I left on the Thursday before opening day, around 11am. (good thing)
Traveling down the road (I-76) getting close to Atwood, traveling in the left lane
( because the right lane is so rough it is unbearable )
I fellow passing me, signaled I had a problem.
Pulled over, got out and checked the trailers. I was horrified of what I found.
At first I found ANOTHER flat tire in the right front of the camper, I go to the back and find the hitch for the boat barely still attached to the camper.
I checked where I was on the gps, 5 miles to the truck stop at Atwood. Took the shoulder for the five miles hoping the boat would not detach and cause an accident.
I made it to the truck stop without any more damage. (Thank goodness)
I changed the flat tire, spoke with the manager, she gave me permission to leave the boat there, until I could return.
I made it to the camp spot without any more troubles. Quickly set up the trailer.
By this time it is getting dark.
Began the trip back to the truck stop, almost hit a deer at the Colorado / Nebraska border. Made it to the boat without almost hitting anymore wildlife. Hooked up the boat and traveled back to the trailer.
I arrived at 9 pm., long day for both the dogs and their buddy.
So, to make a long story somewhat short, below is the new and improved hitch which I believe will NOT try to fall off.
|Rear bumper removed to check out the damage|
|Right frame rail where the metal broke|
|Left frame rail where the hitch was hanging on by a thread|
|The rebuilt hitch with new brackets on the welding bench|
|The new bracket will be much stronger|
|I added 2 new brackets that will prevent any twisting in the future|
I will show them soon.
We are hoping to be back in the hunting areas possibly next week.. and bring the boat back home.