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Old 01-14-2014, 06:01 AM   #1
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V-Cross Platinum Rollover

Saw this online today...

Facts that I can see...

V-Cross Platinum, 2 sets of stairs. Options are 32VFKS and 32VRLS
GMC 1/2 ton truck.
E-qual-izer Hitch (99% sure from the photo)-Corrected Husky Centerline
Broken Reciever

Truck and Camper Trailer Accident Slows Traffic on I-79 Near Fai - WBOY.com: Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather

Looks like everyone was OK.

My opinion, too much trailer for the truck.

Also note, the breakaway switch was NOT activated. I am not sure where this guy had it tied to. But, this shows you that you should NOT connect the breakaway to any part of the hitch or receiver.
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:18 AM   #2
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:21 AM   #3
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Hitch is: Husky Centerline
Thanks for the correction. I don't own either, so it looked like the equalizer to me. Looking at images of both, I can see the similarities and differences.
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:25 AM   #4
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Me neither but that is what is written on the hitch....it ripped the receiver right off the truck.
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Me neither but that is what is written on the hitch....it ripped the receiver right off the truck.
I was like How the F(*#$ can he read that. I opened it up in a new tab and now I can read the words. DUH!!!

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Based upon the damage on the drivers rear of the truck and the front drivers side of the camper, I think there was a serious sway issue going on that swung that truck and trailer to a 90 degree angle or more. This would have likely created serious lateral torque on the receiver hitch plate, pretty much twisting it off. Improper hitch setup. That's my hypothesis, anyway.
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its a 32VRLS. If it was the VFKS, the slide topper for the street side slide would start farther back from the front, as the refrigerator in that corner. I copied the pic of the trailer into a photo program so I could zoom in on it and I noticed two things...

1) it looks like the the drawbar is a 2" and the hitch receiver is a class V 2-1/2". that may just be a trick of the shadows, but it sure looks that way.

2) the trailer has that new style ball coupler that FR went to this year (kinda looks like its made upside down). I have never seen a properly sized ball get pulled out of socket like that. It almost looks like the only thing keeping the whole hitch from falling to the ground is the one lift arm still attached. those new hitch couplers are kinda wonky, and I wonder if the old guy set the trailer down on the ball with the jaw in the way, and didnt know it. that would sure as hell mess with the weight distribution on the husky hitch.

I'm not sure if the trailer wasn't properly attached how it could rip the receiver off the truck, but something just don't look right with the hitch ball. I don't know how we could see that much of the transition from the 'post' to the 'ball' if it was properly attached. And when its properly attached, those new hitches suck the ball way the hell up inside of them. Maybe a 2" ball in a 2-5/16" socket?

Anyone see what I am seeing?


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It looks like the door side W/D bar it gone, while the non-door side is still there and snapped up.

Even though there's W/D hitch with integrated sway control doesn't mean that it was set-up properly.

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The ball is still in the Socket,the Truck hitch plate with both safety chains are still on the Plate. The (Truck Hitch) is the problem here (Not) the ball or trailer. Youroo!!
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I have the V-Cross 275 and it is a fiver and that is one good reason that we got the fiver and not regular trailer. Very sorry to see that.
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