Today was my "Maiden Voyage" in full tow with the Jeep and the Leocraft.
I am headed to the Portland area to work this summer. A lot of work and $$$ went into the trailer getting it safe to tow and pretty much leakless..(It rains a tad tup north). It is now both, with brand new brakes
and drums and bearings etc, and a nice Weight
Distribution system and sway control.
The trailer tows and tracks well, (And stops LOL) I have no concerns about chassis issues now.
I went north from Sacramento, headed to Red Bluff for the nite. About 10 miles south of Red Bluff on I-5, I am toodling along at 55 went I hear a "Pop" and feel the tiniest "Bump" from the back end of the car. I look in the rearview to see if I have a flat or something, nothing, but I do note that I can see out of the back window out of the trailer. "Thats nice" I think to myself and keep driving.
About a minute later, my brain sounds the idiot alarm.."You SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SE OUT YOUR BACK WINDOW, DOPE!)
My Rockgaurd is..GONE!.. vansihed, not there and MIA. I pull over to see that one arm has completely ripped out of the body, the lower half of the other arm is flapping in the wind..all is is missing. I frantically jump back into the car and try to get to the next exit quickly so I can backtrack. Not as easy as it sounds..the next exit I can loop around in is in Redbluff itself AND I am low on gas.
I pop 25 bucks into the tank and scamble south. Its getting dark and they lock the gates to the campground here at 7? I am thinking..it's 6:15 now. I have to go almost to Corning to make a loop beyond where I heard it fly off. Emergency flashers on, I crawl along side of the freeway and peel my eyes for it, hoping a truck has not smooshed it beyond recognition. I find the arm, which was mangled.. but no sign of the 6 foot wide and 2 1/2 tall yellow rockgaurd with the Leocraft Logo on it.
It pretty much a flat stretch of road there. The grass is not tall. If it was there, it would have been easily visible.
All I know is its not on my roof, and it's irreplaceable. I will go back again tomorrow when not towing and have another look, but I don't have high hopes.
It looks like the PO siliconed it in at the rail instead of fixing the rotted wood the screws went into. I guess I will be filling holes tomorrow or I am in big trouble with the weather coming up ahead of me.
Sigh. I LOVED the privacy that thing gave me when I needed it. And I am tiring of fiberglass repair.