Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-28-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Newport, RI
Posts: 54
Question Ever had or seen a trailer and TV part ways?

Just curious if anyone has seen or had their trailer separate from the TV while traveling?

Wildwood 26TBSS
Dodge Ram 2500 / Cummins Diesel
jrs_diesel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
Senior Member
Oaklevel's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Virginia
Posts: 3,940
Hope never to............ I have seen several accidents where the TV & trailer stayed together ....even with the trailer on its side..........could change the tires on the TV with out a jack.........


2005 Dodge 3500 Cummins
2017 Wildwood Lodge 4092 BFL
1966 Mustang GT
1986 Mustang SVO
Sadie & Lillie Spoiled Rotten Boxers
Oaklevel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2013, 04:49 PM   #3
Senior Member
DDC's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Komoka Ontario
Posts: 2,518
Lost a utility trailer once the chains did not hold even it, I was fortunate it did not roll over so it ended in a ditch, I pulled it out and carried on, this was the result of a worn ball and coupling would have been disastrous if it was a TT.
"Well that didn't go as expected"
2015 Chev 2500HD Highcountry Duramax
Cedar Creek Silverback 33IK
Donald&Casey cairn terrier
Rest in Peace Mary my darling wife.
Scottish by birth Canadian by time.
DDC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2013, 05:15 PM   #4
Engineer of Crazy Train
ChooChooMan74's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Tiverton, RI
Posts: 1,559
When I was much younger and super stupid, I thought an 1 7/8 ball was ok for a TT with a 2" hitch. Just say the safety chains did their job. Hitched back up in record time all by myself on the side of an on ramp. Oh, and I had my utility trailer plates on it, so it wasn't registered.
TV - 2015 Ram Truck EcoDiesel
TV - 2006 Jeep Liberty Turbo Diesel (Retired to Daily Driver)
TT - 2015 Rockwood Roo 183
Locomotive Engineer
Nights Camping --- 2015 - 19 Camped | Winterized -- 2014 -18
Come read my Camping Blogs
ChooChooMan74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2013, 05:33 PM   #5
Senior Member
tomjsas's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern Colorado
Posts: 508
A camping friend was taking their camper out for the second time and I had gone over to the storage area to help her. I was doing other things while she put the hitch in the reciever and put the trailer on the ball. She drove through the storage yard, stopped for water and then as she was pulling out of the gate, there was a huge crash as the trailer front dropped. The pin to hold the hitch in the receiver had gone behind the hitch. The safety chains caught it but not before the shaft of the hitch dug into the asphalt causing an abrupt stop. A guy entering the storage area helped us get things back up and hitched securely. Needless to say she was a bit nervous after that, but she always did a hand tug to make sure the hitch was secure after that!
Pull-Rite 16K Super 5th
2014 Rockwood Signature Ultra-Lite 8289WS
2011 Chevy 2500HD - DuraMax (Just over 5000 miles now!)
Nights camped in 2014 - 21
tomjsas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2013, 06:33 PM   #6
Now a "Top Member"
EdJunior's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Roman Forest, TX
Posts: 1,456
I saw one come off early one morning on the way to work outside of Houston. It was still fairly dark and the light show from the sparks was pretty impressive. But better than that was the controlled slow-down by the driver. It was a large utility trailer and the safety chains did their job great. The driver managed to get it all slowed down and moved over off the road. Quite a sight.
Ed and Sharon
2010 Wildcat 28RKBS
2011 Ford F-250 XLT, 6.7L PSD
Ride-Rite Airbags and Airlift wireless remote compressor...nice!

I thought I was wrong once, but I was wrong!
EdJunior is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 01:35 PM   #7
Senior Member
Helmsey's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 806
When I was little dad was taking me out in the little john boat we had. Apparently on this trip he neglected to lock the clasp down to the ball. After hitting a railroad crossing close to the house the trailer came off the ball and made a terrible racket.
That has been my only experience with it, but remember it well.
2015 Chevy 3500HD
2013 Sandpiper 365SAQ
Helmsey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 01:59 PM   #8
Happy owner SOB
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 107
Lost an aluminum boat once due to a broken coupler. I hadn't hooked up the safety chains and didn't notice it come off until I arrived at my destination a couple of miles away. Just the wire dragging on the ground that had been ripped off of the boat trailer. Weird feeling... did I really have a boat when I left? It had just coasted off the road and was waiting for me when I went back to find it. The next time I was unloading a utility trailer at the dump. As I was pushing the last of the trash out it stood up on the rear of the trailer, again a broken coupler. Both trailers were borrowed. When I think of what could have happened because of broken equipment I now have a fobia about maintaining it!
sheriff1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 02:08 PM   #9
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Anacortes, WA
Posts: 1,167
Just once, many years ago in Hampton VA. A 24' U-haul box trailer came loose from the pick-up towing it, at 55 mph on the freeway. There didn't seem to be any safety chains on it. The trailer went off the freeway to the right side, up a grass bank and then back down onto the road surface. I managed to avoid it as it went across my bows, but then it T-boned a car in the fast lane and the guy alongside me in the middle lane hit it broadside on. Again I dodged the mess, by going on the shoulder this time. The end result was two cars with significant damage, a wrecked U-Haul trailer, household stuff in the trailer damaged and the freeway closed for a couple of hours.

The renter sure saved money by not having movers take his stuff to the new house!
Frank and Eileen
No longer RVers or FR owners
F and E Damp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2013, 08:49 AM   #10
cogito ergo moo
Cowracer's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Imperial (St. Louis) MO
Posts: 2,643
had my boat come uncoupled on the first time I ever towed it. I was exited and in a hurry to get to the lake, and I forgot to flip the little latch down on the hitch. whoops. Boat came off and the safety chains held.

Funny thing is... when dragging his new boat down the hiway on the safety chains, do you know what the instinctive reaction of the human male is? You got it! stomp on the brakes. The boat came forward, hit the truck and just about knocked the tailgate into the bed. Boat was suprisingly fine with just minor scratches, tailgate was ruined.

Now, i always check the latch on the hitch. even in my garage was on fire and I wanted to pull the Roo away from it, you can bet your bippy that I will check the latch at least twice! lol


FROG Member MO-0008-571 Since 20124444444444My Project Blog:
Rockwood Signature Ultralite 8329ss
Rallies Attended:
Cowracer is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:06 PM.