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tiedeman
12-14-2004, 09:40 PM
now I don't have all the facts as of yet:

The gas station that I always go to was very lucky today. A local LCO was hauling a trailer and the trailer detatched from the vehicle slamming into the front of the gas station totaling the front of the store to the point where the the front frame was pushed inside knocking things around and you couldn't enter the gas station because the door was lodged shut.

The lady inside ended up going to the hospital with a possible ear problem due to the noise of the impact.

I will try to post some pics tomorrow and update you on the situation.

Make sure to check your trailers

pjslawncare/landscap
12-14-2004, 09:48 PM
What a way to learn a lesson. I haul my tractor around all over the place and Im always checking the coupler. So far nothing like that has happend to me (knock on wood)

Ursushorribilus
12-14-2004, 09:53 PM
I've just started hauling a tractor around on a trailer for the first time in my life, and the little bump and jolt that the pintle hook gives the vehicle when I accelerate or brake scares the daylights out of me

ztoro
12-14-2004, 10:00 PM
The lady inside ended up going to the hospital with a possible ear problem due to the noise of the impact.


?????????????????????????????? sounds like she is looking for a payday.....

I check the hitch everytime I get out of the truck.. I even lock the coupler so it cant come off unless something seriously goes wrong


What happend to his safety chains???? what happen to the emergency brake switch.. sounds like a lot of things went wrong to allow that to happen...

tiedeman
12-14-2004, 10:02 PM
na, I know the people that own it. She was crying her eyes out and I thought that she was going to go into shock. Heck, she was only about 5 to 7ft away from where it crashed in at. She was very lucky.

I talked to the owner (her husband) and her today about 20 mins after it happened, that is when she decided to go to the hospital. Then I went back tonight and talked to him again and he had a lot of the same questions, like about the safety chains.

wriken
12-14-2004, 10:03 PM
What a way to learn a lesson. I haul my tractor around all over the place and Im always checking the coupler. So far nothing like that has happend to me (knock on wood)

me too, and I told my crew leader to always check it before moving to the next stop. Never know who may have a grudge against you, whether it be a ex lady friend or LCO. The reason I said LCO, is theres only about one (tiedeman) out of 20 that will wave to you. :)

TURF DOCTOR
12-14-2004, 10:08 PM
I know the feeling i had a trailer completly come off the hitch crossed the center line missed a truck and got stuck in the ground. i was lucky nobody was hurt,hitch pins come loose, i use a master long shackle lock.

Kelly's Landscaping
12-14-2004, 10:14 PM
Never had that happen but I had a gate fall open on the highway. Thankfully I was next to my exit and that kept the sparks to a minimum. All I did was come to work was told I was all set the trailer was loaded and off I went. Never occurred to me that the idiots that loaded the mowers would not be smart enough to put the pins in after lifting the gate.

ztoro
12-14-2004, 10:59 PM
Never had that happen but I had a gate fall open on the highway. Thankfully I was next to my exit and that kept the sparks to a minimum. All I did was come to work was told I was all set the trailer was loaded and off I went. Never occurred to me that the idiots that loaded the mowers would not be smart enough to put the pins in after lifting the gate.


:dizzy: I once drove away with the ramp door down..... one of the owners called me over after I had put things away but didnt close the door.. when we were done talking I got in the truck and drove away.....

Luckily i only needed to replace the the rubber bumps on the door. they were completely gone... after about 10-15 yards...... :dizzy:

Green Care
12-14-2004, 11:33 PM
I flip a giant vac towing it with a pintle it never came off the hook it twisted it real bad.

Also don't some trailers come with break away kits.

fga
12-14-2004, 11:39 PM
check your trailer.... i thought you meant fro something like this i saw online.

pjslawncare/landscap
12-15-2004, 12:06 AM
Wow, I bet that guy had to pwer wash his briefs after he got out of that mess!

wanabe
12-15-2004, 12:22 AM
I about had it happen to me also. Came in one morining"Its ready to go", so away I went. Got to the first job site 2 miles away and proceded to back the mower off. Next thing I know the trailer toung is 5 foot in the air! Some idiot latched it and locked it on top of the ball! Not cool! I even went over a rough railroad crossing! I still can not believe that I did not loose it.

geogunn
12-15-2004, 12:30 AM
starting about 3 weeks ago I have done alot of service to my trailer.

bearing service, new wires, new tires and inspecting the hitch/ball connection.

GEO

richard coffman
12-15-2004, 02:14 AM
I feel bad for the couple who's gas station got torn up, sure hope the lawn care company has great insurance and a good lawyer.....did you happen to know the company?? sure someone's getting fired over this one.lesson to us all, use a locking system on your truck and hitch system, and check it every morning. Bet the bublicity for this company isn't going to be good......

tiedeman
12-15-2004, 02:56 AM
ya I know the company and the lady that owns it. It's actually the largest LCO company in the area

Metro Lawn
12-15-2004, 03:39 AM
Michigan law requires a break away device on most trailers. How big was it?

walker-talker
12-15-2004, 06:37 AM
Lost my trailer earlier in the spring. Took equipment with me to my 3rd shift job so I could get an early morning start. Hit a bump in the road and there she went. Heard the God awefullest noise and sparks going everywhere. Thank God for safety chains. Still not sure exactly how it happened. The pin that goes through the hitch and receiver was missing....along with the cotter pin. Traced my steps back about 500 ft before the grooves in the pavement and did not find either. I guarentee the not on the ball will never work loose. About 1/4 of it is ground down to where it will require a blow torch to be removed.

tiedeman
12-15-2004, 11:49 AM
it was either a 16 or 20ft one. I am going to go down there in a little while and take some pics. They have already started to patch things up with the building though

Expert Lawns
12-15-2004, 12:34 PM
check your trailer.... i thought you meant fro something like this i saw online.

Actually it looks like the trailer saved them in that picture. Thank GOD it was connected properly (for their sake)

Planter
12-15-2004, 01:35 PM
I've just started hauling a tractor around on a trailer for the first time in my life, and the little bump and jolt that the pintle hook gives the vehicle when I accelerate or brake scares the daylights out of me

Scares me a bit, too. Once I was towing the tractor to a job and heading down a hill on a four lane road. I was in the slow (outside) lane and doing 50 in a 55 zone. A girl in a black VW was at the stop sign on an intersecting road. She looked straight at me and I could see her face and make out all her features, we were that close. Because she looked at me I thought she would stay stopped, but she pulled right into my lane. I hammered the brakes and tried to move as far to the left as possible. She pulled to the right and I missed her. All I could think about was that I'd kill her and the trailer and tractor would come forward and kill me. :eek:

I hammered the brakes so hard the master cylinder began to leak.

Quick trip home to change my pants and I was back to work :angry: . Changed the master cylinder the next day.

tiedeman
12-15-2004, 02:50 PM
ok here are some pics. Sorry I didn't get the gas station that great. There was a glass guy there measuring and figuring the costs for everything. A lot of it was already cleaned up. The front door is still shattered though

The trailer was still setting there.
notice in the up close picture of the trailer tongue and how it is bent.