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Old 09-05-2006, 06:13 PM   #1
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I was traveling on the NY Thruway heading North for Labor Day weekend in the Catskills and right by Exit 18 a Coachman Travel Trailer had rolled into the median. I don't know much more than that. Here is a photo that I snapped while passing by. You can see the rear of the trailer cracked opened. I did not see the tow vehicle anywhere near by, though I heard on the CB that it looked like a Ford Ranger.

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I was traveling on the NY Thruway heading North for Labor Day weekend in the Catskills and right by Exit 18 a Coachman Travel Trailer had rolled into the median. I don't know much more than that. Here is a photo that I snapped while passing by. You can see the rear of the trailer cracked opened. I did not see the tow vehicle anywhere near by, though I heard on the CB that it looked like a Ford Ranger.

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Old 09-06-2006, 04:43 AM   #3
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Perhaps it came unhitched and they had yet to realize it wasn't still behind them.
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Old 09-06-2006, 04:51 AM   #4
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I heard on the CB that it was possibly a Ford Ranger. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The trailer looks like it might be too big for a Ford Ranger. If indeed the Ranger was the TV maybe that's a contributing factor to the wreck?

Having said that, I'll probably get bashed by all our members towing with Ford Rangers.
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:44 AM   #5
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Did a lot of research on 5th wheels and tow vehicles, primarily Ford, Dodge, Chev. and GMC.
Their specs were very comprehensive in terms of size of truck and their equipment which should be used to pull what size and weight of 5th wheel. For instance, I felt that the minimum truck that I would go with was a one ton dually, properly equipped, to tow a moderaltely sized 5th wheel, say 33 feet. Based on this research, I feel that a lot of 5th wheels that I see are hauled by undersized pickups. Stayed with our 35 foot gasser with a Jeep Cherokee toad.
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I am a firm believer in that you can never have too much tow vehicle. I wouldn't doubt it was a Ford Ranger, I see too many folks out there pushing the limits......granted, the manufacturer states a capacity of 3500lbs....but some feel they build in a little extra and feel safe at 3500-4000lbs. Some even say "For the 1,000 miles a year I tow, it can't hurt"....if it's over the limit and unsafe and you tow it outa your driveway 1 mile, it's still a danger.
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