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View Poll Results: Which have you experienced while towing/camping? (check ALL that apply!)
Accident 3 2.21%
Unhitched Unintentionally 19 13.97%
Blowout 41 30.15%
Fire 3 2.21%
Explosion 0 0%
Other Mechanical issue 31 22.79%
Theft or Robbery 5 3.68%
Vandalism 5 3.68%
Wild Animal Encounter 9 6.62%
Alien Abduction 7 5.15%
Stuck, Mired or High Centered 9 6.62%
NONE OF THE ABOVE 55 40.44%
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Old 02-15-2011, 10:59 PM   #15
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Quite incident-free over 10 years, except for a time when a "bunch" of buffalo decided to rush across the road in front of us, in back of us, and all around us in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Scary for the uninitiated, but one of them looked at me and winked as if saying "We do this all the time. Never you mind, we're just having fun."
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:04 PM   #16
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We were driving along along the edge of Glacier National Park on a one laned, very narrow, winding road with a drop off on one edge and a cliff face on the other (with no shoulder or extra room along the side of the road) when my 5 year old piped up that she had to go to the restroom. We were literally out in the middle of nowhere and miles from any towns or rest stops, but luckily we we towing our Bigfoot 17 with it's little bathroom, so when we FINALLY found a side road we pulled into it so she could use the one in the trailer. Less than 50 yards down that road as we were driving more slowly than usual as we looked for a place to pull over on the dirt road, we blew a tire (this would have been a dangerous disaster on the main road!). We found a safe place to pull over but had some problems with the jack on the dirt road (couldn't get any leverage), but some guys who happened do be driving by stopped and brought out a nice little hydrolic jack and helped change the tire (the only car that came by the 45 minutes we were there) . We then found out that the spare tire was low on air, so I got out the little air compressor that plugs into the cigarette lighter and tried to fill it up, but soon realized that it wasn't strong enough to fill up an actual trailer tire (I had only used it for bicycle and stroller tires previously). There was only one house within 20 miles of that spot, and luckily we were 15 feet from their driveway and they were sitting outside on their deck when we walked to it. The man of the house brought down a really nice air compressor and filled the spare tire in seconds and we were on our way. We replaced all of the tires 4 days later when we finally got back to "civilization" in Kalispell, MT.

I feel like we had a guardian angel looking out for us as well, since the tire blew while we were driving much more slowly in a place where we wouldn't pitch over a cliff or get hit by oncoming cars rounding the blind corner. I'm also thankful for the human "guardian angels" that helped us out! (I have a little hydrolic jack and a much better spare tire and air compressor now!!)
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:10 AM   #17
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Toni, your story gave me goose bumps. Wow!
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:43 AM   #18
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A couple things . . . first, we had an alternator give out on our TV, which wouldn't have been an issue except our truck's prior owner had painted over the "check engine" light.

The same truck's transmission was in the process of dying a slow death on our way back from Utah last year. The check engine light (which I fixed after the alternator death) came on somewhere after we crossed the Oregon border, and we managed to limp our way home. Discovered our "tow equipped" Ford Ranger did not come with a transmission cooler.

And we've had the door fly open. But I save the best for last . . .

When I went to pick our trailer up and was not accustomed to towing, I plugged the 7-pin into the socket upside down. The prior owner didn't catch that, only that the right-and-left turn signals were coming on backward, and we figured it was a problem with my TV's newly installed wiring harness. Then it got dark, and I turned on the lights.

As it turns out, when you plug the 7-pin pigtail in upside down, the right turn-signal goes to left, the left turn-signal goes to right, and the running lights go to the electric brakes. Good thing I turned the lights on at a stop light, because once those headlights were on the wheels locked solid, and the trailer wouldn't budge.
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:53 PM   #19
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Hi: All...There was no category for fear of the unknown!!! First time backing into a campsite between two trees I Yie Yie jack knifed the trailer and pulled the breakaway switch apart. There's no way that rig would move and I thought I'd backed into one of the trees. I jumped out only to find the wire and switch plug laying in the truck box. WHEW!!! I now cut myself a little more slack.
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:50 PM   #20
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We had a blowout with one of our Scamp tires after having gone down a very rutted, very narrow road following instructions from our GPS. It was our own fault for not checking the spare, so we had to leave the Scamp on the side of the road, drive home to pick up some tools and try to find a replacement tire on a Sunday afternoon. Very valuable lesson learned.
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Old 02-18-2011, 07:19 PM   #21
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I blew a tire on my big 5th wheel 60 miles from home on the last leg of a 3,000 mile trip. And the spare was basically flat.
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:30 AM   #22
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Alien Abduction !!

