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Old 01-26-2006, 01:41 PM   #1
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This isn't about anything. I was just tired of seeing "Towbar" sitting there for so long.
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Old 01-26-2006, 01:41 PM   #2
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This isn't about anything. I was just tired of seeing "Towbar" sitting there for so long.
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Old 01-29-2006, 08:47 AM   #3
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Here's to you Knute.

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Old 01-30-2006, 09:12 AM   #4
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Thank you!
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Old 01-30-2006, 01:38 PM   #5
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You got that right!

I was beginning to think pop-uppers were hibernating.

With our new electrict heater, to compliment the built-in gas heater, and electric matresses, not to mention living down South, Pat & I have taken several trips over the winter.

None very exciting til the last trip when, after hitting a good bump entering a newly concreted area, the trailer came off the hitch. We were heading south on I-75 going about 60-65 mph. I was afraid to brake hard for fear the trailer, being pulled by the safety chains, would rame the back of the tow vehicle.What a racket as the hitch post drug along the roadway.

Thank goodness we were in the right hand lane. Braking slowly we were able to pull over to the hard, fairly smooth, shoulder and come to a noisy stop with just a small ding in the rear bumper. The hitch post or jack was ground down past the hole for the pin that holds the jack wheel.

We were just about to use our cell phone, purchased just before leaving home in case of emergency, to call for help, when a Florida Highway Road Ranger pulled up behind us. He looked the situation over, said we were very lucky,(HE GOT THAT RIGHT)went to his vehicle, came back with a rolling hydrolic jack, lifted the trailer and set it on the towball. In less than five minutes, without charge and wishing us well, he was gone and we were off!

Later, I heard these Road Rangers are volunteers. Now ain't that something!

You can bet I have looked into how it could be posible for the trailer to come off the tow ball when I believe it was locked down in the correct possition. I have tightened the bolt under the ball recepticle and plan to take slake out of the chain so the tongue can't drag.

After that we enjoyed eleven days and 1550 miles touring Florida from Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale and St. Augustine before returning to Smyrna, GA. I can recommend Yacht Haven & Marina in Ft. Lauderdale and Anastasia State Park in St Augustine as good camp sites.

Happy travels!

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Old 01-30-2006, 04:47 PM   #6
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David always crosses the safety chains on his cargo trailer so that the tongue is "caught" before dropping to the road. When I replaced the pop-up's chain, I had added a cross piece of chain with the thumb screw links. I'm hoping it will slow the chain thieves down too.
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Old 01-30-2006, 05:39 PM   #7
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I have one of those hitch locks that goes through the hole when the hitch latch is in the down postion, and I use it when trailer is on or off the vehicle.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by icamp2:
...a Florida Highway Road Ranger pulled up behind us... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

What is a Road Ranger (other than a bus/truck tranny that Eaton Fuller makes)? Are they like the Incident trucks we've seen in GA, NC & TN? The Incident trucks (nasty yellow-green colour seems popular) turn up at the wrecks and any breakdowns on the sides of the road. We have had the ones in Chattanooga help us twice (once for flat tire & once for bad battery). No charge. Guy told us they even work on the big motorcoaches (we have one is why we asked).
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Old 01-31-2006, 07:36 AM   #9
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Thanks for the info about Anastasia State Park. We are going to stop at St. Aug on our way back from Disney World next month. I will look into it.

As for the chains, when we bought our popup, they taught us to always cross the chains just for that reason. We are also going to get a battery for the popup with that emergency brake thing so that if it comes unhooked from the van, the brakes on the trailer engage. We also make sure that our chains are not too loose. We also have one of those hitch locks and keep it in that hole as well.

As for the road rangers, that is neat that they are volunteers. In the New Orleans area, causeway commission has a fleet that drives around assisting stranded motorists to keep traffic problems at a minimum. There is also a group in Mexico (the country) believe or not. I can't remember their name though. We were told that they exist to keep stranded motorists from becoming victims of crime. Luckily we never needed them while we traveling in Mexico.

Oh, and since this thread is about nothing, I also just realized that after our trip in November, I think I forgot to empty the fridge when we got back. EWWW! When dh gets home, he is going to have to pop it up so I can go in and check. That is the only drawback to having a popup is having to pop it up to do little things like this. I hope I am wrong and did empty the fridge. It will be good and nasty!
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Dang. This nothing thread is turning out to actually be something. I shoulda done this on E-Bay
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Old 02-01-2006, 09:22 AM   #11
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Nuts!!! Charlie, you killed it.

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Old 02-03-2006, 12:18 PM   #12
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Yes, the Florida Road Rangers are just like the "Heroes" in Georgia. They drive up and down the highway and pullup behind any stranded vehicle.

Another thing noticed in Fl. is the roadside phones every mile along the interstates.

"Keep your chains tight!"
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With the hopes of getting things going again, I took a trip the weekend to West V. and back, 2400miles, to dump my drig addict BIL, his GF, and all thier crap. He thinks i did a fover for him, maybe, but it was morefor me to know the's a long way away from us now. Anyway, I got to see some of the road rangers driving around loking for folks to help. On the way back, we went thru a bit of the white blanket storm when it started. We saw cars sliding off right in front of us. I couldn't stop. Hopefully the Road Rangers came along and got them.
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