Thanking a few angels
I just got back from visiting my father in law who had a harrowing trip this afternoon.
He was coming home from a week's long trip to Kalkaska, MI, and was merging onto Southbound I-75 from M-57 in Clio. He felt a jerk from the trailer, looked in the mirror and saw the box of his Cikira Classic Cruiser 18FB leaning to the left. As he reached for the brake controller another jerk from the trailer told him to grab the wheel and wait for the ride to be over.
While gently steering for the shoulder, another shove from the trailer and he noticed it coming around the left side of his Trailblazer. Then before he knew it, he was facing the opposite direction with the trailer scattered across the shoulder of the road. Miraculously, the truck stayed upright and the only damage to the TV was a hole punched in the rear bumper from the coupler where it had wrenched itself off the ball. The coupler latch pin was still in it's place once they got out out to look. The frame had a noticeable twist just behind the coupler.
An eyewitness said it looked as if a gust of wind had blown the trailer over. However, the day was calm, and after looking at the "new flatbed" trailer, they found the nails and screws that used to hold the walls to the floor and a lot of wet wood.
Everyone onboard is fine other than some soiled undies and a little bruised pride.
I looked this trailer up a few hours ago after originally hearing of the accident and the water intrusion is a common problem with the Cikira trailers. Cikira closed their doors a few years ago.
Just a personal plea as the camping season is getting underway...
PLEASE inspect your floors, especially the outer edges and wheel-wells, for water intrusion and rot. It may mean the difference between getting home safely and losing your rig, or worse.
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