Originally Posted by RichR
How did the ram get bent? Have you been cleaning and greasing the guide rod? That is quite often the culprit.
It was a cool dark morning back in June in the foothills East of L.A. , I was overnighting in trailer/ had just shipped an F450 and another 27 footer the day before from Port of Long Beach. So I was relying on a transport driver to get me and my trailer to Long Beach. I flew back that day to Maui.
In L.A. You leave in the dark from 65 miles out, if you are lucky, you get to port By *8 am .
So my transport driver shows up. I get ready to drop the top. I yell out. Is everything out of the way ?
He says yes. Only thing. When you ship overseas, you can not ship full propane containers. So you remove them. Which, we had just done.
Carefully putting the hardshell Propane cover on top of the spare tire, ( battery/hydraulic area in most Hi Lo s) , Well I dont know what the guy was looking at when I said all clear? But the shell was still under the eave for the kitchen window. I went down,,,and heard a crunch...at the same time. The shaft was being bent below I suppose.
Forest Gump's Mom was right. Stupid is as stupid does. Never rely on the hired help.
Being that, I had No coffee, no sleep night the before. It Was rough take off.
Now I was facing having to send it off like this...still half up and all cockeyed. The hitch end considerably higher then the other.
SThe Whole Point, I buy Hi Lo, is because I can cut my shipping costs by about 1/3 . Which, I can translate to the buyer.
Well, that trailer was over $7000 on shipping after they measured it at the port, Lucky for me, I had a good repoire with the booking agents and they gave me price by specs on trailer after explaining to them my dilemma.
Only cost $5100 So wheew. Dodged a bullet there!
Climber, I've done my share of easy out work....this one looks like the bolthead is frozen inside. will prep with oil and see what happens. Lots to do...aloha
PS- The trailer arrived...and the top was all the way down and even?