We encountered Aliens on the Island.... They were Blue & Gold & from the planet Zeon !!!!
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Old 02-19-2011, 08:46 AM   #23
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TV started to come apart in the seams... ( 25 or so years ago)
TV Fiat 126 towing Cadet. The rear cross member supporting the engine and the hitch started to come apart on the spot welds. I stopped (in time) at the popping / squeaking noises coming from the rear.

2 blowouts within an hour on an old heavy pop-up trailer. TV (GMC Safari) didn't even flinch.
Cause: old tires + scorching heat + towing at 120+ km/hr (75+ mph)

Lost wheel on the same old pop-up. At 110 km/hr TV (Ford Excursion) didn't flinch despite spectacular shower of sparks visible in the rear view mirror. Rolled to the safe stop on the shoulder. Found the wheel inside the cabinet in the trailer - it broke cleanly through the wheel well! On the hub, there were still two pieces of the rim under the bolts. 3 bolts were missing, 1 completely and 1 partially stripped thread.
Cause: Not checking the wheel bolts after driving with overloaded trailer on long stretches of gravel / forest roads.

Thread separation on 2 tires on a modern pop-up. TV was Buick Rainier. First sign of trouble was hearing a strange "wrrrr" noise echoing from the vehicle I was passing. Next, there was a perceivable vibration. I stopped thinking that it may be coming from one of the CV joints in the TV and found that half the thread was missing on one of the trailer tires. Replaced with spare and continued the next 700 km at a bit slower speeds. Close to the destination, just before boarding the ferry, the "wrrr" sound came up again... The tires were holding air and everything seemed to be OK but I knew that it wasn't. At a snail pace I continued to the last few kilometres to the campsite. Set up camp and closely inspected the tires - About 6" long, 2" wide section of the tread was missing. Friend and owner of the trailer was joining us a week later so he brought a new wheel from Toronto.
Cause? The tires were relatively new and the trailer was relatively heavy but not overloaded. I was towing fast but it wasn't too hot. When I was leaving, I confirmed that my friend did check the tire pressure. Problem (I think) was that he checked it to 40 PSI that he deemed to be perfectly sufficient. It should've been 60 PSI!

Broke the leaf spring on the trailer above. Loud clanking noise and trailer seating slanted in the rear view mirror was a dead giveaway that something gave up... Pulled safely to the shoulder. 50 km from nearest town and few hours from stores closing on a long weekend... We tied the loose section of the spring with wire and crippled to town (Tris-Rivieres). AT Canadian Tire they had the springs but were too busy. Despite the language barrier (French there) somehow they called and found a garage specializing in trailer suspensions! Slow drive through the town... They were also busy (mostly with huge, commercial trailers) but had us fixed and on the road within an hour.
Cause: Not inspecting suspension. Middles spring had a section broken off for a long, long time. The end of the originally broken section was well rusted. That made the longest section work extra hard so, it finally gave up on a section of a road under construction.

Have I learnt any lessons from the above? Sure but... just like my grandma used to tell me: "you will learn your whole life and still die stupid!"
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:14 AM   #24
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Whew! Sure glad Hubby doesnt yet get on here and read the boards. He likes me to read them to him while he plays his games. He has always been terrified of towing which is why I do all the driving when trailering. If he sees this he'll never let me get another trailer, lol.
The only thing we've experienced is being run out of the slow lane by some idiot trying to catch his exit last minute while towing a very heavy popup (new with slideout, shower and e'thing). When we went into the grass to avoid being hit we picked up a nail in the TV. After driving a few miles my low tire pressure light came on so I exited to check it out. We had AAA at the time so we called them to come change the truck tire. It was nearly dark, chilly and Hubby's health at that time wasnt really up for disconnecting a trailer and then changing a big ole truck tire. Plus, the truck was brand new and we didnt know what type of jack it had so we got a snack at 7-11 where we stopped and let AAA with their electric jack (they carried a generator!) change it in about 10 minutes.

