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Old 07-20-2010, 09:07 PM   #1
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Today saw TT wrecked

My wife and I were heading out of Laramie,Wy about 20 miles west I 80 came upon a 26-28 ft. on it's side had my camera next to me and snapped this picture. The Travel Trailer looks like it flipped off and seperated from the hitch the vehilce was okay it was parked in front the occupants were outside they looked fine. It must of just happened 10-15 minutes prior.
Like the old truckers use to say "Keep the Shinny Side Up and the Dirty Side Down"........All of you Please be carefull out there....Albert.
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:28 PM   #2
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Wow, I wonder what happened, you can see the skid marks. Wonder if someone cut them off. It is scary- even on clear roads- how people will cut off trucks and RV's. Like they can stop on a dime .

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Old 07-20-2010, 09:30 PM   #3
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Do you think cross winds were a factor? On the other side of the "hill" past the windmills on the way to Rawlins is one of the worst cross wind areas I've experienced on I-80 in Wyoming.
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:11 PM   #4
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Sure hope someone stopped to see if anyone had contacted the authorities and a tow truck for them, cell phone service in that area is slim to none. My husband was in the area today (heavy haul trucker) headed for Idaho, and he doesn't have cell phone service either. And yes that wind can be rough on campers and truckers.
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:41 PM   #5
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How scary! Glad everyone was ok. This is one of my greatest fears.
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Wow, thats looks scarry, been on that stretch of road many times and it can be real windy!!
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:34 PM   #7
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The skid marks probably happened when the TT came unhitched. Almost all have disconnect safety brakes and apply the TT brakes when disconnected. From the length of the skid marks it looks like the safety brakes worked pretty well. Much safer for the TV and others on the road.

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Where on 80 was this? This really sucks for whoever that was.
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xJoey Dubsx, Best I can recon is 41.43773N by 105.93314W SouthWest of James Lake.
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I saw the same thing two weeks ago either on the I 79 or I 77 cant remember, but there should be some law that prevents RV stores from sending people down the road with unsafe configurations. Towing a travel trailer is unsafe even when everything is done right but then add a light truck to a long heavy trailer with improper equipment and disaster becomes imminent.
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It's called the "Law Of Natural Selection". These folks may be off towing forever, and if it's because they did something stupid than it's for the better. Why should the general public pay to enforce laws that should just be common sense?

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We were all 'newbies' at one time and would have totally believed the trailer salesman when he said that you could easily tow that new shiny trailer with your little car..... While it is ultimately the responsibility of the owner to ensure an adequate tow vehicle, the dealer may share some of the blame for leading newbies astray.
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We were all 'newbies' at one time and would have totally believed the trailer salesman when he said that you could easily tow that new shiny trailer with your little car..... While it is ultimately the responsibility of the owner to ensure an adequate tow vehicle, the dealer may share some of the blame for leading newbies astray.
AGREED!

I see big 5ers pulled by 3/4 ton trucks all day long in my little corner of the world.

But I disagree on the last point....It is the owners responsibility to use their TV at its capacity and not beyond.. Saying the dealers is at fault is like saying that Safeway is at fault for the obesity epidemic..
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