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little trailer story

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by sheshovel, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    Today A comes home with a story.He's putting on siding on a mini storage down in Fresno and all of a suddon he hears his boss yell OH NO NONONO!!!
    Looks over and there is a guy who was going over the railroadtracks too fast..the pin sheered off on his hitch of his enclosed trailer full of PVC and landscaping equipment,the saftey chain breaks too and the trailer flys off the truck..and over smashing his bosses sons brand new 2006 truck 500 mi on it and then proceeds to smash the back end of his bosses truck too..rips the tailgate right off.
    5 cop cars later the cops said he was going too fast over the tracks..dident even get a ticket..guess the cops felt bad for the guy cuz his insurance had to pay for two trucks plus his trailer!!Be carefull out there this **** does happen!
  2. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We replace our receiver inserts every four or five years, just in case.

  3. mrbray101

    mrbray101 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was driving a f-250 with 20 ft open loaded down with two 60" dixies and a walk behind and it popped off, that was some scary !@#$ but luckily we scraped to a hault and the safety chains did their job. I learned to check and double check the trailer truck connection, especially when I am not the one hooking it up.
  4. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
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    especially when I am not the one hooking it up.[/QUOTE]

    yes here is a key point,i double check my guys before the equipment leaves the yard and on more than one occasion i have found the pin no inserted.It just takes one second and a $1.50 pin to cause thousands of dollars in damage and possible loss of life.A guy couple years back,a couple towns over overload his trailer with construction debris and not hook up the safety chains , well the whole thing came of his truck and collided head on killing a woman and her daughter,horrible thing did not need to happen.
  5. mrbray101

    mrbray101 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 251

    Thats sad to hear, people need to take a little more responsibility when dealing with heavy trailers and equipment, i guess they think it will never happen to them.
  6. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    I am finally legal in this state... Wired in my battery brake away controller a week or so ago. Actually I think they may be required on ALL trailers over 16' or over 2,000 pounds. I thought it was a DOT law... Personally I think the break away is a little silly if a person has sufficient saftey chains attached at all times.

    On the subject of the break away controler... Where do you hook your cable for the pop-off switch on the back of your truck? I have mine looped and I put it around the receiver ball before I put the trailer on the ball. Basically my trailer would have to come off the ball and both chains would have to fail before the breakaway would be engaged.

    For as many miles as I, and most people on here, pull trailers we can't be too concious about how they are hooked up at all times. Knock on wood, Iv'e never had an accident yet! Closest dumb thing I did one time was back my trailer into the garage to unhook and then go dump the truck. Well I unhooked the lights, chains, and flipped the coupler open and then I guess I was distracted breifly. Next thing I know I'm driving to go dump and had gone half a dozen blocks and notice MY TRAILER BEHIND ME STILL!!! Gravity was the only thing holding it on, and how I didn't rip the side of the door off as I left is beyond me! I will check and recheck the hitch now. If I even get a pang of insecurity that maybe I didn't hook something up I will pull over asap and check!
  7. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    well tyhis guys pin sheared off and his saftey chains broke too..slow down going over RR tracks.Or use a bigger chain Is what he learned I think
  8. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have you ever looked at some peoples saftey chains??? Iv'e seen so many that I wouldn't even trust with MY weight, let alone a 2 ton trailer! Iv'e seen several literally held to the truck with bailing wire and those pot metal gate chain clips. (my grandpas old trailer comes to mind...) Think of how many tons of force could be generated when a 2 ton loaded trailer comes off of a 4 ton truck. The force between the two as the slack in the chains is taken up and it hits the end of the chain would be 10's of tons of shock force.
  9. start2finish

    start2finish LawnSite Senior Member
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    the breakaway wire needs to be attached away from the hitch. If you have a receiver hitch then hook it to the bumper. It needs to be independant from the "reese" hitch. What do you think good it would do if the bolts or weld holding oyur hitch to the frame was compromised?
  10. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ok, that was kinda my thoughts too! I was just lacking a place to hook it since my bed is a dump bed I only have the receiver and the 2 hook points for the chains, but I can and will be adding another small mount for the break-away.

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