Two catastrophic blowouts on the Bigfoot
- one of them took out the waste drain lines - covering following cars in ****.
"Door popped open" was such a regular occurrence on the Boler
that I didn't think it was worth mentioning. I had to travel with Bungee cords from hinges to the grab handle until I finally broke down and re-did the striker plate so the catch would hold. On the bright side, that made it easy for the wonderful folks who got into it one afternoon at a Wa State Park to remove stuff they really wanted, without having to actually BREAK into it.
Walked up to the trailer (Boler) in a parking lot and saw that nearly all of the center of the pass side tire was missing - cords showing through.
Had an "interesting" time bringing the Surfside
home from Winnipeg - near the Sask/Alta border it began to slam on its brakes
and then release them, while the TV simultaneously experienced electrical
power surges that kept tripping the breakers. Turned out that (no trailer battery
installed) the trailer's battery
connections kept shorting together, causing all sorts of mischief.
Had the ball almost unscrew itself off the hitch platform once - hitch was still firmly done up to the ball, but only about one turn or so of thread held the ball to the TV's hitch platform when I saw it at a gas stop.
Grenaded 2 transmissions in 8 hours of towing
Twice I have had surge-brake equipped trailers "pull out to pass me" (they were empty both times!)and had to accelerate madly to get back in front to regain control. Also had a surge-braked rental give me fits trying to back it up a sloping driveway.
It rode forward against the hitch, locking its brakes
, while the TV smoked the tires
trying to push it uphill! (until I realized the issue).
Vandalism was scrawled message about "keep up with traffic, don't block the road" (censored, cleaned up version of message presented here!
) scratched into the paint
of the tug (and mirrors broken off!) - in Montana. Keeping up traffic is a LOT cheaper than being seen as a mobile roadblock!
When I was just a "kidlet", my dad had a utilty trailer come unhtiched - at about 30 mph, on a gravel road. I remember watching it zig that-a-way and then zag back the other way, staying out of the ditch and stopping on the road, ready to hitched back up. (The days when trailers required no lights
, fenders, safety chains or registration
and the TV hitch was clamped onto the car's bumper)