The trailer saved me....


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The trailer saved me....

Postby twostrokes48 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:36 am



This is probably more for the person who thinks trailers are unsafe.....
I left on my trip to Canada Sunday...I hit a very heavy rain storm and had been driving in it at about 40mph for quite some time....I was not driving the interstate, just a US Nat. hway (281) which goes from texas to N.Dakota. I came into a small oil town and had a fairly good turn in the road coming up. As I leaned into the curve, I hit three things causing the perfect storm for an accident. First heavy oil spill, 2nd a patch in the pavement that was pure tar, no grip...3rd, a wave of water 2-3 inches deep flowing across the road at the same spot. Well, the oil caused the BRAND NEW E3's to slip, lose traction, The pure tar patch was like glass that didn't help a bit, I started broad sliding, then hit the water, which put me into hydroplaning. Next thing I know I am sliding all over the road. At one point, I knew we were going down. Then as in slow motion, the bike went over but just as it was reaching the point of no return, it almost stopped going over and I was able to yank it back upright. About the same time I was out of the running water, out of the patch and the wheels gripped pavement and I was able to get it straight and bring it to a safe stop.
I know that it was the trailer that saved me. The hitch put enough pressure on the rear end to keep the wheel from flippng over off the ground and gave me just enough time to get it a good yank to upright it. I would lay good money if not for the trailer, me and the wife and the bike would be pretty busted up....We were right in front of a motel. At that moment after getting her stopped, I decided "We're staying here for the night" We checked in got into some dry clothes and felt very lucky our trip didn't end right there on our first day out.
We are now in Winnipeg, Canada visiting with wife's relatives....
So besides carrying all your junk, a trailer can now be classified as a safety item in my book.



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Re: The trailer saved me....

Postby thrasherg » Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:14 pm

Lucky escape, I am glad to hear that all you needed was a change of underwear.. :lol:

Enjoy the trip and I hope the weather gets better for you.

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Re: The trailer saved me....

Postby twostrokes48 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:54 pm

No more weather problems the rest of the way here. Don't know what we will get on the way back. and Yea, since we were soaked from the rain, no one noticed the additional liquid that may have end up on me.

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Re: The trailer saved me....

Postby thrasherg » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:06 pm

We refer to it as brown adrenaline!! :lol:

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Re: The trailer saved me....

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:32 pm

I've often thought about that myself. I'm glad to hear your experience ended with you upright and unhurt. It's possible that the drag of the trailer was enough to keep the rear tire from sliding out sideways, keeping you upright?

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Re: The trailer saved me....

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:50 pm

Mother Nature's way of saying it was time to take yourself off the highway..I'm thankful you didn't go down.. :D Enjoy the rest of your trip, Oh and tell these fine folks how neat it is to travel 281 as opposed to say I-35 North..[Trucker's from Hell] I swear..

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Re: The trailer saved me....

Postby twostrokes48 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:16 am

WingAdmin wrote:I've often thought about that myself. I'm glad to hear your experience ended with you upright and unhurt. It's possible that the drag of the trailer was enough to keep the rear tire from sliding out sideways, keeping you upright?


That is only partically true as the rear tire did slide out, I had the trailer nearly jackknifed at one point. The rear probably fishtailed each direction at least twice. I'm not sure if it was the drag or the pressure on the ball or what as this happened in a split second and I was all over the road. Good thing there was no oncoming traffic as I was all over their lane also. I just know that I went so far over and then it just seemed to stop falling...and gave me enough time to give it a good yank and bring it back upright. then the tires gripping stopped the sliding around. I am sure there was also a little help from experience of 45+ years of riding in there somewhere, but my ego is not that big to try to take credit for some fancy save....I was just very lucky. Sure took away a lot of my confidence in the "brand new E'3 tires" though as far as rain is concerned.

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Re: The trailer saved me....

Postby twostrokes48 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:46 am

littlebeaver wrote:Mother Nature's way of saying it was time to take yourself off the highway..I'm thankful you didn't go down.. :D Enjoy the rest of your trip, Oh and tell these fine folks how neat it is to travel 281 as opposed to say I-35 North..[Trucker's from Hell] I swear..

