Originally Posted by BillTex
Yep...the SECOND recent example. Another member was in a horrific accident a couple of weeks back. I am pretty sure they would not tow a 25' with a 1/2 ton again...
Thank God they survived.
All those in the market for an AS and/or new TV should make note of these incidents. "It won't happen to me" just doesn't cut it.
Different names, different dates, different locations, same old story.
Why have a load eqaulizing hitch?
Why do I have to have a proper rated load equalizing hitch?
Why have a sway control?
Why can't I tow it without brakes?
Why can't I use an under rated tow vehicle?
Why can't I use an over rated tow vehicle?
And more recently, why can't I tow my trailer and use my cell phone or text messages at the same time?
In 1970, I headed a research program for Caravanner Insurane Company, the old insrance division of Airstream.
That program, proved and documented,
what causes loss of control accidents, specifically towing an Airstream trailer.
We proved and identified that in over 90 percent of those losses,
the cause of the those accidents, were unnecessary and avoidable.
Granted, a small percentage still happens, and cannot be proven "why." But that percentage is less than 10 percent.
People are people, some who wish to skirt the laws of Physics, because they consider themselves to be immune from towing problems.
My advice to those, then and now, is the same.
Have lots of liability insurance, have a great insurance policy on yourself, and make sure that your will or living trust is up to date.
Facts are facts, and opinions are opinions.
But opinions, never override facts, or Physics.
This may seem harsh, but it is facts.
Those facts that have stood the test of time, for almost 40 years.
Giving sympathy to those that have lost control of their rigs, is certainly being very nice, and a lot easier to do, instead of having to offer mourning as I had to do, with the families of some of those victims.
That was a part of my job, back then, that I wll never forget.
Life is so short. Do everything you can to preserve it. Your family will love you for it.