so I decide to take a week off. My crew is experienced enough where I can trust them, They know where all my accounts are and how they need to be cut. Sunday afternoon i take a nice drive down to Va. stay at friends for the night and Monday i finally arrive in the outer banks of north Carolina. Tuesday, i'm about 30 miles off shore over a school of dolphin, and the phone rings. My foreman saying something bout an accident, but i had no reception and couldn't hear details. So we get back in shore i get the whole speal and leave at 7 pm for home on my 10 hour drive.so i find out what happened. My truck was at a mechanic's garage getting a new trailer break installed, new plug end, breaks on truck, transfer case oil, and some other maintaince.my guys go to pick up the truck and trailer on Tuesday, he tells them they are all set to roll. I did not leave him with a receiver or ball hitch so he just used his own and told my guys to not worry about the ball, just bring it back later. So my guys get about 5 miles and the trailer detaches completely from the truck and takes out a telephone pole. no chains nothing. all equipment is wrecked, rider went flying into the walk behind, snapped the motor off, broke off the casters bent the deck, handlebars went though the front of the trailer. straight shaft weed whackers became curved shaft weed whackers, back pack blowers in pieces. So as i get home, i pull up to my truck, walk up to the ball and see a 2in in stead of a 2 5/16 ball. as upset as i am with my guys for not checking that it was on right and not noticing that the chains were on, i know i wouldn't have checked either.i problally would have noticed the trialer bucking like it would have been but i can't blame them for that. And the fact that that the mechanic said your all set to go and bring the ball back later make me feel that he is responsible. I am going to be filing charges against him but i don't think the guy has insurance or i can even get $10,000 out of him he is so broke. I'm estimating the damages at $11,000 - $14,0000 not including lost wedges or the telephone pole. I will post the pics as soon as i get them developed.