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Old 09-20-2015, 07:55 PM   #1
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Post your close calls while towing

Someone was watching out for me today.
Took the RV back to storage today, about a 12 mile drive. Towing the Cherokee.
I clearly remember checking the safety cables, breakaway cable and DS linchpin.

When i got to the storage lot and went to disconnect, the PS linchpin was missing, and the main pin was still thankfully inserted.

That was the closest i have ever come to a towing disaster.
I am racking my brain to try to recall hooking up the PS tow bar arm.
I remember putting in the linchpin, but don't really remember checking it.

When i got home, i could not find the pin in front of my house where i connected.
I also drove the 2 mile route to the freeway....did mot see the pin.

So now I am trying to figure out a way to double secure the main pin.
maybe i flipped the locking ring the wrong way....i just dont know.

If others can post their own close calls, myself and others can learn from them.

Still shaking my head and thinking how it could have ended.

Regards,
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Old 09-21-2015, 08:55 AM   #2
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Forgot to plug the electrical connection in, on one leg or our our Montana trip west. ( meaning no brake lights too.) Got to a remote RV Park and the battery was dead in the car. No start. No site seeing. Totally dead battery. Nearest Walmart for replacement was 100 miles away.
Secondary reason for the car was emergencies...
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:39 AM   #3
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Dan,

Get yourself some BlueOx or Roadmaster locking pins. Much less chance of a mishap.
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Old 09-22-2015, 11:18 AM   #4
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Dan,

Get yourself some BlueOx or Roadmaster locking pins. Much less chance of a mishap.
These are the pins that came with my blue Ox tow bar.

I can't imagine that I inserted the pin without locking it.
But I suspect I probably flipped the locking ring the wrong way.
In the photo, it is flipped the wrong way, and could easily fall out.

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Old 09-22-2015, 06:23 PM   #5
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Had the same issue with the locking pin

On second day of our 2500 mile trip, just felt that my Blue ox wasn't right. Thought I saw some play in my rear view camera.
Stopped in parking lot for lunch and as always do a once around. One leg of my blue ox tow bar was not locking and to make things worse, the locking ring was gone. Clevis pin was still in place but nothing holding it there except pressure. I was sure I installed it but now ask my wife to recheck me.
Blue Ox tow bar is going back to factory for a rebuild.
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Old 09-22-2015, 06:41 PM   #6
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Clevis pins seems to be a common issue. Once halfway thru a long trip I stopped for lunch and did a walkaround (checking brake temps ect). Came back out and did another walk around - the Clevis pin was missing. I think someone pulled it on purpose while we ate.
I now use locking pins.
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Talking Car passing toad on left turn

My son said he was turning left at a traffic light in heavy traffic. A driver tried to get between the back of the motor home and the toad. Even when he waved them away thru the window the driver of the car didn't understand until my son refused to move the motor home!
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Talk about brain fade! Started out of the camp ground in Watson Lake, YT. Neighbor ran up to the motorhome and stopped me. Had forgot to place tow car in neutral. Plowed two perfect farrows in the gravel as I dragged the car along in Park.
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