Member Since : 2014
Number of Posts : 481
I guess that, after a (long) while, we tend to become complacent. I learned first-hand yesterday the value of safety chains on a trailer. When I loaded up yesterday morning to drive to Waterboo, I thought I had the hitch firmly seated on the hitch ball. I then put the clamp down and locked my hitch lock. What I didn't do was lift the tongue to verify that it was locked in place. I hit several bumps between my house and I35, and thought all was well. I didn't want to get to the lake before dawn, so I was driving 60 mph instead of the 70 mph limit. In spite of what I thought, all wasn't well.. Just before getting to the new bridge over Lake Lewisville, I hit a pretty severe bump in the pavement. A split-second later, I heard a LOUD thump. I knew something had happened, but not exactly what. There was very little traffic, so I started slowing down and took the next off-ramp. Once I stopped, I realized exactly what I had done. Duh. I was very, very lucky. There was no damage to the trailer or boat - I just lost part of the handle to my trailer dolly. It's still useable, but the 'roller' thingee is gone. No big deal. I hate to think what would have happened if I had not been using safety chains. At my age, my 'remembery' isn't what it used to be, and I will check and double-check everything from now on before moving my boat. It could have ben SO much worse.