Recently went out in our brand-new Freedom Express Coachmen 302fkv and had it go out of control and end up jack-knifing and flipping in the middle of the highway. Want some advice...something was not right! Obviously! We are not sure if it is our fault or if we were sold something above our weight. Thank God no one was hurt!!
We were pulling with a Denali Yukon XL with a towing weight of 8400 pounds. We were told the dry weight of the Freedom Express was 6800 pounds which we thought was plently of weight to spare. Then at the lot after the wreck, on the door has a sticker stating the dry weight of the camper is 7468???
We had a Blue Ox performance sway WD hitch with 1,000# bars (I was told anyway) installed and everything clicked into place when I set it up. I did it as tight as I could manage to get it (I think chain link 7 or 8). The company where we bought the trailer installed the hitch and WDS. We drove around town and then got on the highway. We were fully loaded and had about 450 pounds of water in the rear as there was no water fill up on the way to the campground 2 hours away.
The truck had some sway when driving, but when we started to accelerate to 30-40mph on the highway, the trailer began to sway and then immediately swayed WILDLY
behind the Denali. The trailer brakes manual control had no effect
what so ever. We were being slung all over the road and i/o have the truck get flipped, we tried to get off the road and as we did, the trailer flipped over and our Denali did a 180 and ended up sitting on top of the trailer tongue. The hitch was completely pulled out from our car.
This was obviously a horrible and scary experience with no one injured...and now the camper and truck are totaled.
Any advice?? I do not believe that I did anything incorrect in the set up and have no idea why the trailer began to sway so aggressively. We did not over correct when it began to sway. Is it possible there was an error in the set-up? From what I understand, the sway bars should not allow this to happen?? It almost seems as if one of them came off where it attaches to the trailer's tongue. One was on the ground at the accident scene with both bars still connected at the hitch?
Any thoughts? My insurance has no interest in pursuing if there was anything installed incorrectly?
I may be out of internet range over the next few days as we are now going to be tent camping where I don't have cell service!
The pic is right when we were leaving.