« on: September 12, 2010, 09:10:13 pm »
Check how difficult it is to turn your steering wheel on your tow vehicle when you have it set to the towing position. I always noted that our 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee steering wheel was extremely difficult to turn without the engine running. My suspisions were confirmed when the mounting bracket litterally tore the frame off the Jeep. Luckily we had just exited I75 in north Chattanoga when our Jeep rammed the back of our coach. Damage to the Jeep was extensive (broken radiator, windsheild washer bottle, and a ripped off front bumper); however the rear of our coach was saved with only minor fiberglass damage by the VIP Tow Brake system that instantly engaged the Jeep brakes when electric wires were severed.
I have since watched Jeep Grand Cherokees being towed around corners. The steering wheels may start to follow the coach on hard pavement, but untimately they seemed to be dragged around the corner. Multiply this by the rear swing action of the coach going down the highway and think of bending and breaking a piece of wire.
I have religiously checked my rig at fuel and rest stops but I never dreamed of having a mounting bracket failure litterly rip the frame apart. However, it is scary thinking of how many possible accidents are going down the road. Thank goodness our accident happened off of I75 and only involved our own personal vehicles and we didn't hurt or kill any one.
Please check your tow vehicle as to how hard it is to turn the steering wheel when you are in the tow position and also have your mounting area regulary inspected for stress cracks or other damage.