Post by betsy99669 on Sept 23, 2010 11:09:22 GMT -5
I threw something away the day I brought my camper home. I still don't know what they were - 2 metal pieces shaped like an "L" with chains on them. I thought the guy was just storing them on the tongue of the trailer. I thought they were junk, so I tossed them. That was a mistake. because I saw a camper for sale with those exact things as part of the original.
It made me sick, but no use crying now. It doesn't seem to have effected anything about my camper. There's a part of me that still wants to know what I threw away; but I think at this point ignorance is bliss.
I think those were the chains you connect to the tow thingy on your vehicle. Mine have S hooks on the chains and they hook underneath the rear bumper of my SUV as a safety in case the ball comes out.
The drapes I threw away were a dark marroon with multicolored lines in a random pattern. In hindsight, they probably would have gone with the cushion fabric I bought but they were stained and nasty and I didn't feel like messing with them. Now I wish I had but oh well.
Post by safetybruce on Sept 24, 2010 23:40:47 GMT -5
Mary and Betsy, About those chains. In case you are like me and did not know, at first I was hooking the left chain in the left loop on the left side of my towing ball and hooking the right one on the right side. I found out later that I believe you criss cross them, with enough slack that the trailer turns fine, but if the ball and carrier become disengaged, the carrier drops down onto the criscrossed chains and there is less chance of the tongue doing a nose-dive into the asphalt. Just info I picked up after hauling the Compact for 6 hours home.
Bruce, I just found that out today too. Also, if you have an emergency brake stop cord, DO NOT hook it to your chain! Hubby hooked mine to the chain and I turned sharp coming out of the gas station and locked the brake up.
I also jack knifed when I attempted my first backup and crashed into the SUV (good thing I have insurance!) so it was a very "learning" weekend!