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Old 07-29-2009, 04:48 PM   #15
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Thank you for sending in the post. This will help many of us, more so than someone castigating a clearly unintentional oversight.
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:53 PM   #16
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For the record, I secure the plug in the TV receptacle with a plastic tie cinched up tight around the trailer plug and the lid of the TV receptacle, holding the cam of the lid tightly against the knob on the plug. I know that quite a few others do the same thing. It wouldn't prevent the specific scenario that started this thread - but it does insure against an accidental "unplugging." I just don't trust the spring-loaded cam catch on the TV's receptacle lid.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:59 PM   #17
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I need some reflective tape

Does anybody know where I can pick up some reflective tape in bulk? I'd like to put it all over the rear of my Airstream...you know, for the next time I decide to tow it without the lights and brakes. Naturally, I want to comply with Virginia State Law.

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Old 07-29-2009, 11:56 PM   #18
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And the learning moment here is don't ever share your mistake on forum or you will be cut. I'd rather folks share their mistakes so we can learn about it, instead of getting new laws about whats become illegal this hour.
Someone out there has an incident to tell about that could save my life or your life, but they'll never open up about it now.
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:18 AM   #19
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Here's several of my favorite quotes that might have some bearing on this subject of our legislators and their continuing attempts to stick their noses in our business...

1. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.

-- Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)



2. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.

-- Thomas Jefferson


3. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

-- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)


Don't get me wrong, having the rear of a trailer being 'visible' to following vehicle drivers is a good idea, isn't that what reflective tail/stop light lenses are for (?)...but lets not go overboard and demand every trailer on the road go out and slap all kinds of reflectors back there...especially on vintage rigs...!

Using that 'logic'...do we now pass laws to slap this reflector tape all the way across the rear of ALL automobiles...! What's the difference, car's have rear bumpers, too, don't they?...hey, a car is 'smaller' than a trailer, and by that fact, should have a much more 'reflective' appearance than a large trailer...yeah, try to get that law shoved down the driving public's 'rumble seat'!

I guess we'll just have to pass all kinds of laws to 'protect' all the idiot drivers out on the roads that can't seem to keep out of other vehicle's ways...yeah, right!

I know how to cure this problem...pass laws requiring large caution labels to be attached to every auto's dashboard..."CAUTION do not drive into the rear bumper of the vehicle in front of you - it could be hazardous to you and your passengers health" Yeah, that ought to do it!
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:56 AM   #20
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I think that there should be a 'law' that revokes the driving priveliges of anyone that canNOT see the night time reflections of his own headlights in the rear of a SILVER unlit AIRSTREAM........Sorry.....it's late.
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Old 07-30-2009, 07:53 AM   #21
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darlingbooks.....Another reason that you were having such a problem braking your rig is that you are very close to or exceeding the tow limits of your Ford 350 van. Your 34' Airstream with a 8,247 lb UBW and 11,500 lb GVWR is just below or exceeding the limits of your Ford 350 van which has a tow limit between 8,800 lbs and 10,000 lbs. If you were carrying a lot of gear in your trailer you were probably exceeding the tow capacity of your van.
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there are a lot of good suggestions already made and a few less good]

personally, i use my childhood cub/boy scout lesson - after a stop and before i drive off i start my truck, turn on the vehicle lights and hit the turn signal [left or right] and then do a "walk-around".

on the truck and AS check: running/brake/turn lights, plugs, chains, windows, steps, the whole ball of wax. takes only seconds and could save you a major headache down the road.

oh yeah - last thing to check - is the wife back from the restroom. you definitely do NOT want to drive off without THAT final check.

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Old 08-01-2009, 11:00 PM   #23
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there are a lot of good suggestions already made and a few less good]

oh yeah - last thing to check - is the wife back from the restroom. you definitely do NOT want to drive off without THAT final check.

safe motoring to all

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Hi, check list, item number 47, is my wife back yet? I didn't have that one on my check list; It will be added tonight.
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When we are about to leave from anywhere, the last thing we do, is one of us gets behind the trailer and the other turns on the turn signals and the brakes. We check the door to the trailer and take another last minute look around as we get into the truck. It only takes a minute.
One time we found a storage door still open. It pays to take a second last minute look. Be safe.
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For the record, I secure the plug in the TV receptacle with a plastic tie cinched up tight around the trailer plug and the lid of the TV receptacle, holding the cam of the lid tightly against the knob on the plug. I know that quite a few others do the same thing. It wouldn't prevent the specific scenario that started this thread - but it does insure against an accidental "unplugging." I just don't trust the spring-loaded cam catch on the TV's receptacle lid.
Not a bad idea.

I had my trailer plug come out recently and didn't notice the NC light on the brake controller, which is visible, but kind of out of the way. At the next rest stop, doing a walk-around inspection before departing, I was horrified to see the plug lying on the ground, with enough of it ground away to see it had been dragging for a while. Fortunately it was still serviceable and I secured it back in the socket with a bungee cord. (I replaced the plug when we got home.)

Now I double check to make sure the plug is seated all the way and the cover has latched onto the plug. I think I will rig up a safety lanyard to the plug and a suitable attachment point on the rear bumper.
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:03 AM   #27
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If Lucy is underway, her clearance are on. These are readily visible in the rear view mirror. If I lost my connection, I would notice it within a minute.

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Not a bad idea.

I had my trailer plug come out recently and didn't notice the NC light on the brake controller, which is visible, but kind of out of the way. At the next rest stop, doing a walk-around inspection before departing, I was horrified to see the plug lying on the ground, with enough of it ground away to see it had been dragging for a while. Fortunately it was still serviceable and I secured it back in the socket with a bungee cord. (I replaced the plug when we got home.)

Now I double check to make sure the plug is seated all the way and the cover has latched onto the plug. I think I will rig up a safety lanyard to the plug and a suitable attachment point on the rear bumper.
This will get attention from me also. The last leg home, at night, my plug came out of the recepticle just enough to lose the lights but not the brake controller. I had one trucker try to let me know by flashing his lights when passing but I checked the controller & thought everything was allright. I will figure out a way to secure the lid cam & plug together to prevent this from happening again.
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