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    All hail the Chief! fullboogie's Avatar
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    Safety chains just saved my ski...

    Was on the way to WFO's to drop in my new engine, and was doing about 50 mph on a main street. I hear and feel a big thud, look back and see my ski take a nosedive and start oscillating violently. The only thing I could think to do was slam on the brakes and let the trailer ram into the back of my truck to slow it down.

    Looks like the tongue lock (that grabs the hitch ball) broke and let the trailer become disconnected. The little triangular rub thingy below the tongue is worn through. The ONLY reason I still have a ski is that my safety chains kept it from taking off in another direction.

    Moral of the story - check your trailer tongue and use your safety chains!

    I sure hope the rest of the day goes better.


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    is there any damage to your truck? pics!!! glad your ok as well as the ski. i would hate for that to happen to me.

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    wow, good thing you had them hooked up. There are there for that reason!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RX951 View Post
    There are there for that reason!
    Yes they are. I this happen with a utility trailer to me several years ago.
    I always cross my chains and it makes a nice little sling for the tounge to fall into, instead of falling into the road. I took my trailer to a shop that same day and went with the bulldog style hitch.
    Note to self, install a bulldog hitch on the four-place.

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    Also, don't forget in Texas it's law to connect your safety chains in a 'criscross' pattern.

    That way there is a cradle for the tounge to fall into so your trailer doesnt nosedive into the pavement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fullboogie View Post
    Was on the way to WFO's to drop in my new engine, and was doing about 50 mph on a main street. I hear and feel a big thud, look back and see my ski take a nosedive and start oscillating violently. The only thing I could think to do was slam on the brakes and let the trailer ram into the back of my truck to slow it down.

    Looks like the tongue lock (that grabs the hitch ball) broke and let the trailer become disconnected. The little triangular rub thingy below the tongue is worn through. The ONLY reason I still have a ski is that my safety chains kept it from taking off in another direction.

    Moral of the story - check your trailer tongue and use your safety chains!

    I sure hope the rest of the day goes better.
    I wish you would buy a good trailer. Do you still owe Brandon a leaf spring that he gave you when your broke. I think every time I have seen that trailer there was something wrong with it (tire, leaf spring and finder, now the hitch)!

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    glad to hear that everything is in one piece!!!


    i think this has been discussed before


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    Glad your ok, Maybe I need to disconnect my safety chains next time out. I have been eying one of those FZR's

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    Damn I could only imagine the sick feeling you had watching that happening! I criss cross my chains all the time on everything I tow. From a 30 foot camper to my waverunner trailer. But if the camper loses its tongue i have several more issues to worry about Good to hear only some minor damage and your hull isn't laying in the middle of a highway.

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    Glad that it didn't take off and high oncoming traffic!!! It could have been a lot worse than just losing a ski!

    I had the latch bolt break on a utility trailer some years ago. Glad I used the chains.

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