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  • SkiGuy1980
    started a topic Uncoupled trailer at 60 MPH...

    Uncoupled trailer at 60 MPH...

    Today was a first for me... I was on 65 in Nashville and traffic was moving along even though it was a bit busy. This guy in a large Toyota truck passed me pulling an empty jet ski or dolly trailer (forgive me... I didn't initially pay him much attention). Anyway... he pulls back in front of me a couple hundred feet ahead... then hits a rough patch on the interstate and the trailer starts dancing (one wheel into the air then down... then the other one launches)! I slowed and thankfully so did those around and behind me. After whipping sideways left then right several times the coupler had had enough and the tongue pops away from the truck breaking both chains from the force. Now, there's a runaway trailer careening down the interstate spinning and whipping from one gaurd rail to the other. I felt like an Indy car driver weaving through the bolts and busted crap from the trailer. It looked like the trailer finally stopped with the back up to a bridge railing.

    I've had a trailer or 2 feel a little squirrely on me in the past and today was a good reminder to take it easy when towing. You never know what the road surface might present (or what sudden stop you may have to make). Be careful out there.

  • Grub54891
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    ^^Ouch!^^!

    Several years ago, a friend was riding the motorcycle with her husband, a truck went past them, she said it didn't look right.
    She looked back and the car came off the hauler, zig zagged down the highway and hit another oncoming car.
    Luckily she was an emt, and helped the people till the ambulance arrived. Nobody seriously injured but it could have been much worse.

    Another time my boss was cruising the interstate, and saw a cloud of dust in the medium, what emerged from the cloud of dust was a double wide snowmobile trailer, flipping through the air. It shot right over the hood of his truck, bending the antenna, not touching anything else as it flew in to the ditch across both lanes of traffic. To dam close for me!
    Last edited by Grub54891; June 27th, 2018, 04:12 AM.

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  • Scott Danforth
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    years ago we had a race car on the trailer coming home from the track. felt a tug at the trailer, turned to look to see the trailer coming around to pass in the other lane. coupler came off (turns out jaw had broken), and the tug was the chains letting loose.

    so we did what anyone could do to prevent an accident...... we nudged the trailer off into the ditch to watch a spectacular nose-dive of the tongue into the dirt....flip... and watch the race-car get smashed.

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  • Tassie 1
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    Originally posted by Old Ironmaker View Post
    That sure is scary stuff boy's and girl's. I had my trailer tongue uncouple from the ball, which I am told by everyone is impossible. The latch was down and the lock was on and locked, nothing is impposible. Lucky I was going about 25 MPH and the chains did their job but it sure put a nice scar in my new Silverado's tailgate to the tune of $1500.00. Man you are lucky.
    I had the same experience in my earlier post, which l edited coz it was giving War and Peace a run for it's money lengthwise,
    The unrated safety chains saved the day for me after the cast coupling and safety catch broke after hitting a small dip in the road with a empty 6 x4 trailer,
    wasn't far from home so did the naughty thing and crawled home, pulled up once for cars to go past etc
    quiet country road..

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  • SkiGuy1980
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    I've heard of people having trailers come uncoupled but their outcomes were far less violent than what I witnessed. Of course, none of them were trying to pull a small empty trailer at 65-70 mph. After it finally paused at the side of the road I could laugh at the piroets that it did (tongue up, spinning like a top standing straight up). I know the fella that was towing it looked like he'd just been whooped. Probably smacked the back of his truck pretty hard.

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  • Old Ironmaker
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    That sure is scary stuff boy's and girl's. I had my trailer tongue uncouple from the ball, which I am told by everyone is impossible. The latch was down and the lock was on and locked, nothing is impposible. Lucky I was going about 25 MPH and the chains did their job but it sure put a nice scar in my new Silverado's tailgate to the tune of $1500.00. Man you are lucky.

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  • Tassie 1
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    Scary stuff,
    you never know when the wheels... or something else... are going to fall off,

    Last edited by Tassie 1; June 25th, 2018, 02:45 AM.

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