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Old 06-14-2015, 08:37 PM   #11
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With the hitch bouncing and trying to dig in to the black top, I doubt that one brake not dragging as much as the other will have a significant input. The only thing for sure is that the end result would not be pretty. You would clearly want to be somewhere else!!
You are somewhere else. Still traveling ahead at highway speed while the trailer has just decelerated quite rapidly.
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All trailers are equipped the way they are and are safe and well approved by the Authorities. Vehicle Insurance companies insure all situations approved according safety approved laws. If properly hooked up according those laws you don't have to worry. Yes mechanical failure can happen but more human error happens.
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Old 06-14-2015, 10:21 PM   #13
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I think your more likely going to have issues disconnecting your TT from your hitch, then to have it come off while towing down the road. For added protection I use a lock on my hitch...towed for 50 years different trailers, only once had one come off...a 105 Artillery piece in VietNam.. course we were crossing a river and the pinon failed. We got it back on ok and continued to Khe Sahn.


I would worry about how much wood you will use for your camp fire, rather than an accident that is a million to one happening !


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Old 06-15-2015, 12:02 PM   #14
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I think your more likely going to have issues disconnecting your TT from your hitch, then to have it come off while towing down the road. For added protection I use a lock on my hitch...towed for 50 years different trailers, only once had one come off...a 105 Artillery piece in VietNam.. course we were crossing a river and the pinon failed. We got it back on ok and continued to Khe Sahn.

I would worry about how much wood you will use for your camp fire, rather than an accident that is a million to one happening !

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I totally agree that difficulties during hitching and unhitching are far more likely than separation. Getting the trailer level left-to-right at the campsite is usually the biggest annoyance! Firewood is somewhere around 7th or 8th priority

As I opened this thread with "Putting some 'worst case scenario' thoughts together..." it was what happens to the electrical umbilical after two very well-engineered systems have gone into total failure.

I've been pulling various sized trailers on the public highways since I was 18. To this point, I have never even had a trailer come off the ball. That will not stop me from double checking and rechecking the hitch, brakes, tires and overall status of the rig every single time we stop for a break.

I've always arrived safely at my destination with all parts of the rig intact. I will do everything practical to keep things that way. If discussing the worst things that can go wrong; And then be comfortable with what it takes to prevent such disasters, we'll all be better for it.
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Old 06-15-2015, 12:20 PM   #15
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Odds of the trailer coming to an instant complete stop a slim. Check your insurance to make sure you are covered if your trailers comes unhitched while traveling. Many insurance policies only cover a towed trailer while hitched to the tow vehicle and the minute it comes unhooked there is no longer coverage.
This is the reason we carry a seperate insurance policy on all our trailers, even the one we tow behind our Goldwing. Hope we never have to collect on any of them.
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:42 PM   #16
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This is the reason we carry a seperate insurance policy on all our trailers, even the one we tow behind our Goldwing.

Already done that too!


Hope we never have to collect on any of them.
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One of my friends lost two bolts on his F150 hitch when doing some off road backcountry road to get to his fishing spot... from what he said, there was a lot of metal clancking around, before he stopped, and realized what was hapening, he bent the frame piece a bit, and bent the remainding bolts, but the boat stayed attached to the hitch. so IMO, you will start to hear something before everything breaks loose!
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One of my friends lost two bolts on his F150 hitch when doing some off road backcountry road to get to his fishing spot... from what he said, there was a lot of metal clancking around, before he stopped, and realized what was hapening, he bent the frame piece a bit, and bent the remainding bolts, but the boat stayed attached to the hitch. so IMO, you will start to hear something before everything breaks loose!
And that is why the receiver should be bolted, not welded to the truck's frame!
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I believe that I read in my owners manual (2016 White Hawk 25BHS) that the brake lights activate even if activated by the breakaway switch... if that's any comfort!
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I can tell you from personal experience there will be little if anything left to recover if you are at a highway speed. I am a retired firefighter from Central Florida, with I-4 running through our area and about a million TT's coming through each year I have seen a handful of accidents involving them, some to the point of them disconnecting.
This is the reason that people are not allowed to ride in TT's while towing, there is no structural support in them that is designed to live through an accident. I have seen many many TV's in accidents and I have to say that at least 95% still have the trailer connected or at least the tongue still connected to the hitch. That union between the hitch and ball is solid. When they have come disconnected it is generally because of someone doing something stupid like a 2" hitch on a 1"7/8" ball.
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