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Old 05-06-2012, 05:33 PM   #1
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ugh....I had a couple of sputs

Packed up to go home today, pulled into the park sani dump, decided to unplug the trailer electrical from my truck. Drained and cleaned the tanks. Got in my truck and started driving down the hill.......I was in tow haul mode and using engine to brake assist.....well my wife looks over and says.....Honey why are there no numbers showing up on the brake controller when you step on the brakes?......yup , I fogot to plug the trailer back in.....pulled over as soon as I could and found the wire connector had dragged a little on the road and wore some plastic away.....connector was still good though. Got back in the truck....started driving down the hill and realized that I forgot to hook up the break away switch cable and I pulled over again and could not find the coupler to hook it to my hitch.....I took my aluminum carabeaner off my key and used that for the rest of the trip home...I am so embarraed at myself....I am usually really good at double checking everything.
Oh well I won't do that again.....and the only good thing?....I now know my truck can still stop my rig....lol
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:42 PM   #2
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If that's the worst you ever do, you'll be in good shape. Luckily, there were no big repercussions. I hate to say it, but I've done worse.

The big lesson I learned - there's a good reason I follow a very systematic hook up inspection, and if I ever get interrupted, I start from the top again. Kind of like jumpmaster training in the army, before you let paratroopers board a plane. The one time I didn't follow my own rule was a very big (and embarrassing) mistake. Lesson learned - don't try to be on a conference call with work while hooking up.
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:48 PM   #3
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Stuff happens. Just being curious but why disconnect the plug from the truck when dumping?
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:52 PM   #4
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I did not want to drain my truck's battery. I had it connected at home and had killed my truck battery before our first trip a couple weeks ago....
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:55 PM   #5
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I did not want to drain my truck's battery. I had it connected at home and had killed my truck battery before our first trip a couple weeks ago....
How long was it hooked up at home?
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:00 PM   #6
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Sounds like your TT battery may not be up to par if it is draining the tv batt that fast.
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:28 PM   #7
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Under most normal conditions your truck can bring your TT to a stop without the TT brakes. In farming country we pickup fertilizer trailers all the time that don't have brakes. They weigh out at up to 20,000 when filled. Haven't had a problem yet. We tow those trailers up to 20 to 30 miles.
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Last summer while touring Nova Scotia we left Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, driving clockwise around Bras d'Or Lake, leaving the Island via the canso Causeway. A car pulled out in to traffic causing me to apply the brakes quickly. We heard a sound like a stone hitting the rear window. I looked in to the rear view mirror to see what might have happend to cause the noise.
Yep, It was right then I remembered I didn't put the 2 piece lock in position on the safety latch for the Kingpin cause I was seeing the larger of the 2 parts of the lock laying on the folded box cover at the window.The noise was the smaller part of the lock hitting the glass and falling between the cab and the box.
In that milli second I contemplated, do I tell the Navigator? or do I pull over for fuel in the next hundred feet as planned and casually deal with the problem.
Busted....in one of those holy crap! moments.... it was revealed.
Lucky on 2 counts, the window didn't break and the Kingpin locking arm stayed in position. Experiential Learning. Not as bad as the time when.........
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:17 PM   #9
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Does your truck not isolate itself from the TT battery when the TV is not running? I know that is how my Chevy Traverse works. I found out one day, when the battery on the TT was drained too much to get the slideout in. The TT was plugged into my Traverse, so I though I had a bad connection. I checked the connector and tried again, still no juice. Then it hit me, started up the Traverse and I had full battery power. Got the slideout in and then turned the Traverse off again. Its nice to know that my Traverse will not drain down with the TT plugged in.
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Does your truck not isolate itself from the TT battery when the TV is not running? I know that is how my Chevy Traverse works. I found out one day, when the battery on the TT was drained too much to get the slideout in. The TT was plugged into my Traverse, so I though I had a bad connection. I checked the connector and tried again, still no juice. Then it hit me, started up the Traverse and I had full battery power. Got the slideout in and then turned the Traverse off again. Its nice to know that my Traverse will not drain down with the TT plugged in.
Same here on the Tundra, with the key out no power.
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