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Posted: 01/06/21 05:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fj12ryder wrote:

Yeah, me too. It looks like the pin is the same size as the hole and was just welded around the circumference of the pin. Pretty shoddy engineering.


AND...... It HARDLY looks like there is any weld on there [emoticon]


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That is an awful lot of rust for a 2 month old trailer.


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Posted: 01/06/21 06:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Barely any weld on that pin and it got stretched not a B&W issue

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Posted: 01/06/21 07:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would question the damage area. It looks like the rig was jack knifed and that what causes the pin to be ripped out of the pin box. If rig was going straight forward, it would have come through the tailgate.


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Posted: 01/06/21 07:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have pros check the truck carefully. Could have hidden damage.


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Posted: 01/06/21 10:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Jackathan wrote:

The first picture clearly shows the trailer tipped over. It appears the person attempted to drive off the highway, and the trailer got over center, tipping over and tearing out the king pin.
I beleive you may be correct, it would be interesting to get the real story instead of speculation. You can tell it was a heck of amount of stress to bend the top plate on the B&W hitch.

My opinion is operator error whether intentional or accidental going off road into the ditch.

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Posted: 01/06/21 10:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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AND...... It HARDLY looks like there is any weld on there [emoticon]
Looks just pressed in to me.
Might be normal but the steel of the box looks thin to me.


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Posted: 01/07/21 04:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'd like to see the front of the truck and the other side of the bed.
Somebody righted the 5er before taking that pic. Lots of mud where the top of the side wall meets the roof. Not a good day for sure.


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Posted: 01/07/21 04:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks like a poor pin box design around the pin. I've owned three different brand 5th wheel rv trailers and all three pin box's had a 1/2" plate welded to the pin box around the pin. Then the a 100 percent weld around the pin.
Several reasons a pin welded into thin metal could pull through like the picture shows.


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The top pic shows the RV on its side, and looks like the king pin being the weakest link could not handle the stress.

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