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Old 11-21-2009, 10:15 AM   #1
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Just did something really Stooooopid

Doh! I was backing the 'Stream up onto my homemade ramps in order to remove the wheels (new aluminum wheels on the way, more on that later today). Anyway, I overshot the ramp and wedged it between the tandems. But that's not the weird part. I forgot to lock down on the hitch ball and the trailer jumped off the ball and hit pretty hard on the concrete driveway. The electric hitch still works and nothing appears to bent or broken. Did I dodge a bullet? Anything I need to check? No broken windows, bulkheads, etc. that I can see. Man, can't believe I did that.

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Old 11-21-2009, 10:18 AM   #2
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Can't help you with advice, but wanted to say---we've all done stooooopid. It helps us learn.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:22 AM   #3
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Boy, that sure sounds like one of my brainstorms!

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Old 11-21-2009, 10:22 AM   #4
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Doh! I was backing the 'Stream up onto my homemade ramps in order to remove the wheels (new aluminum wheels on the way, more on that later today). Anyway, I overshot the ramp and wedged it between the tandems. But that's not the weird part. I forgot to lock down on the hitch ball and the trailer jumped off the ball and hit pretty hard on the concrete driveway. The electric hitch still works and nothing appears to bent or broken. Did I dodge a bullet? Anything I need to check? No broken windows, bulkheads, etc. that I can see. Man, can't believe I did that.

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Jim.

If you get those bag pipes, for Christmas, you need to play "Hail Mary".

Probably, the worse that could have happened, based on your "blow by blow description" is that the jack post could be bent.

Cycling the jack post to both extremes, will confirm if that happened, or not.

As we get older, we don't do dumb or stupid things, we simply forget the little details.

Good reason to have insurance.

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Old 11-21-2009, 10:24 AM   #5
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Check for sheared rivets, both in the locator plate, and throughout the trailer. Make sure the main door opens, closes, latches, and locks.

And we all do stoopid things, some are messier than others:
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:54 AM   #6
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I think all of us who read this think the same thing. That sounds like me! Sounds like you came through it okay, hope it is so......

............now, the wheels! ...............
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Thanks guys for the tips. Some days I think Tim "Tool Man" Taylor and a guy named Murphy are watching out for me.

Pic of the wheels here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/774006-post783.html

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Hey Jim,

The wheels look good. Hope there was no significant damage other than your ego.

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Hey Jim,

I was just looking at your picture from your other post showing the beautiful new wheels. Maybe its just me.. being an alignment guy at work..
But, it kinda looks like the front wheel is making a left turn? Like maybe the tow setting isnt right? It might just be the photography so next time you go outside and look you can set me straight then. An easy way to check is the back up the trailer on blocks so the front wheels are off the ground. Then take a piece of white chalk in the center of the tread and spin the tire while making a perfect stripe down the center of the tire tread. Do that on both and once back on the ground a simple tape measure on the front and rear of those tires all the way across will tell ya.

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Maybe its just these ol eyes... but it looks like its making a left turn to me...
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Maybe its just these ol eyes... but it looks like its making a left turn to me...

OK I'm going to say it, l see wrinkled skin in front of the front tire. The bottom edge of the trailer doesn't appear to be straight, but bends down at the ends. Could this be the angle of the photo? Or worse a bent or broken frame? Or damage to the wheel well by wedging the ramp between the wheels and mis-aligning the front axle - running it into the skin? I too see the front axle as out of alignment.

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So while Jim is sleeping we are arm chair quarterbacking your pictures.. sorry Jim.

It might be nothing more than the camera angle.. here is the before pic he posted..
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:11 AM   #13
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Wow, this must be a trait of AS ers , I also made myself some ramps, pulled my girl up on them after a couple of tries. Just as my wife shouted stop the old girl (AS) jumped off the side of the ramps. What a noise. I was concerned that the interior would be on the floor. I did get a little damage but she survived. Got to be more careful.
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:14 AM   #14
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This is why it is recommended you use a couple of 2x6's instead of a car ramp. If it falls off the boards, it's not a potential catastrophe.
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