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Old 06-30-2018, 03:22 PM   #1
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RV wipes out, totaled, only 20 minutes after couple buy it

June 26, 2018 RV Staff

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A couple’s brand-new trailer was totaled 20 minutes after they bought it on Tuesday in Poulsbo, Wash. The couple, from Auburn, Wash., were heading south on SR-3 in the center lane around 3 p.m. when the travel trailer began to sway behind their Jeep Cherokee, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Chelsea Hodgson.

The driver told troopers she was unable to regain control and the trailer flipped over in the left lane and landed on its top. “Unbeknownst to them, the trailer has pressure treated 2◊6 boards underneath, making the trailer heavier than they believed,” Hodgson said. No one was injured and no traffic citations were issued. From komonews.com.
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Couple total new RV within 20 minutes of buying it...

"Brand new" and "pressure treated 2x6 boards underneath" don't add up.
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Old 06-30-2018, 07:03 PM   #3
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Link to pictures: Couple wrecks trailer on Silverdale freeway 20 minutes after buying it | KOMO

Hopefully they made a call to their insurance agent before they hitched up!
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It looks to me as if the previous owner did some modification and repairs.
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I haven't seen that kind of subfloor in a trailer before, but clearly, those strips are over the frame and under the interior floor. Not a modification from a previous owner. And isn't it a brand new trailer with no previous owner?
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I saw more pictures on the local news but still couldn't figure out the brand or whether it was new. I'm quite surprised by the pressure treated lumber as well. I'm also guessing that there was no WDH or sway control.

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Allow me to boor you all with my continuing mantra about trailer brakes.

Always, always, always have working trailer brakes and know how to use them. Always.

This is even more important with a high center of gravity and short wheelbase vehicle like a Grand Cherokee.

Trailer sway is immediately stopped by applying the trailer brakes independently, or at least more aggressively than the TV brakes. This story is a perfect example. Fortunately, they did not injure anyone.

Not only can you control sway, but you can stop much more safely in various conditions, with trailer brakes.

OK, I'm getting back down off my soap box.
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I saw more pictures on the local news but still couldn't figure out the brand or whether it was new. I'm quite surprised by the pressure treated lumber as well. I'm also guessing that there was no WDH or sway control.

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Hi: Dave Fish... Was the trailer possibly the victim of a flood?
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As best I can tell, judging by the logo and the graphics, it's about a 2000 Skyline Nomad. The plywood floor appears to be black at the edges due to rot. The pressure-treated lumber underneath appears to be all 2x4 and 2x6's with Simpson-style brackets where the ends of the boards meet at the lateral frame members; maybe someone installed them from underneath to shore up the floor?

An 8' kiln-dried 2x4 weighs about 11 lbs, while pressure-treated is about 17 lbs. That's an awful lot of weight in that subfloor. Estimating it to be 7' wide x 19' long, the lumber would be about 970 lbs of additional weight.
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Hi: Dave Fish... Was the trailer possibly the victim of a flood?
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Probably not if it was local. Although Seattle is know for lots of rain, I can't think of a recent floor that would have caused that damage. Nor can I imagine someone adding that after market.

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I saw more pictures on the local news but still couldn't figure out the brand or whether it was new. I'm quite surprised by the pressure treated lumber as well. I'm also guessing that there was no WDH or sway control.

"You can tow that, no problem"
It had a mount for a sway bar...
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...An 8' kiln-dried 2x4 weighs about 11 lbs, while pressure-treated is about 17 lbs. That's an awful lot of weight in that subfloor. Estimating it to be 7' wide x 19' long, the lumber would be about 970 lbs of additional weight.
I came up with 1400 lbs, assuming the floor was 24' long and 8' wide, which most of those larger stickies are pretty close to. I calculated that 1 board foot of pressure treated 2x6 is 3.2 lbs... the boards clearly visible in some other photos of the wreck are obviously pressure treated.
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How would one go about getting an entire subfloor of PT boards in between the existing subfloor and the frame? And further, why? If the floor is rotten, your not going to save it by putting boards under it. Those things aren't built like fiberglass trailers where you can remove the body and replace the floor.

At least the PT board weight is down low and distributed with a forward bias.
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How would one go about getting an entire subfloor of PT boards in between the existing subfloor and the frame?
Don't worry John, you probably won't have to do this on your Oliver!
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