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Old 09-23-2016, 01:22 PM   #11
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Yikes.

Glad everyone is ok. Could have been a disaster.

And

My wife never ever complains about having to check the trailer brake lights every time we hook up

And she doesn't complain when I religiously walk around the trailer after every single stop to look at everything and check.

I think I'll keep my routine.
Same here. My wife knows it so well, that she queries me as I do the walk around.
We always do a brake check by starting the rig rolling slowly, putting the tow in neutral, then engaging the manual lever on the brake controller to stop the rig. Even works on my sloping driveway.
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Old 09-23-2016, 01:49 PM   #12
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Check the lights

We have a pre flight checklist with label maker generated prompts in the door frame. It was developed by the previous owner and is complete to the degree that it is unchanged after three years. On lights, Rita goes to the back of the trailer where I can see her in the mirror, I go through the turn, stop, tail routine. She gives me thumbs up at each test. And as Gleason would exclaim, "Away we go". Thanks to AZ Jack and Alf and Mary Anne. Learnt what I know from the pros. Got grease on my pants on the last trip, time to carburetor clean the hitch this afternoon. Also bumped it for about the 4 th time this year, my 50 some year old string of knee dingers is intact.
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Old 09-23-2016, 02:17 PM   #13
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Had an interesting experience going over Stevens Pass when I reached the bottom and found I had not plugged the trailer into the truck that morning. No trailer brakes...
Wasn't the brake controller displaying a "not connected" message (in whatever form your controller shows this)?
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Old 09-23-2016, 02:20 PM   #14
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My buddy didn't notice that the tow had become disconnected from the trailer. Drove several miles that way and when discovered, the plug was so worn, from dragging on the pavement, that he had to have it replaced.
I do a walk-around every time I stop.
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Old 09-23-2016, 02:38 PM   #15
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Had an interesting experience going over Stevens Pass when I reached the bottom and found I had not plugged the trailer into the truck that morning. No trailer brakes and the truck had enough brake capacity that I didn't even realize it. Makes a statement about having a light trailer and enough reserve capacity in the tow vehicle.
It may have felt fine (although I would certainly notice that), but it would have been inadequate in a situation in which hard braking was required. In normal driving (without a trailer), most drivers wouldn't even notice if three of the four brakes on the vehicle were not connected, and they were braking with only one rear wheel... because normal driving requires very little of the brakes.
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Old 09-23-2016, 03:03 PM   #16
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Welcome to the forum Paul.
I would also suggest you go look at both the 19 and a 21, quite a bit of difference in size between them. Call the factory and get the names and numbers of folks in your area that will show you theirs, find a sort of local rally, or take a trip to the factory. You should be fine towing either.
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Old 09-23-2016, 03:10 PM   #17
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Re: Hooking up

Someone on the Forum mentioned that when hooking up they make sure they don't get distracted by anything else and that they do everything in the same sequence.

We try to follow this as "best practise." This summer I noticed that we got distracted while hooking up and saying goodby to our adult children at the same time. When doing the final walk-around I noticed we had not done something. I can't remember what we forgot now [hey I'm retired] BUT that underscored the importance of staying focussed and doing everything in the same sequence. Liz and I also double check each other.

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Old 09-23-2016, 03:28 PM   #18
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I do not like distractions when I'm in the "hookup zone" either. I usually stand by the hitch for a little bit , just staring at it when I'm done and once in a while I pick up something that's been left undone. This includes stowing my stabilizer boards, chocks, stabilizers and step.
If my controller is not connected, there's only a red dot on the display when brakes are applied.. When I'm connected, the reading shows a voltage ( I think it's voltage anyway). I tow in regular flat interstate or state highway at 1.5 but in the mountains 2.0 and in Chicago traffic at
65 mph, I crank it to 2.5 which will smoke em if I need to lock them up. Works for me the last 30,000 miles. Brake shoes are at over 50,000 and I'll change them this winter. I am an anticipatory driver and still had over 1/3 pads on the Highlander at 124,000 miles this last spring when I had them done.
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Old 09-23-2016, 03:31 PM   #19
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I have a laminated check list. At times I get lazy and figure I don't need to refer to it, but then I do, and find I missed something.
This is my list. Tire pressure may not be correct for your tires, for instance, but it is a basis to make your own list.

Drive Away Checklist

SPARE KEYS

Inside Checks:

Loose Items Stored
Windows Closed
Blinds secure
Tank levels
Battery level
Thermostat OFF
Water Heater OFF
Water Pump OFF
Shower / Sink Drains CLOSED
Stove Cover DOWN
Screen Door FASTENED
Fridge Door Shelves LIGHT
Fan OFF
Roof Vents ( Bathroom / Fan ) CLOSED
TP and Paper Towels SECURED
Door LOCKED
Step STORED / SECURE

Outside Checks:

Tire Pressure 60-65 psi.
Note: Lower Pressure = Lower Load
Range Hood Vent LOCKED
Power DISCONNECT
Water DISCONNECT
Rock Shield DOWN AND LOCKED
Awning LOCKED
Stabilizer Jacks UP & TIGHT
Wheel Blocks STORED
Equalizer Bars LEVEL & SECURE
Chains IN PLACE
Hitch LOCKED
Brake / Signal Lights OK
Step STORED / SECURE
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Old 09-23-2016, 03:40 PM   #20
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Hi Glenn,
Your list looks very similar to ours with one exception. I had to put Wife: on board , after I left her in a gas station in Quebec years ago. And that's the troof.
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