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Old 10-22-2018, 05:29 PM   #1
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Close call today

1969 was the first summer I worked for the US Forest Service at Fenn Ranger station on the Selway River on the Nez Perce National Forest. If there was an accident or a near accident on a particular day you were expected to flip down a sign on the drive into ranger station. The sign said “Close Call Today”. At quitting time the incident was related and if safety rules were violated it was pointed out how following the rules might have have avoided the accident or if it was a close call and no rules were broken a discussion was held to suggest a better outcome the next time.
Today while traveling North on 1-75 about 25 miles south of Lima Ohio I was pulling the 21 with the Highlander at 65 mph. Watching the road, I saw a semi trailer going in the other direction loose a tire and wheel off the median side of his trailer. I watched it come bounding through the median taking trailer high bounces and approach our rig at about 15 degrees off of dead on. My only comment was “Holy ( expletive deleted) and then I hit the Highlander brakes, and swerved to the left of the bounding wheel and it missed me by about 18 inches. I could see it in the rear view mirrors as it went into the ditch and continued south. Everything in the trailer was ok, the Anderson hitch had kept the truck and trailer from fishtailing, and the Even loading in the trailer kept it from tipping over. With the thread about things to check on an Escape, here are my hooking up and operation suggestions to everybody after this “Close Call Today”

Make sure your tires and brakes are in the best shape that they can be in and adjusted and inflated perfectly.
Make sure your brake controller is set for adequate voltage to lock up the trailer brakes at Highway speeds.
Do not panic in the two or three seconds you have but instead think “how am I going to avoid an accident” you can do more than you think.
Finally when someone tells you “safe travels” think what that means and wish them well too.
This is the first time I’ve had this happen to me in 55 years of towing, Hope it’s the last.

When the semi in the farthest lane throws a hurtling wheel how will you behave?
Hopefully to save all three lives, Just like Iowa Dave.
Burma Shave. ( Thanks Bill Sonnenburg who wrote this and with me, checked all my tires and lug nuts in the rain a few days back)

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Old 10-22-2018, 05:38 PM   #2
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Sounds like you had your eyes on the road, not on some rear view monitor or GPS. Not watching Survivor.



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Old 10-22-2018, 05:46 PM   #3
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So scary, glad everyone is ok.
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Old 10-22-2018, 05:52 PM   #4
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woah---glad things worked out as they did!!!!
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Old 10-22-2018, 06:40 PM   #5
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Let us hope that close calls count as an accident, statistically, so that your future remains accident free....I bet you got more grey hair though.
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Old 10-22-2018, 06:52 PM   #6
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What you said about not panicking in the two or three seconds you have, but spending that time thinking about what to do is dead on. Applies to so many things in life.

Glad you are safe. And I’ll mention this to my near and dear who are distracted by their phones. All it takes is one second and the world turns upside down.
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Old 10-22-2018, 08:09 PM   #7
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Glad you were alert (I'm not surprised) and avoided the danger that was in front of you. Thanks also for sharing the wisdom from your experiences but then again that's the person I've come to know and appreciate.

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Old 10-22-2018, 08:22 PM   #8
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Dave, I'm so glad you and Rita are fine. Reading about that close call has me a bit rattled. Once you're settled down I would appreciate your input on correct brake controller settings and hearing from others as well. In the meantime I'll do some independent research. All I know at this point is what Dennis told me on pickup day. -Tom
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Old 10-22-2018, 09:38 PM   #9
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Really glad you and Rita are well. Hats off to your preparedness, alertness, and skills!
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Really glad you guys are ok. Close call is right. When I was in sixth grade the daughter of my teacher was killed by a wheel that came across the median and through her windshield.
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Old 10-23-2018, 12:04 AM   #11
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Glad you are ok. The mind can work at hyper speed in emergency situations like that, which helps.
Not sure we'd want to lock up the trailer brakes; more braking action will result if the tires don't skid.
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Old 10-23-2018, 07:33 AM   #12
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WOW!!!!!!!!! Dave glad to hear you and Rita are OK. I remember an incident like that a few years ago here in the Atlanta area not far from where I live, someone driving a dual wheel truck lost a wheel it jumped the median and smashed through the window of an on coming car unfortunately that driver was killed.
I hope the rest of your journey is smooth as can be and thanks for sharing all that you do.

All the best,

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Old 10-23-2018, 07:33 AM   #13
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We had a nearly identical situation (but not pulling a trailer) driving through Atlanta many years ago, except the tractor-trailer wheel had come over the top of a concrete barrier and was bouncing about 4 feet high when it went past us. After that, nearly hitting a washing machine laying in the middle of 4 lanes of traffic, and having motorcycle thrill-seekers zoom through bumper-to-bumper traffic at somewhere north of 100 mph, we avoid Atlanta like the plague. Be safe out there....
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Old 10-23-2018, 08:54 AM   #14
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Dave, just your subject made me miss a beat or two until I read the complete story which you have many but fortunately not like this one. We're glad you and Rita are fine and I'm sure your attention to the job at hand helped and the equipment didn't let you down. Whenever someone mentions they may not need a WDH I disagree.
Your friends, Jack, Nancy and Murphy(you'll meet him next time)
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Dave, just your subject made me miss a beat or two until I read the complete story which you have many but fortunately not like this one. We're glad you and Rita are fine and I'm sure your attention to the job at hand helped and the equipment didn't let you down. Whenever someone mentions they may not need a WDH I disagree.
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Glad it all worked out okay, Dave. Good reactions.

Did Rita ever question the fact you swerved so the wheel went by her side of the vehicle?
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Glad it all worked out okay, Dave. Good reactions.

Did Rita ever question the fact you swerved so the wheel went by her side of the vehicle?
No questions here, Jim. The Escape is one heck of a trailer and Dave is one heck of a driver!!! And he’s my hero❣️
Also the Highlander could not have performed better. Highlander and trailer moved as one unit guided by a quick thinking “old” guy with lots of experience.
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No questions here, Jim. The Escape is one heck of a trailer and Dave is one heck of a driver!!! And he’s my hero❣️
Also the Highlander could not have performed better. Highlander and trailer moved as one unit guided by a quick thinking “old” guy with lots of experience.
Glad to hear you had that great combo of trailer and hero. I have no doubt at all his quick thought processing was the best scenario. I just pictured the wheel flying close by on your side of the car and imagined you musta been a bit concerned. I know Lisa woulda missed a heartbeat or two.
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What you said about not panicking in the two or three seconds you have, but spending that time thinking about what to do is dead on. Applies to so many things in life.

Glad you are safe. And I’ll mention this to my near and dear who are distracted by their phones. All it takes is one second and the world turns upside down.
Good job on all counts, Dave, and thanks for the thorough write-up!

Well said, Ruthe
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I had a similar situation but without the trailer. Going about 50 on a two lane frontage road when a tire and rim passed me in the other lane. Its rare, but it does happen. Glad ur OK, and good advice given. You have to be prepared for anything out there.
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