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Old 07-09-2008, 07:21 PM   #11
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Yes.

With one caveat. Unless you practice emergency braking you WILL NOT remember that override button.
As an example… I ride a motorcycle and I practice low-speed control and emergency braking weekly. That practice has on more than one occasion saved my hide. I practice emergency braking almost daily on my scooter. Dry and wet. I also practice rear wheel skids with a piece of plywood to slid on to make sure I know the different ways the bike will react.
Practicing emergency braking with your TV and trailer combo is just as important. I admit that I do not practice it as much as I should. But you can bet your sweet 4th point of contact that I will now and I will also make my wife practice it as well as she does tow also. While I have a 5’er and it has NEVER had any type of sway I can see where knowing what to do in an emergency situation should the TV brakes fail or what have you and being able to react quickly to the problem at hand could save our lives.
Very good tip. But unless it is practiced and practiced and practiced. It will do you absolutely no good.
Worth saying again. Amen.
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:52 PM   #12
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I just discover this site, and I'm very happy I did. We just came back from Disney's campground a couple of days ago, and the wind was terrible. Add to that some really crazy truck drivers and the 2 1/2 hours coming back felt more like 4 hours. At one point a big semi drove by us so fast and so close that it pulled me toward him so qiuck I didn't have time to react and came very close to hitting him. All I can say is thank you Equal-I-zer hitch and thank you Silverado 2500HD. With a big TT like our Cherokee 30F, you need the proper equipment to pull this things, and I have to thank sites like this one and the carrying people that are willing to help others for that.
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Old 01-21-2009, 07:20 PM   #13
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I had the samething happen to me 3 years ago heading to Myrtle Beach on 95 at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, I was in the right hand lane next to the Jursey barrier wall, the bridge and all the roads in the area were under constuction as the 18 wheeler past me it pulled me into him and I was within inches of ower trailers from hitting each other, we were traveling with camping friends and they were behind us pulling there camper. they thought the trip was all over. I think it was a freak thing between the road conditions and the positions of both my rig and the 18 wheeler. Never had a problem since.
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:34 PM   #14
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I am in tears after reading the article and watching the video, my family just returned from our road trip to Florida and took that same highway from Ontario, we had thought about towing our trailer down with us and decided not to, because we are newbies and don't have the experience yet to tow on a long journey.

My heart goes out to the family, so sad for those little girls.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:15 AM   #15
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I'm truely saddened by this. One tragic moment and 2 little girls will never know their parents. Thankfully they had grandparents to take care of them.

I believe that everyone that tows anything should be required to at least know the basics of towing.
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:53 PM   #16
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Seeing the way some folks tow their RV's, I think many of these types of tragedies are caused by over confidence on the part of the tow vehicle drivers. I have had many a quarter ton truck or SUV blow past me moving at 70 to 80 miles per hour with 25 to 30 foot trailers in tow. That just shows a total lack of due caution. I tow a heavy 34 foot trailer with a 3/4 ton diesel pickup. I limit my speed in excellent conditions to 65 mph. I have a solid setup using an equalizer wd hitch. But when traveling lengthy down hill runs or in poor driving conditions I keep one hand very close to or on my brake controller so that I can apply the TT brakes in case of a problem.
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:50 AM   #17
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Seeing the way some folks tow their RV's, I think many of these types of tragedies are caused by over confidence on the part of the tow vehicle drivers. I have had many a quarter ton truck or SUV blow past me moving at 70 to 80 miles per hour with 25 to 30 foot trailers in tow. That just shows a total lack of due caution. I tow a heavy 34 foot trailer with a 3/4 ton diesel pickup. I limit my speed in excellent conditions to 65 mph. I have a solid setup using an equalizer wd hitch. But when traveling lengthy down hill runs or in poor driving conditions I keep one hand very close to or on my brake controller so that I can apply the TT brakes in case of a problem.
Just my two cents worth.

You are right, over confident and lose of concentration, not to mention the improper tow vehicles and hitch equipment, and I give credit to the RV sales department for that just to make a sale. Before I bought my Rockwood I was looking at a Jayco, the salesman told me that I would have no problem towing a 7,100 lbs (dry weight) camper with a Suburban that was rated for 7,500 lbs max well I guess not, but I would have to take another vehicle just to carry all my gear and kids. We all learn as we go.
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:15 AM   #18
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We try to keep the kids busy watching a movie in the back seat or reading books etc... I even tell my wife not to turn the volume on the tv's to high. Concentration and caution is key.
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:09 PM   #19
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I have learned a lot, and I mean a WHOLE LOT just by reading this site and incorporating the combined knowledge of the people who post on here. I tow a SV291 with a Z71. I now limit my speed to 60 MPH when traveling. I used to tow at 70. Never more. Only fools or the inexperienced tow beyond their capabilities. I believe, and promote, the common since rule that states "When in doubt, do without, speed that is".
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:06 AM   #20
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I have had many a quarter ton truck or SUV blow past me moving at 70 to 80 miles per hour with 25 to 30 foot trailers in tow.
This happens to me often on the road. You know, it seems to me that these people think they are "showing" you something when they pass, like, "see, I can out pull you, my rig's better than yours." I may be wrong, but it sure seems like that is the case at times, and many of those times, it is people that have a marginal setup that I could probably out run. It really makes me feel bad for them, because they apparently do not know the meaning of the words "safety first." They are also people that will, probably never read about a story such as that in this thread.

I am just wondering if anyone else has had the same feeling about some of those cowboys on the road.
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