing a trailer since there are so many people who are clueless these days.


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