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Old 26-01-17
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Default Another towing incedent ......

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I'm not sure a major road can be bad enough to force a van to jump off the tow ball unless there was an issue with the fitting in the first place. That's bloody scary and could have been a lot worse if not for the chains.
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I have a ball weight of 250Kg and one day drove 250 km's with the ball latch in up position. Jerks yourself into gear to make sure done all the checks before setting off. Also been culprit of handbrake left on. Dare say this is the case here, no one will know.
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BS, operator error.
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Interesting to see the results of the insurance claim !, I'm sure i will here about being local to the incedent.

I will say that we avoid that stretch of road if at all possible it really is awfull.

I also agree either operator error or faulty hitch.
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If the road is that bad slow down. If you dont slow down that is still operator error.
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The road would have to be very rough with enough up/down displacement to dislodge there coupling. I once witnessed a guy towing a boat and while going through a small roundabout, the right wheel of the boat trailer went over the roundabout which then dislodged there coupling. I highly doubt the Hopkins hwy is that bad. It was smooth when I was there this time last year.

Edit. I do remember one section coming in to warrnambool that there is a bit of undulation (a smooth down then up) on the left but unless the driver was doing stupidly high speeds, the coupling should not have dislodged.
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A lot depends on the coupling itself. I towed our Lions Club caravan to a venue with my Pajero. When I got there, I tried to reverse the van uphill into position and the thing came off my towball. All very gentle movements. I have never had any issues towing anything else. I suspect that the coupling may be a 2" coupling (instead of 50 mm), or the adjusting screw may have been loose/lost. Whatever, the safety chains caught it OK, but I have never towed the van since, and don't intend to
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do you guys have two different sizes there.We are mostly 1 and 7/8 and 50 mm as well.A 50 could come off a 1 and 7 /8 i am told
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Trailer coming off the tow ball? OJ can fill us in on that.

https://www2.pajeroclub.com.au/forum...ad.php?t=53354

I was surprised a while ago when the bloke running a large equipment hire depot remarked that I was the first person he had seen with grease on the tow ball. They grease all their trailers to reduce wear and reduce the adjustment required but I guess most people don't care about that. He had a few complaints about the grease getting on people's clothes.
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