Video: Trailer-towing nightmares revealed

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    This heart-stopping video shows a travel trailer swaying along a busy New Jersey highway before crossing lanes of traffic and flipping over. The video is one of many that show how dangerous it can be to improperly attach a trailer or camper to a vehicle. Car expert Lauren Fix told “Inside Edition” many people just don’t know how to properly hitch a trailer. “Inside Edition” Chief Investigative Correspondent Lisa Guerrero joined the California Highway Patrol to see how many drivers are hauling trailers improperly. It didn’t take them long to find many dangerous situations.

    If you pull a trailer or tow any other vehicle, please take two-and-a-half minutes to watch this video. You may save a life – yours or someone else’s.

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    Tommy Molnar

    I noticed in that test video where they purposely undid the chain, they also lifted the locking device (the one that should have a clip in it) to ensure the trailer came loose. I doubt anyone neglects to close that latching device when hooking up (but you never know . . .). We would never tow without the lock we put in that latch, but not having some sort of ‘locking’ thingie in there DOES NOT guarantee a crash. Just sayin’.

    George

    As the saying goes “You can’t fix stupid”. At 1:18 of the video the woman is putting the safety pin into a hitch where it’s obvious the latching mechanism is on top of the ball not under it as it should be. Can you not see the rusty part of the hitch sticking up? Either do it right, in hitching a trailer or making a video, or not at all.

    Jeff

    I see this all the time when traveling down the highway.

    Improperly hitched vehicles. No Anti-Sway or Load Leveling devices on trailers. No Safety Chains. People driving way too fast while towing! (you can’t go 70 MPH when towing a trailer)!

    Improper vehicles used for towing heavy Loads. Vehicles that are not designed to TOW Anything. Thank God the old Bolt on Bumper Hitches are no longer around. They used to be rented at UHAUL many years ago, but No Longer!

    I tow a 5th wheel, weighing about 16,000 pounds. I tow with a Properly equipped Dodge RAM 3500 1 Ton pickup. My RV has a Morryde Suspension System with DISC Brakes and should it ever come loose from my 5th when hitch (God Forbid) the Disc Brakes will stop my trailer.

    Most small trailers that get into trouble, do not have any kind of brakes on them.

    The driver in the video who flipped the travel trailer was simply going too fast and did not know how to get out of the CRACK the WHIP situation that caused this accident! Safety chains would not have prevented this accident. SLOWING DOWN would have.

    I get passed all the time by improperly connected trailers, traveling too fast, overweight, etc.

    People who TOW trailers, need to learn how to TOW Safely. And Law Enforcement needs to do more to ensure this safety factor by TICKETING the offenders!