So, I get my brakes
done -which was a feat all by itself-
This was one of the back brakes-
Also, detangle this mess to hook up some temporary lights-
I also ordered and got in a bolt on receiver hitch -no problems - yay!
First trip with the new 1980 F-150-
I make it about three miles and hit a big dip in the interstate and BAM! the coupler twists off doing 60 MPH on a bridge. I manage to get pulled over on the shoulder. Thanks to putting my two spare tires
on the tongue, when the trailer came up and hit the truck, there was no fiberglass damage. I just happened to also put on my oversized safety chains. I'll never go without them again!
The trailer tore off my wires and 7-pin and 4-pin plugs and the concrete did away with the hooks for the safety chains.
So my friend comes out with his 2000W Honda genny and his Lincoln welder. I go home and get a grinder and some electrolytes and a quick trip to Harbor Freight gets a new coupler that fits like rooster socks.
It's about 130F on the pavement with trucks and cars rushing by. The sun is laughing at us!
I get to cutting and grinding. He gets his genny going and we fixed it right on the side of bridge good enough to get home.
This is one trip that wasn't meant to be. So sad....
Now though, I'll have a 2" ball and new metal.
Moral- We should ALWAYS check our old campers for stress fractures.
The welds are ugly now but that welder was really working the little 2000 watt generator
. I'll clean them up tomorrow...
Glad me or no other passersby got hurt!
Good end to this little story!
And yes, I did have a beer after I got home. It's my third beer of the year!