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Old 04-05-2015, 11:02 PM
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Safety First?

So we are on a PCS and towing our 5th wheel from Texas to South Carolina. Stopped at a Flying J in Alabama some place filling up and there's a Chevy Half ton (Z71) in the RV fuel area next to me with one of those utility trailers with the sides. He's got a TJ on it that he's pulling. (I've been there pulling with a 1/2 ton but its not advisable, but that's another story.)

This guy is walking around his trailer with those little tie down straps in hand that are maybe an inch or so wide. You can get them in a 4 pack at Harbor Freight and I've used them to tie down luggage, brush, etc. He's looping them through the wheels and the side steps on all 4 corners. Has got them tied off on the side rails with the hooks going through eye bolts in the rails. The eye bolts look like they just have nuts attached to the rails. Could pull right through. Anyway, looped loosely around wheels and side rails and then to the rails of the trailer. Completely nuts!

I mentioned to the guy that he needed some good strong ratchet straps. He stares at me, goes "Yeah" and gets in his truck. Drives off, the Jeep rocking and swaying.

With all that is referenced about safety and safe operations during recovery operations, apparently this guy hadn't gotten the message about pulling himself safely. Complete Lunacy. Don't know if the Jeep was in gear or had a working emergency brake but he wasn't taking any conversation about his inability to see a dangerous situation.

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People like that are the reason I need insurance....

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Absolutely, well put...
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That drives me crazy seeing that. When we ATVd I used 2" trucker straps on my ATV sand a cable routed to the frame and center of the trailer to make sure that if for any reason we crashed those were staying on that trailer.

I've reported a few rigs after being behind unsafe loads. Got one call back thanking me for getting the guy off the road.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:02 AM   #6
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they cracked down here.. guy lost a big industrial paint sprayer off his trailer that was tied with rope killed a dad and sent mom and kids to the hospital.. ppl like that make it harder for the legal guys.. i use a tow chain around the front axle and roll it till its tight.. then chain the back and tighten the binder with a pipe.. should see the four wheeler dirt bike and side by sides that get strapped down in crazy ways here..
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Well said ..
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Speaking of safety first. I just smashed my front bumper because the guy in front of me didn't think it was necessary to have brake lights on the highway. And, my understanding is that after the accident, the cops didn't even give the guy a citation. A total disregard for safety if you ask me. And, unfortunately, I paid the cost for the drivers lack of operating a safe vehicle.

I would never drive on the highway without brake lights. I would take surface streets if I had to drive, and have my emergency lights on.

Luckily, I'm not one of those that drive one car length from the driver in front of me at 65 MPH. It was the stop and go traffic that got me, when I couldn't tell he had stopped in front of me.
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Speaking of safety first. I just smashed my front bumper because the guy in front of me didn't think it was necessary to have brake lights on the highway. And, my understanding is that after the accident, the cops didn't even give the guy a citation. A total disregard for safety if you ask me. And, unfortunately, I paid the cost for the drivers lack of operating a safe vehicle.

I would never drive on the highway without brake lights. I would take surface streets if I had to drive, and have my emergency lights on.

Luckily, I'm not one of those that drive one car length from the driver in front of me at 65 MPH. It was the stop and go traffic that got me, when I couldn't tell he had stopped in front of me.
Prob had no idea that they worked or not.
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Prob had no idea that they worked or not.
The driver admitted to the cops that he knew that the brake lights were not working. But, you could see that there wasn't a firm grasp of understanding in his eyes. He seemed sort of weak minded.

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