Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Scampy loose

Day 77

Trailer Hitch Happenings

Yesterday afternoon:
We were passing a Mercedes dealer, and on a whim decided to go in there and see what a Mercedes Sprinter Class-B would cost us if we traded in Tránsito and Scampy.

Now, this is not a serious thing. We just were going into the dealer to see "what-if?" So, Tránsito decided to go around the block in order to get back to the Mercedes dealer. 

But something dramatic happened on-the-way. We went slowly over some railroad tracks. Suddenly, Scampy came un-coupled!! Man-O-Man! Double wow with salt on it!


Have you ever had a trailer uncoupling experience yourself? I looked back when the noise and lurching began. Scampy was over on the right side. NOT in the center where she belonged. 

Does this pic look wrong?

A cop cometh:
One trailer safety chain was tightly stretched. But it held! That safety chain had to give some slack so that the jack could bring Scampy up to hitch level. As it was now, the jack handle was too close too close to Tránsito for the jack handle to turn.

Moving Tránsito forward a few inches did the trick. Both safety chains were removed from the hitch, and I was now busy jacking up Scampy. Suddenly there was someone behind me.

Glancing over my shoulder, I saw a Salem cop. "What happened?" he asked. "Came off the hitch" I replied.

I kept cranking the jack. The cop kept watching me.

Scampy whispered up to me, "George! Another cop!" I whispered back, "Don't worry, Scampy. It'll be OK."

Without asking me, the cop moved passed me and took over cranking Scampy's jack. "I could do that" I told the cop. "Look! It's either this way or I call for a tow to remove this from the middle of the street!" the cop said.

Soon, Scampy was hitched up. I put back on Scampy's safety chains. Then the electric cable.

An Hour Later:
Scampy uncoupled again!
We were heading over to Trachsel Body and Paint. Tránsito has an appointment there to have his rear bumper and some other things painted.

We went over a speed bump. Scampy uncoupled again! And we were only going about 25 mph. We then realized that something was very wrong with Scampy's coupler.

While I was getting Scampy back on Tránsito's hitch for a second time, MsScampy looked up at me and said:

"George, nobody will believe all the crazy things that are happening to us lately! They will believe that we're making up our stories! First you get arrested. Then I get uncoupled twice in one day!" 

Salem Trailer Park
We decided to go to stay at the nearby Salem RV Park in order to get off the street and have a place to figure out this Scampy uncoupling thing. We traveled all the way going less than 10 mph and got there safely.

Our plans
Here is what we are planning to do in order to get Scampy's un-coupling problem resolved:
➜ Scampy's coupler appears to ge the main culprit. Over time, we believe that we may have had several incidents that put great stress on the parts of the coupler.
➜ We concluded that eventually, the coupler simply ceased to function properly.
➜ The coupler is welded on to Scampy's A-frame. We are thinking of buying a new coupler, and taking it to a welding shop. The old coupler will have its welded connection removed and the new coupler will be welded on.

Mechanic George exhibits his skills fixing things.
Here he is changing out Scampy's damaged jack.

PS: The jack was a bit bent when Scampy uncoupled.  But the coup de gras came to the poor defenseless jack when the burly cop decided to move Scampy sideways by yanking on on the jack's top! 😩


Changed plans!
As you may understand by reading "Our plans" above, we were going to do a whole lot of unnecessary stuff in order to get Scampy's hitch/coupler back working again. Spend a lot of $dough$ too!

Then, a miracle came in the form of Reader Mister ed! He provided a link to a YouTube video showing how a trailer coupler works!

Before I viewed the gift video from Reader Mister ed, I did not have a clue about the subject of the video!

Here is that video:




Disassembled the coupler's latch/holding mechanism
Following the instruction gained from the video, the coupler's working parts were disassembled. Then cleaned up with solvent, and reassembled.

The coupler's cleaned up parts appear to be working 100%.

Coupler's working parts, consisting of
the locking and latch mechanisms.




Bottom view of the locking mechanism



Cleaned up and reassembled
lock and latch mechanism





Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 214 feet
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52 comments:

  1. Sad that this 'meeting' understandably had you jittery. The world has gone to shite. Glad you were able to salvage the connection and things were not much worse.

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    1. So! You are the Rogue Less Travelled? For years I wondered where that rogue was located. Now I know!

      Thank you,
      George


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  2. A police officer who exercised his discretion to protect and serve. Good cop.

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    1. Hey Midwest,

      I hope this cop meets you someday. 🤡

      George


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  3. The real question here is why did it come off????

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    1. Hi Mister ed,

      The coupler is the culprit. After many hitch/coupler incidents, the coupler is no longer sound.

      George


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  4. They don't just come off!

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    1. Hi Eddie,

      They just come off if they are worn out and mangled.

      George


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    2. My point exactly. The prudent man would have investigated the cause after the first mystery unhitching.

