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Old 06-27-2018, 09:33 AM   #1
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Couple wrecks trailer on Silverdale freeway 20 minutes after buying it | KOMO
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Old 06-27-2018, 10:37 AM   #2
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Is the floor some kind of joke? It looks like a bunch of misc. 2x4s and 2x6s each held on by little brackets.

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Old 06-27-2018, 10:46 AM   #3
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The article says, unbeknown to the new owners the trailer was heavier than expected due to the pressure treated 2 x 6 boards. I have never seen a mass produced travel trailer built like that! Amazing.
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Old 06-27-2018, 12:13 PM   #4
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The article says, unbeknown to the new owners the trailer was heavier than expected due to the pressure treated 2 x 6 boards. I have never seen a mass produced travel trailer built like that! Amazing.
It isn't very clear whether or not the trailer was new but my guess is not, and someone repaired a bad floor that way, and they went by the weight on the registration to see if they could tow it. And were likely going too fast, besides, though since the woman ended up not being cited maybe not.

But it does look like if they'd crawled under it they'd have seen the 2x6s.
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Old 06-27-2018, 01:36 PM   #5
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Wow, I don't know if this is stupidity on the part of the owners, or ignorance/apathy on the part of the dealer, or both. None of these accidents need to happen. Easily preventable.

EDIT: looks like it was not new and was modified?
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Maybe this thread should be renamed to "Know what you're towing, know what you're buying."
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Old 06-27-2018, 02:13 PM   #7
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Maybe this thread should be renamed to "Know what you're towing, know what you're buying."
And it would not hurt to add “ Know what you are doing.” There the towing concepts involving backing up, three point turns, lining up on driving lanes etc. AND then there’s the concepts involved in rigging up and readying both tow and trailer for the journey with proper weight distribution, tire pressure, tire balance etc. One of the best concise towing tutorials I know of is on the Sherline Scale website. As least it was there last time I looked. Lots of us have towed for over 50 years. Experience, common sense, accurate measurements and patience prevent towing accidents. Walk around the rig, without distractions, and concentrate. Nothing wrong with a checklist no matter what your age. Never quit learning.
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so what, thats about a 30' trailer, looks like? so the 'floor' is maybe 8' wide, 26' long?

pressure treated 2x6's are (looks it up), 3.2 lbs per board foot. at 5.5" wide, it would take about 17.5 2x6's to go across (I note some 2x4's in there but we'll just round down to 17), so 17 boards * 26 feet long * 3.2 lbs per boardfoot... thats 1400 lbs of lumber. give or take for all the estimating I did.
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so what, thats about a 30' trailer, looks like? so the 'floor' is maybe 8' wide, 26' long?

pressure treated 2x6's are (looks it up), 3.2 lbs per board foot. at 5.5" wide, it would take about 17.5 2x6's to go across (I note some 2x4's in there but we'll just round down to 17), so 17 boards * 26 feet long * 3.2 lbs per boardfoot... thats 1400 lbs of lumber. give or take for all the estimating I did.

Judging from all the growth on the boards I'd say the boards might still be wet too. Which would add even more weight.
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Judging from all the growth on the boards I'd say the boards might still be wet too. Which would add even more weight.
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