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Old 11-11-2009, 08:15 AM   #1
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really bad day.....trailer totaled(maybe,hopefully)

Well, it started out really nice, but ended horribly bad. I decided last week after getting my new truck that i wanted to see how it was really going to tow over a good long trip so i planned a trip to Nashville then Lynchburg then Chattanooga. The weather in Nashville was absolutly beautiful for the first four days and we(me, my mom and dad) got to see the opry, andrew jacksons home, ate some really good bbq, and just had a really good time overall. We packed up on Monday and drove to Lynchburg. Pulled into Tims Ford state park which was really nice and had the whole place to ourselves. Went over to the Jack daniels distillary and did the tour which was great and i highly recommend. Spent the rest of the day walking around the old town square and just had a really good time. Went back to the camper around 4 or so , grilled up some burgers and had dinner and built a fire. Terrific trip up to this point and then this is where it all goes south. Our next stop was Chattanooga for 3 days. I packed up in the rain yesterday and figured it was going to be a washout all day but thursday and friday was supposed to be good. we left lynchburg around 9am and headed towards chattanooga. Mostly in the rain, but nothing major.
We made it as far as the georgia/tennessee state line when i came up on a small overpass over just a small stream or something. I was doing MAYBE 50mph and when i got to the overpass the road was grooved like they do when they are tearing uup a road for resurfacing, but i was told by the state police that they do that for ice purposes. So anyway, i hit the beginning of that bridge and i felt the trailer sway to the left. I corrected and thought i had it back under control but then it slid the opposite was and i just couldnt get it back. The trailer came completly around me and had the truck facing into traffic. The trailer worked it's way to the left shoulder of the road and when it hit the grass and mud it rolled. The only thing that saved me from the truck rolling also, was my weight distribution bars came detached and just one of the safety chains grabbed onto it and kept the truck from following the trailer. Oh, and also the ball on the hitch came completly out of the receiver on the trailer. I'm not sure this should have happened ,, but i'm kinda glad it did because i'm thinking that if it would have stayed together as one unit between the truck, the weight dist. hitch and the trailer, they also would have rolled together. So , that was my weekend. I'm pretty sure the trailer is a total loss. my truck however is pretty much fine. The only thing visibly wrong is the bar from the dist. hitch poked a hole right thru the bumper and dented the left side of it, and my tailgate seems to be a little twisted to the left. it still opens but the groove on the left side is almost touching the bottom while the right side of the tailgate at the bottom has a bigger gap.
Anyway, if you'd like to see some pictures of what happened, go to my winkflash page and click on the folder that says Flagstaff wreck.
Honestly, i have to say, for the force that it hit the ground with, it stayed together really well. The inside looked worse then anything with everything flying around inside. but take a look for yourself.

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Old 11-11-2009, 09:41 AM   #2
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Really hate to hear about stories like that....THANK GOD you're OK!! It just goes to show how easily stuff can happen in the blink of an eye. Hopefully your insurance is good, and will replace your unit without any problems. Again, sorry to hear of your loss. Randy

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Old 11-11-2009, 10:38 AM   #3
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So sorry to hear of your accidents...accidents happen so quickly. But thankful that you and your parents are okay. Mildred & Derrill
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Old 11-11-2009, 10:42 AM   #4
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Sorry to hear of your accident. Thankfully everyone is alright. I hate those grooves whether they're resurfacing or being used for help in icy situations. It doesn't matter what you drive, the road just seems to move you all over the place. Hopefully your insurance company will work this out for you in a timely manner. Best wishes, Charlie

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Old 11-11-2009, 10:51 AM   #5
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So sorry to hear of your misfortune, but I'm glad to hear your alright. Things can be replaced but people can't. So was there black ice on the road or standing water? I am surprised to see the trailer is in one piece as from your description I was expecting nothing but pieces everywhere.

Again, glad to know you and your family are o.k. if not a bit shaken up.

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Old 11-11-2009, 02:49 PM   #6
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Glad to hear you and your family are OK. When I was a kid we were pulling a 25' Prowler with a full size Ford van in North Carolina. A passing motorist blew a tire and hit us between the TV & Trailer. This forced the trailer off the road in to the shoulder. The trailer dug into the dirt just as you had described. Be happy your hitch came undone as ours did not. The trailer flipped applying torque to the hitch which flipped the van 1&1/2 times down the highway. Needless to say we only had 1 broken bone and a few stitches. On the flip side we met some great folks who helped us and my parents still speak to them till this day. After that the old man bought a F350 Crew Cab Dually with a fith. He figured you could only get that on its side. Some times good things come out of bad things. Hope the same holds true for you and you are back on the road soon.
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Old 11-11-2009, 03:31 PM   #7
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I am surprised to see the trailer is in one piece as from your description I was expecting nothing but pieces everywhere.
Let's hear it for Forest River! That bonded wall process is a wonderful thing. If that had been a wood framed aluminum skinned trailer you'd still be picking up the pieces.

I'd have the frame on the truck looked at. It's probably gonna need a trip to the frame shop.

It's great though that you walked away from it. I'd say God likes you.
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Old 11-11-2009, 03:35 PM   #8
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WOW! So sorry to hear of this. It is never a good thing but as many others have stated, you are ok and that's what really matters. Being originally from PA I know all to well about ice conditions and how they can get you. I would assume, as it seems you already have, that the rig is a loss. Sure wouldn't want it back after all that.

Hope you had ample insurance.

Once again, glad to hear you are all ok!
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:08 PM   #9
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I talked to the insurance adjuster today and they had the trailer brought up to the dealer i bought it from. He took one look at it and said , No way can it be fixed. total loss. They were bringing it right to a salvage yard and said i should have a check by monday.

Radio: the tow truck driver said the same thing and expected it to just fall apart when he flipped it back over. he was even surprised to say the least that it stayed in as good condition as it did. I brought my truck to the chevy dealership today and they came back with a $2000 dollar repair bill and i got a rental car now in the mean time. A beautiful new hyundai accent. Wow, you talk about luxury here now!!!(sarcasm)
Anyway, the guy at chevy told me that of course they will check the frame but since it's a 2500 he said most likely everything is fine with it. He did say that if it would have been a 1/2 ton then the force of the trailer flipping probably would have twisted the frame like a pretzel. So to that other discussion that had been going on in here last week about comparing a 1/2 ton to 3/4 ton, here's one more reason why bigger is better. you CANNOT have too much truck , EVER. period.
The back bumper was messed up pretty bad and so was the hitch so that willl be replaced and other then that just some minor paint work on each side of the bed.

kegstealer: I've been thinking the same thing about the fifth wheel. I'd like to get everyone's opinion on that subject. Do you think a fifth wheel rides better with no sway as compared to a TT. If i'd have had a 5'er instead do you think this would have turned out different?

Here's another question i'm pondering... I used an equalizer brand hitch for my weight dist. set-up. While i'm thankful that it did come undone from the ball, should this have really happened? Also the bars came completly out of the brackets mounted to the trailer. How this happened is completly beyond me because the lock-in pins were still in place with the cotter pin atttached. I believe that if it would have stayed together as one unit like it actually should have then i would have tumbled right along with the trailer, but in reality I just dont know if the hitch did what it was supposed to or if the failure to do what it was supposed to saved my life..
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:43 PM   #10
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stuff can be replaced. people can't

happy you are all ok

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