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Old 05-28-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 05-28-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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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.........


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Old 05-28-2013, 04:49 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:15 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:33 PM   #5
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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!
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:33 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:35 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:59 PM   #8
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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!
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:08 PM   #9
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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.

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Old 05-30-2013, 08:49 AM   #10
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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


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