Originally Posted by dustman_stx
While obviously a tragedy, I fail to see the logic in attempting to tie this to weight and overloading. A trailer "comes loose" when you have the wrong size ball, don't have chains, fail to inspect the nut on the ball, or don't properly latch the coupler. I would be very surprised to find that this is a case of being overweight and the trailer actually ripping free from the TV. I'd love to hear exactly what happened if you can get more info.
x2 and also don't have the ball in the coupler correctly. One of my trailers I have to triple check it as the ball will not always go in all the way properly.......
I have seen numerous wrecks over the years & the majority of the time when hitched properly the TV & the trailer stay attached even with one or the other on its side.
Most accidents are human error or "unsafe acts" as apposed to equipment failure. Failure to hitch correctly or not leaving enough stopping distance, or over correcting when in a panic maneuver or whatever it may be.
Usually overloaded TT set ups cause drive train failures (Transmissions most of the time) or other issues damaging the TV. Stopping is also another issue.
In my younger days before I knew any better I pulled a 22 foot Terry through several states behind my F150 with no trailer brakes. (did not know what trailer brakes felt like) Never had an issue stopping the rig. Ran it two years like that.
Now I have 5 trailers 2 Fivers (TH & a car hauler) and 3 other bumper pulls all are different & all need the knowledge of proper hitching.