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I want to cry

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MOW ED, Mar 24, 2000.

  1. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    After much thought and sleepless nights I went out and traded my 91 S-10 for a 98 Chevy Z-71. I have had this truck 6 days and yesterday I hooked my trailer up to rearrange some equipment (second time hitched) To make a long story short I was distracted by my daughter and I'm not blaming her. I forgot to secure the hitch to the ball and when I went to reload the hitched popped up I hit reverse on my Walker and my trailer went ahead to the tune of $283 dollars to repair my tailgate. So I cant help to think that I have to work for free for a day to fix it. Its spring so I can't cry too much. Has anything like this ever happened to you?
     
  2. yardsmith

    yardsmith LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 627

    yeah I know the feeling.<br>In the past, I've had instances where I forgot to get gas before hitting the route, & get to the site & &quot;shoot! Gotta get gas&quot;. So I unhooked the trailer after equip. was unloaded by worker & I took the truck to get gas. Come back & back up to it & get out & finish mowing. Then go to load the mower, forgetting it wasn't hooked, & UP TO THE SKY WE GO! Then SLAM! back down- ouch! Another time I unhooked but forgot the trailer wires; backed the mower off & UP WE GO AGAIN(this seems familiar). But the coupler stayed into the socket & the trailer catapult ripped the wires right out of it. so I had 10 min. downtime to fix it, thank goodness- coulda been alot worse <p>----------<br>Smitty ô¿ô<br>
     
  3. grasscapeinc

    grasscapeinc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 175

    Count your blessings. Now you will never forget to lock the coupler. It is much better learning this way than forgetting and having the trailer come off on the road and injuring people.
     
  4. DMC300

    DMC300 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 325

    DON'T WORRY YOU ARE NOT ALONE.<p>----------<br>DON<br>LIANNES' MOWING
     
  5. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    so far it looks like I hold the record for trailer damage. a little over $1500 to talk round numbers. &quot;HOW'D YA DO THAT GEO???&quot; *&%$#@+&&^%^%!!!
     
  6. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    My tail gate has a little owy on it too. Our helper forgot to latch the trailer hitch and then we backed the JD on it and the hitch lifted up and banged the tailgate. I did it myself on my old truck too. Your not the only one and there will be others to do this even after reading this. I just hope it's none of us. <p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.townserver.com/elm/&quot;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<p>
     
  7. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    A friend of mine left his pick tail gate down while turning around in a circle and the jack stand tube on the trailer put 2 dents on the top of his tail gate.
     
  8. osc

    osc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 502

    Newer truck + work = old beat up work truck.
     
  9. Don't fix the tailgate?? Buy a handy ramp end gate for $500 instead.<p>http://www.ncrampsystems.com/endgate.htm
     
  10. Administrator

    Administrator Administrator
    Posts: 865

    My guys set the truck on fire one season.!<p>They threw a butt out the truck and it went into the bed where there was dried leaves. Yes, they had a fire extinguisher but I guess they got so scared they forgot to use it. <p>By the time it was all over it came to the tune of $22,000. The price to buy a new truck.. Thank God for insurance.<p>NO more smoking in the trucks!
     

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