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