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Old 12-31-2006, 08:26 AM
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Well, you were right....IT CRACKED ME UP!!!!!!! That's a great story. The good news is it can only go up from here, right? A good sense of humor in invaluable in such situations and you seem to be blessed with one. I wish I was...Anyway...we learn by doing. Hang in there.
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Old 12-31-2006, 10:19 AM
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Kids these days.

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Old 12-31-2006, 10:28 AM
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Yup! Gotta hook up the trailer first or she'll go a flyin'!
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Old 12-31-2006, 05:46 PM
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I learned how this works on a teeter-toter as a kid, but my memory went short and I slammed a trailer too. I had removed it to pull a small stump and then tried to drive the mower on before hooking the trailer back up to the truck.
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Old 12-31-2006, 05:57 PM
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I didn't have my trauiler hooked on right to my van, and i'll tell you what, exmark Ztr mowers are some heavey mother truckers.

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Old 01-01-2007, 05:59 AM
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I have a saying " Its not how bad you ****up Its how well you recover. How come you didnt use a chainsaw and cut it up?
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Old 01-21-2007, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Braveheart View Post
I just started in the lawn care industry. Here is how my first day went...

When I got to the customer's house she asked me to remove a large base to an old shed. I live in FL and it seems the last hurricane took the shed but left the bottom portion. I agreed and after a few minutes of trying to drag it I realized I would need to pull it to the curb with my truck.

So I detached my trailer and drove my Suburban to the back of the yard to pull it out. After watching the corner of the base tear a 10' rut in the backyard I decided the I would need to try and flip this thing over onto my trailer, so the first thing I did was walk over to my trailer to unload it, without first reattaching it to my truck - huge mistake! As I was backing up my brand new Exmark Phazer I saw the horizon dropping fast and realized I was tipping backwards, I slammed the controls forward, the new trailer slammed back to the ground and I busted the front guard of the trailer by running into it with my mower and then almost tipping over forward.

Then I reattached the trailer, unloaded it, and went to go back to the back yard, but, of course I got stuck in her front yard, tore up huge ruts in the lawn and ended up having to call my wife to get AAA to come tow me out! Nice first impression.
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Old 02-10-2007, 09:02 PM
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When we first started I forgot to latch the trailer onto the ball. We drove, I bet 5 miles and nothing happened until I drove over a set of railroad tracks and the whole trailer rose up a few feet (very rough track crossing) but the unbelievable thing is the trailer came back down onto the ball. And our stop was just a few feet from the tracks.

2 months ago i forgot to latch the bulldog hitch on my trailer around the ball. about a mile and a half i was coming out of a curve and hit a pothole an the trailer came off the ball. i wasnt so lucky though... next thing i know my truck shifted sideways, then shifted the other way then back again as the trailer was whipping it back and forth (THANK GOD FOR SAFETY CHAINS!). all of this was happening as a schoolbus was coming towards me but thank god the driver saw what was going on so he pullled over. i just took my foot off the gas and kept control (dont know how i did it). finally when i felt everything was slowed down enough i pressed the break and came to a stop. oh yea... forgot to mention the 2 large ditches on either side of the road. if my trailer would have whipped to the right first.... my trailer and truck would have ended up in the ditch... possibly overturned. luckily.... the only damage was that my 46 inch exmark bent my stihl polesaw (just the outer shaft) and my 66 inch exmark dented my fender's sheet metal, my tongue stand is bent back a little bit on top but is still operable and my truck bumper is dented because it jack knifed into the water cooler that i have mounted on the tongue of my trailer.... so nothing major.... it did cost me $50 for the polesaw shaft though...

from then on i check my hitch at least 3 times
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Old 02-10-2007, 09:54 PM
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MuleCutter....the gods were smiling on you that day. I too have had s@@t happen to me, and it still does in spite of what I believe to be good safety habits aquired over the years. The one thing I do religiously if I am driving or riding in a rig with a trailer is do a complete walk around before I get in the tow rig....I do it every time without fail, it is now habit. Even if we go to lunch at some joint, when I come out I do a walk around....I run a medium duty truck and tow track hoes, back hoes, I pull horse trailers.....It really doesn't matter the size of the rig, but by my developing the anal habit of the walk around has been to my benefit. There is too much that just happens on its own. Glad to see you made it.....may the god's continue to just toy with us and continue to smile and not get too angry. Shiny side up, Rubber side down!
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Old 02-19-2007, 01:14 PM
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lol just read this. We have all had our bad days. I left a job with tractor on trailer, got back to the yard and realized that i never tied it down. nothing happened thank god. nothing but my first heart attack lol.
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