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Old 11-15-2014, 11:15 AM   #1
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Angry Trailer came loose - not mine

Another article of a trailer coming loose in Kansas. Second time in three months. Both times people were killed.

Two Kansans killed when their minivan hit by loose trailer | The Kansas City Star

I don't think we can remind people enough when they are asking questions about trailer weights, hitches about making sure they tow with the correct weights and equipment. I'm very new at towing travel trailers but spent months researching what my truck can tow, understanding all the acronyms, ratings and true weights. I know people don't like hearing from the "weight police" on this site but it's better than what just happen here in Kansas again.

I had a couple RV dealers keep trying to sell me that my 2011 F150 3.7L could pull a 6-7K lb trailer and even the smaller 5th wheel. Please don't buy into this crap without researching for yourself.

OK, I'm done now. Have a great weekend.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:28 AM   #2
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The link didn't provide any details other than the trailer coming loose. Do you think it was related to weight?
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:32 AM   #3
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I'm trying to find out. I don't think the winds were too high yesterday.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:43 AM   #4
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Never mentioned whether it was a 5er or tt or if safety chains and break away brakes were operative, etc. Doubtful if it was weight related as much as it was improper hitching.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:43 AM   #5
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Here is a link for the August accident. It was a lawnmower trailer with now hitch pin or chains.

No charges filed weeks after deadly trailer accident | Local News - Home
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:46 AM   #6
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I am not going to get into the weight police thing. I would however like to advise to check your trailer connections anytime you leave your trailer hooked up and then depart the area and return. Even a quick trip into your local store or restaurant. Some people think it is funny to undo your trailer connection when parked and unattended. I have had this happen.
The article never states what type trailer. Could have been a utility trailer.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:53 AM   #7
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One of the things I like about my setup on the 5er, the hitch is padlocked, Butch's bed saver engaged , emergency brake tethered and with the hard cover tonneau cover installed, you can't even get to the hitch release without removing the left hand side of the tonneau cover which in itself is about a 5 minute job if you know what you're doing.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:55 AM   #8
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I agree Racerx. I could have started the thread wrong, thinking it was a travel trailer. Sorry about that.

I know before I purchased a travel trailer, I never paid that much attention to trailer setup (mainly a hitch pin). Most of my towing was small utility trailer and sail boat from the storage yard to the crane.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:55 AM   #9
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Agreed with the improper hitching. Last spring I had a oncoming landscape trailer disconnect and go between me and the car behind. It wasn't hard to determine the cause when you have a two inch hitch setting on a 1 7/8 ball. Some people just don't get it.
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Old 11-15-2014, 12:14 PM   #10
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We padlocked the coupler on our old tt and padlock the 5er hitch. Years ago, I did once have a uhaul come off the ball. That was the only time I neglected to check someone else's job on hitching to my vehicle. Safety chains held. It was a bumpy ride stopping from 35 mph but I got it safely stopped. I was lucky and never forgot it. When I was younger one of my friends allowed her horse to be trailered out of state by a hired horse hauler for someone to use in the special Olympics. Coming home they were following the guy towing the horse trailer on hwy 95 when the ball sheared off. The chains broke and the trailer went into a ditch in the median and rolled over instantly killing the horse. My old riding instructer and my old farm manager had taken two very valuable horses to a competition somewhere in New England (I forget exactly where now). The highway they were on was filled with large bumps and potholes. Eventually the trailer bounced off the ball, and despite brake cable and chains rolled onto its side. Luckily neither the stallion nor the mare were injured and they walked right onto another horse trailer but the trailer was totaled.

Point is human error caused all 3 of these preventable events. Please make sure your ball/hitch (5er or tt) is rated for what you are towing. Take time to double check your hitch work. If there are two of you, have the other person double check it. We painted the jaws of our 5er hitch orange so it would be easier to see that the jaws are properly closed around the kingpin. We also do a pull test with the fiver to double check we aren't high hitched. As previously stated recheck your hitch, chains and pigtails anytime you stop somewhere even just for gas. Stay safe everybody.
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