Towing Accidents - Fiberglass RV


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Old 02-27-2011, 09:48 AM   #1
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Towing Accidents

Since many people have dismissed towing with a lighter tow vehicle, I've been trying to find data on RV trailer accidents. When I look at on line videos, they typically seem to be non-Scamp/Casita sized trailers towed by large tow vehicles.

If any one has a source of data on RV Trailer towing accidents I would be interested. (There are many cases of utility trailer accidents, but that's an entirely different situation probably bounded by inexperience and poor loading.)

I would also be interested in hearing of any accidents with the fiberglass towing community. We could all probably learn from them even if the telling is painful.

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Old 02-27-2011, 12:58 PM   #2
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I did find statistics on Motorhomes. The fatality rate is very low. The author claimed in part because they owners tend to be old and cautious, as well they very rarely drive at night and typically are not DUI candidates.

I have found very little on RV Trailers and searching the three forums I belong to I have not found any fiberglass trailer accidents other than one where a Scamp owner was regrettably rear ended.

I've looked at near 20 internet videos of crashes. Everyone has been a larger trailer than ours, typically towed by a large tow vehicle. This made me think of my motorhome days.

One disadvantage of a large trailer is that it's sail area is correspondingly large compared to the tow vehicle. We found that in our motorhome, with strong side winds, there was a tendency of the motorhome to want to spin around the rear wheels, hence we tended not to drive in sidewinds, or to be cautious when exiting a wind shadow. Typically the rear wheels on a gas powered motorhome are near where they are on a trailer.

With caution, we may be safer than the typical RV trailer.

Just a thought,

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Old 02-27-2011, 08:04 PM   #3
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I've been a member here for quite a while, not that it matters... but, I remember four Casitas, two Scamps, a 19 foot Escape and a Burro that was flipped and left on the road dead. That's eight from memory. I'm not fond of statistics after taking a statistics class and knowing how stats can be manipulated to suit needs. It's doubtful there are TWO exact matchups of tug/tow on any of these forums when you take into consideration roads traveled, speed traveled, what's packed, and number of occupants/pets/toys in a tug. My tug is what I feel most comfortable driving when pulling something that weighs more than a ton. It's not just go/stop it's also about control. Alot of that control happens between the truck seat and the head along with arms and foot on the brakes/accelerator. Common sense and a tug that's rated to pull the amount of weight of the trailer outweighs statistics every time. YMMV
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:19 PM   #4
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I see you have a 16 foot which is what we're interested in Donna, so would you mind sharing your tow vehicle? Are you totally happy with it?
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:28 PM   #5
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If anyone can extend Donna's recollections it would help. I'm not trying to do anything with stats other than to be aware of the numbers and how accidents occur.

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Old 02-27-2011, 08:33 PM   #6
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Not long ago there was a video on here of an egg and a Toyota landcruiser that were jackknifed backwards against the center divider. The video didn't say what happened it mostly just showed them loading it on a rollback.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:40 AM   #7
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Live in colorado and you must know, that going up in a small tow. Is not a fast thing to do. It's going DOWN That hill! I have a small truck, but it was made for it. must be fatter and stronger , than what you pull and able to contole it going DOWN !
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Live in colorado and you must know, that going up in a small tow. Is not a fast thing to do. It's going DOWN That hill! I have a small truck, but it was made for it. must be fatter and stronger , than what you pull and able to contole it going DOWN !
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Here's an accident that happened in August 2009 to a couple from my area. It got a lot of local coverage. The trailer was recently acquired by the couple, and wasn't especially big. Neither was it badly matched to the tow vehicle.
The importance of having and learning how to use trailer brakes for sway control cannot be better illustrated than by this tragic event.
Sequim man dies after I-90 crash -- Port Angeles Port Townsend Sequim Forks Jefferson County Clallam County Olympic Peninsula Daily news
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I see you have a 16 foot which is what we're interested in Donna, so would you mind sharing your tow vehicle? Are you totally happy with it?
I tow with a 2000 Ford F-150, two wheel drive, Titen V-8 5.3 litre. I love my truck. It now has a bit over 130,000 miles on it. I don't know what I'll purchase as a replacement. I've actually thought about pulling the drivetrain and stuffing a diesel into the bay. Since the labor would be free, that's certainly cheaper than buying new. Decisions, decisions, decisions. I'll be test driving a new F-150 with EcoBoost next weekend. Ford contacted my truck club and asked us to all test drive the two trucks they're bringing to Portland. Exciting! I just have to remember to keep my checkbook in my pocket
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Better yet leave it home Donna. LOL

Please let us know your feeling about the truck as that is what I am thinking about going to next.

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On our first trip west, we quickly learned we needed a copy of the book that describes the steep hills in the region. (For the life of me I can;t remember the name.) It's always good to know about long ups and downs before you get there. In a motorhome, the radiator temperatures build up fast on the uphills and the brakes just as fast on the downhills.

We simply learned to downshift before we start down with both the trailer and motorhome. Our first goal is safety.

On our first trailer trip we overloaded the rear with a generator, creating sway. We found that tapping the break contoller, putting just the trailer brakes on, instantly kills sway. As soon as we could we stopped and moved the generator, no more sway.

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Old 03-02-2011, 08:44 PM   #13
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Donna,

Be careful of that F150! They are very addictive. I have one on order. And I thought I would never like a big truck.

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I tow with a 2000 Ford F-150, two wheel drive, Titen V-8 5.3 litre. I love my truck. It now has a bit over 130,000 miles on it. I don't know what I'll purchase as a replacement. I've actually thought about pulling the drivetrain and stuffing a diesel into the bay. Since the labor would be free, that's certainly cheaper than buying new. Decisions, decisions, decisions. I'll be test driving a new F-150 with EcoBoost next weekend. Ford contacted my truck club and asked us to all test drive the two trucks they're bringing to Portland. Exciting! I just have to remember to keep my checkbook in my pocket
I'll be picking up my F-150 FX4 Supercrew Ecoboost in a couple of weeks.

Can hardly wait.
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