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Old 12-26-2014, 10:15 PM   #21
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Glad you made it through. Did the head stay attached to the kingpin?
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Old 12-26-2014, 10:27 PM   #22
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Nope, because it was attached to the head that broke off. But brakes wouldn't have helped much sideways. I was thinking through that though and how to better hook the cable maybe.

(Ugh- please don't read this as finger wagging/condescending. I'm purely curious and there's no ulterior motive. It's just my poor writing skills.)

I hear you that they wouldn't have helped, but I'm surprised it didn't get pulled when the camper separated from the truck. What did you hook it to?

I connect mine with a lobster clasp/to a corner tie down in the rear of my truck.
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Old 12-26-2014, 10:27 PM   #23
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Glad you made it through. Did the head stay attached to the kingpin?

It appears that way.
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Old 12-26-2014, 10:38 PM   #24
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Hooked on the hitch itself. Going to look for a different place now. It definitely caught my attention. If there was for some reason a hitch failure it's possible it wouldn't have worked.
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Old 12-26-2014, 10:45 PM   #25
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Nope, because it was attached to the head that broke off. But brakes wouldn't have helped much sideways. I was thinking through that though and how to better hook the cable maybe.
The dealership told us to hook it to the hitch. I learned from o be of my camping forums that hooking it to the truck bed is safer in case of hitch failure. I now hook to the tie down loop that is low in my bed in the left rear corner of the truck. I'm guessing the brake cable wouldn't have helped here as it sounds like it didn't come unhitched until you started to roll over.
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Wow, that first pic made me a little ill, I know it could easily be any of us in that spot. Glad you and your family are OK.

It does appear from that last pic that the head stayed with the kingpin but broke away from the base. I'm guessing those two hitch pins that secure the head to the base snapped?

X2 on brake cable attached to tie down in corner of bed, not that it would have helped much here. I say again, wow. I think I'm going to go make an offering to the RV gods, lest they become displeased with any of us again. Hope 2015 is better to you!
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:50 AM   #27
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Just when I got the knot out of my stomach for our up coming trip. We're leaving Upper Michigan in January heading to Texas and this was my exact worry. Now it's BACK AGAIN.
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Old 12-27-2014, 11:12 AM   #28
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It does appear from that last pic that the head stayed with the kingpin but broke away from the base. I'm guessing those two hitch pins that secure the head to the base snapped?

It appears that they bent to the point that it let the hitch head come off of the base.
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Old 12-27-2014, 11:43 AM   #29
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Man JT, that sux. Glad you all are ok though!
We've been thru the totaled camper thing, just hail though, not a wreck, and luckily we came out ahead $ wise. But it was a huge headache and hastle.
Best of luck with all the insurance stuff!!
Man, and right after getting all that factory work done.....thats crazy!
Good luck!!!!
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