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Old 04-26-2016, 03:53 PM   #351
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Last week I pulled my 2016 JayFlight out of storage and in hooking up, didn't allow enough slack in the breakaway cable. (I should have known better as I considered the cable too short and intended to replace it.) After making a sharp left turn, the cable pulled out, locking the trailer brakes in the left lane in the middle of traffic. I had to drive quite a way to be able to change lanes and get safely to the side where there was room to stop. This turned into a very expensive mistake: new brakes, new drums, new brake magnets, melted wire replacement, wheel bearing repacking and a new breakaway switch. I get to pick the trailer up later this week with a new 6' accordian-style breakaway cable, a much lighter wallet and an expensive lesson learned.

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Old 04-26-2016, 03:59 PM   #352
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Look at the good side, At least no one was hurt.

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Old 04-26-2016, 04:40 PM   #353
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You're right John, thanks. Riding too far with locked brakes was all about trying to stay safe.
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Old 04-26-2016, 05:52 PM   #354
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Congrats on being smart, not flustered, in traffic.

btw, I want one of those accordion type cables. Do you have a brand name?

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Old 04-26-2016, 06:36 PM   #355
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Dave, it's a Fastway Zip Breakaway, #80-01-2206. Available on Amazon, among others.
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:57 AM   #356
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Last week I pulled my 2016 JayFlight out of storage and in hooking up, didn't allow enough slack in the breakaway cable. (I should have known better as I considered the cable too short and intended to replace it.) After making a sharp left turn, the cable pulled out, locking the trailer brakes
Mine pulled out this past weekend during a right turn...

Luckily, I was pulling out of a Sam's Club gas station into basically a driveway back into the Sam's Club parking lot. So I was able to simply hop out and reconnect.

I'd never thought it was to short before...but may look into one of those accordion cables.
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:07 AM   #357
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So this one goes back a ways (somewhere in the 1960's) to when I was a Kid and my parents bought their first TT. OK, not MY bonehead mistake but still, my family.

My mom always drove (Dad never got behind the wheel - he had a license but just never liked to drive with or without TT). So Mom is backing the trailer in to a state park campground for the first time ever - at night. Dad and I were real amateurs at helping her. Lots of yelling and waving of arms as you can imagine (we've all seen it right!). And of course we didn't have adequate flashlights.

After a dozen or more attempts to get the trailer where Mom wanted it, she finally gave up, said it was close enough, and we went inside (without unhitching) to sleep till morning when we might try again.

Next morning we look at we are actually parked between two campsites in the woods. Mom tries to move the trailer and it wouldn't go ANYWHERE. It wouldn't move forward or backward no matter how much Gas she gave it. The rig didn't have electric brakes back then so we had no idea until I crawled under the rig. There was a huge pine stump wedged between the axles. Somehow, in the dark of night, Mom had managed to bump the trailer axel over the stump, then during the night the wheels had sunk into the ground a bit more and there it sat. Mom is in tears, Dad is completely flustered, and I'm figuring this is my family's first and last ever RV trip.

But you know how RV folks are. Within minutes there were a dozen people around the rig to help. At least 10 guys literally picked up this Rolite TT by the back bumper enough to get it over the stump while an experienced driver eased it off the stump. Then one of the guys put my Mom behind the wheel and coached her on backing while another coached Dad and I on where to stand and what hand signals to use. We then had help leveling and hooking up water/power.
And then we got an invitation to breakfast.

Luckily nothing was damaged on the underside of the rig - but we left our mark on one south Georgia pine stump. The great thing is - what could have been our first and last RV trip became this amazing experience and the beginning of 45 years of RVing for me.
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:19 AM   #358
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On the night before a camping trip I decided last minute to go ahead and hook up the truck and trailer so it would be ready to go first thing the next morning. I thought I was helping myself even though I was pretty tired. I raised the power tongue jack to couple to the hitch. I noticed it started groaning like it was under strain. I stopped to try to figure out why. In that instant it dawned on me that I had not raised the rear stab jacks. I grabbed the flashlight from the truck and jogged to the back of the trailer just in time to watch the left rear leg give way and bend under the weight. BTW, Lippert does not sell individual replacement parts for the power stab jacks. They want you to buy a new power stab jack kit. Ouch! I will NEVER forget to raise the jacks up again.

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Old 05-04-2016, 01:57 PM   #359
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Wrecked an awning a few years ago.

We went for one last trip late in the season and were staying in a fairly remote campground with no facilities at a mountain lake. I always lowered a corner of our manual awning before turning in for the night but for some reason neglected to this time. During the first night of a 4 night stay a ferocious storm blew in. It lasted several hours and even though we were sheltered from the wind by some big trees it still woke us up numerous times from the noise. Anyway, we were awoken one last time by a very loud bang. I new instantly what it was.

Got up in the morning to a beautiful day and was able to push the door open far enough to get out. There wasn’t one piece of the awning frame or mounts undamaged and the aluminum tube the awning wraps on was snapped completely in half. The awning fabric was wrecked but still mostly ok so I trimmed a 3” limb I found in the bush, cut holes in the fabric along the tube, threaded some rachet straps through the holes and then tightened them up tying the limb on like a splint. The mounts were all snapped but I was able to prop the awning up with what was left of the posts, re-set our camp and make breakfast. Worked fine for the rest of the weekend and come time to pack up I cut the damaged awning off the TT, threw it out, put all the metal in the truck for the recycler and we went home.

Didn’t spoil our weekend at all but did cost me $800 for a complete new awning setup and a couple hours of my time to mount it the next spring.
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:37 PM   #360
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This past weekend, we arrived at the campground a little later than everyone else. Across the road from our site was a motorhome in a pull-through site that was right on the side of the road, and ours was a back-in. No big deal, and the guy who owned the motorhome wandered over and offered his help when I was backing our trailer in. "Watch out for the marker post," he told me. "A lot of people have run over it with their trailers." I looked to see where it is and made a mental note. We got backed in okay, and I thanked him.

The next day we got in the truck to drive to the beach to get some ice cream from the concession stand there. Bang-screee-thumpthumpthump. "What the <bleep> was that?" DW asked me. "I don't know," I answered as I got out to see what the <bleep> it was. Sure enough, I had run over the marker post.

Fortunately, because a lot of other people had hit it with their trailers, it was only in the ground about 6" deep and packed loosely with gravel, so I basically just pushed it over with the truck. When we got back I straightened it back up and stomped on the gravel a bit. The only thing damaged was my pride -- and a couple more scrapes on the post.

Here it is after I fixed it. Before, it was leaning at around 45 degrees.


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