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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 05-08-2007, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Trailer Mishap after Putnam

Rather than messing with the Post Putnam thread, I'll start a new one. Sorry I wasn't around yesterday.

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Hmmm... needs an OOPS caption...

Sorry I wasn't on the boards yesterday, but it looks like you guys already have the gist of what happened. We were making a left turn (far slower than normal) at about 15 mph, maybe 20.... and I watched the trailer pass us to the right in my rear view mirror. Interesting thought.... hmmm.... that's my trailer....

The first car that stopped was a guy that owned a wrecking company near by. He offered to call one of his wreckers. Before he could to that, a couple of guys showed up with a Bobcat on their trailer. They thought it would be fun to dig the trailer tongue out of the dirt, pick it up and get the trailer out.



They did exactly that... FOR FREE!!! They refused to let me pay them or compensate them in any way. Heck, they wouldn't even give us their contact info so that I could get in touch with them again and thank them later. Talk about timing, and Good Samaritans! They got the trailer out, and put it on the shoulder of the on ramp for us.



Anyhow, neither the trailer, nor the RV have any damage whatsoever. Not even a scratch. Bikes didn't move, you just gotta love Condors, and Gator Straps. 8 bikes in the trailer, all were in pristine condition. Nothing in the trailer was damaged.

As Greg said, I stayed with the trailer as Greg went towards Chicago with Ron and crew to meet Diane half way. I got out the generator, cranked up the tunes in the trailer, and proceeded to work on reinstalling the sway bars, and the load equalizing hitch. Removed the bent up electric tongue jack and wiring, and cleaned up the front of the trailer. With nothing else to do for a few hours, I cleaned and repaced the stuff in the front of the trailer. Greg then drove back to the scene, where he rewired the trailer 7-pin plug, and we got it hooked up (without a trailer jack) and started on our way back home.

And yes, the receiver did shear off.



The wild part is that the safety stuff all hooks to the receiver. The chains were still attached to the loop rings, the safety wire that turns on the emercency brakes was still attached, the receiver pin and tongue locks were all still on...



Note the hitch is still IN the receiver. And the pin is still in as well.



So, after two days riding at Putnam, and this mishap, I did the Blackhawk Farms track day yesterday, so I actually drove straight through to BHF, and arrived there sans sleep at 6:58 AM, just in time for Tech.

SO... current needs are, a tongue jack for the trailer. I have one at home I'll install today or tomorrow. And, we need to replace and beef up the RV hitch. Ron found a guy who specializes in that, and i'll be taking the RV there tomorrow at 6am for the labor.

All in all, considering what happened, we couldn't have fared better. Thanks a ton to Diane for driving down, to Dan for driving Diane home, and most of all to Greg for staying up all night, helping out and all the extra driving.

As you know, HixWink Events continue to strive to bring new and exciting forms of entertainment to NESBA. Traveling show's next stop is HPT.

Thanks to everyone for their kind offers to help and to MD Racing and the Frye family for stopping to lend assistance and enjoy the show.

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And you still made the track day the next day...???... Dude.... You're Batman!!!

I am sooo glad to hear noone got hurt, or the taj-ma-trailer was not hurt in the process




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Wow, what an amazing ordeal. Glad everyone and everything was alright.

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glad you guys all ended up OK. Even though there was a handful of mishaps this weekend, everyone ended up safe. Plus I'm sure I can say we all had a good time too.

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The NESBA gardein angel was getting a work out this weekend for sure. Glad all is well.Good things happen to good people.
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what brand receiver is it and whats the rating?

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what brand receiver is it and whats the rating?

Plan on contacting them?
I think it came on the RV. It was 10,000 rated, and the trailer is 12. Beefing it up tomorrow.

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Wow, glad no one got hurt and the bikes are ok.

I agree with Mike, you might want to contact the receiver maker.

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Yep... that would do it! That could have been a very ugly scene. Glad nobody was hurt.

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Glad to hear no one got hurt and the equipment was OK. A 33 foot trailer coming loose off of an RV couldnt have turned out better. Like someone said in the nesba board, thank god it didnt happen on the highway. That could have been ugly.
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And thanks for the help on sunday Wink. I cant wait to get on the track again to work on the things you told me to do sunday afternoon.

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Holy crap Brian. That's hard-core mixed with some major alignment of the stars.

A friend of mine had the same thing happen to a flatbed trailer a few years ago with a race car on it, except the trailer dragged the truck into the ditch and the whole package rolled over a few times. Totalled a brand new F150, the trailer and the race car on it.

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Fellas, I gotta give credit where credit is due.

Not to turn this into a "religious debate", but I don't believe in luck. I don't believe in coincidence.

I got on my knees and sincerely thanked God for protecting us, our property and all the potential innocent bystanders that could have easily but hurt or killed if this situation had gone differently.

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I'm glad that it turned out to be a minor incident...I think that God was looking out for you all.

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Ron, did you figure out what caused the problem in the first place? Was there prior damage to the hitch?



Hell of a job you guys did keeping everything under control and in one piece.
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Fellas, I gotta give credit where credit is due.

Not to turn this into a "religious debate", but I don't believe in luck. I don't believe in coincidence.

I got on my knees and sincerely thanked God for protecting us, our property and all the potential innocent bystanders that could have easily but hurt or killed if this situation had gone differently.

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Wow... after seeing Greg & Wink at BHF yesterday, I would have never thought this happened. After seeing that, I'm glad everyone is ok.

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Ron, did you figure out what caused the problem in the first place?
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Whoa. Glad everyone (and everything) is relatively okay. Scary stuff.

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Tell me more about the type of mounts you use to hold the pitbulls. Those look nice.

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niceraxx.com, glad everyone and everything is OK Amen to what you said Ron. Now imagine that happening with a 53' trailer on Army trail rd. 8:30 at night. That is what I had to deal with at work last thursday.

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Being a bunch of truck mechanic types here at work we decided that we think probably was never rated at all, but something that somebody built at home.

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It looks like it sheared through the (HAZ) heat affected zone right behind the weld. I think the weight distibuting hitch transfers additional force through the hitch which might also have been a contributing factor. Very fortunate that things went as they did.

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