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Old 06-19-2010, 05:22 PM   #1
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Airbourne!

Hey Gang!

I bet I've got a new one for ya!

I was pulling the 34 foot triple axle back from Woodward, PA, today, through rural PA. I came to a construction zone where the elevations of the road were super wacky, as well as the cross sections were super wacky, so it was up and down and side to side, all over the place! I hit these at about 40mph....guess I should have hit them at about 4 mph! I had the silver tube airbourne! No kidding! She started doing a little shimmy dance; not real bad, but enough to get my attention, as the triple axle NEVER sways (I also have a 1400lb Equal-I-Zer setup). Well, I reach down and manually apply full trailer brakes to the brake controller to settle things down. When she came down, she went CHIRPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!! The sucker was airbourne there for a moment, and when she came down, the wheels were stopped and I was rolling along at 40mph.

Well, to make a long story short, any shimmy there might have been stopped immediately! But, the funny thing was that my wife was following us in her car and she said the thing comes off the ground, then lands, and figured all the stuff inside was flipped like a spatula doing flapjacks. She was right

Anyway, the old girl survived it just fine, truck survived it just fine, contents in the coach survived it just fine, we survived it just fine. Just watch it in the Keystone State when they say "rough road." They aren't kidding!

Anyways, I can laugh about it now. But at the time, it had me wondering a bit

Oh yeah, "Airbourne" is also the name of an Aussie rock band that I really really like. So I added the "u". Gibson + Marshall = Goodness

see ya on the road,
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:30 PM   #2
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Be careful when you pop the tops on the sodas and beer!! ha Ha!
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Old 06-19-2010, 06:06 PM   #3
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To bad you couldn't get a clip of that. It would be a hit on Youtube!
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We'll be traveling thru Penn. in mid July on our way to CT to visit Navy Boy - where were you when that happened? Might try to avoid it...
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:45 AM   #5
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I believe the town was "Shades Gap". It's a nice little town. The signs didn't say to slow down any, and we weren't going very fast to start with...construction is actually on the outskirts of town. It wasn't a big deal in the empty truck, you hardly notice it. But towing

Oh well, no harm done.

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