Re: [MV] A safety warning for loading trailers

From: Fred Martin (
Date: Thu Feb 27 2003 - 02:10:22 PST

Heres another one that will bite you...while loading an old 9N Ford
tractor on a trailer behind a Jeep Wagoneer...started up ramps and
trailer pitched forward (level ground)...forgot to hitch the ball
coupler between trailer and Jeep. Almost got the rear window of Jeep and
left a nice scar down the back of the tailgate as the tongue of trailer
did it's thing. Fred Martin

GOTAM35 wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Everette" <>
>>I have seen similar things happen and chocks on truck - unless they were
> on
>>front wheels - even then I have doubts - would have prevented what
> happened
>>to Joe. I put wooden block at back of trailer, right at end by ramps -
> both
>>sides - if I loading something heavy - yes sometimes load mashes trailer
>>down on blocks, but just pull up slow and they will roll out.
> I just wanted to share one more little piece of info because several folks
> have replied to me and the list about putting blocks under the back of the
> trailer. This is advice well given. If you don't have a way of keeping the
> back of the trailer from squatting down you are in real trouble. The
> trailer I was using, which I now use several days a week to haul the 8500
> pound Kubota around, has legs on the ramps. These legs have always stayed
> put and kept the trailer up in the back.
> As the trailer was pushing the truck down the hill it was able to move just
> a little without much resistance. As the legs where sitting on the pavement
> they remained stationary. As the trailer moved forward this allowed the
> ramps to start to fold up, as they folded up the back of the trailer moved
> down reducing traction on the truck. This could not have happened if the
> truck was parked level or on a slight incline. The hill changed a situation
> that normally works well.
> Lessons I learned that I will use from now on:
> 1. Park on level ground.
> 2. Chock the front wheels of the truck or trailer wheels.
> 3. Make sure the back of the trailer is supported.
> On a similar note, I learned a long time ago to use park brakes instead of
> the transition's "park". If you have a vehicle in park, or the park brake
> locks the axle (like on my Deuce) you only have to lose traction on one side
> and the vehicle will role. I too keep a wheel chock in the old deuce. It's
> just too easy for a kid to release the park brake. I might have to crank th
> e vehicle and pull up a little to get it out sometimes, but that's nothing
> compared to backing it off of another vehicle or neighbors shed (that
> happened to my Falcon once, it's not limited to MV's).
> Think before do anything, that increases my odds to 50/50,
> Joe Trapp
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