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The one with the fifth coming detached? 

The hitch broke if I understand correctly.

 

FB has pictures.

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There was a bit of discussion around the campfire Sunday evening, at the ECR after party.  Looking at the pictures, it appeared that perhaps some of the laws of physics had been "stretched", causing an evasive manuever to go bad.  The jaw failure was pretty far downstream in the chain of events. Likely a "result" instead of a "cause".

That said, I wasn't in the pilots' seat.

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That's a major bummer right there....the stuff that nightmares are made of! Hopefully nobody got hurt. A friend sent me the that pic a few days ago and I wondered is it could have been prevented by a better understanding and inspection of the equipment.

Had a client a couple of months ago drop his 5th in my shop hooking up after I made repairs to the axles. I walked away to allow him to do his thing without me distracting him, but I did note he DID NOT do a tug test. I didn't say anything at the time as I'm really getting sick of the blow off I get from people when making suggestions regarding safety practices and proper equipment. Didn't even make it out of the before the 5th dropped on his aluminum bed........ I think it's safe to say he will add this to his hitching ritual.

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It happened on I-10 in Houston....on the west side of town near the West Loop (I-610W). I am not gonna arm chair quarterback the entire crash on here, but I am in complete agreement with Rick. The hitch failure was a result, not the cause...in my opinion. Our HDT's are wonderfully beasts, much more capable than a pickup but they do have their limits. 

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I guess the question will be whether or not the failure was defective parts or excessive forces that the hitch couldn't handle?

I have wondered how our 5th would hold up if my foot were to slip off the clutch on an uphill launch..........

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I know that my rig does not like uneven pavement. I can imagine that it could be a potential problem if I were to be too aggressive in getting "out of the rut".  The truck can wag the camper tail pretty severely if steering input is too aggressive. I hate that someone wrecked their camper and I hope no one was hurt.       Charlie

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What was the TV?  I read about this on FB since it has posted.  But I do not recall what he was towing with and what damage the TV had.

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I seen it on FB and read all the comments. At the end he said they had a brand new Comfort Ride 308 on the way. My question is this. What hitch did he have before? Did he have the 245 and it was not big enough for his trailer? The 245 is rated at 24,000 lbs. I don't know what his trailer weighs but I do know just from shopping around any trailer 3 axles is going to be in the 20K area.

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1 hour ago, GlennWest said:

Anyone have link to FB post on this. I can't find it

I see it on the HDT group Facebook page, but not on Leon's page.  There was beginning to be some armchair quarterback style discussion of the photos he posted so he stopped comments on it for awhile.

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8 hours ago, jenandjon said:

I seen it on FB and read all the comments. At the end he said they had a brand new Comfort Ride 308 on the way. My question is this. What hitch did he have before? Did he have the 245 and it was not big enough for his trailer? The 245 is rated at 24,000 lbs. I don't know what his trailer weighs but I do know just from shopping around any trailer 3 axles is going to be in the 20K area.

Leon’s old hitch was a 308 with the tall pin box. 

He uses a Volvo to tow with. 

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15 hours ago, Hewhoknowslittle said:

Leon’s old hitch was a 308 with the tall pin box. 

He uses a Volvo to tow with. 

That is good to know. He did have the right hitch.

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On ‎5‎/‎8‎/‎2019 at 5:49 PM, Big5er said:

It happened on I-10 in Houston....on the west side of town near the West Loop (I-610W). I am not gonna arm chair quarterback the entire crash on here, but I am in complete agreement with Rick. The hitch failure was a result, not the cause...in my opinion. Our HDT's are wonderfully beasts, much more capable than a pickup but they do have their limits. 

You would be wrong in your opinion and assumption Sir. Let the facts come out. But I can tell you for fact you are incorrect.

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1 minute ago, mrchips said:

You would be wrong in your opinion and assumption Sir. Let the facts come out. But I can tell you for fact you are incorrect.

So you have actually examined the trailer, truck, hitch and sidewinder? I wouldn't have thought you could have examined all of them, did a structural analysis, had the various materials tested in a lab for adherence to ASTM and ANSI standards in this short period of time.

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Easy on the barb throwing.  

Surely there is a message of the importance of safety in our activities of towing these big trailers down the highways.  Even with the greatest attention to safety and SOPs, ACCIDENTS do happen, and sometimes others can influence the outcome.  We can learn many things to help each of us by listening to the comments of others, as our individual circumstances are unique to each of us.

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On 5/12/2019 at 5:12 PM, mrchips said:

You would be wrong in your opinion and assumption Sir. Let the facts come out. But I can tell you for fact you are incorrect.

Sir? Wow, I thought that was my dad's name. So tell me mrchips, exactly what did I say that was incorrect?  
{This I gotta hear...)

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