Estella and I decided last Friday to just get away from everything and go camping. We went to Carlyle Lake and stayed in an Army Corp of Engineers campground With our Senior pass it was $8 a night. After three nice nights of camping we headed home today. It is a 93 mile trip.
Now for the stupid part. We got within 100 yards of our turn onto the gravel road leading to our home. The chip and seal road we were on is known as the shock absorber test road. We hit one of the bumps at about 20 mph and the trailer came unhooked and went down on the safety chains. When we got stopped the hitch was under the back of the bike. So we pushed the trailer back and saw where BOZO struck. The hitch locking lever was pinned in the unlatched position. I always call out each of the hitching steps so I do not forget anything. A fellow camper was talking to me when I was hooking the trailer and I DID NOT do my ritual.
We drove 92 miles with about a 40 lb hitch weight in a very hard wind from the starboard side that made one like Dave O 430 in a curve. If any one questions the need for safety chains I can tell you YES! THEY ARE NEEDED.