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Old 12-25-2018, 08:46 AM   #15
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This is exactly why you should make sure your trailer brakes work properly and have a battery mounted to power them. It may not stop the incident from happening but would certainly have lessened the speed it happened. Please make sure your breakaway switch is functional and the battery fully charged.
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Good job nice decision.

I used to tell my kids all the time, "If you have to take the hit, take it. But maintain control of your vehicle at all times."

We had a lady about a year ago who swerved to miss a deer. Lost control, left the road and killed herself and her kid in the car.
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Old 12-25-2018, 09:03 AM   #17
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Good job nice decision.

I used to tell my kids all the time, "If you have to take the hit, take it. But maintain control of your vehicle at all times."

We had a lady about a year ago who swerved to miss a deer. Lost control, left the road and killed herself and her kid in the car.
It's hard to teach. I was following a woman on a rural road a few years back who swerved, ran completely off the road, and barely missed a house .... to miss a cat.
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Old 12-25-2018, 03:08 PM   #18
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There was a post running a while back about skid marks/standing on the brakes. A large majority was posting/boasting about how they had never done that... just exposed the inexperienced drivers on here/out there.
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Old 12-25-2018, 07:15 PM   #19
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Practice before you need to do the deed in an emergency. Test your rig and tune to make it as safe as possible.
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Old 12-25-2018, 09:57 PM   #20
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Huge pucker factor there. Glad you missed it.
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Old 12-25-2018, 11:44 PM   #21
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Glad you're ok and had a second set of eyes to help.

A trailer come loose from a truck about a year ago, came over into my lane and narrowly missed me at about 45 mph before going down the embankment and lodging itself into a muddy ditch...I was on my motorcycle!

I stopped and talked to the driver, he was only towing the trailer a couple of miles, from one house to another. He was pretty shaken up and extremely apologetic, said he would never tow again without safety chains.
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I stopped and talked to the driver, he was only towing the trailer a couple of miles, from one house to another. He was pretty shaken up and extremely apologetic, said he would never tow again without safety chains.

IMHO, the issue was not the lack of safety chains. I have towed many trailers many many miles and never have had a safety chain or breakaway switch do it's job. But I was educated to be sure that the primary hitch system, ball/coupler, jaws/pin, pintle/eye is in good shape and properly latched.
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Merry Christmas. Glad you're ok.
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It is very easy to high hitch a ball receiver. I have seen it done several dozens of times in my 30 years in the boat industry. Some actually make it to their destination.
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I was in IL on a brand new 70s Kawasaki 500cc motorcycle. Married 1 year with wife on back. Going over 2 lane truss bridge (X's) a car passed another into our lane. No where to go. Except down the middle between them. They both were scraping the guard rails as we passed them with our knees tucked in.
Beat that for pucker power...
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I was in IL on a brand new 70s Kawasaki 500cc motorcycle. Married 1 year with wife on back. Going over 2 lane truss bridge (X's) a car passed another into our lane. No where to go. Except down the middle between them. They both were scraping the guard rails as we passed them with our knees tucked in.
Beat that for pucker power...
That triple had a pretty wide engine for the time as well
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Let’s not forget please tripped check every connection on your Rig.
fifth wheels look at the jaws. Bumper balls. Look at it. when not hooked up look at everything to make sure nothing is broken or out of place.

Get very solid and over rated chains/cables, hooks. and hook points. for your bumper pull. ( goose hook). brake away connections? as well as ALL lights. yes even that little white lite for the plate.

But great job in avoiding a huge problem. as the hitch was not on the ground it was loaded heavy to the rear.
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Let’s not forget please tripped check every connection on your Rig.
fifth wheels look at the jaws. Bumper balls. Look at it. when not hooked up look at everything to make sure nothing is broken or out of place.

Get very solid and over rated chains/cables, hooks. and hook points. for your bumper pull. ( goose hook). brake away connections? as well as ALL lights. yes even that little white lite for the plate.
Every time you hook up, and every time you stop...

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But great job in avoiding a huge problem. as the hitch was not on the ground it was loaded heavy to the rear.
The tongue weight could be right, just bounced high when unhooked. And the higher the tongue, less it weighs.
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