Unfortunate Accident - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Community > Escape News
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-01-2010, 01:31 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Trailer: All Escape(s)
Posts: 815
Unfortunate Accident

Hello Everyone,

We received a phone call from one of our customers yesterday with some very scary news...they had an accident with their Escape trailer and ended up rolling both the tow vehicle and the trailer. - Everyone is safe.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind all Escape owners.... no .... ALL trailer owners, to travel safely. Always ensure you have distributed your cargo throughout the trailer in a manner that will maintain a positive tongue load.

Safe Travels,

Reace and Tammy
__________________

reace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 02:04 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 11,936
Re: Unfortunate Accident

Sorry to hear this news. Thank goodness everyone is safe.
__________________

__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 04:48 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Harold Kroeker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Trailer: 2011 Escape 19
Posts: 111
Re: Unfortunate Accident

Quote:
Originally Posted by reace
Always ensure you have distributed your cargo throughout the trailer in a manner that will maintain a positive tongue load.
This is much easier said than done, as can be seen in the table of trailer weights and thier respective tongue weights for the Escape 19s listed in the "Weigh Your Trailer" post http://escapeforum.org/index.php?top...sg8769#msg8769
To ensure that I maintain a minimum of 10% of the trailer weight on the tongue, I weigh my trailer at the local truck scale, it's free in Manitoba, and then use a Sherline Tongue Weight Scale http://www.sherline.com/lm.htm to weigh the tongue. I thought that the scale was expensive at $135, when I could theoretically get the same result using a bathroom scale with a lever of measured length, until I got one. The difference is that the Sherline Scale it is so easy to use that I actually use it.
__________________
2011 Escape 19
Harold Kroeker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 05:26 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: ,, Oklahoma
Trailer: 17B 2017
Posts: 749
Re: Unfortunate Accident

Yes, Good reminder and here, a recent casita smashed by a drunk driver http://djrimaging.smugmug.com/Other/...509_QuWf8-A-LB
gocamp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 05:34 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 10,741
Re: Unfortunate Accident

Sherline Tongue Weight Scale http://www.sherline.com/lm.htm to weigh the tongue.
[/quote]

Go to: http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...ue-scale/12638

It appears that the Sherline is also called Load-Master ( or the name is changed ) and is available at Camping World.

baglo
__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 07:00 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 11,936
Re: Unfortunate Accident

Harold, that looks like a great aide to have. I checked my tongue weight right after first loading the trailer up, but since have repacked things somewhat. I think I will pick one of those up.

Glenn, it seems Loadmaster was the original name. From the page Harold quoted.
Quote:
Scale Product Evaluation, Trailer Life Magazine, October, 1994 (When scale was still called LoadMaster)
__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 08:34 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
JeffZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 894
Re: Unfortunate Accident

Quote:
Originally Posted by reace
Hello Everyone,

We received a phone call from one of our customers yesterday with some very scary news...they had an accident with their Escape trailer and ended up rolling both the tow vehicle and the trailer. - Everyone is safe.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind all Escape owners.... no .... ALL trailer owners, to travel safely. Always ensure you have distributed your cargo throughout the trailer in a manner that will maintain a positive tongue load.

Safe Travels,

Reace and Tammy
Thanks for the info and glad to hear that everyone was safe.. I must admit I never even think about the tongue weight, much less get the actual weight.. I think I just make the assumption that the WDH will pretty much take care of it. How little I know..

thanks again..
__________________
Former 17ft Plan "B" Escape
Toyota Highlander w/tow pkg


favorite quote: "Put the candle back"
JeffZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 09:03 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 10,741
Re: Unfortunate Accident

I can say from experience that you should not use your bathroom scale to measure tongue weight, without some sort of lever system and understanding of physics. I had neither and crushed the sucker.
I should have taken it back to Wal-Mart.

baglo
__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 09:34 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
thoer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Galesville, Wisconsin
Trailer: 2017 21 "Blue II" & 2017 Highlander XLE (previously 2010 17B "Blue" & 2008 Tacoma)
Posts: 3,961
Re: Unfortunate Accident

Glenn - I found this for how to do it with a regular scale:
http://www.rverscorner.com/tongueweight.html it should work with our 17's.


Quote:
Originally Posted by gbaglo
I can say from experience that you should not use your bathroom scale to measure tongue weight, without some sort of lever system and understanding of physics. I had neither and crushed the sucker.
I should have taken it back to Wal-Mart.

baglo
__________________
Eric (and Mary who is in no way responsible for anything stupid I post)

SAE Towing Standard "Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance." George Bernard Shaw
thoer is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2010, 12:39 AM   #10
ashleymeadow
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Unfortunate Accident

I thought the chart on Bandon trailer weighting is quite interesting. Most of them are heavy on the left side (driver's). Mine is over 200 lbs. heavier. I don't know how important that distribution is. I knew the tongue weight needs to be at least 10% of more of the total weight. I am going to work on shifting weight to the right side. Hopefully, it we get this going on the forum, Reace may have some suggestions. It is going to be hard because the plumbing, shower, stove, sink, water heater and supply is on on the left side.

What is concerning is hard breaking. With that much difference in weight distribution, won't the trailer skid to the heavy side?

Jerry
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.