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Old 10-19-2010, 08:07 AM   #1
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Travel trailer accident

On the 17th of October 2010 we was heading north on the I75 towards Atlanta Georgia.

40 miles before Atlanta we get overtaken by a travel trailer going way to fast. We are doing our usual 62 MPH in our MH and we guess that he must have been doing around 75 MPH and he was swaying as he went.

We both looked at each other shaking our heads and we agreed that this was an accident waiting to happen.

10 minutes later we get stuck in traffic and the I75 comes to a complete hold. The cause of the traffic jam is a travel trailer accident.









Fortunately it looked like there was no persons injured but there could well have been.

Lesson learned: Keep your speed down for the safety of yourself and others. The extra 15 MPH is just not worth the risk. This point is especially valid for travel trailers since they are not nearly as stable at speed - we know this from personal experience.
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:34 AM   #2
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I spent many years in the Towing and Recovery business and have cleaned up countless accidents involving Travel Trailers. SPEED KILLS... Trailer tires are not designed for speeds above 60mph. The heat build up causes them to fail and blow out or separate. I haul precious cargo and treat it as such.
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Great pics...not much left of that TT. Fortuneate the SUV stayed upright. From the scratches on the pavement and skid marks would guess the TT was flipped before the guard rail impact. Those folks are lucky to be alive if going 75 mph..and oh so lucky to have not involved some innocent party to their foolishness.
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Makes you wonder at what point the driver realized " OH *****"
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Makes you wonder at what point the driver realized " OH *****"
The way the travel trailer was swaying when he passed us must without a doubt have been felt in the SUV. Years ago we towed a trailer that was smaller than the one you see on the pictures. Our towing vehicle was a full size 5,8L Ford Bronco set up for towing. Once you trailer starts moving the slightest from side to side you will notice and this is when you back off, and hopefully you have an option to engage an electric brake on the trailer without braking your tow vehicle if the swaying don't stop immediately. Here is where experience kicks in.
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It's just crazy the way some RVers drive. I get a bit torn emotionally when someone passes me traveling that fast in an RV. On the one hand I feel grateful that they didn't kill me but on the other I want to chase them down and slap them for putting my family and me in dange.

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I agree that it looks like the TT was flipped and the Burb was being drug sideways accross at least two lanes - could they have bounced off the inside guardrail first?


Any idea what happened to the grey and fresh water tanks? the black tank appears to be intact - thank god.

Another good reminder to keep'er under 60MPH.
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Yes, thankful no one was killed or injured. I only hope this scared the bejebers out of them & if they ever get the courage to get another TT, they will have learned their lesson & drive more slowly & safely.

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...and any other trailer towing folks who got to see it. When I seen large trailers pushing small tow vehicles coming around our MH at high speeds (which is all too often) I give them plenty of room and hope they get far enough in front of me before they loose it...
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Well it is a good excuse for that driver to buy new skivvies.
Wonder if he/she is any wiser.
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He probably did a pretty fair job of sucking the seat cover up between his cheeks first. They you always have to remember....YOU CAN"T CURE STUPID.

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....YOU CAN"T CURE STUPID.

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Unfortunately I would have to agree with you.
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Hey Great Dane, y'all going to visit us in SE Texas?

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Hey Great Dane, y'all going to visit us in SE Texas?

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Yep - we are on our way. We are going to Nashville tomorrow. Then Memphis, New Orleans and after that to the Houston area. We will spend almost 1 month in the great state of Texas.

See ya...
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