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#3142284 - 01/28/13 10:37 AM This is NOT going as planned
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I had a few things to pick up at Lowes yesterday. Mostly just a little OSB and some sheetrock. So I hooked up the 8' trailer and headed to Cookeville.

As I was gathering these few items, I was offered a LOT of additional lumber for a great price since inventory was coming up and they needed to clean out some Cull.

On top of my OSB, I also got a case of siding, 12 or so 16' 2x10, 2x12, 7 bundles of shingles, 2 rolls of roll roofing and a few other small items.

The only way to fit this stuff on the trailer was to lay it across the front fence of the trailer and strap ti down tight. I used the shingles to weight down the front of the trailer as much as possible. Then I strapped it all down with tie-downs.

"Good to go"!!!!

1 mile on 40 the trailer stars swaying. I pull over and check the load. I move a few more bundles up closer tot he front.

"Good to go"!!!!

1 mile further down I-40 and the trailer starts swaying and I 'bout lose it.It's cutting back and forth so hard that it's jerking the the truck. I pull over and take almost everything off and re-stack the load with the 16' lumber first and I slide it up through the fence until it's only 10" from my rear bumper. Then I stack the shorter lumber just forward of center on the trailer and finish with the Shingles

"Good to go"!!!

No more swaying and the trailer is balanced well. 1 mile from home, I hear "CLUNK, BOOM, Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee".

I hit the brakes and look in my mirror. The trailer is GONE!!!! But then I see this beautiful fireworks display out my side window.

"Oh, THERE's my trailer!!!!! - It's passing me!!!!!"

The tongue completely broke off, snapped the safety chains and it's plowing asphalt and making purdy sparks.

I go home, get the 16' trailer that I would have taken in the first place if I had known I was going to be hauling so much home. The wife and I transfer the load to the big trailer and I tie the 8' to the back of the 16' with tie downs and pull them BOTH that last mile or so home.

Ever have one of them days?
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#3142296 - 01/28/13 10:44 AM Re: This is NOT going as planned [Re: Crappie Luck]
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Two times in my life I was good to go - my safety chains saved me.

Always turns out bad when your trailer passes you!
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#3142297 - 01/28/13 10:45 AM Re: This is NOT going as planned [Re: Crappie Luck]
rabbit hunter
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Dang brother, you should have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.


Glad you made it home without any casualties.
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#3142301 - 01/28/13 10:48 AM Re: This is NOT going as planned [Re: de novo]
pledbetter
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A buddy of mine had his $20,000 boat pass him on the highway one time
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#3142302 - 01/28/13 10:49 AM Re: This is NOT going as planned [Re: rabbit hunter]
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Thanks,

I'm SO glad that tongue snapped on a single lane, Co road. For 90% of my trip, I was on 2-4 lane hwys with oncoming traffic.

The lord was looking out for me, no doubt.
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#3142303 - 01/28/13 10:50 AM Re: This is NOT going as planned [Re: de novo]
Cooter
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Not a good sign when you see your trailer beside you!!! LOL Glad no one was hurt.
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#3142308 - 01/28/13 10:52 AM Re: This is NOT going as planned [Re: rabbit hunter]
Hangnail
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I'd say the pucker factor was a little high? There is so much that can go wrong when pulling a trailer. If you ever want to see honest to goodness crazy, drive through Houston during the week. I never new trailers and concrete mixers could be pulled at 90 mph. There's plenty of evidence that some can't. Glad it worked out for you.
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#3142309 - 01/28/13 10:53 AM Re: This is NOT going as planned [Re: Cooter]
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Glad all is well.
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#3142312 - 01/28/13 10:57 AM Re: This is NOT going as planned [Re: Crappie Luck]
HuntingDicksonDTC
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glad no-one was hurt - but the below had me laughing outloud - people working around me were staring


No more swaying and the trailer is balanced well. 1 mile from home, I hear "CLUNK, BOOM, Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee".

I hit the brakes and look in my mirror. The trailer is GONE!!!! But then I see this beautiful fireworks display out my side window.

"Oh, THERE's my trailer!!!!! - It's passing me!!!!!"

The tongue completely broke off, snapped the safety chains and it's plowing asphalt and making purdy sparks.
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#3142313 - 01/28/13 10:57 AM Re: This is NOT going as planned [Re: plinker22]
in the dog house!
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WOW you sir are indeed a blessed man!! ok that being said BWAAAHAAAA \:D \:D I can laugh. I too have had that happen. Glad everyone is ok.
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