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Old 06-16-2002, 05:00   #1 (permalink)
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Trailer destroyed - Ford's OK

Yesterday around 5:30 pm, my son was on his way home from work, towing his 4 wheel covered trailer. It was fully kitted with his tools, tressles, walking planks, nails, etc.
He said it felt a little wobbly and accelerated a bit. It felt good again so carried on cruising @ 80 k's (correct speed limit) on a dead straight bit of road.
Next thing he knows, the trailer dug into the bitumen on the R/H/S. His AUII XR8 ended up doing a complete 360 and the trailer, after breaking the tow-hitch and safety chains, ended up on the left side of the road amongst some bushes/trees, on its side totally destroyed. Tools, planks, bolts and nails were everywhere. Fortunately he was unhurt and the ute was undamaged, except for a small chunk out of his rear spoiler.

A commie driver saw it happen and couldn't believe his eyes. Said the ute at one stage was up on 2 wheels for a bit, but came down ok. Glad he was driving a Ford. Anything else might not have survived. On a good note, it happened about 10 minutes from home so it didn't take long for me to get to him and make sure he was ok.

A phone call to one of his mates ended up with the arrival of a flattop truck with a big hiab, making retrieval better than expected.

All's well that ends well.

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Old 06-16-2002, 05:16   #2 (permalink)
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Old 06-16-2002, 05:18   #3 (permalink)
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What failed with the trailer.
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Old 06-16-2002, 06:34   #4 (permalink)
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Bloody hell!!! talk about a close call.
Very lucky considering the trailer was heavily loaded.
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What failed with the trailer.
Right hand front axle failed.
Checked it this morning in the daylight and you could see some rust in the center where it let go. Just something you don't pick up during normal maintainance. It lost the wheel, axle part and all, dug in and all the proverbial hit the fan. Just lucky no traffic along-side going the other way.

GTHO4, the trailer had a fair bit of gear on board, but nowhere near its capacity. It's a heavy duty trailer and probably was only half loaded, weight wise. If it was loaded to capacity or over, you could expect it or if he was driving like a maniac, but every thing he did was in his favour, so it certainly wasn't expected.

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????????????????? Don't understand that one.
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????????????????? Don't understand that one.

I think he means, holy cr@p! It's pretty scary when stuff like that happens.

Thank god everyone is ok.

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Old 06-16-2002, 08:31   #8 (permalink)
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woah, what an odd thing to happen.. I dont think i've heard of a trailer jack-knifing like that, but i've heard of cars doing that when wheels come off n stuff...

are his tools ok too? or are they naffed aswell.. ?
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There was a similar incident on the westgate bridge not along ago in Melbourne although this was due to the wind not a trailer failure. El Xr8 (I think) was pulling one of those massive billboards and the wind picked up fully jacknifed the trailer and almost caused both it and the ute to go over the edge of the bridge. Bloody scary stuff. Hope everything goes ok for you mate.


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Old 06-16-2002, 17:46   #10 (permalink)
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Wheels coming off is a scary experience.

Once, I had just had a new set of tyres put on my XD, and I was driving around a right hand corner when the left hand rear wheel fell off. The car threw sideways in front of a truck, but I got it off the road.

Turns out, the first year apprentice forgot to tighten the wheel nuts up. The rest were all loose.

Tyre place ended up having to replace my rear disk, shock and other suspension parts that had gotten ground down.

Yeah, loosing a wheel is scary!
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