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Old 01-05-2019, 04:35 PM   #1
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We're in our winter time park in Harlingen Texas. Nice, quiet friendly place.
Last week a new neighbor arrived. His TV is an older Toyota Tundra (1/2 ton, I guess). His TT is a 34' long, 3 slide Flagstaff V-lite.
IMHO it's not enough of a tow vehicle. He came about 800 miles to get here.
But here's the part that floors me.....
He has a 4 pin plug connected to some magnetic temporary lights on the rear bumper. No trailer brake hookup or controller.
Also no WDH. Although he did say he installed airbags so it would ride level.

I asked him how it towed and he said great then I inquired how fast he drove and he said "as fast as I want, but usually 75 mph".
He seems like a good guy but dang. BTW, he knows about WDH and TT brakes but just poo-poos it as unnecessary. And his proof is that's how he's done it for a couple years with no problems.
If you were me, what would you say?
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Say nothing to him.
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Say nothing to him.
Yeah, say nothing.
I have a customer that constantly quotes "Experience is the best school around, but the tuition can be very high" to me.
This is usually after I've told him about a knucklehead on the road!
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It depends on if you think arguing with idiots is fun. If so speak up.
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I would ask him where he's headed and when he's leaving, so I could leave at a different time or direction...
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I would ask him where he's headed and when he's leaving, so I could leave at a different time or direction...
The ditch with his name on it is just up the road. Perhaps he is a very religious fellow and G-d watches out for him.
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Just a fool. Bite your tongue.
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I'd say nothing. He didn't ask for advice so you shouldn't give any.

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Sometimes it is best to just walk away. It will bother you for a time but the other owner will never see the problem for your prospective. They made it to the campsite without a problem so in the driver's mind what could possibly go wrong on the way to the next?
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I would ask him where he's headed and when he's leaving, so I could leave at a different time or direction...
Yep say nothing and keep out of his way on the road. Remember you cannot fix stupid.
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Ugh... that's rough... in my jurisdiction that setup is illegal if for no other reason than the driver cannot activate the trailer's brakes from the tow vehicle.
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• All trailers & towing dollies (car dollies) must have brakes on all wheels when their GVW (trailer/dolly and load) exceeds 1,400 kilograms (3,086 pounds). Every trailer with brakes must have a breakaway device hooked to the trailer brake system.
- Surge brakes may be used when towing a vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of up to and including 2,800 kilograms (6,173 pounds).
- From 2,800 kilograms and up the towed-vehicle brakes must be able to be applied by the driver of the tow vehicle.

It's not really different than watching Buddy chug a dozen beer then climb into the driver seat, saying "I've drank so much beer in my life I don't get drunk anymore".

Whether he is a danger to himself or not, he's a danger to others on the road.
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I would ask him where he's headed and when he's leaving, so I could leave at a different time or direction...
I would find out all I could about where he is headed and the route he is taking. Then as soon as he pulls out, drop a dime.
I wish that somebody would of reported the guy that tore up my truck before he did. And if he had hit a car full of kids instead of a loaded truck, likely he would of preferred the encounter with law enforcement.
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I would find out all I could about where he is headed and the route he is taking. Then as soon as he pulls out, drop a dime.
I wish that somebody would of reported the guy that tore up my truck before he did. And if he had hit a car full of kids instead of a loaded truck, likely he would of preferred the encounter with law enforcement.
Yep, otherwise he may be the cause of the next accident like this:

https://www.gainesville.com/news/201...ua-gainesville

Caused by a "professional" truck driver with a long history of speeding and reckless driving tickets across the US. Never should have been behind the wheel of a truck.
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Drop a Dime

Get both tag numbers Notify State Police, Local Police. Anyone else with Power to Enforce motor Vehicle laws.Even stop at a weigh station and give them the info.

That is just plain stupid, He will most likely kill someone else and walk away.Saying they cut me off they deserve it.
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