No way am I letting hubby see this thread, lol. As it is it has freaked me out a little but I'm making notes so I can learn from ya'll's experiences and be better prepared for such instances and hopefully what to look for to be able to prevent some of these occurances. Knowledge is power!
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:01 AM   #25
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I believe it was one of the first trips with the Boler, part of the trip included a 100 km stretch along a northern gravel road. Part way along when I stopped to check things I found the plug-in between TV and trailer was gone. The cord must of been too long and caught something. Fortunately there was little traffic and I made it to my destination without any lights. Friends at the campground helped me out with re-wiring a new plug.
On another trip I was in and out of the trailer so much I forgot to close the door and started driving away. Again I was helped out by somone alerting me about a block down the road. Now the last thing I do before leaving is check the door and lock it.
So far I've had 2 wildlife encounters both involving bears in the campground. However, my co-pilot Scully (Norwegian Elkhound) alerted me to their presents and kept them away from my campsite.

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Old 02-19-2011, 11:11 AM   #26
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I guess I am the only person who admits to having a fire, which I talked about in this thread.
Luckily, I got it extinguished fast, before there was any real damage.

I had a tire blow-out (sidewall failure) on highway 101 north of Coos Bay, just before arriving at the Oregon Gathering one year. With 4 trailer tires on the ground, the only way I became aware of it was hearing a faint tic-tic-tic-tic-tic noise. There was nary a wiggle from the Fiber Stream, and I might have continued on obliviously if I hadn't paid attention to the new sound.
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The most surprising and educational part of this poll is "unintentionally unhitched".

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TV started to come apart in the seams... ( 25 or so years ago)
TV Fiat 126 towing Cadet. The rear cross member supporting the engine and the hitch started to come apart on the spot welds. I stopped (in time) at the popping / squeaking noises coming from the rear.

2 blowouts within an hour on an old heavy pop-up trailer. TV (GMC Safari) didn't even flinch.
Cause: old tires + scorching heat + towing at 120+ km/hr (75+ mph)

Lost wheel on the same old pop-up. At 110 km/hr TV (Ford Excursion) didn't flinch despite spectacular shower of sparks visible in the rear view mirror. Rolled to the safe stop on the shoulder. Found the wheel inside the cabinet in the trailer - it broke cleanly through the wheel well! On the hub, there were still two pieces of the rim under the bolts. 3 bolts were missing, 1 completely and 1 partially stripped thread.
Cause: Not checking the wheel bolts after driving with overloaded trailer on long stretches of gravel / forest roads.

Thread separation on 2 tires on a modern pop-up. TV was Buick Rainier. First sign of trouble was hearing a strange "wrrrr" noise echoing from the vehicle I was passing. Next, there was a perceivable vibration. I stopped thinking that it may be coming from one of the CV joints in the TV and found that half the thread was missing on one of the trailer tires. Replaced with spare and continued the next 700 km at a bit slower speeds. Close to the destination, just before boarding the ferry, the "wrrr" sound came up again... The tires were holding air and everything seemed to be OK but I knew that it wasn't. At a snail pace I continued to the last few kilometres to the campsite. Set up camp and closely inspected the tires - About 6" long, 2" wide section of the tread was missing. Friend and owner of the trailer was joining us a week later so he brought a new wheel from Toronto.
Cause? The tires were relatively new and the trailer was relatively heavy but not overloaded. I was towing fast but it wasn't too hot. When I was leaving, I confirmed that my friend did check the tire pressure. Problem (I think) was that he checked it to 40 PSI that he deemed to be perfectly sufficient. It should've been 60 PSI!

Broke the leaf spring on the trailer above. Loud clanking noise and trailer seating slanted in the rear view mirror was a dead giveaway that something gave up... Pulled safely to the shoulder. 50 km from nearest town and few hours from stores closing on a long weekend... We tied the loose section of the spring with wire and crippled to town (Tris-Rivieres). AT Canadian Tire they had the springs but were too busy. Despite the language barrier (French there) somehow they called and found a garage specializing in trailer suspensions! Slow drive through the town... They were also busy (mostly with huge, commercial trailers) but had us fixed and on the road within an hour.
Cause: Not inspecting suspension. Middles spring had a section broken off for a long, long time. The end of the originally broken section was well rusted. That made the longest section work extra hard so, it finally gave up on a section of a road under construction.

Have I learnt any lessons from the above? Sure but... just like my grandma used to tell me: "you will learn your whole life and still die stupid!"
Maybe you should just stay home
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