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Safety when hauling

Postby staninlowerAL » Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:31 am

Found this is on the Safety forum. I believe it needs the maximum exposure to remind all of us about the importance of correct restraints. Please review it to read the comments.
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Re: Safety when hauling

Postby rockfarmer » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:06 am

OUCH!

I never thought to check the hubs on my new trailer. After returning from RMCF, I noticed one tire was worn more than the others. Grabbed it and shook it...loose! The castle nut was not tightened enough at the factory as I bought it brand new. The manufacturer is sending me a new hub.

Check your hubs for proper tightness as well as proper tie downs, brakes, etc!

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Re: Safety when hauling

Postby BSR » Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:20 am

And remember if you're hauling more weight then your vehicle is registered for and get in a accident your insurance will not cover it.

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Re: Safety when hauling

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:20 pm

One thing that is seldom mentioned is that The SMV sign should be covered or removed when hauling. In many states it is a traffic violation to have a visible SMV sign on anything moving over 25mph. Doesn't matter if it is being driven or hauled.
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Re: Safety when hauling

Postby Eugene » Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:53 pm

Is there something other than the photo? Perhaps a newspaper article, police report, video?

Years ago I got ran off the road. WD Allis Chalmers chained to a tandem axled trailer. Trailer and tractor upside down over a stream. Tractor still attached to the trailer.

Cost me a pickup truck, new axle for the trailer, and $400- to retrieve the trailer and tractor from the stream bed. No injuries.
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Re: Safety when hauling

Postby Urbish » Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:52 pm

I found a post on the Smokstak forums stating the following. Apparently this happened last year:

Belongs to a friend of mine. On I80 WB just west of Ottawa IL exit. He was headed to the 2016 Massey expo show in Geneseo IL. A state DOT truck was spraying weeds from the shoulder and came up on the bridge. Instead of raising the spray boom, it swerved into traffic. A container trailer swerved and locked up their brakes and missed the DOT truck. Following vehicles checked up and the crash behind happened. Tractor broke the chains following impact. No tickets were issued. Tractor had minor damage. Truck was totaled. Trailer still being used.""

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Re: Safety when hauling

Postby Jim Becker » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:05 pm

Urbish wrote:I found a post on the Smokstak forums stating the following. Apparently this happened last year:

. . . Tractor broke the chains following impact. . . .

I'd like more detail on how it was chained down. As I said in the other thread in the safety forum:

Jim Becker wrote:. . . The damage to the car in front of him isn't that bad, probably wasn't a very hard hit. (It looks like the truck bumper went under the car bumper.) . . .

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Re: Safety when hauling

Postby radioguy41 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:08 pm

Based on that photo I'm not seeing the remnants of any chains. What I do see is what appears to be a strap laying east-west across the trailer rather than north-south. When I was researching what guys were using to haul their tractors I saved a bunch of photos and was somewhat surprised at how often the tractors were strapped east-west rather than north-south. I've hauled a lot of things over the years and there are some hard and fast rules for anything sitting on wheels. One is to strap it north and south because that's the direction it's going to try and go should you have to brake hard or hit something. Strapping only east and west is not safe.

Another rule is if you're using straps make absolutely certain they are rated well beyond the weight of the vehicle you are hauling. Remember, a load trying to move, say from a sudden stop due to an impact, is going to exert tensions on the strap(s) in excess of it's static weight. So, if the tractor weighs 2000# make sure the straps are rated at 2500-3000# (or more). Here's why, suppose you're involved in a collision and the initial impact causes the tractor to shift slightly. You could easily end up with one strap loosening while the other is now providing 100% of the holding. Well, if the straps are only rated at say 1000-1500# it could easily snap and now you're faced with the second strap in the same situation as the first and it too snaps and away goes the tractor. Collisions are seldom crash-stop on a dime. They are usually crash, bang, and boom, before you come to a stop. A motto to live by, literally - overkill is your friend.

Oh, and I certainly would have fought to have that DOT truck driver cited. As it sits the guy hauling the tractor is responsible because he ran into the rear of the vehicle in front. Should the DOT driver be cited the blame shifts. I would have fought for that.
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Re: Safety when hauling

Postby jpcubs » Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:57 am

Be aware of signs,A man parked his truck and trailer along curb at western days in dewey ok to unload a display. A car hit his trailer in the rear. The police give the man with trailer a ticket for parking in no parking zone.it was clearly marked no parking from sign to corner. The man with trailer was at fault.
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