Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Jackson, Michigan, USA
Model: 95 Aspy
Well it finally happened. On US2 with a heavily loaded Time Out trailer. Double loaded (The Hag and I returning from N4). About 100 lbs of gear strapped on top of the trailer giving it a gross weight of over 500 lbs. Suddenly it felt like something was wrong with the engine and I was losing power. I twisted the throttle but continued to decelerate. We were not climbing a hill so my first thought was - there's an engine problem. Then I felt a vibration, not a shake or a twisting, just the sort of feeling you get when you hit the rumble strips they put alongside the highway to keep you from drifting off the road. Looked in the mirror and saw the trailer vibrating and canting slightly down on one side. Pulled her over and stopped immediately and, although the tire was long gone, the rim was unharmed and worthy of a new tire.
All that to say this : there was never any danger of loss of control. The trailer continued to follow like a puppy dog, even with a blown tire. It never fishtailed or anything. Hopefully this will comfort those who are considering pulling a trailer but are worried about what bad things might happen. So that's the good news.
Bad news is, a new tire cost me $35.00!
ONCE A RHINO ALWAYS A RHINO