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Old 11-15-2014, 05:36 PM   #11
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I had my boat come unhitched right after I bought it (this was 10+ years ago). Luckily I was only going about 10 MPH and the chains held. The latch was broken, I have never forgot the feeling of dragging that 19 footer to a stop and it makes me extremely diligent in checking everything before I move any TT, even if a short distance or if we just made a short stop, thats the best time to do a once over and make sure all is good and no one messed with anything.


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Old 11-15-2014, 06:46 PM   #12
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Two weeks ago I saw a trailer come loose, RIGHT in front of me! (Bobby, if you read this it was right in front of Riverwood, at the main gate across from the auction facility)

A guy in a sedan was pulling a UHaul box trailer, when suddenly that trailer was swapping LANES! He got it under control and pulled off into a parking lot. Only had ONE safety chain and it was so long the tongue of the trailer was stabbing into the road surface. Obviously a case of incorrect trailer ball size.

Thankfully *I* was behind him and no one was in the inside lane or that trailer would have certainly knocked them over into oncoming traffic. Additionally that is a low speed traffic area. He couldn't have been doing more than 30 MPH and the trailer was wild enough at that speed.
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:08 PM   #13
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I always pad locked my TT, crossed the safety chains underneath the hitch and made sure they were hooked in opposite directions. My e-brake cable was always locked in a hole on the frame of the truck. My 5'er hitch is padlocked so the arm can't be pulled and the e-brake is hooked via pad lock to the hitch frame rails. Always safety first, in my book.
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:19 PM   #14
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I had an old 15 foot utility flatbed trailer come uncoupled as I was pulling into the bank drive thru some years ago. The POS trailer didn't have any chains and let me tell you it's very disconcerting to see your trailer/load pass you by. Luckily the tongue dug into the asphalt and came to an uneventful stop. Young, dumb and full off...well you know the rest.
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:21 PM   #15
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At work we used to have 3 trailers with 3 different ball sizes and the pickup had one of those adapt-a-balls. I was new and didn't know which was which and I had the little trailer (which had a 2 5/16" ball) come off the 2" ball I was using. It was no big deal as I was driving slowly through an intersection but now all our trailers are pintle hitches. I think if I bought a boat I'd put a pintle on it!
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Old 11-15-2014, 08:54 PM   #16
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Don't forget to check the NUT that holds the ball to the hitch. Friend of my pulled a boat home - about 30 miles and noticed the nut was gone! Luckily, the roads were smooth and the tongue weight was heavy enough to keep the ball from jumping out of the hitch.
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Old 11-15-2014, 09:16 PM   #17
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Two weeks ago I saw a trailer come loose, RIGHT in front of me! (Bobby, if you read this it was right in front of Riverwood, at the main gate across from the auction facility)
I'm reading it now. WOW!!!
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:17 AM   #18
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I have a friend that bought a brand new 32' Jayco and was bringing it home from the dealer. The dealership installed the WDH and pinned through the truck receiver but not the WDH. He drove 60 miles like that on the interstate without incident. After the first traffic light he stopped at he accelerated at the green and the WDH came out of the receiver. He had to get it towed back to the dealer where they had to weld on a new coupler to the trailer after the damage. Always connect your own trailer. Don't trust anyone else to do it.


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Old 11-17-2014, 08:28 AM   #19
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2X on do it yourself. After towing race cars for 25 years, you can see some wild things with trailer hookups. Always double check!!!!! I have my DW check also when we are hooked up, she is good at it.
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:15 AM   #20
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2X on do it yourself.
3X's that. I was in a hurry one morning to leave the shop, and had my guys hook our bumper-pull tire trailer up to the truck while I was getting paperwork inside. I came out and did a cursory glance to make sure the coupling hitch was closed, chains hooked and electrical plugged in.

I made it just a few hundred yards from the shop, and when I bounced across the RR tracks, it came off the ball. Luckily the chains did their job, and I just have some dents in the bumper, where the tongue slid under it while I was trying to get stopped.

What had happened, was I have one of those universal 3 ball hitches, that slides into my receiver. My guys weren't paying attention and left the 2" ball up, when the trailer has a 2 and 5/16th coupler.

I was lucky but ALWAYS do my own coupling after that. It just takes one little thing.
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