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Old 10-30-2014, 02:31 AM   #15
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Sure a sad ending, everyone can and do guess as to what happened, was he already dead from heart attack, stroke, or sleeping? we will not likely ever know. My hope is when my time comes, it does not cause issues for others.
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Old 10-30-2014, 10:17 AM   #16
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The video wa8yxm refers to is:
http://www.michelinrvtires.com/michelinrv/toolbox/videos-demos.jsp#The_Critial_Factor
Very informative video. I watched it several times and sent it to my kids and all the people who work for me.
I think it should be a 'sticky' on all the IRV2 forums.
A very similar situation happened to me about 30 years ago so this might be the place to post it as it may help someone else.
I was pulling a 4 sled snowmobile trailer from my cabin in the mountains. There were 2 vehicles following me. It was raining slightly. As I crested a mountain, I lost a little traction on my rear wheels. I asked the others (CB radio) if they experienced the same. They did not.
The Guy behind me owned and drove semiís all his life. He suspected that the trailer I was pulling was built wrong and did not have enough tongue weight. The trailer belonged to a friend of mine and his son had built it.
He said this could cause me to get into a jackknife situation and be very careful for the rest of the trip. Which I was. Fortunately, as we got closer to home, it quit raining. We got on a 4 lane. Just then a large semi passed all of us at a very high rate of speed. That sucked me over and put me into a serious jackknife. The guy behind me said he could see the whole left side of my Suburban then the whole right side, then the whole left etc. This went on for a good quarter of a mile.
Fortunately, after the first incident we had pulled off the road and he gave me some instruction on what to do if I got into a jackknife. He said step on the gas (floor it) and apply the electric trailer brakes hard. This pulled us out of that situation and straightened us out.
My first reaction would have been to hit the Suburban brakes if he had not already schooled me on what to do. He said that it was the worst jackknife situation that he had ever seen, without wrecking, in all his years on the road.
Hoping this information would help someone else if they ever get into that situation.

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Old 10-30-2014, 03:23 PM   #17
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Alas your first reaction is the reaction MOST folks think of first, Those who paid attention in Driver's ed, or who have had supplemental training, do not think of the brake.

ONE of the reasons I like the US-Gear Unified Brake Decelarator for a towed braking system is included in your story as well.

YOU CAN APPLY THE TOWED BRAKES FROM THE MOTOR HOME COCKPIT.

without applying the MH brakes.. Useful under conditions such as you describe.

Very few towed brake systems give you that option.
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Old 10-30-2014, 04:02 PM   #18
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Very sad to read.
I would like to know if it was initiated from a blowout or flat tire on the front of the MH. If so I would like to know if there was any type of steering stabilizer installed on the MH. This would be very good information for this site.
I know of another accident that happened in about 2010 or 2011 on I-10 in Florida that was attributed to blowout on front right tire. No steering stabilizer installed and the MH left the road surface impacted trees and burst into flames. Killed three adults.
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According to the news article I read the accident was near mile marker 147 which would put it on the top of the mountain which is still a hilly terrain, and not on the long downgrade. There could have been a crosswind or some kind of mechanical failure. Accident investigation will tell what happened. I've been over that mountain many times, summer and winter. In the winter you can have blizzard conditions at the top and sun shining at the bottom.
The article also said no one was wearing a seat belt and may have been survivable if they would have had them on.
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My wife and I were returning from east of Atlanta Monday and got caught up in the traffic back up caused by this accident. About 45 minutes after being stopped by traffic, we inched by the RV. It was torn up on the driver's side and rear cap, couldn't see the right side, but it was pretty badly damaged, although the windshields looked intact so I was hoping the folks survived. This was about 3:00 pm, the RV was upright and on the side of the road, out of the woods. There was no heavy grade or curve at that point on I-75.
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