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remember to watch your feet when hooking up a trailer the welds broke on my jack and the whole 16ft trailer with with 3 125 gallon tanks full of chemical and all tools fell on the top of my foot and crushed it so now I'm out of commision for a few weeks or months. I tried to pull the trailer sideways to line the ball up and the jack welds just turned loose and the angle iron on my tongue fell on my foot thought I was going to loose my foot.

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Nathan I'm really sorry to hear that happened to you. I appreciate you sharing your safety tips with us, because I pull my trailer from side to side all the time aligning it up with the ball this could happen to anyone.

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I agree i do the same thing all the time.Hope it heals fast!

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remember to watch your feet when hooking up a trailer the welds broke on my jack and the whole 16ft trailer with with 3 125 gallon tanks full of chemical and all tools fell on the top of my foot and crushed it so now I'm out of commision for a few weeks or months. I tried to pull the trailer sideways to line the ball up and the jack welds just turned loose and the angle iron on my tongue fell on my foot thought I was going to loose my foot.




oooh man!

That hurts just thinking about it. I hope you heal fast man. I'll pray for ya bro.



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thanks guys

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sorry my post doesn't make much sense i'm still a little loopy

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How bad is your foot??

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Man, that's horrible. Hope you'll be okay after it heals.

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I do the same thing but when all weight is on the ball i just give it a tug which ever way it has to go.

As far as safety make sure you cross your chains and make sure they are not dragging on the ground also make sure you connect the emergency brake disconnect up and check all lights for any burnt out bulbs. Makes sure you also grease your axles.

I check lights and tires every time i take my trailer out on to the road.

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hope you heal up good and quick. I do the same thing but its rare when i miss the hitch by more than .25 of an inch. thanks for the tip

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My son wanted to help back me up so I was about an inch away from the ball. Broke several bones on the top of my foot doctor said bones should heal quick but will have no feeling in my foot for about a year.

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I still have a messed up toe nail from 12 years ago.

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nater474 wrote:

My son wanted to help back me up so I was about an inch away from the ball. Broke several bones on the top of my foot doctor said bones should heal quick but will have no feeling in my foot for about a year.




Broke my left thumb 5 weeks ago. Bones did heal pretty quickly but it is completely numb except for the very tip. I wish you well.



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Ouch!!! Hope you heal up quick bro!!! I can almost feel that!

 This aint as bad as broken bones and the like but todays roof wash, homeowner told me about the really bad ticks in his trees! I'm feelin imaganary ticks and will for a few days!

 Best wishes man!


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Thanks guys I appreciate it!!!!!

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Hope everything works out.  Hard to pressure wash with a bad wheel.  I always worry about mine falling.  I keep it in the garage (hoa rules) and my grandson is always around.  I keep jack stands under the tongue untill I'm hooked up.  Then I take them with me in case I have to unhook at the jobsite to go get a part or something.

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Hope everything works out. Hard to pressure wash with a bad wheel. I always worry about mine falling. I keep it in the garage (hoa rules) and my grandson is always around. I keep jack stands under the tongue untill I'm hooked up. Then I take them with me in case I have to unhook at the jobsite to go get a part or something.



Thats a good idea I'll keep that in mind.

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Hope you heal in time to make it to Tampa!

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Sorry to hear about that, hope your foot heals better.

I lower the jack until it is on the ball but can only drop about 1/4" then move the trailer side to side and when it is on the ball correctly then I lower it all the way.

I am thinking of having a large steel castor wheel welded to the bottom of the jack like on the other 2 trailers I have so when I drop the trailer for the day, just turn the wheel sideways so it will move easier than if it was just resting on the foot of the jack, just have not found a good steel castor yet but still looking.

Get better soon. Get to the Tampa Event if you can, it is going to be great!

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nater474 wrote:

remember to watch your feet when hooking up a trailer the welds broke on my jack and the whole 16ft trailer with with 3 125 gallon tanks full of chemical and all tools fell on the top of my foot and crushed it so now I'm out of commision for a few weeks or months. I tried to pull the trailer sideways to line the ball up and the jack welds just turned loose and the angle iron on my tongue fell on my foot thought I was going to loose my foot.



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