Steve wrote:Hanging around a boat ramp can be very entertaining, I saw one guy launch his boat with trailer attached. The trailer came loose from the ball hitch, no safety chain of course.
They can be a hoot!
The launch with trailer attached would be funny if it didn't almost happen to me a couple of days ago. I have a little RIB that I keep on a small trailer. I attached the trailer to the van and put the padlock through the little hole in the latch lever, didn't bother with the chains since the ramp is only a block away and off I went. I backed into the water then remembered I forgot to put the plug in so pulled out far enough to get at it.
After waiting for the water to drain and installing the plug I walked back to the van and for some reason glanced down at the hitch because it looked funny. Yeah, it looked funny, the hitch was off the ball and pushed forward so the ball was resting behind the socket. Somehow when I attached it I missed capturing the ball but the latch caught and appeared to be normal.
I won't be so casual about hooking up the trailer from now on.*