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Old 06-27-2016, 03:54 PM   #1
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Big boom this morning, fellow dropped his fiver. Truck bed ugly, front cap of his fiver cracked, left corner to top. Unhappy camper.
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Old 06-27-2016, 03:57 PM   #2
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Very sad. Hooking up or unhooking?
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Old 06-27-2016, 03:58 PM   #3
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I did that once....all except the cracked front cap. It happens. and the insurance company will say it was a "collision". What?
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Old 06-27-2016, 05:03 PM   #4
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Didn't have a bed saver or Butch's solution?
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Old 06-27-2016, 07:48 PM   #5
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Wow, I can't imagine that gut-punch feeling, knowing it was (presumably) avoidable.
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:42 AM   #6
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Very sad. Hooking up or unhooking?
He was hooking up
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:57 AM   #7
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He needs to get a B & W.
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Old 06-28-2016, 02:57 AM   #8
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And here we have had a bed saver for 10 years and never dropped the RV..wasted money????
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Old 06-28-2016, 03:00 AM   #9
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My B &W wouldn't prevent that. I try to look under the hitch from the back of the truck to make sure it is hitched. I didn't start that until I read here that people were dropping their campers on their trucks.
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Old 06-28-2016, 03:38 AM   #10
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When I read on this forum that there are 2 types of campers, those that have dropped their 5th wheel and those that will, I bought a Butch's bar and always look at the jaws to make sure I didn't high-hitch. I know mistakes still happen, but you've got to minimize the possibilities.
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Old 06-28-2016, 04:22 AM   #11
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I still love the Blue Ox (sorry they aren't being made) but Pasive is the only way to go. If you forget to check the locking jaws on the hitch you will forget to engage the Butches.
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Old 06-28-2016, 04:31 AM   #12
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2 times, different Reese Hitches. I'm a Slow learner I guess. Blue Ox now!
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Old 06-28-2016, 06:52 AM   #13
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Last week, our friends dropped their RV while leaving a loop in a campground. Damaged truck and RV. I'm not sure they will ever camp again. .
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:58 AM   #14
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Based on the OP, looks like he didn't.

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Didn't have a bed saver or Butch's solution?
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:51 PM   #15
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No he did not. We got one of the last blue ox bedsavers for our Curt 24K
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Old 06-28-2016, 05:56 PM   #16
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The Blue Ox bed saver saved me once. I am a believer.
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Old 06-28-2016, 06:13 PM   #17
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A fellow camper last week asked me why I put a chock in front of wheel AFTER hooking up. I told him i was doing a tug test to triple check my work so not to drop my trailer!
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I use the trailer brakes to do the tug test. It tells me two things.
1 the hitch is locked and 2 the trailer brakes are in fact working.
Best time to check the brakes is before leaving the park and not at the first stop light.
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Old 06-29-2016, 03:48 PM   #19
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Basic 5th wheel hook-up protocol:

Tug test against applied trailer brakes or wheel chocks with landing gear only an inch or so off of the ground. Just do it, ....or maybe you will have to pay the piper someday if you don't.

I guess common sense isn't so common anymore.
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Old 06-30-2016, 03:22 AM   #20
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DQDICK, What are the Butch's bars you speak of. Not heardof them.
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