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Old 10-14-2012, 07:55 PM   #57
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On our last trip up to OKC on I44 a small car about 50 yards in front of us ran over a shredded tread from a truck tire. It wrapped around the drive wheel. The car went from 70 to 0 in nothing flat, then spun 45% covering most of both lanes. The lady driving had the presence of mind to look out her window and see me coming and immediately put it in reverse, backed toward the median enough for us and traffic to pass. I had already started to swerve left, but with the trailer I couldn't maneuver quickly enough without wrecking myself. Couldn't brake since the distance was so short, so sped up and passed within inches. The lady was ok, somewhat shaken. Her drive wheel was bent beyond drive able. Still see her face when we locked eyes. Both of us frightened. I was fixing to run right over her, and she knew it. Always a careful driver before and much more now.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:07 PM   #58
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Half and Half - double that - no triple it!

I smashed the streetside towing mirror on my Chevy Silverado this last trip... so how's that a near miss? Well, I was coming south using the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel(s) and in the southern tunnel they had one lane of traffic working while there was maintenance going on on the other lane. And of course there were traffic cones down the center line. Only 20 miles from home - and a fairly uneventful trip. That tunnel has a railing and a very narrow walkway for tunnel personnel on the southbound lane. I was going along fine with the windows down when between a dip on the righthand side of the roadbed and the railing... I "kissed" the mirror- one second GONE. The noise was incredible because I had the windows down, and the broken off mirror even flipped into the passenger seat. Sparks flew and my immediate thought was that I'd raked the whole right side of the trailer into the railing. If I'd stopped it would have been an automatic fine so with heart in throat and sweating like a bear I completed the tunnel portion and pulled off the roadside at the first convenient opportunity.

HUGE WHEW... not a scratch on the trailer. Two windows and the door plus the long side panels - how do you spell "total it"? Well that's one way to feel better about effen up a set of mirrors I paid $500 to add to the truck wouldn't it?

Also good news, found a replacement on e-bay for $150 for just the right side.

Now for my other story.
Drove to the Poconos for a conference - the last 100 miles done at about 30 mph and saw one helluva wreck where a semi and a 5th wheel look like they kissed. The good news was the semi went off the road too, didn't just blow the fiver into the bushes and keep on going. The fiver actually stayed together though the roadside was basically gone and you could see the whole inside of the trailer. No ambulances present or jaws of life - so hopefully all the people were just shaken not injured.

I'd recently replaced the back tires. Front tires needed it but had a bit more tread and I thought I'd wait a month or two for snow before I blew another $500. Walked out of the conference second day and FLAT FRONT TIRE. Of course it's a dinky town 50 miles from anywhere with 2 tire stores one that didn't carry anything for trucks. So I got a nice tow driver to help me change out the tire (I was wearing nice clothes) and started down the road to get the original patched... when I got a low pressure warning from the opposite front tire. Both blowing or leaking at the same time? Not unless I ran over some debris.. and I don't think I did, but after looking at the sidewells, I decided to buy two new front tires. ...which of course aren't the same brand or tread so rotating them won't be a good idea. I chose cheapo Chinese just for that reason. We'll see how these work and wear, but sure felt safer going home on new rubber than on patched worn sidewalls.

Also decided a longer Airstream is NOT in my future. Between roadwork, missing signs and a somewhat wacky GPS I made a couple of wrong turns as I neared my destination. I'm from flatland East Virginia - and the Poconos are about as different from that as you can get. I'm happy (surprised and relieved) to tell you I turned that baby around three times in damn near impossibly small office parking lots... only two times did that involve the 3 part turn... back... turn again maneuver. A 30footer... I'd have bought a power tow dolly by now to get the wretched thing turned!

Whew.... (all together now, from "Life of Brian")
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:11 PM   #59
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I anvery glad that you are safe however I could have gone along time without reading about how narrow the bay bridge tunnel is. Claire and I are looing forward to taking some trips south and that is the one area that concerns me. I don't like it just going through it in my car.

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Old 10-15-2012, 04:49 PM   #60
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I anvery glad that you are safe however I could have gone along time without reading about how narrow the bay bridge tunnel is. Claire and I are looing forward to taking some trips south and that is the one area that concerns me. I don't like it just going through it in my car.

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You'll like I-95 considerably less.

Of course there's always 301 - very urban around DC.

Normally when there's two way traffic and you choose a low volume time of day to cross you can nudge the center line a bit more than I felt comfortable doing with the cones, though it would have been far cheaper to destroy two or three of those than the mirror. Be vigilant and look how close to the side you are!

Better luck to you sir!
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:11 AM   #61
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Thumbs up Thank You MasseyFarm

as a newbie, i've been devouring these forum threads like candy.
and I have to say that the posts on this particular thread have been the Most valuable things that i think i have learned here. you always realize that 'anything' can (and does) happen when you spend so many hours over the road, but reading of incidents that actually DID happen to so many of you will make me (I hope!) a much more cognizant and alert driver.
thank you all for taking the time to post your stories and to the OP M.F. for initiating such an enlightening conversation.

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Old 10-16-2012, 09:07 AM   #62
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Welcome to the AF Dobber. You are off to a great start.

Some of the incidents you will read about in this thread also make colorful stories while sitting around the campfire.

Defensive driving, good planning, and being alert to possible pitfalls are a must, but &^% happens.

But you have to go to experience that AIRSTREAM life.

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as a newbie, i've been devouring these forum threads like candy.
and I have to say that the posts on this particular thread have been the Most valuable things that i think i have learned here. you always realize that 'anything' can (and does) happen when you spend so many hours over the road, but reading of incidents that actually DID happen to so many of you will make me (I hope!) a much more cognizant and alert driver.
thank you all for taking the time to post your stories and to the OP M.F. for initiating such an enlightening conversation.

