In addition to my travel trailer, I have a utility trailer that I use to tow my Kubota tractor back and forth to some property I own for both mowing and snow removal. Last night, I hitched the trailer and towed the tractor up and back. When I got home, unloaded, and unhitched, I found that the hair pin cotter that retains the hitch pin was missing. All that was holding the hitch pin in was the friction of the draw bar pulling against it. I could have just as easily lost the drawbar and everything attached to it. I presume that the hair pin cotter probably just broke from stress and fell out. Not only did I not check the rigging before I left to come home with the tractor, I stopped on the way home for a sandwich, and didn't check the rigging there either. I could have caught that either time had I done the walk-around that I "always" do, but failed to do [b]twice last night!
So... the moral of the story is to remind us to walk around our trailers and check our rigging every time we stop and have the chance.
Driving from the mountain campground to the Petersburg ferry I did a walk-around *after* I arrived at the ferry staging lot.
Well maybe I did a walk around way up in the mountains at the campground but I didn't see it.
I drove the whole distance with the friction-sway bar loose, attached to the trailer, but laying gravity loose up against the trailer tongue crank.
I scare the beeejeezuzz out of me sometimes!