Originally Posted by gordon2
Well I was thinking more like when you are going 70 MPH downhill (bad idea, I know) and the trailer becomes unhitched and crosses the centerline, heading straight toward a church bus full of children and nuns headed the opposite direction, also at 70 MPH.
The inspection, I think, we could survive.
This does bring up something related,which IS important...
If you have a single safety chain (with two hooks) attached in the middle to the coupler with a single 1/4" or 5/16" bolt then FIX IT!
Use two separate chains (or cables) of adequate size, each attached with its own bolt to the frame and not the coupler. Change each hook to a fastener with a closure.
Check your draw bar to be sure that the ball is of the right size and has a shank of adequate size (I would not use a 5/8" shank to pull a travel trailer.)
Get a good locking pin for the drawbar.
Then if it is required or if you feel the need, add a breakaway switch with a cable routed in such a way as to avoid accidental activation by road debris.
Figure the odds of a breakaway, add the odds of a loose trailer staying upright or stopping straight. add once again the odds of the breakaway happening down a hill on a curve careening the trailer into the path of an oncoming church bus.
Probably a safer option to forgo the breakaway switch in favor of more sensible driving habits! Of course you could use both!
And don't forget one of these...
SURPRISE! That 90 decibel alarm suddenly going off right next to your ear should help you maintain control, right?
The NOD-Stopper is a sleep warning device that you wear over your ear. NOD-Stopper helps prevent automobile accidents caused by falling asleep behind the wheel. This device is lightweight, it's comfortable and you can wear it even while wearing glasses