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Old 03-27-2012, 11:55 PM   #1
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Trailer Tipping

Forgive me as I am new to towing trailers. Have Roo 17. Last night parking at our cabin. Backing up and there is a bit of a slant to the driveway entrance. Top of trailer tilting quite a bit as I was turning while backing I felt it was fine but wife freaking out thinking whole trailer was going to tip. I know hard for anyone to comment specifically without seeing firsthand but my question is - how Likely is it for a trailer o tip while attached to TV?
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:03 AM   #2
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It all depend on how far you let the trailer tilt on a hill. Have seen videos of TT tipping on side during wind storm. Trailer was still attached to the TV and TV wheels were off the ground.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:02 AM   #3
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They can also roll over in a strong gusty wind on the highway. Many interstates institute "Trailer Bans" during stormy weather for that reason.

If it is windy or stormy I try very hard to delay till the weather improves.
Access risks; then decide. Never "take a chance."

While trailers are not designed to be "top heavy" they do have a lot of side surface. With friction on the bottom from the wheels and that large sail on the camper, gusty winds can roll a combination or blow it right off the road.

The longer the camper is the bigger the sail; the shorter the TV the worse the effect.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:07 AM   #4
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One other thought is your hitch on a TT. If the twist as the TT backs onto the slope is significant enough; it may twist the hitch off the ball.

I am not sure how much of an angle would cause that. I have seen video of some pretty violent roll overs where the camper stays attached. I guess it would depend on how close to the weight limit of the hitch and coupler you are.
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What would the chance be that it tipped over while trying to park it on a slatted driveway (no wind factor while driving)?

Getting out and taking a look could be helpful but suggest that the wife (any non-driver) remains outside to keep an eye on everything.
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What would the chance be that it tipped over while trying to park it on a slatted driveway (no wind factor while driving)?

Getting out and taking a look could be helpful but suggest that the wife (any non-driver) remains outside to keep an eye on everything.
Take a chance is not in my vocabulary. If you think something is unsafe; typically you are correct. You may get away with backing into that spot a hundred times without it going over. Just takes once to ruin your day.

Now, my thought (and without pictures it is a total shot in the dark) is that you need to make the parking area more level. Order a couple of tons of crushed stone and drop it in there and level it out. Might be cheap insurance.

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How did these accidents happen do you know?

This video is the one Ive seen
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This is an eye opener....wonder what the cause was? High winds? It makes one realize that things can happen just when you don't want them too.
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We, who don't tow big trailers for a living, forget how much MASS a combination (tow vehicle plus camper) really is.

Newtons law of motion says: An object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an external force.

Rolling down the highway we forget that the camper is back there. A sudden gust of unexpected wind; a passing tractor trailer; suddenly getting cut off; trying to pass and not giving the passed vehicle enough room; any number of unexpected events can result in an out of control situation from one heart beat to the next.

An out of balance load; incorrectly loaded camper (weight of camper vs pin (15-25%) or tongue weight 10-15%); length of camper vs tow vehicle wheel base; any or all of these can make a bad situation infinitely worse.

How can it happen?
Why it does not happen more often is a better question.
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