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Old 01-22-2014, 07:10 PM   #1
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Improperly hitched trailers - don't let it happen to you

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Improperly Hitched Trailers Can Become Deadly Missiles On Roadways

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Old 01-22-2014, 07:19 PM   #2
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That's just terrible and no reason for it.

I always have a pin, wire, stick something in the pin hole, crossed chains and check the breakaway.

I see people all the time who have no pin in the coupler and often they say well (whoever) says I don't need it and nothing ever happened to them.

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Old 01-22-2014, 09:00 PM   #3
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That was a sad story. Unfortunately some people have no clue and shouldn't be towing anything.
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:20 PM   #4
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I have also seen trailers on the wrong size ball. They think its enough weight it will stay and then they hit a bump and it comes off.
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:24 AM   #5
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I always check everything personally on any trailer hooked to my truck. When I tow the camper I'm the one that hooks it up. The system DW and I have is she guides me to hook up and lowers the tongue until she can close the latch. From there I lower it the rest of the way and put the clip/pin on. Then I hook up everything else. When I tow the Boy Scout troop trailer I double check everything. I've had some of the adults ask if I don't trust them when I do that. I tell them they shouldn't be offended, I double check everything when I tow. I've found the chains hooked up wrong, the electric run the wrong way, tire pressures low...

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Old 01-23-2014, 08:31 AM   #6
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I'm the same way! ALWAYS check and then double check. You can never be too safe.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:37 AM   #7
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There is this guy on YouTube, Melancon64 - YouTube, who runs the site, Dangerous He has a hair across his back side for trailers. Some of the ones he shows, he has a good reason to be concerned. But other things he posts, he is nuts. He doesn't seem to be the brightest bulb. He makes a video of a video on his computer using a camera or phone. He he continuously makes videos the wrong way using his phone.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:43 AM   #8
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I also double check everything and actually reach out and touch each part that needs to be connected (pins, chains wires) just to tell my brain "connected". I also do the same if I have stopped somewhere and had left the truck for a short time. When unhooking, I look like I am doing a magic act lol. Waving my hand between the truck and disconnected trailer to be sure no chains or wires still connected. The first time I unhooked the trailer I let the safety chains sit on the top of the hitch meaning to move them as I was looking at something. Then I started to pull away with my wife yelling at me about the chains. I forgot to move them.

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Old 01-23-2014, 09:25 AM   #9
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I now check all the pins for the equalizer after every gas/rest stop in addition to making sure all the hitch locks are still operational. We hitched up properly, made all our checks, and when were half way through to Myrtle beach from Ontario after a gas stop I noticed that the clip/pin for one of the Equalizer's L bar was missing. Now those never ever come out on their own and I am %100 sure it was installed properly.

Thus the need to check the whole hitch after every stop right before starting to drive ....
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:23 AM   #10
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When I am loading the race car and a person want to talk I will restart the process and make sure I have everything done or I tell them to go away till I'm done lol

I follow the same procedure each time, when my wife goes camping alone I made her a "how too" document with pictures and text with what to do, how to do it and why. Not saying she is stupid but when you don't do it often then how is a person too remember it all. The guy that hooked that woman up in the story did not care much about her or anyone else.

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