Yes, I-35 is probably the worst nightmare as far as trucks are concerned I have experienced. Not only is it solid with trucks, 2/3's of them seem to feel it is "THEIR" hwy. They will push you off the road in a heartbeat. I avoid it at all costs. Hwy 281, after getting 20 mi out of San Antonio, is a nice ride. Not much traffic, good pavement most of the time and very seldom any 18 wheelers. It is not for the speedster who wants to make time though, as you pass through many many small towns usually taking you right down main street with 25mph speed limits. But it is nice history to view as many of these little towns still use the bldgs build in the late 1880's up to the 1920's. Lots of little shops to stop and take a break if you like that sort of thing. That type of road is why we only plan on about 350 mi per day on our trips. The only down side might be that you can get in stretches of road where you don't pass a car in either direction for 10-15 min, wouldn't want to break down out there. Not even sure there is phone service. Of course you have to like looking at miles and miles of corn fields when you get into Kansas, Nabraska and S. Dakota. They create some excitement though when they switch to wheat or alfalfa fields. Gives you a break from corn.
That's why I havn't even taken the camera out. It is sure not like riding in the western states. Hopefully will see a lot more on the route back We will be leaving Canada Tuesday morning. Other than that, didn't mean to get so far off topic on my own thread which was to express experience with the trailer. Blame it on the Beaver, he made me do it.

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Re: The trailer saved me....

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:11 pm

It could have happened to anyone, I have never traveled up 281 past Dallas, I usually go and get into the rat race on 35 there,,The smell of the BQ going thru some of those small town is to die for, what I alway love to see on my way down on 281 from Kansas is the change in the scenery the way it slowly starts to change from having your typical type trees and bushes along the side of the road it changes to mesquite trees and cactus by the time you get down to San Antonio it looks so totally different, the Hill Country too, oh nice riding guy's in the Hill Country, up around Fredrickburg is awesome... Slowly ride down 281 but that's always cool with me, I like all those small towns...I think I enjoy the ride much better but if I wanta make time I will go 35.. :D Oh that was really funny on the corn fields... Be sure to keep us updated on your trip... :D

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Re: The trailer saved me....

Postby glassbebo » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:29 am

WOW, What a story. Glad you made it thru unhurt. Was time for a break as someone else mentioned.
Beaver have you made the twisted sister run? Wifey and I made it the 2nd week in June, beautiful day to ride cloudy and over cast most of the day, Bandera to Leakey was great.

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Re: The trailer saved me....

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:54 am

glassbebo wrote:WOW, What a story. Glad you made it thru unhurt. Was time for a break as someone else mentioned.
Beaver have you made the twisted sister run? Wifey and I made it the 2nd week in June, beautiful day to ride cloudy and over cast most of the day, Bandera to Leakey was great.

Why yes why yes I have....Most awesome riding..My Dad took us out that way alot when we were children to go swimming and stuff at Garner State Park.........Where are you at now Twostrokes, did you make home yet?

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Re: The trailer saved me....

Postby racing chevy 67 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:38 pm

Good story ,thanks for telling us ,,,glad you guys did not go down.. :D :D :D

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Re: The trailer saved me....

Postby twostrokes48 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:05 pm

OK guys,
update on the trip....enjoyed a few days visiting with the wifes new found relatives, all very nice people....But like everything, the visit had to come to an end, they had to go back to work and we had to move on. We left Winnipeg on Tues, morning. Am catching as many states as I can without a lot of excess driving so have passed through Minnesota, dipped into Iowa and are now in Wisconson. We will swing around the lakes and catch Il,Ind, mich, ohio, Kentucky,Tenn,Mo, Ark, and back into Texas coming on home. Still only doing about 350mi a day. No hurry. Hope to find a few places to stop and visit. Plan on catching Graceland and Branson for sure, don't know what else. Not sure what is available along the way, so just check around as we go. Probably be home in about 10 days. If I ever get the camera out, will take some pics but can't post them until I get home as don't have the cord to download. Everything has gone good so far, enjoying the ride.

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Re: The trailer saved me....

Postby themainviking » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:14 am

As I was told before leaving for my trip - if there aren't any pictures, you weren't there, Hawwwwwww. Hope you don't get anymore scary moments. Ride safe.

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