i have just had my trailer sprayed to match my 2009 Ford Flex and the result was Sweet! I picked it up after having the rv shop put the propane
tanks on and i let one of the guys help me hitch up my trailer and i watched him put it on the hitch on or so i thought. in my zeal to get home and show the Trillium
off i did not do my usual check which was a major mistake. thank god it did not hop off on the highway and cause a major accident. It was also "clunking" when i started and stopped at traffic lights
. The hitch in my Flex is a bit more noisy and so i attributed the noise to that--wrong it was because the pin wasn't in the hitch. so i came up to a stop light
and was first in line to turn sharply right and needed to stop first. when i did i heard a god awful scraping noise and looked up to see my newly painted trailer nose down and careening for the back of my new car! Could have been a disaster but because of what i learned and read through the Forums i knew if i drove forward i could drag the trailer and the tension on the safety chains would be maintained. 3 nice guys ran over and we got me back on the hitch and that when i realized the pin never went in. Of course i fully accept the responsiblilty was mine to ensure my trailer was hitched properly. i am writing this to thankyou for all the great posts on towing which gave me some good advice that i mananged to apply in a split second. My car and trailer came through jsut fine. I am getting a new hitch as it is the original 1975 and this event bent it a bit. I have had my trailer inspected.
Moral of the story:
-only you should put your trailer on the hitch and don't let anyone or anything interupt your "check" process.
-cross your safety chains so if you trailer hops off they can "catch" your trailer.
-if you hear a funny noise don't ignore get out and recheck your trailer and vehicle
-if your trailer hops off try to drive forward and drag your trailer until it stops
-take it in for inspection and don't cheap out if something needs replacing
great site and great advice