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Old 09-18-2014, 10:15 AM   #11
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Its cool, they were driving a 1 ton diesel and under 60 mph so it was safe...
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:23 AM   #12
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Seeing some things towed down the road never ceases to amaze me. I think about how CAT scale weights, WDH and other things are discussed here advising how to get things set-up properly & safe. (which is a good thing!) And then you see something like what is described above and it makes me wonder if I over think my set up too much considering I have a relatively light trailer.
I have been a mile or 2 down the road and suddenly think ...."Did I remember to put my hitch pin in?!?!?" (or cross my chains or something else like that) I have pulled over to check it and knock on wood, I have never forgotten it. My wife thinks I need to be committed to the crazy house sometimes.
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:33 AM   #13
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My wife thinks I need to be committed to the crazy house sometimes.
Well, you wouldn't be alone! I'd be in there with you!

Just last time we were out, I had to stop just down the road from my house to make sure I'd locked the hitch pin, DW rolled her eyes, but I felt better. Of course, it was all hooked up right, just like every time, but you never know when you're going to walk back there and find you forgot something...
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:37 AM   #14
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I use one of these and route my electrical cord and break away switch through it. It keeps the cables from dragging on the ground and I know I always have it hooked up.
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:41 AM   #15
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snip.....What I really wanted to explain to you was how horribly wrong every aspect of your round bar weight distributing hitch was set up for what I know was a very long trip for you and your family......snip
It's a tough call sometimes whether to approach somebody in situations like that, especially when there is an obvious safety concern. In a campground environment at least one has the benefit through a couple casual conversations to bring up the concerns....., and that doesn't guarantee a receptive camper.

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Old 09-18-2014, 10:45 AM   #16
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I use one of these and route my electrical cord and break away switch through it. It keeps the cables from dragging on the ground and I know I always have it hooked up.
I use the same thing, works great. But...for some reason every so often I get the thought that I forgot it. As I mentioned, I never have, but in my mind I am drawing a blank on remebering hooking it!
Just like waking up in the middle of the night and think "Crap! Did I close the garage doors?" Laying there for 15-30 minutes trying to convince myself that I know I did. Then convincing myself I didn't. Get up, go check. They're closed. It's 3:00 a.m. and I am awake the rest of the night. LOL
I guess certain things become so routine that you do it out of habit and don't really think about it.
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Saw a Volkswagen Touareg towing a 26ish ft trailer with a slide. They are suppose to tow up to 7700lbs with tow package but I wouldn't do it. It looked like the back was about to drag the ground. Did not look safe at all.
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:50 AM   #18
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Saw a Volkswagen Touareg towing a 26ish ft trailer with a slide. They are suppose to tow up to 7700lbs with tow package but I wouldn't do it. It looked like the back was about to drag the ground. Did not look safe at all.

The Touareg is a very capable TV.....I would love to have one (actually I would rather have the 55k to buy one )

Likely the issue was that he didn't have a WDH at all. Most people get confused listening to stuff about Unibodies and WDH and the owners guides saying they shouldn't use one but they will generally always be needed.
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I use one of these and route my electrical cord and break away switch through it. It keeps the cables from dragging on the ground and I know I always have it hooked up.
Okay help me...I am obviously over thinking this but I can't image this hook up in my mind....sounds like a great idea...can you post a pix of it connected as
you've suggested...thanks.
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I use the same thing, works great. But...for some reason every so often I get the thought that I forgot it. As I mentioned, I never have, but in my mind I am drawing a blank on remebering hooking it!
Just like waking up in the middle of the night and think "Crap! Did I close the garage doors?" Laying there for 15-30 minutes trying to convince myself that I know I did. Then convincing myself I didn't. Get up, go check. They're closed. It's 3:00 a.m. and I am awake the rest of the night. LOL
I guess certain things become so routine that you do it out of habit and don't really think about it.

Seriously, we must be related...

NB's hitch pin would not help me one bit. It could be a gold plated flamingo, and I would still sometimes wonder if I forgot it.
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