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  5. Wow George, your adventures are becoming more exciting than a movie ! I am becoming Totally addicted !! Glad you and the 2nd cop played nice together - and thankful you made it safely to an RV park. Too much has been happening to you lately & you have been very Lucky. You need a time out to reboot 😱 😵 😎

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    1. Hi Moonfly13,

      Time out to reboot. Me!? I am Tioga George, vagabonder supreme! I don't need any stinking reboot time! 😜

      George



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  6. Oh, wow, George, this really has turned into the trip from hell! I am so sorry this is hsppening, your first trip out in years. I had a trip like this last year. It's not much fun.

    Hang in there, and you have this great vommunity to help you! I am glad you ran into a good vop for a change:).

    I, too, think the rv oark soubds like a good idea for a while. You can rest and regroup with one less thing to worry about. ]

    You might want to ask them what their monthly rate is -- oftem it is the same as 10 days st the nightly rate. If you have to stick around for the ticket hearing and Transito stuff it might be cheaper.

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    1. Hi Unk,

      Trip from hell. Yes, woe is Me! Poor little baby, Me.

      Monthly rate? Maybe yearly rate! I may retire from RVing because of all these terrible things!

      But I may be destined for a very long prison term! Probably I'll die in prison.

      What will become of Scampy and Tránsito??

      George


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  7. Hmmm maybe the hitch/coupler was damaged when transito traveled in reverse and messed up the bumper. Your travels in Oregon have been up and down with adventure...like a roller coaster. Maybe it's time to camp in California away from the cities. Take care and safe travels.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      The hitch was not damaged. The coupler is the culprit.

      Yes, you are right. All of these things have taken their toll on me!

      I shall immediately begin looking for a rest home. 😢

      George


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  8. OK George, enough is enough. All of us better keep sending good vibes to you. That's what I shall do. I agree with Unknown, maybe best to stay put in the park until court is settled. That is if it comes up soon.

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    1. Hi Vera,

      But I am a stubborn guy. And a stubborn guy wants to return that same park. Same spot. Same time!!! 👿

      George


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    2. George,
      It appears to me that you have a problem with policeman in general. You acknowledged that you frequently break the law with the excuse that "it is not enforced." To each his own but I think your Stealth Camping has bitten you in the butt.

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    3. Hi Eddie,

      Oooooh! You have wounded my feelings! Why did you do that? 😱

      Laws are only words anyway. Completely time sensitive. Legal? Illegal? Some of my Jewish German relatives experienced being illegal in Germany only because being Jews.

      For centuries, here in the United States, our laws made it legal to own slaves.

      But you knew that, didn't you!

      George


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  9. Couplers can be adjusted and should be priodically inspected for proper adjustment and operation. I would start there. Also make sure you have the correct size ball -- don't assume the hitch people put the right one on.

    Replacing a coupler is expensive and may not be needed.

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    1. Hi Nick,

      Nope! I disagree. It is my practice that whenever a critical part [ie; coupler, safety chain, etc] is used, replace it.

      George


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    2. Changed my mind, Nick.

      You are correct! Couplers can be adjusted. I adjusted Scampy's coupler this afternoon. A lot I did not know about couplers!! 🙄

      George


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  10. Hi George.

    Your "adventures" continue to encourage me to sell my motor home! Those incidents remind me of why being on the road is more of a pain than it is worth. Keep on sharing....

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    1. Hi John,

      I will keep on sharing. And also, searching for adventures.

      Funny thing. Adventures seem to be out searching for me! 😜

      George



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    2. That's exactly what adventures do, search for us!
      It's called rocking the life!
      PEACELOVEJOY George!

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    3. Well, Joan. Lately my life is an earthquake size rock!


      Bye,
      George


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  11. I took made a promise I wouldn't tell you but I didn't say I couldn't give you a hint

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=6&ved=0ahUKEwiJh9rAxKfVAhVCNiYKHQsWDJsQo7QBCBMwBQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DMHkxx1_IZQA&usg=AFQjCNE1bBsI2Wenpur7zhz5OLKySn6Zgg

    Google
    How do I adjust an D-L Cupler

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  12. I think you're just having the Monday afternoon blues
    Here's an unsolicited suggestion
    where do you get your trailer parked in your RV spot go find the nearest package store (liquor ) buy yourself a nice bottle of wine
    Get your favorite chair and your parakeet sit outside and drink the bottle of wine But you need to be a man about it,,,no glass
    And I'm sure by the end of the day ( its really what you need )you'll be all mellowed out
    Cheers,,,,,,,,, and a toast,,,,,,

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    1. Mister ed,

      With this present comment, you have redeemed yourself! 😍

      Thank you,
      George


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    2. Does that mean I get a lot of redemption coupons

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    3. Hi Mister ed,

      Anything you want! 😎

      George


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  13. In Oregon it means you get a nickel!

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  14. There are youtube videos on how to troubleshoot and adjust couplers.

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    1. Yes! There are videos like that.!

      Click [Here] to view theMister ed recommended video that helped me sooooo much!

