I've been pulling boats for over 20 years; made my share of mistakes. Yesterday might've been the worst. I went through all of the steps to get the boat out of the garage and hooked up. Changed out hitch on the truck, swing-tongue locked, power pole down to get out the door, etc.
I get about 3 miles down the road, hit a railroad track, and hear a loud bang as I look back to see the front of the boat much lower than it's supposed to be. ****?! I think, as I make sure not to panic and to slow down as easily as I can. I knew I closed and locked the latch, so seriously, what happened?
Turns out I somehow didn't get the hitch pin through the hole. There laid the tongue on the asphalt with the hitch still locked onto the trailer - pin locked in the receiver. I've swapped the hitch out with my bike rack countless times, but somehow, a mistake I never imagined I could make, was, in fact, made.
A few good samaritans helped me lift the trailer back up onto the ball after I properly secured it. Fortunately, the only damage ended up being a little road rash that is largely just superficial. I felt like a complete dolt, but also thankful it wasn't as bad as it could've been. My truck was somehow unscathed.
Except for cradling the tongue and keeping it off the ground, the chains did their job of preventing a catastrophe. And I have a new item to add to the checklist.
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Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for. Will Rogers
Mine was a cabled steering system Me and a buddy installed. Everything looked good until I backed it off the trailer into the water. Trying to steer the boat to tie it to the dock it wouldn't go in the right direction. Turns out we put the unit in backwards. When I turned the wheel to the right the boat went left. When I turned it to the left the boat went right. We had a good laugh and luckily it was an easy fix.
” Murphy Was An Optimist”
Sure enough wrong ball, lucky I didn't pull out. We all live and learn.