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Old 10-16-2012, 09:18 AM   #63
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I posted this on the Andersen Hitch thread, but it sort of fits here also.

All most an incident report.
I was driving home from camping weekend before last, speed 60 MPH, dry 4 lane divided highway, minimal wind when I had a pick-up truck in front of me lose a ladder out the back. This all happened so fast that I was running on pure instinct. First impulse was to hit the brakes hard. At the same time I made a rapid correction to the right trying to stay out of the path of the ladder. The ladder just cleared both the TV and trailer high on the left side. I continued the course correction back in to my lane after the ladder went past and then pulled over to the side of the road to get my breath back and my heart rate back to somewhat normal.
Both the TV and the trailer felt very solid and totally in control. My 2012 Ford F150 Ecoboost has anti-sway/braking control and uses a Ford factory trailer brake controller. Out of the corner of my eye while making the wild maneuvers I noticed lights on my dash flashing on and off and I could feel the brake pedal modulating under my foot. I am assuming that was the TV anti-sway/braking control working. This was the first real test of my trailer brakes after going thru lots of $$$ and several months getting them working. Thanks to Foley Airstream in Gulfport, Mississippi for the excellent job on the trailer brakes.
The combination of the TV anti-sway/braking control capabilities, properly working trailer brakes and the Andersen WD hitch system all worked perfectly. I am pretty sure that any of these systems had not been working at 100% I would have been in real trouble. My faith in my total towing package has gone up a large notch.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:58 AM   #64
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On our way to Yellowstone last year, somewhere in Wyoming, I was following an RV that was towing two trailers. As we proceeded down a fairly steep hill, it began to get very windy and the RV's second trailer was wiping side to side, crossing the center line time and time again. The trailer was carrying two large 4 wheelers, that were tied down very well, because they stayed put as the trailer went back and forth, almost tipping over on one wheel. I stayed far behind so I had enough space, in case he dumped it, which he didn't. Needless to say I was shaken at the sight, and how easily I could have been next to him when that gust of wind came through. I will forever be extra cautious of vehicles with two trailers, luckily only a few states allow it!!
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:06 PM   #65
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This happened to us in the early 1970s on a road in Wisconsin, approaching "Y" intersection, no shoulders, two lane road, 2 A.M, single axle trailer wheel bearings fail, lodging tire and hub in wheel well.

I get out two wheeler and push down hard on rear bumper of trailer to take some weight off springs so wife can creep the Tow vehicle into the center of the "Y".

At that time in Missouri you had to have your name, hometown and gross weight on the side of the truck, (remember those magnetic signs?)

Not another car in sight. A state trooper appears, rolls down his window and says over his loud speaker, (And this is a direct quote): "Jim Lee, get this sheet off the highway."

I stop, look at him and say, "What the +#$% do you think I'm trying to do!"

He rolls up his window and drives away.

You know the rest of the story, got the old bearing and race off, fixed it, and went on our way meeting up with some friends further down the road.

As we entered Iowa at Dubuque later that next evening, Our friend who was leading the convoy pulled into the Sears store parking lot (The store at that time was right at the bridge on the Iowa side) and stopped.

We all followed him in. He pulled out his Rand McNally motor atlas and tore the Wisconsin map out saying, "I'm never going back to Wisconsin!"

And you know, he never did!

We get a lot of laughs telling that story over the campfire. Dang it was hot that night also, I was sweating up a storm!

That was over 40 years ago. It also convinced me of the value of a tandem axle trailer!
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:55 PM   #66
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When I was a teenager, I was riding with my dad while towing the Airstream they had at the time. We were on a three lane road - one north lane, one south lane, one center turn lane. We were going north, and we watched as an SUV towing a utility trailer coming south lost its trailer - that is, we watched the trailer come off the ball and roll behind the SUV for a while. Dad hit the brakes, but if that trailer had rolled in our direction, there wasn't anything he really could've done to avoid it - if we didn't hit it head on, it probably would've gotten the rear wheels or the camper. Fortunately it went to its right, instead, off the road. SUV kept going, oblivious. I wonder how long they went before noticing their trailer was gone, and whether they learned their lesson.
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:47 PM   #67
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Paula/s mirror kiss brings back an old memory of an incident that occurred
about mid-day in the late spring of 1981.

I was hauling 12000 Imp. gallons of gas with a 8 axle Super B Train, c/o Freightliner, south out of the Nanaimo terminal. In those days, Nichol St. was not level across the lanes, and with the double trailers, one had to stay close to the curb to keep the rear trailer from tracking out of the lane. The city, with great pride, had planted a number of ornamental trees between the curb and the sidewalk which got trimmed with every passing truck. As I reached the edge of the city speed zone I could see some teenagers standing among the ornamental trees. Just as I approached, one pushed the speed sign out into my lane and broke the big convex and swung the west coast mirror back against the window.
Like Paula, I was terrified, that it might have also ripped the tanker wall and possibly spraying gasoline.

Expecting the worst, I stopped as quick as I could and jumped out to inspect the damage.

Only the broken mirror glass, and now, not a sign of the idiots that caused the problem.

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Old 12-04-2012, 01:27 AM   #68
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The fishing on VI was good until the place got too crowded. (not me)

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How's this for a Google shot on Hwy 15 in BC?

The truck driver was lucky that the rear of the load did not break free before he makes the right turn furthur down the hill, approx. 3/4 mile north of this shot.

How would you like to have that round bale of hay, (3000#+) coming at you as you travel in the fast lane heading south?

Just a reminder to stay awake when you are on the road.

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