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Old 07-02-2013, 04:21 PM   #113
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There are no wimpy women in the Ford family! We're a tough bunch...Paula chasing down the neighborhood bully and pounding the stuffin' out of him (when she was about 9 is one of my fondest early memories! (he was picking on me and she was having NONE of that) Oh yeah, he was about 12 or 13 at the time. It makes me laugh every time I think of it...she's my hero!
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:32 PM   #114
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There are no wimpy women in the Ford family! We're a tough bunch...Paula chasing down the neighborhood bully and pounding the stuffin' out of him (when she was about 9 is one of my fondest early memories! (he was picking on me and she was having NONE of that) Oh yeah, he was about 12 or 13 at the time. It makes me laugh every time I think of it...she's my hero!
Note to self - do NOT piss off Paula :-)
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:42 PM   #115
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Again, Paula, thanks so much for providing your experiences...I'm sure a lot of us have learned something through your accident. If anything, being in a hurry is probably not worth it when you're towing. Just too many forces that you can't control but have to react to.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:02 AM   #116
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Again, Paula, thanks so much for providing your experiences...I'm sure a lot of us have learned something through your accident. If anything, being in a hurry is probably not worth it when you're towing. Just too many forces that you can't control but have to react to.
Ditto.

Today I hit a severe crosswind going down a curvy 7% grade. I was trying not to exceed 50 mph, but started to fishtail. I immediately thought of Paula's accident.

Was able to correct, but it took some wind out of my sails. (No pun intended).

We often read/hear and experience how "easy" Airstreams tow - this relative newby was even starting to feel a bit smug. All it takes for those holes (crosswind, mountain driving etc.) in the swiss cheese to line up.
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:53 AM   #117
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I just talked to very nice lady at ferry. I am taking it as a way to get to Ohio.She said yes
they take trailers, book online, goes by total length, what I could not do is get in late night before and sleep in lot. There is an Airstream campground, Shore Haven in Dennisville, right near Cape May, stay there next night. I am so happy for you and love your attitude. If coming from Delaware , there is campground less than mile away.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:08 AM   #118
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Ditto.

Today I hit a severe crosswind going down a curvy 7% grade. I was trying not to exceed 50 mph, but started to fishtail. I immediately thought of Paula's accident.

Was able to correct, but it took some wind out of my sails. (No pun intended).

We often read/hear and experience how "easy" Airstreams tow - this relative newby was even starting to feel a bit smug. All it takes for those holes (crosswind, mountain driving etc.) in the swiss cheese to line up.
THERE -50 MPH- and "was able to correct" The holes in the Swiss cheese lined up really right because your low speed gave you more time to correct. Kudos to you. The difference between a spooky little incident and a bad accident... Speed, vigilance, good anti-sway hitch - but speed and caution are the most important.

And BTW - About overloading the trailer on weight - I was able to donate and throw away a lot of bulk, but not that much weight. Most of the dross was clothing I rarely wore - or that was designated for dirty jobs (and you really only need two outfits of that max.) When I pick up the trailer I'm bringing just enough stuff for the overnight and return trip. I'll load it once I get to the campground here - and I will be looking for further stuff to eliminate. Then it's off to the scales.

I'm starting to feel a "Survivor" themed rally coming on.

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Paula,
Your words and attitude have probably already saved lives. You are an inspiration to the rest of us. Most of us who are retired should not being driving in a hurry between places anyway. Slow down and smell the roses.
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THERE -50 MPH- and "was able to correct" The holes in the Swiss cheese lined up really right because your low speed gave you more time to correct. Kudos to you. The difference between a spooky little incident and a bad accident... Speed, vigilance, good anti-sway hitch - but speed and caution are the most important.

And BTW - About overloading the trailer on weight - I was able to donate and throw away a lot of bulk, but not that much weight. Most of the dross was clothing I rarely wore - or that was designated for dirty jobs (and you really only need two outfits of that max.) When I pick up the trailer I'm bringing just enough stuff for the overnight and return trip. I'll load it once I get to the campground here - and I will be looking for further stuff to eliminate. Then it's off to the scales.

I'm starting to feel a "Survivor" themed rally coming on.

Paula
My wife and I survived a total loss wreck of our truck / trailer rig a few years back. Something like this forever changes ones attitude about driving and towing.
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In August of 2007 I hydroplanes a truck and trailer off of I-55 at mile marker 153 near St. Genevieve, MO. Several things could have prevented this wreck.
1. I was running bald tires. I had new tires waiting for me at home, but I tried to make one more trip...I should have installed the tires before the trip.
2. I was going about 60 mph which was still too fast for conditions...pouring down rain, the beginning of the shower when the oils on the road surface are loosened up. Studies have shown that hydroplaning will not happen at speeds under55 mph.
3. I was using cruise control...never use cruise control in the rain. If you are not using cruise and feel it breaking loose you simply let up on the accelerator.
4. Fatigue probably played a part...working long hours every day. There is a reason why the DOT regulates over the road truckers.

The truck and trailer were repaired, but my life was flashing before my eyes as I was slipping and sliding into the ditch. It took 2 trucks and 2 trailers to come get me and the mess I made.

And...I missed the Rush concert. I have the only un-torn Rush concert ticket I know of. A little shout out to my Canadian brothers...
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The state trooper was singing "Tom Sawyer" as he made out the report...
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The state trooper was singing "Tom Sawyer" as he made out the report...
That's cold!

Sorry to hear about the accident an glad you're ok. Excellent replay of lessons learned. Thank for sharing.
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Paula, just saw this thread and no time to read more than a few posts. Glad to hear you are doing ok.

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Today, I hit a severe crosswind going down a curv[ing] 7% grade

Worst conditions for a combined vehicle. Bar none.

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Ditto.

Today I hit a severe crosswind going down a curvy 7% grade. I was trying not to exceed 50 mph, but started to fishtail. I immediately thought of Paula's accident.

Was able to correct, but it took some wind out of my sails. (No pun intended).

We often read/hear and experience how "easy" Airstreams tow - this relative newby was even starting to feel a bit smug. All it takes for those holes (crosswind, mountain driving etc.) in the swiss cheese to line up.

WOW going down a 7% grade at 50 is tough enough for sure.. mind saying what type of hitch you are using and which tow vehicle..

I have been blown around 18 wheeler in mountian passes same as you had.

good thing the speed was no 60 or better.. that can pinch the seat quick.
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