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Old 12-23-2011, 07:10 PM   #1
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Anybody else have this happen?

Yesterday I was pulling the trailer home when a car pulled up beside me. When I looked over the people inside were gesturing wildly and pointing for me to pull over, like there was a problem with the trailer. When I pulled over, we checked everything on the trailer and the truck but couldn't find anything wrong with either one. So we took off again carefully checking the mirrors and listening for any noises that might indicate some kind of trouble. I ended up going 300 more miles constantly checking for trouble and stopping several times more than I needed to just to look it over real good. Never found anything wrong or had any issues at all. But I was sure a nervous wreck worrying about it all the way home.

We were on a four lane highway so I'm sure they didn't do it just to pass me. This isn't some kind of prank people play on someone pulling a trailer, is it? I've never heard of it befor if it is. I don't know what they could have seen to tell me to pull over that didn't show itself going another 300 miles. And I watched everyone that passed me for the rest of the day and no one even looked sideways at me, not even truckers who I think would try to get my attention if there was a problem.

Anyway, it really bothered me, and was one of the most nerve wracking trips I've ever had, thinking the trailer was going to blow up behind me at any minute.

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Old 12-23-2011, 07:31 PM   #2
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we just get out and do a (twice over)

no never had that happen Biscuit
I have motioned for other trailer haulers to pull over
when they had some kind of a real problem
most common
dragging chains
I used to pull Class A equipment around for the City
while following my old buddy one day
I noticed that his tractor was sliding back and forth
he had forgotten to tie it down to his trailer
I got up next to him on the freeway
signaled for him to pull over behind me
I did not make that big deal out of it
did not want him to put his brakes on hard
and put that THING right off the trailer
all was well

never heard of it before
I think you were pranked

we get to know our equipment
and what to check
if sent to the side of the road
we just get out and do a (twice over)
I like a walk around up close
and another at some distance
10 to 20' from the trailer
proper alignements
may be better seen
looking from a distance
then back on the road

sometimes they may just be telling us
that we have a light out ??

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Old 12-23-2011, 10:32 PM   #3
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Probably just a prank. Just goes to show how inconsiderate some people are. I suppose they had a big laugh watching you pull over, knowing you would be worried sick. Don't worry, they will get theirs one day. Luckily, they are in the minority.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:49 PM   #4
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Hey Bud, I know that stressfull feeling all too well!!!!
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:21 PM   #5
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Could you have had a safety chain that was dragging and throwing an occasional spark?

I've flagged people towing trailers off the road twice... The first was a big TT that had just gotten on the interstate, as I came up behind it. It was the second day of dear season in NY, and they had two big bucks hanging out the side of the pick-up for all to see. In their exhuberance to break camp and celebrate their successes, they had forgotten to lower their television antenna on the TT roof.....

The second was a fifth wheel, only a mile or two from my house. Evidently, his big side-hinged window on the drivers side had become unlatched and was swinging open and closed in the wind. It must have been that way for quite a few miles, as the curtain was pretty shredded once he pulled over.
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Old 12-24-2011, 02:22 AM   #6
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I'd have been suspicious when the car in question did not also pull over. Some people have a severely demented sense of what's funny.
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Old 12-24-2011, 04:20 AM   #7
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Hmmmm, that would definitely ruin your vacation trip home. And taking a cue from the movie, didn't happen to tie the dog to the rear bumper by any chance.
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Old 12-24-2011, 05:03 AM   #8
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No turn signals,failure to yield,driving at nite with no lights on, China tires on your trailer,bumper sticker that said (Honk if you love Jesus)?? Just some ideas! Youroo!!
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Old 12-24-2011, 06:20 AM   #9
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I had a guy wave at me once, but I could tell by his single finger hand signals he wasn't trying to get me to pull over. I never could remenmeber what I had done to him other than go the speed limit on a single lane road. I guess he wasn't on vacation. HA HA
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:10 AM   #10
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You wouldn't happen to have a Hensley hitch, would you? I remember the first time I passed a rig with an HA. I was admiring it and got a surprise when the hitch head seemed like it was floating off the ball. Obviously, it was doing its job but it is a little disconcerting to watch.

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