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If you're gonna mess something up......

Discussion in 'Trailers' started by WRA, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. WRA

    WRA Member

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    Do something that leaves people scratching their heads wondering how you did it in the first place.
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    So I get to the job site first thing this morning to load out a little Hitachi 135 excavator. I detach, get out all my chains and binders, and hoof it over to the excavator on the other side of the job.

    Battery's dead, someone left the ignition in the ON position. One of the foremen show up and we try and jump it off his crew truck, no dice. I learned how to spot a 24V system today! We'll need two trucks for this!

    Grab the lowboy tractor, raise the gooseneck as high as she'd go, so I wouldn't catch any manhole rings on the asphalt base.

    We get the excavator started, I start driving back to the rest of my trailer, make a left turn going maybe 10mph and the gooseneck slides right off the tractor frame and takes the fender with it.

    I shoot the photo above to my boss and give him a call. "How in the f#@$ did you do that?"

    It ended up being okay in the end, we took off the fender, use the excavator to put the gooseneck back on the frame, and I roll on.. after a wizz quiz of course...

    My pride is a little hurt, but I figure that if this is the worst thing that I've done in two years of driving, I'm doing okay.

    Anyone do something like this before?



     
  2. RollOver Pete

    RollOver Pete Senior Member

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    It Happens...


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  3. Truck Shop

    Truck Shop Senior Member

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    I like what it says in your rear window.
     
  4. farmerlund

    farmerlund Senior Member

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    Yep, plenty of little mishaps over the last 30years or so. I have learned a lot of ways to not do somethings. lo.l I have drove around with the neck of my trailer like that before, I will definitely keep your picture in mind if I do it again.
     
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  5. AzIron

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    Pulled into the yard one day with the hydraulics detach unload hook back up after and get ready to drop the trailer pull the pin and pull out to let the trailer down and I realised the at the time the glad hands snapped off it was the hydraulic not the mechanical detach so the ramps didn't do squat

    At least you owned it and are able to laugh
     
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  6. Vetech63

    Vetech63 Senior Member

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    and I thought I was seeing some type of new side boom mower attached to a truck ;)!!!!! LOL
     
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  7. highwayghost

    highwayghost Well-Known Member

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    I pulled the hoses off a number if times, getting in a hurry while splitting the trailer. :oops:
    Got pretty good a fixing them in the field.
    Quick and dirty...nobody needed to know. But the lines got a little shorter by each mistake.o_O
     
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  8. WRA

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    I have mixed feelings about that sticker, but I feel like it'd be bad luck to remove it. Kinda like changing the name of a ship, it wouldn't feel right.
     
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  9. mitch504

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    Friend of mine paid to have a 210 Kobelco moved. He came along and saw his hoe sitting up right in the median of the interstate, still chained to the deck, with the grass on fire around it. He put out the fire and drove about 5 miles to his exit, then another couple of miles, then saw the tractor sitting on the jobsite with the neck on the frame. The driver hadn't noticed until he looked in the mirror coming in the gate!!:eek:

    After that, he paid more to have my trucks move him!:p
     
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  10. Pops52

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    Hard to believe, but so are the videos of guys hitting a bridge with their end dump 36' in the air...………..
     
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  11. Truck Shop

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    Years ago when I worked for a towing repair shop I cleaned up a wreck-on the side of the sleeper it said {Flirting with Disaster} and that driver did.
     
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