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Old 05-14-2019, 09:58 PM   #1
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Towing Accident

Cross posted from fb...

If you were driving I5-S, you may have witnessed this. I don't think I was driving too fast or distracted but have a lot to reflect on what I did wrong. Or could have done differently. No physical injuries. I'd had the rig a few hours.
Please stay safe peeps.
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Old 05-14-2019, 10:04 PM   #2
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Sorry that happened. Glad no one was hurt. Thanks for sharing.

Please share what you think went wrong, and what you could have possibly done differently, in the hopes that we can avoid a similar fate.

Good luck with insurance.
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Glad everyone is ok. You can replace things not lives
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Sad to see. Moreso, glad everyone is OK!
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So thankful you are ok. I as well would like to hear what lead up to the accident and how it occurred. May help us all with avoid something similar
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Glad you're ok.

Those roads look pretty slick. Perhaps you didn't do anything wrong. The combination of slick roads and poor visibilty probably contributed to the wreck. Throw in a bit of wind and the fact that the rig was new to you stacked the deck against you.

Hope you find a new rig soon.
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I don't think this was the OP's accident. I5 is on west coast
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I don't think this was the OP's accident. I5 is on west coast
Agreed.

From my educated guess from WA:

1. TV was inadequate for the trailer in regards to payload.
2. If it's a stretch between Centralia and Kelso, speed (70mph zone) was involved.
3. Classic case of "dealer set up my WDH" aka owner/driver had no clue on actual weights.
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Is that a Yukon? They don't have very high tow rating. I had the 2018 Chevy Tahoe version at work and was surprised at the low tow rating (PPV vehicle).
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Is that a Yukon? They don't have very high tow rating. I had the 2018 Chevy Tahoe version at work and was surprised at the low tow rating (PPV vehicle).
Looks like the XL version which would be a suburban in a chevy. There is some panel between rear door and wheel well opening which the regular yukon wouldn't have.
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I don't think this is Hang Diver's setup.
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here are some guesses. I wish I could see it from the other side, something broke on the hitch, because the truck is sitting up and the trailer is laying down.

1. Dealer setup hitch
2. Inexperienced driver (in respect to towing) traveling too fast for conditions.
3. Possible poor hitch choice, did it have sway?

4. new mechanical failure, I say this, my parents in 1983 flipped a brand new camper/car over when an improperly secured axle gave way (trailer manufacturer covered all costs)
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I don't think this is Hang Diver's setup.
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Besides he lists his tv as a F150
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It's not the OP's. HangDiver notes it was cross-posted from Facebook. It's on the Forest River Owner's page.
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Oh that sucks. Glad the OP is safe above all, but man, the bottom of that trailer is sooooo clean and new
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Should have started with a real tow vehicle, instead of the pretty new camper.
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Should have started with a real tow vehicle, instead of the pretty new camper.
kind of a bold statement, 2019 Yukon XL denali - 7900/8100 lbs capacity, payload of 1535-1690, not exactly small numbers unknown camper specs
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I don't think this is Hang Diver's setup.
As bikendan said this is not me. This was a public post on an RV fb group. I should have made that more clear in my original post. I copied the text from the person who was in the accident.
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Just looking at a picture will give no factual information on what caused the accident.


Living in WA State and having driven I-5 since it opened in the 60's my first guess will be excessive speed followed by inexperienced or "cocky" driver.

Add to the above the wet (slick) pavement and this accident is just one of many I've witnessed over the years. When people towing Travel Trailers get on a long flat section of freeway they tend to let their speed climb to that of surrounding traffic which can push 80 mph in the rural sections. At those speeds one LITTLE mistake can suddenly turn into a BIG problem.

There's a reason that WA State posts a lower speed limit for vehicles towing trailers. You may still make mistakes and have problems but at least one has more time to act on them than when driving up to 35% faster.

Another guess, based on owner's statement they'd just picked up the trailer, is that there was insufficient tongue weight. No cargo in trailer, no water in tank, etc. Also, driver may not have adjusted tow vehicle's rear tire pressures. Running them at max while towing can eliminate a lot of oversteer from the Tow Vehicle which can often induce sway in the trailer.

Like I said, all guesses.


BTW, about a decade ago there was an accident on I-5 right where it passes closest to my house. A brand new Ford 1 ton SRW with brand new 5-er (about 35' +) was cruising down the center Southbound lane at well OVER the speed limit for all vehicles. Passing vehicles in the right lanes at far greater speeds than them. When the driver suddenly ran up on slowing traffic he hit the brakes, swerved into the median, through the barrier cables, and hit a car head-on killing an entire family.

Some accidents only cause property damage, some cause tragedy but the common denominator for both is speed.
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These threads always baffle me. From the pictures alone, there is no way you can tell the cause. All you can tell is the RV is a total loss. And you don't even know if the posting is from the actual driver, or just a spoof.
But it does give everyone a chance to rant about their pet peeves of incorrect loading, inexperience, speed, wrong tires, and on and on. All just pure conjecture.
And yes, this is my rant on one of my pet peeves: worthless threads
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