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Never assume

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:01 pm

I let rabbit Holler Flash and Scrivet store their 18 foot flat bed trailer under my lower lean too, and a 22 ton wood splitter in my shed most of the time. A ton service truck belonging to Flash's son has also been stored there hitched to the trailer for the last month or more.

There are a couple of night time Christmas parades in this area In the next couple weeks, and I needed room to get my trailer and a cub in the shop together to rig lights. Due to a cub belonging to the local Lions club being spread around my shed, I decided to move the log splitter out onto Flash's trailer to get a little more room. I lowered the center and left ramp on the rear of the trailer, hitched the log splitter to the front hitch I got from Rick, and proceeded to push the splitter up the ramps onto the back of the trailer just as I have done 4 or 5 times. Since getting on and off the cub with it partway up the ramps is a pain, I just drove all the way upon to the trailer. Just as I got the rear wheels of the tractor I got a SURPRISE. The truck and trailer were setting right where they had been for the last month or so, but this time it was not hitched. The rear of the trailer went down, the tongue came up and the trailer rolled forward some. I reached down into the tool box and got a long screwdriver that I used to pry myself loose from the seat cushion, and got off and looked things over.

The tongue was about a foot and a half in the air, and the left ramp sticking up at about a 45 degree angle. The legs are attached to the ramps at an angle and as the weight of the tractor passed the attach point the weight caused the ramp to push the trailer forward as the rear went down. I decided everything that was going to happen had happened, so I unhitched the log splitter and put the stand on it. No easy task at the angle the trailer was setting. I then got on the tractor, and calmly (yeah, right) backed the cub down the ramps, which was a little interesting considering the center one was down and the left one at a 45 degree angle upward. As soon as the tires pushed on the raised ramp a little it started down with the leg dragging the trailer backward soem and as te tongue came back down the jack stand sat right back down on the 6x6 block that it was setting on before I started. I decided I had enough excitemnet for the day, so I put the ramps up, parked the tractor and closed the shed up then went to the house.
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Re: Never assume

Postby Rudi » Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:09 pm

Just reading it took my breath away :big what:

Glad it all turned out well and yeah, right decision was go back to the house :lol:
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Re: Never assume

Postby Scrivet » Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:35 am

I guess now is not the best time to mention I unhooked the trailer but didn't move the truck just in case you needed to reposition the trailer. You could just crank the jack back down onto the ball.
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Re: Never assume

Postby v w » Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:36 am

John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:...................................... then went to the house.

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Re: Never assume

Postby Denny Clayton » Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:37 am

:big say what: Glad you got through it OK, John. Had something similar happen myself, except that the trailer was actually hitched to the truck. Mr. E's Super M was the tractor and it lifted the trailer AND the back of the truck up. Pure pucker power. :roll: Never told Roy that story. Roy, I've got a couple more to tell you sometime about that SM. :shock:
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Re: Never assume

Postby redfin » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:35 am

John , I was afraid just reading this :shock: . Glad it worked out for you..
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Re: Never assume

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:29 pm

Scrivet wrote:I guess now is not the best time to mention I unhooked the trailer but didn't move the truck just in case you needed to reposition the trailer. You could just crank the jack back down onto the ball.......
When I was letting the 2 ramps down I noticed the trailer light extension cord laying on the front end of the trailer deck, but did not realize why. I just thought you had changed it for the one you had made for the trailer

Denny Clayton wrote::big say what: Glad you got through it OK, John. Had something similar happen myself, except that the trailer was actually hitched to the truck. Mr. E's Super M was the tractor and it lifted the trailer AND the back of the truck up. Pure pucker power. :roll: Never told Roy that story. Roy, I've got a couple more to tell you sometime about that SM. :shock:
I had loaded and unloaded my H behind my Heavy half F150, with no problems, but never thought about just how close I was until I put 2 additional sets of wheel weights on it intending to install the loader. Took a little ride, truck and all with that one too, but was still quite a ways down the ramps and when I realized the truck was moving I just stepped on the clutch and let it roll back down the ramps till it all stopped. Used stands under the trailer from then on when loading the H.
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Re: Never assume

Postby Mr E » Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:49 pm

Denny Clayton wrote::big say what: Glad you got through it OK, John. Had something similar happen myself, except that the trailer was actually hitched to the truck. Mr. E's Super M was the tractor and it lifted the trailer AND the back of the truck up. Pure pucker power. :roll: Never told Roy that story. Roy, I've got a couple more to tell you sometime about that SM. :shock:


Well, I can hardly wait!!! I bet "pucker power" is understating the way you probably felt!!! :lol:
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