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Old 03-22-2015, 09:43 PM   #51 (permalink)
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i Always let ppl know that im doing the checklist and not to come around to talk to me or say anything till im done. Distraction is one of the main issues of missing something and something happening because of one little forgotten chain or strap or wire. Silence is the best friend of safety checks

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Old 05-31-2015, 05:07 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Hi folks - just joined the group after buying my first diesel. Quite a learning curve. This string has quite a history and very good info but I thought of a a couple of things to add.

LT vs ST tires: there is a difference in the way they are made and tires on trailers tend to carry a higher percentage of the rated weight. As others have noted, pressure should be checked often and pressurized to trailer recommendation. I found an interesting article at http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete...jsp?techid=219.

WD hitches: I measured the unloaded distance from the top of the tires to the top of the wheel wells on my tow vehicle, then loaded the trailer and pulled it a few feet and remeasured. The drop should be even front and rear. My previous tow vehicle was a Honda Ridgeline. I tried less less spring tension (unloaded the front) and then got into a spring monsoon with a horrendous headwind and standing water. It was a handful, wandering all over the road. I stopped and added the tension back in and the problem was solved (gas mileage still sucked tho). You'd think a light trailer wouldn't affect a HD truck but it's a long distance from the rear tires to the hitch point which will act as a lever to lift the front of the truck.

Last thing from experience - weigh your trailer. Cool things you buy from camping world (like those pink flamingos) all add weight.

Several people mentioned checklists, I found a customizable trailer checklist app for my i-phone. Even with the checklist, I got distracted and saw the trailer door flapping open as I pulled out of the RV park.

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where did you get the app?
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At the apple App Store. The "rv checklist" by Dan Senatro. I'm guessing android or MS phones would have something similar.
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If inappropriate I apologize; our turnover ball hitch installers didn't install the U-bolts beside the ball. They say NC doesn't require them. I live in SC. What about traveling in other states. What about the fact that I have no safety chains on this gooseneck 5th wheel. I just want to be safe. We do walk around, test brake/turn/caution lights....and if tailgate on truck is up LOL.
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If inappropriate I apologize; our turnover ball hitch installers didn't install the U-bolts beside the ball. They say NC doesn't require them. I live in SC. What about traveling in other states. What about the fact that I have no safety chains on this gooseneck 5th wheel. I just want to be safe. We do walk around, test brake/turn/caution lights....and if tailgate on truck is up LOL.
Interesting. I would "insist" to have it done. If the "kit" by the manufacturers had it, then they were just lazy.... in my opinion.

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There is a local farm shop here in my state, they build "hitches" for "everything". Other then when putting semi truck 5th wheel hitches, EVERYTHING has loops for safety chains....
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Great thread. Shame it has not been bumped in a while. Ill add. When towing, if ANYTHING does not sound or feel right, STOP and check it out. The side of the road is where you want to find and solve a problem, not after the problem has caused a failure at highway speeds. SLOW DOWN when pulling. Safe travel speed is 10 to 15 mph minimum slower than the flow of 4 wheel traffic when pulling a trailer. Your rig will not stop or steer the same with a trailer. Be aware of the speed ratings and load ratings on your tires and remember that 65 in your tow vehicle with large tires can feel like 90 on 15 inch trailer tires.

A word on tie downs. If you use ratchet straps in an over the cargo configuration, make sure to put the binder on the passenger side of the vehicle. If you have to stop and tighten a strap in transit, the grass on the shoulder is much safer than the emergency lane to stand in while doing so.
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The hitch on my boat has a place for a lockpin, I use a lock. This prevents the trailer from unhitching off the ball. Roads here in the Kootenays (BC) are beat to hell and I have been glad things are locked down when I hit a bad spot in the road like a pothole, uneven pavement, etc.

Definitely want to cross the chains, if the hitch does come off it should be suspended from hitting the road and making one hell of a sparky mess on the highway.

Also like to spray the electrical connectors (male/female) with silicone spray at the beginning of the season. Have some simple tools and spare bulbs in case you have one go on you. Talking to Johnny Law is no fun after boating, especially over a simple signal light that is not functioning.

Give yourself lots of time and patience when hauling a load. Braking and coming to a complete stop can be as much has 50-100 meters! (150'-300'). I have cursed many vehicles that abruptly cut in front of me hauling the boat. Dummies on their bicycles were almost "Sharing The Road" when they drive erratically side by side. Nothing against bicycles on the road, but they are better off on a trail in my humble opinion. Every year a few bicycles get launched into rocky ditches or down steep banks, even a few deaths. They also have to huff Ruby's Spicy Low Sulphur Exhaust. It's a one way trip for those diesel particles into the lungs.

Be defensive as possible and expect the unexpected! Scan ahead of you and look from side to side and concentrate on the road. Safe travels amigos!
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