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Check your balls!

Discussion in 'General Truck Uses' started by rickdlance, May 4, 2008.

  1. rickdlance

    rickdlance Captain

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    No not those. My wife lost a trailer the other day in NM. :(

    It was discovered that the nut vibrated loose and the ball came out of the hitch. Needless to say they are all getting drilled and pinned now.

    Check your's today!
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2008
  2. truckie481

    truckie481 Dagum

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    To late, I already checked those ones! :yikes: Now I will check the trailer ball.
     
  3. Jasondt2001

    Jasondt2001 Lead Slacker

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    Holy cow Rick, that's scary. did the safety chains keep it attached ? I sure hope so!

    Is she ok? I bet a littlle shaken but I hope she's alright, poor thing.
     
  4. Idle_Chatter

    Idle_Chatter (A)ACLU #79

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    Wow!! I hope she's okay and the truck and trailer weren't too damaged! I just happened to give my 2" ball a kick recently and found that it was working loose, too. Not as serious for me as it is for you that haul heavy daily, but I was getting ready to hitch up my 1400# 6x6x12 box trailer and stuff it full of my junk to move out to the shop.
     
  5. dmaxx3500

    dmaxx3500 Deputy

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    ive had the trailer ball lossen up a few times and now the converta-balls have holes for cotter pins and i use all of them
     
  6. rickdlance

    rickdlance Captain

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    She is Ok, but the safety chains broke and the trailer is most likely toast.
     
  7. Jasondt2001

    Jasondt2001 Lead Slacker

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    Wow, I'm sorry for your loss man. I can't believe they broke, that must have been one hell of a trailer!
    - Jason
     
  8. fayelance

    fayelance Recruit

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    I was pretty shook up, but alright. Wasn't fun watching the trailer bounce from one side of the road to the other. Fortunately, it didn't hit anything other than the concrete barriers on each side of the road. That was what scared me the most, thinking it was going to hit and hurt someone.
    Here's a pic of how it ended up.
     
  9. fayelance

    fayelance Recruit

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    It was only a 16' stock trailer. It was the second one of my set of doubles. The truck and first trailer weren't hurt at all, thank goodness.
     
  10. Idle_Chatter

    Idle_Chatter (A)ACLU #79

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    Glad you are okay, Faye, and it's a blessing that the runaway trailer didn't tangle with anyone. Second? Towing tandem? So the ball came off the first trailer, not your truck receiver?
     
  11. schulte

    schulte ACCELLERANT!!!

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    My boss just had our shop foreman put a bead of weld around the nut; nobody ever really changes the balls out anyways.
     
  12. fayelance

    fayelance Recruit

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    It came lose from the second trailer's receiver, but it was my hitch. I didn't notice it was lose:frown5: I will definately be checking them more regularly now.
     
  13. gc427

    gc427 Diesel Mark

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    WOW! That has got to be scary. Glad to hear you are OK.

    I have always put red or green Loctite on my hitch balls just for that reason.
     
  14. Gasuout

    Gasuout Hard on Parts

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    I check mine quite often .
     
  15. Diesel Dually

    Diesel Dually awaiting your return...signed... your friends

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    I am checking mine now...:D
     
  16. 12ga diesel

    12ga diesel Jack of all, Master of none

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    Wow Faye, I'm glad to hear you are okay and sorry about your lost trailer. I will be checking mine this afternoon. Both of mine have the cotter pin in them, but checking them none the less.
     
  17. truckie481

    truckie481 Dagum

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    Glad to hear you are OK and that no one else got hurt.
     
  18. gc427

    gc427 Diesel Mark

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    Checking or emptying? :smilielol5:
     
  19. BudTX

    BudTX Edjumacated Redneck

    I am sorry to see that this happened, but am glad that you are OK Faye.
     
  20. pgguru

    pgguru Recruit

    Wow we cant tow tandem in Canada with out Commercial Plates and a A Licence. Same as a transport truck.
    And My Wife thought I was Crazy Buying Chains rated for 6000# on a 2000# trailer.
     

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