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noteven

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Posted: 06/21/21 01:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oh dear…

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Posted: 06/21/21 01:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Agree with buying Lottery tickets !!!

My shank/receiver pin is also a locking one and keep it locked in the shank. That way, can NOT use the shank without removing that locking pin.

Great idea of a check list…as hurry will have me forget one or more of the ‘routine’ things I do mentally


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Posted: 06/21/21 02:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

At least you had the safety chains on!

But if that small cable is your breakway brake cable, it looks like it's got too much slack... It's supposed to yank the pin before the chains reach their max length, but it looks like it's longer than the chains.

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Posted: 06/21/21 03:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey Bob,

Little melted butter and that hitch will slide easier.... LOL

Stuff like this is reason we 'double check' each other
AND never in a 'hurry' when hitching


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Posted: 06/21/21 04:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

riltri wrote:

Do you have the pin? Are you certain that no one pulled the cotter pin while you stopped somewhere. I was pulling a U-haul trailer to move my daughter from college. Towed 200 miles to her new apartment the first day. The next day, I checked everything twice before leaving to head home. I stopped for lunch at a Taco Bell. Some A-hole pulled the cotter pin while I was eating. About 50 miles later, the trailer took off down thru a field. No injuries or damage but people do that type of thing for "laughs".


I use locks on everything. There are A-HOLES out there.


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Posted: 06/21/21 05:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BenK wrote:

Agree with buying Lottery tickets !!!


That would be a waste. He used up ALL his luck!


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Posted: 06/21/21 05:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BobsYourUncle wrote:

I have done some stupid things in my time, made some serious mistakes, but this one is really a major screw up on my part.

Went to grab the TT from storage, the gate broke, I couldn't get in, called the owner, they came in and got the gate open. said they would wait and make sure I could get out.

Now I am in a hurry to hitch up and get out of there.

Grabbed the TT and away I go. Got home, usual pre-trip loading etc and the next morning we are off for a few days at a lake. Cool! [emoticon]

230K, 143 miles of highway later we get to our destination. I got out, walked by by hitch and saw this:

My heart nearly stopped dead, I literally broke out in a panic sweat when I realized that I DID NOT put the pin in the hitch.

How could I have done such an idiotic thing? Where was my head? I have a process, a method I follow for this and I failed, big time.

Unbelievable that I drove that far, towing about 7500 - 8000 pounds and the thing didn't fall out of the receiver. I am astounded beyond words at my stupidity and the fact it stayed there all the way.

Wow, just wow.

I know we all do some dumb things, but this takes the cake for me.


Yes, you were lucky!

You’re not the only one who’s done the same thing. There was a lady hooking up her camper at my storage lot last summer. She was done and pulled out shortly before I left. A half-mile later I found her rig blocking one lane of a 4-lane city street. Trailer hitch on the ground and trailer held by safety chains from rolling backwards downhill. Another driver and I got the trailer chocked and the hitch jacked up so she could reconnect. A city police officer happened by, parked his truck behind us with lights on, and helped with the “rescue”.

The lady reached into the pickup, retrieved the hitch pin and placed it properly. She just got in a hurry and forgot.


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Posted: 06/21/21 05:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's all because you are a good citizen and had your covid vaccinations.


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Posted: 06/21/21 05:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Last weekend I unhitched everything, or so I thought, and proceeded to rip the emergency brake cable off.


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Posted: 06/21/21 05:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That is more than lucky if the hitch (apparently) wasn't rusted in.

Wow!
Glad it turned out the way it did for you.

(Heading out to sand off the fresh paint I sprayed the trailer receiver with....)


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