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Old 22 October 2005, 06:58   #1
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A tale of two trailers

So, there I was Wednesday morning northbound on the M74 heading for Bellshill, Glasgow. Not a bad morning got the cruise control set, fresh cup of coffee and enjoying life.

Then It all happened. An 'Indespension' curtain sider passed me at a great rate of knots towing a couple of brand new roller coaster 5 trailers (piggy back). Flashed him in and thats when I noticed that the new trailers seemed to have a mind of there own They had broken loose from the tow truck and seemed to be heading for the front of my Scania . Hastilly applying all my air brakes and retarder could muster (i had 26t of frozen chips on and a wet motorway) the trailers decided to dive on to the hard shoulder and in to the undergrowth. Now while all this was going on the Indespension driver was blissfully unaware of what was happening!!!!!!!!!

So over on the hard shoulder I go. Now I must admit to having some imoral thoughts at this time like, how can I get an RC5 in the back of my trailer and will it survive at -25c. Or will anyone notice me 'borrowing' the winch, mudgaurds etc. I decided I would be better off calling the plod. So details given off I set northbound. After about 12 miles I come across the Indespension driver who driving rather slowly had realised what had happend. Just as we were both pulling over the cavalry arrived. It turns out that the actual tow hitch on the truck had broken and the ball part was still on the trailers!!!! However he hadn't connected the overrun cable, not that it would have probably done much good.

So if you have orderd a new roller coaster and you live in Scotland you may want to check it very carefully

Martin- Now with slightly soiled undergarments!!!!!!!!
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Old 22 October 2005, 07:14   #2
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Close shave I reckon!!!

Lorry drivers aren't ALWAYS as safe as they think!!! Mate of mine was driving a brand new rig along M4 through roadworks - car in front dropped a little kiddies bike off their rack - he had nowhere to go as cones everywhere so he just went over it.

Result was 2 burst tyres and 2 knackered air bags - from a 40 kids bike!!! His bosses were NOT happy!!!
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"Lorry drivers aren't ALWAYS as safe as they think!!!" Mate of mine was driving a brand new rig along M4 through roadworks - car in front dropped a little kiddies bike off their rack - he had nowhere to go as cones everywhere so he just went over it.
How come you reckon that's the truck drivers fault then eh?
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How come you reckon that's the truck drivers fault then eh?
And WHERE exactly did I say that??? Yet another coddusation!!!
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Close shave I reckon!!!

Lorry drivers aren't ALWAYS as safe as they think!!! Mate of mine was driving a brand new rig along M4 through roadworks - car in front dropped a little kiddies bike off their rack - he had nowhere to go as cones everywhere so he just went over it.

Result was 2 burst tyres and 2 knackered air bags - from a 40 kids bike!!! His bosses were NOT happy!!!
He probably took the only safe option & protected other drivers too?

missus slaughtered a pheasant on the A3M once
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Terry my pet Pheasant escaped when I lived in Waterlooville by the A3M, never did see him again, been with me since I was a lad
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Well, poor Terry was well and truly plucked...

All I could see in the rear view mirror was a cloud of feathers. I'd say he didn't feel a thing. I didn't dare change speed as three lanes were bombin along

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I'd have run the bike over too. Is it possible to safely swerve a lorry out of the way? Not sure if my old Landrover 110 would have made it! Even though as we all know everything on a Landrover is engineered to the Nth degree....Now where was all that suspension upgrade info I'd been looking at..
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And WHERE exactly did I say that??? Yet another coddusation!!!
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Lorry drivers aren't ALWAYS as safe as they think!!!
Perhaps "secure" would be better word than "safe". Then we may have understood what you were trying to say.
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