Poll - How Safe is Trailering? - Fiberglass RV

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%
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:43 PM   #1
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Poll - How Safe is Trailering?

Please fill out the attached poll and indicate which experiences you've had while towing or camping. Check any and all that apply and feel free to post a note with details!

The poll is not "anonymous" so we can have a meaningful dialog!

Feel free to elaborate on any details in a post below!



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Old 02-14-2011, 08:52 PM   #2
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Also had the ever popular "door fly open" in motion!!

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Old 02-14-2011, 09:49 PM   #3
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Unhitched unintentionally. My own fault. Had the wrong ball hitch bar on the tow so the trailer popped off at the first stop at the corner. Ran home and got the OTHER hitch bar. Felt stupid changing it with the neighbours giving advice.
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Also had the ever popular "door fly open" in motion.
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:13 PM   #4
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We have had several "guardian angel" experiences for which we are tremendously grateful! Our entries in the poll include:

Wheel bearing on our Scamp 13 exploded while we were southbound (that's the cliff side, folks!) on Hwy 1 in Oregon ...

A young doe sprinting out of the bushes right in front of us as we neared Watkins Glen, NY. Thankfully, she was so close and it happened so fast there was no time for the driver (moi) to do anything stooooopid like a kneejerk hit on the brakes.

Listening to our newly-acquired GPS voice, we ended up at a 'T' where a paved farm road met a muddy levy road ... down which we anticipated a Passport America CG. One of us said "don't think this is a good idea" but t'other one said "we can do it". Thank goodness for CSAA and sympathetic tow drivers! L 'n D
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:17 PM   #5
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We've been really lucky too...Only alien abduction!
But seriously the worst we have had to deal with was leaky windows and bad suspension on our tow vechicle....Keeping my fingers crossed it stays that way!
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:25 AM   #6
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We've gotten mired twice and had one guardian angel experience (that we know of).

We took a wrong turn onto a Mississippi back road and got stuck in red clay trying to turn around. We did manage to get ourselves out of that one.

But once, on a return trip from Florida when it had been raining heavily, we got our truck and trailer hopelessly stuck in deep clay -- in our yard -- while trying to back into our spot. We had to call Good Sam's to pull us out (sideways) and get us onto firmer ground.

The guardian angel episode.... we stopped at a truck stop in northwest Mississippi once to get coffee. I noticed the trailer hitch didn't look right. It turns out we had been driving for hours with the hitch sitting on top of the ball -- not locked down on it. Nothing but high tongue weight had kept the rig together.

It scared us into double checking everything --twice --before we pull out since then.
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:15 AM   #7
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Stuck in snow once and had one with the unlock ball. Tongue weight to the rescue. Always do a once around these days.
1978 Ontario made Boler
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:43 AM   #8
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I was driving when the hub gave way. Kevin spotted that the wheel was not facing forward after lunch. Given the rarity of Uhauls, some guardian angel was looking out for us. The Motel 6 let us leave the trailer in their lot overnight while we backtracked 90 miles to a camper repair where we faced a delay while they replaced the axel with a Dexter. However they recommended a machine shop who in turn sent us to a Uhaul dealer who was one of those repair types. Unfortunately, he was out at the time, with the thought that he was partying at the local wild west festival. Happily, we found a hotel room and while unloading our supplies, he called back, let us in, and said, "Well Uhaul makes us order all our parts now. However, I have a few old ones here, but Uhaul makes 3 different kinds, so I am not sure if I have what you need." Here is where our guardian angel comes in. He had not one hub but two that fit. We bought both. As it turns out, we could have made it back to our trailer that night instead of staying in the flea trap hotel room that was the only one we could find, because of the wild west festival. The next morning, we went back to the trailer; Kevin had it fixed in 45 minutes; and we were on our way.
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:30 PM   #9
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I use to build and race SCCA road racing cars. We blew the clutch out of a 85F350 on the way to Road America, Blew the 460 motor up in the Moterhome on the way to Blackhawk farms, Blew 360 motor up in the pickup camper on the way To BIR. All pulling racecar trailers. First time wife drove race rig she pulled off I 90 to change drivers and forgot about the extra weight and cross the 4 lane highway ahead with out hitting a single car.
After towing large race car trailers towing the Casita is a picnic.
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Old 02-15-2011, 02:17 PM   #10
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I had the door fly open on the Campster, the other two were on my boat trailer- blowout and wheel falling off (someone was apparently interrupted in the process of stealing my new tires and had already loosened all the bolts- always walk around your trailer and check on everything before starting!)
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Old 02-15-2011, 03:14 PM   #11
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Had a blowout while on a fairly "skinny" road.....I sat there for a moment giving myself the pep talk , had a panic stricken kid next to me certain we were going to perish and that this was a bad idea, all while traffic whooshed by....

Then along came a very nice man and changed my tire for me *thank you kind gentleman* he said If I was looking for company he would be willing o change his plans.hahahaha can't fault the guy for trying since he changed my tire. Now I always carry a block of wood in my trailer in case I need to jack the trailer higher to get good clearance for the tire.
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Old 02-15-2011, 03:43 PM   #12
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Last year I had a blowout on the way back from the Fish Fry.
Had to change tire on shoulder of road with 80 mph honking traffic screaming by. Love that brotherly spirit.

On my way back from Florida on I75 coming thru Atlanta I had one of my Trill 1300 wheels pass me on the road.
I am convinced that had I not been driving such a heavy vehicle (Land Cruiser FJ80) I would be another statistic right now.
Road Ranger showed up,we got the trailer to a service place and I was back on the road the next morning.
It turns out that using Steel Lug Nuts on the Aluminum Rims I had was a No-No somehow?

I would rather be lucky than good it turns out.

Also was broken into and robbed,seems insignificant now while thinking of the other happenings.

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Old 02-15-2011, 08:48 PM   #13
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Whether it is a car or a trailer, I will never change a tire on the side of a highway. I had a flat in a car on a highway, and I drive another mile or so to an exit. The tire was shredded, but the car had a full-size spare.

Someone I went to school with was paralyzed on the highway when he stopped to change a tire for someone he didn't even know. A car plowed right into him as he was getting the spare out of her trunk.

Another time, I had a blowout while driving my class-A RV. I drive another 1/4 mile or so and was able to pull way off the roadway and wait for a tow. I didn't wait in the RV, since the tow took two days to arrive.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:55 PM   #14
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I had a rear wheel on the tow vehicle come off while underway. Closest thing I know of to Bull dogging a steer. My Father in Law claimed to have been abducted and transported by Aliens. But he had a habit of opening a bottle of whiskey and throwing the cap away. Not sure if that was a contributing factor. years ago heading back from a week of Deer hunting the narrow road was blocked by a very large Bull Cow. I thought best to not get out and ask him to move, so I slowly moved up and pushed on him with bumper of my old pickup. The Bull spooked and took off and so did I.
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