If you read my last blog about that “feeling” that something just isn’t right…well here you go! ALWAYS listen to those uneasy or gut feelings.
We have a shorter bed Ford F-250 pickup with a Reese extender 5th wheel hitch. This is necessary when we need to back the trailer into a campsite or driveway because without it, the clearance between the front of the 5th wheel and the back window on the truck collide. (We have replaced the back window 3 times$$$). We thought the hitch apparatus wasn’t working right because we could not get it to lock into maneuver position…..then we realized that the problem was the brakes on the trailer were not working which allowed the 5th wheel to slam forward. SO…..
We took the rig up to Camping World in Grain Valley this morning and found out the new electrical bundle connector they installed last November was not installed correctly. the technician had failed to hook up the trailer brake wire. The seven connector plug only had 6 connections. I assume just using the truck brakes for stopping could have been a deadly situation had someone stopped short in front of us and they had been run over by the momentum of a 30 foot 5th wheel with no brakes. This is a very scary scenario…..and a lesson to those idiot drivers who don’t stop at stop signs and pull out in front of a truck hauling a camper. Big/small theory is always in motion!
Two lessons learned here.
Until next time…..