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Old 07-25-2017, 04:24 PM   #1
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Off topic since an AS was in no way involved. Interesting video none the less:

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Old 07-25-2017, 04:38 PM   #2
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Thanks. Also interesting that the video appears to have been made by the driver hand-holding the camera IMO -- perhaps another distracted driving accident just down the road, averted by the roll-over in front stopping him!

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Old 07-25-2017, 04:41 PM   #3
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That is the exact reason I bought an AS. In 2012 I was going camping ( I still used a tent at the time) when we were traveling on route 270 in MD when we came across a box trailer that had flipped for the same reason. After I did my research I determined that the AS because of it aerodynamics was the least likely to flip at high speeds.
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Old 07-25-2017, 05:44 PM   #4
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That is the exact reason I bought an AS. In 2012 I was going camping ( I still used a tent at the time) when we were traveling on route 270 in MD when we came across a box trailer that had flipped for the same reason. After I did my research I determined that the AS because of it aerodynamics was the least likely to flip at high speeds.
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Low vs high center of gravity would have as much to do with it as anything else at the speeds that guy was going. That stretch of road in NJ is pretty slow. Flat floors / all above the wheels and 7' ceilings (in the slide outs) have their downside.

It is a bit interesting just how much torture a trailer hitch will take and not separate isn't it ....

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Old 07-25-2017, 06:03 PM   #5
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That stretch of road in NJ is pretty slow.
Not sure I'd say it's pretty slow. We've towed our Airstream a number of times up and down the Garden State Parkway, through that very location. I keep it between 60 and 65 and I'm getting passed like I'm stopped. I'm sure excessive speed (excessive relative to safety, if not to the 65 mph speed limit) contributed to this person's disaster.

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Old 07-25-2017, 06:10 PM   #6
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Not sure I'd say it's pretty slow. We've towed our Airstream a number of times up and down the Garden State Parkway, through that very location. I keep it between 60 and 65 and I'm getting passed like I'm stopped. I'm sure excessive speed (excessive relative to safety, if not to the 65 mph speed limit) contributed to this person's disaster.

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I've been through there a number of times. Each time the traffic was at a max of 65 and often a bit slower than that.

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Accelerate tow vehicle, apply trailer brakes, then brake TV once sway has stopped.

Anyone tell if there were WD bars or anti-sway bars on that rig?
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Brake lights didn't come on - was it even hitched properly?
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Accelerate tow vehicle, apply trailer brakes, then brake TV once sway has stopped.

Anyone tell if there were WD bars or anti-sway bars on that rig?
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I sure don't see any signs of brake lights going on prior to the final swing and flip. Even then it may be the sun flashing off of things. He may not have had the 7 pin connector plugged in if he was braking ....

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Possible that the driver was not even aware of the sway until it was happening quickly IMO. Guess we could give him or her credit for not putting on the brakes?

I did not see the TV brakes on at any point either.

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So here's a few more questions:

What's the trailer and how much does it weigh empty?

What's the TV and what are it's ratings?

There's no obvious way to know if they had 8,000 lb of ground beef loaded into either one. Gotta start somewhere.

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And what was that guy doing that he didn't notice the sway???
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And what was that guy doing that he didn't notice the sway???
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Really important text came in on the phone

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Gack! Not a minor thing to happen in a wreck. Look at what happened to the propane bottles! I suddenly appreciate how a cover can help. Think I'll make a "garter belt" for the bare bottles on the avion AND for eddie.
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