      George

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  15. Hola Jorge ! You are truly Tioga George, the king of motorhome travel, but you are pretty new at trailer travel . Please don't overlook what might be the answer. Could they have given you the wrong ball size for your coupler? There are 3 common sizes, and one obscure one. I went a year with and undersized one before I had the oops moment you are going through. Double check? BTW, it is because of you that my wife and I gathered up the courage and sold everything and are full timing. It's wonderful... Been reading you since Santa Rosalia , Baja Mexico days. Thanks for everything !!

    a cheapguy

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    1. Hi Cheap,

      Take a look at the answer supplied by Mister ed!

      There is a link in my reply to Tom [see comment below]. That link [Supplied by Mister ed] takes you to a YouTube video that describes adjusting the coupler.

      George


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  16. Hi George!
    This may be a 'shot-in-the-dark' but after reading your story, I noticed that at both times your trailer un-hitched after going over bumps (rail-road tracks and a speed-bump).
    I'm wondering if when going over a bump if your trailer jack is hitting the ground and forcing/lifting your trailer off the ball?
    My Dad had this happen back in the 1960's and it turned out his ball-hitch needed to be higher to add the additional clearance that he needed for his jack to clear over those speed-bumps.
    If this has already been address and is not the problem, please disregard.
    On the positive side, if you're in the Salem area Monday, August 21st, you're in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat with the Total Solar Eclipse as Salem is within the Path of Totality!
    https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/salem
    Hope the rest of your stay becomes uneventful! ;)
    Best Regards & Always!
    Tom L.

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    1. Hi Tom,

      Actually, I believe that a comment by Mister ed hit the thing dead center!

      Please Click [Here] to go to a video that Mister ed found and gave to me!

      George

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  17. Yay!!! George, vagabonder supreme! I'm glad 'life' is not getting the best of you. No need to reboot, just check off the immediate item first...the hitch, then go down your list in priority order. Your are also a Mr. Fix it..at least Scampy says so and transito..so go fix those things on your list. Time will fly by and soon you will be heading back to twayler. I see a lot of good points such as the hitch ball might be too small, the trailer jack might be too low and hits the ground becoming unhitched, the coupler might just need to be adjusted. Before you spend money...check the suggestions by readers and see what happens/if it fixes the problem.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      I suppose you found out that we George's love to receive
      a "Yay!!!"

      Mister ed told me about what is the trailer coupler problem. Take a peek at my reply to Tom [The comment above yours]. Click on the link!

      George


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  18. Happy Thursday George. Better days are coming.

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    1. Hi Jerry,

      Thank you!

      Come to think about it:
      Aren't happy days here right now?😎

      George


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  19. Glad that helped you
    George what I'd like you to do before you put it all back together I don't like the looks of the nut and nut lock and that was the culprit of your problem
    Please disassemble it again but remember the sequence of putting it all back together
    Just up the street from you is a place called trailers plus 370 Lancaster Dr SE, Salem, OR 97317
    Take that assembly up to that trailer plus have them inspect it visually and replace that nut and or replace The whole assembly (you don't need the coupler that's attached to the trailer)


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    1. Hi Mister ed,

      I will do that and report back.

      Thank you,
      George


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    2. This my report, Mister ed,

      I went to U-Haul for help. That's where Tránsito's hitch was installed. John, the guy who installed that hitch showed me that I'd placed one piece incorrectly.

      John did the correction for me. Tránsito is 100% again.

      BTW! No hurt to either Scampy or Tránsito as a result of those two decouplings!! 😁

      George


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  20. Hi George, Another thing to check is make sure the ball on the hitch is the correct size for the coupler on Scampy. It is probably OK, but there are four sizes of balls, and if it's too small for the coupler that could explain things.

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    1. Hi Keith,

      Thanks for taking time to advise me about the ball size! 😎

      George

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  21. Just get the heck out of Oregon - they won't come after you. And don't go back!

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    1. Hi Carol and Bill,

      Wow! I never considered that "they" would come after me!

      If I take-off on-the-lamb, is it OK for me to hide at
      your home? 😜

      George


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    2. Carol and Bill
      Sure George could get out of town and never come back to Oregon
      When you do not appear. A Citation is issued as in contempt of court which means there is a bench warrant out for your arrest
      Now when that happens that is a court order which goes as a flag on your registration and your drivers license
      So anytime you go to register a vehicle in any state in the United States that flag is there.
      now you can't get your registration secured
      As is your drivers license, and you have a warrant for arrest in all states in the United States
      If you think back when George did not give the cop his drivers license had a giver the His drivers license and there was a warrant out for his arrest. another words which means they're going to take his ass downtown
      So that was really good advice
      Now if you want me to add a little bit more if George try to go to Canada you can kiss that trip goodbye. that just means he ain't going
      Let's look at George's USA passport when George presented his passport as an ID to board an airplane, they already know he's going to show up at that airport so there's a warrant for arrest involved. he wouldn't even make it to the TSA checkpoint let alone the damn plane,
      Let's say George decided to go skinny-dipping in the ocean at 10 o'clock at night an the cop stops him where do you think he's going after that
      Trust me you don't want to go to jail naked💨👄
      So I'll rest my case

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    3. Oh! Meester Ed,

      You make me laff sooooo much. I am go clazy wit laffing!

      Señor Jorge [El un y unico]

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