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Old 05-06-2016, 07:00 PM   #15
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Really like the check list signs that are posted at the exit to RV Parks. Like the active driving part of towing. Like, like, like. Pat
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Old 05-07-2016, 12:54 PM   #16
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Have you or your service center checked the breakaway switch? I just bought an 88 Excella in January, and was required to have it inspected before title transfer. The inspection covered lights and electric brakes.

A couple of weeks back, I started to strip cracking paint off of the hitch and was removing the breakaway switch. After disconnecting the wire, I pulled the cable and plunger, and out came a pile of rust from inside the switch, and the retaining o-ring crumbled. The brakes would have NEVER activated. It seems that this check *should* be part of the annual state inspection.

My new part arrived earlier this week, and the old one went in the garbage (I kept the plunger/cable as a spare).

Probably wise to check the switch before any major trip, or at least seasonally.
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Old 05-07-2016, 01:32 PM   #17
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AND test your breakaway cable 2-3 times a year.... even with dielectric grease it can rust. AND don't let anyone tell you to run that cable through your chains. Hook it independently to the bumper (some say to the hitch, but the hitch can theoretically break off - both the hitch and the bumper going at the same time? Unlikely.
My Pet Peeve. If you show up at my shop with your cable connected in this manner, fully expect a dressing down, with some pretty graphic examples of why you don't want to do this. Honking me off is just the beginning.
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:13 PM   #18
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Okay, 90 miles to Torrey. Points of safety emphasis: (a) pre-trip checks, (b) no distracted driving (ignore smart phone), (c) take your time. Driving slow will have the added benefit of not having to worry about Wayne County's finest, Deputy Willy Sightya (photo below.) Some say Willy's a bit of a dummy (look closely), but he's always on the job there in Loa, Lyman, or Bicknell - 24/7.
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Old 05-13-2016, 10:16 PM   #19
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This allows me to ask a fairly basic (and possibly alarming question considering I've towed about 5k miles) -- what would you recommend re equipment needed to be able to set a proper torque level and validate the lug nuts are correctly tightened? I'd rather something that can be executed manually rather than requiring power off a compressor or genset (though I do carry my genset with me, so if I need to go 110/120 I will...

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Old 05-13-2016, 11:14 PM   #20
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A few years back a friend and I were at an outdoor sale at a business in a small town outside of Chattanooga. We heard an awful clanging coming down the road. We then noticed it was an SOB travel trailer coming down the road and both LP tanks had fallen off and were being dragged by the gas connections. We flagged him to a stop and called the fire department as when he came to a halt, we could hear the hissing. We figured he was one spark away from loosing trailer and possibly truck.

Check your tanks!
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:19 PM   #21
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If you are interrupted during the hookup steps, STOP. Start over from the beginning and check each item on your checklist. Interruptions or not, have someone else check your work. Even then something important can be missed. Many years ago I was getting a pilot's license and the instructor and I preflighted the airplane. Just before I was going to start the engine someone asked if we really intended to fly that airplane then, as the tow bar was still attached to the nosewheel. BOTH of us had stepped over it on the preflight.
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:31 PM   #22
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At a rally just last week, I offered to help an elderly couple hook up because I could see that they were struggling with some of the more physical tasks. The man told me flat-out, "No. Don't help. Don't interrupt. If we want help we'll ask for it." I chose not to be offended by that curt response, because the man was exactly correct. Despite their age and infirmity, they had their procedure fine-tuned. Far from helping, I would have been a hindrance. They might have gotten done quicker with my help, but they might just as easily have overlooked something because of the change in their routine.

I learned my lesson from that. From now on, I will help if asked, but otherwise just stay out of the way and keep my mouth shut. And as anyone who knows me will attest, keeping my mouth shut is one of the most difficult things in the world for me to do!
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Old 05-15-2016, 09:42 PM   #23
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I agree protag, my routine is in my head and I try not to sway off of it. We got hipome 10.30, Lexington, KY to NJ. I had not driven one of the 700 plus miles. I was the gps gal. However we got home, I drive last 300 feet., we live in dark area and it was pitch black with clouds. Dennis was trying to be very helpful as I was backing in, but what he could not understand, I could not see,
I had a walkway, garage, second truck, and sharp turn to go thru to get trailer in home position. I got her in driveway, unolugged and called it a night. This am, fresh from sleep I backed her dow in one clean move. I knew safety was waiting to daylight in this case. Always when I back up, no radi, no heat or a/c, windows open, hands bottom of wheel, deep breath, and let me think my olan of movement. When gkids in car, no one allowed out until we are set and unhitched.
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Old 05-15-2016, 11:45 PM   #24
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When I'm working on the trailer/car/motorcycle, I will not step away from my current task until the fasteners are tight. Failing that, I leave some fasterner unreplaced but sitting ready to be installed so that I know I'm not done.

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Old 05-16-2016, 08:29 AM   #25
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A few things from my routine:
1. Make sure the ball is latched to the coupler. I look up under the coupler to inspect. Someone mentioned lifting the trailer to accomplish the same thing.
2. Do a thorough walk around putting eyes on about everything.
3. Turn on the lights and 4 way flashers to check running and brake lights are working.
4. Bump the manual brake activator to check trailer brakes as I'm beginning to roll.

A lot of good ideas posted that will prevent a possible catastrophe.
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