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Old 06-30-2016, 12:08 PM   #11
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ADP ~ I have had a trailer come loose from the tow vehicle once.

I was pulling a 14x80 foot manufactured home when the tongue hitch coupler broke. I had just pulled away from a stop sign and was only traveling about 45 MPH. The safety chains held fine and due to the weight of the MH, the IHC tow vehicle was pulled to a stop without ever applying the brakes. There was not even a hint of loss of control although it did leave some nasty gouges in the asphalt.

I understand a camper does not even come close to the weight of a manufactured home however.
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Old 06-30-2016, 12:35 PM   #12
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Eagle that sounds like it had the best possible outcome.
I've always believed that experiences like that make a person more safety conscious down the road. It helps to prevent one from becoming complacent even after hitching and unhitching many times. It's like the memory playing in the background kinda thing....

I've towed an enclosed race car trailer many a mile and they were almost always maxed out, weight wise. An "off road" experience I had once helps me to maintain a safer stopping distance nowadays....
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Old 06-30-2016, 12:58 PM   #13
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Yes, a good outcome indeed. I transported manufactured homes for just over 10 years, about 100 homes per year.

There were a few incidents, a couple where the MH brakes failed to function and was 'pushed' faster downhill than was even close to safe.....very scary indeed! Thankful there was only the above one incident of a 'disconnect' experienced.

Agree ~ such things make one more 'safety minded' as got into the habit of checking and doubled checking to assure proper hookup and towed unit lights fully functional.

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