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Old 07-16-2021, 03:03 PM   #1
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Not all, but most of the accidents shown are travel trailers fishtailing beyond the driver's ability to control. This is the reason I would never own a TT!

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All were caused by wrong tow vehicle or going too fast.
Nothing to due with a travel trailer.
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I have towed i Cargo trailer for business 10's of thousands of miles and never had a problem. I don't believe it is the TT but the speed and tow truck along with speed that are the cause.
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I've never heard of a 5th wheel accident caused by fishtailing!
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Some of those are being towed by too small a vehicle... a Jeep, for instance. Not using the correct hitch also contributes. And yes, speed.
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Just starting trouble!

Well if bar owners are responsible for selling you to many drinks, or selling to minors. Mabey dealers and sellers should be accountable to make sure you have a proper tow vehicle and setup......
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I've never heard of a 5th wheel accident caused by fishtailing!
Seen one in the ditch today laying on its side on I-94 in ND. Canít say it was from fish tailing but there were some gusty winds today.

In talking with camp hosts, they say fifth wheels are the most prone to blow overs in heavy winds when parked.
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I've seen way too many 30'+ trailers being towed by 1/2 ton pickups, going 70 or faster. Nothing surprises me, especially after all the new RVer's that have bought in the last year.
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Looks like the owners manual self destructed in accident #1.
I'll bet somewhere in all that paper was the answer that would have prevented the accident.
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If you think the RV world is having issues with newbies you can't imagine the things new boat owners are doing. ( just an educated guess here as the boats involved all seem to be new ) At least new RV owners have to have a drivers license. Recreational boat owners don't need anything. Just yesterday I observed 2 new jet skis go blasting into a fog bank at high speed. Visibility was down to less than 100 yds. Fortunately for us we had finished work for the day & were headed in the opposite direction for the dock. Scary !
The Coast Guard has boating accidents up by over 25%
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All were caused by wrong tow vehicle or going too fast.
Nothing to due with a travel trailer.
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In Virginia, boat operators have to pass a safety course and get a license
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Trailer was not balanced correctly. Not enough weight on the tongue. Primary cause of sway. Should be at least 12% of total trailer weight.

Also, driver did not try to correct the sway by manually applying brake.
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I've never heard of a 5th wheel accident caused by fishtailing!
Sway is generated by energy developed between the center of the TV axle and the center of the ball. the greater the distance the greater the sway force. A 5th the ball normally sits above the center of the axle and should not experience sway.
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