By Cheri Sicard
“Y’all going to put us in the newspaper?” That was the question the owner of the 41-foot, triple-axle fifth wheel in the video below asked the towing company that had come to rescue him.
Road trip mishaps and miscalculations can happen to anyone. That’s why tow truck drivers are the unsung heroes of the RV industry. We may not think about them much until we need them. But they are our rescuers.
While trying to turn around at a dead-end road, the owner of the 5th wheel managed to start sliding in the grass. This got his truck stuck down an embankment into a 4-foot-deep grass-covered ditch. Meanwhile, his fifth wheel was stuck above with the front part of it sitting flatly on the ground.
It was one heck of towing pickle to be in, but not unsolvable. I am not quite sure it raises to the level of being included in the Towing Hall of Fame. But it was a challenge, nonetheless.
The job did take three winches and some careful planning.
While the video is a little long, it is fascinating to watch how the tow truck driver solved this trailer towing challenge. Like the part when even after getting out of the ditch, only three truck wheels were on the road.
The entire time I watched, the thought that kept running through my mind was, “I am so glad this is not me.”
And also, “How can I prevent this from ever happening to me?”
Once out of the ditch with all four truck wheels on solid ground, they still had to get this beast of an RV rig turned around.
In the end, it all worked out and the only lasting after-effect was some minor body damage on the 5th wheel’s tow vehicle.
So check out what it takes to get out of a jam like this. And be thankful that’s not your RV.
Mishaps like this one can and do happen on the road. And when they do, a savvy tow truck driver is the RVer’s best friend.