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Old 05-15-2012, 01:25 PM   #15
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Steve,
I am a very experienced tower. I am familiar with a false hitch and how to check for it.
The event is behind me. now I have to get the truck and trailer repaired. The insurance company is replacing all of owing equipment on the truck. Hitch receiver, shank, head, ball. plug. pigtail. everything that was in use.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:37 PM   #16
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Michele,

Glad your ok!!! So sorry you had another "incident" though. Especially now that your selling.

Two years ago we got our "new" boat. After towing it 1500mi back home from Ark, with no problems at all, on our first trip to the launch ramp it came un-hitched, safety chains held, break-away locked the trlr brakes and we were able to coast to a stop without any damage.
Lesson....I now secure the latch down with a band clamp + the lock pin.

Question...can't quite make out what exactly I'm looking at here?

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Old 05-15-2012, 01:41 PM   #17
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Steve, thanks for that tip.

Pardon my ignorance, I don't know what it's called, but there is a wire on my assembly which is supposed to stop the trailer automatically (after an unintended uncoupling).
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:50 PM   #18
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thecatsandi,
This is truly a shame. I'd be a little pissed too!
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:13 PM   #19
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An Airstream can be fixed - people, not so much. How is your FOOT? That's a hell of a dent from your kick! I did that once to the kitchen cabinet and broke two toes.
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:15 PM   #20
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Good luck, Michelle, remember, "Once an Airstreamer, ALWAYS an Airstreamer".
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Michelle,

That sucks. The first time I kicked something because I was angry, my foot hurt so much I now control that desire. I hope your foot is ok.

You've certainly been tested over the years. I will never forget the photos of your accident near Yellowstone and reading about the adventure near Denver when the cop hit your truck on I-70. And there was the bent part from your Reese hitch that we straightened here destroying in the process a pipe wrench. I keep it as a souvenir of your visit.

Looks like you got off pretty easy on this one considering all the damage that could have happened in the middle of town. But I'm sure that doesn't make you feel any better right now. You've been through a lot with Buttercup and I'm sure you miss flying a lot, but you are strong enough to get through it again. You know the script—curse for a while, get it fixed, sell it, buy something that suits you better now and keep traveling.

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Old 05-15-2012, 02:54 PM   #22
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Question...can't quite make out what exactly I'm looking at here?

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I don't know either, but I think it's leaking.
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....I now secure the latch down with a band clamp + the lock pin.
What's a band clamp?


Where do I git one?
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What's a band clamp?


Where do I git one?
I only use it on the straight tongue coupler for the boat trailer. You can see how vulnerable the lock pin is. Run it thru the pin and around the tongue, I use the latch style.

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Oh, I gotcha! That's a cool idea, thanks for the reply and the picture.
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Pardon my ignorance, I don't know what it's called, but there is a wire on my assembly which is supposed to stop the trailer automatically (after an unintended uncoupling).
Breakaway switch. But said trailer also has to get far enough away from the tow vehicle for that pin to be pulled, and given the damage it sounds like it didn't get far at all... in fact it sounds like it got too close.

The good news is that if the chains are still attached, the electrical connection probably is, too, so the trailer's brakes should still be working. But, things happen quickly in accidents, and your first warning is probably the sound of something hitting something else...

Sorry for your bad luck, Michelle.
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my break-a-way cable is shorter than the full extension of my chains. it did activate.

my chains are way too long from the factory. they are shortened by ty-wraps.
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