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#1 Steve Wilson

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 04:10 PM

Many of us are 3 to 6 years into the sport and we have become accustom to preparing our gear for what is needed at a contest. I am not a mechanical guy, but have read my manuals and nowhere does it speak of maintaining my trailer. I wish I had. The last two contests have been nightmares for us on the road and I don't want to see anyone else encounter our problems. We have had equipment failures on the trailer that could have been very tragic. Please everyone check your trailers running equipment, tires, bearings, and the other equipment that could fail. We were fortunate that both of our occurrences happened when we were stopped or going slow, or it could have been far worse. At the Santa Clara contest we had a bearing fail from lack of maintanence. The mechanic suggested the bearings be serviced yearly, being re-packed. Our accident this weekend was caused by a hairline fracture that went un-noticed and failed under emergency breaking causing the trailer to break free from our truck. Scary, time consuming and it could have hit us or even someone else. We were very lucky.

So please do yourselves a favor and have an expert look at your trailers/gear for a safety check... I wish I had. Good luck everyone and safe travels.

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 08:01 PM

I am glad your latest incident was not as bad as it could of been! Never have I seen a hitch crack where yours did, and it is a reminder to expect the unexpected, at the worst possible time. Anyone who pulls a trailer should have it inspected once a year at a trailer repair facility as they are more knowledgeable in what to look for on trailers than a normal (yet fully competent) general mechanic. And thanks for reminding me to repack the bearings on my own trailer, it is long over due.

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 09:23 PM

I have a motorhome that mostly is used for short runs and sometimes for long trips. Unfortunately the tires don't typically get the mileage of an auto but still should not be used more than 5 years from the code date. Because the tires are not worn does not mean the tires are safe.

Edited by Kay Spencer, 15 July 2014 - 09:24 PM.

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