Originally Posted by nikster
Im asking you all to put your tales of daring or woe here for everyone to read and take note of
I think the closest I have come to serious disaster with the rib wasn't on the water:
Long day on the water, later back than planned, dark, raining, cold, tired, expected home sharpish for family commitment - so rushing home. Towing along a road I knew reasonably well (but not as well as I thought!) came to a junction with queing traffic - locked up the car in the wet - trailer went sideways down the road but somehow by luck or skill [thats what I tell the passenger in my car] I managed to get it straight and find just enough empty space between the stationary traffic and the on coming car.
Totally my fault, and it was just luck that stopped it being a multicar crash. Was taking risks in the car that I wouldn't have taken on the water (hence why late!).
- Driving a rib all day is tiring, probably more so than most people realise
- Should have stopped for coffee & rest before driving home (my reactions were definitely slower than normal).
- Anyone who has never tried an emergency stop with their trailer should do so (somewhere safe). Even if you don't skid the effect on stopping distance even with a small trailer is surprising.