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        03-10-2011, 10:21 PM
    This is the trailer after accident:

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        03-10-2011, 10:24 PM
    Something told me that morning I got up not to go. I almost went back to bed, but my husband said go. I got lost several times on my way. Once for more than an hour and was about to turn around and go home. Even as I was pulling into her drive, I amost turned and went home and just called it a days drive. Always listen to your gut or whatever is trying to tell you something. It wasn't ment to be from the get go.
        03-11-2011, 08:38 AM
    Green Broke
    That looks like a really old trailer that is probably rusty under the surface. I think you did very well getting 750.00 after the damage was done. It has way more damage than 50% of its value. The axle or frame looks bent. The guy did do you a favor and I would have sold it and ran. I actually think he got the bad deal. Although you insurance company should have been called and they should have made that descision so they could take the loss.
        03-11-2011, 08:50 AM
    SC, don't beat yourself up over it. You did what you could, and thank heaven you and nobody else was hurt.

    That trailer looks pretty badly damaged, and it's going to cost a heck of a lot more than $1,500 to set it right again. You're well shut of it.

    Don't know how your insurance works, so I can't say whether or not they'll cover your loss if the trailer wasn't registered in your name.
        03-11-2011, 09:20 AM
    I do not see any safety chains......
        03-11-2011, 09:22 AM
    Thanks. I think I did my best at the time. And I learned a valuable lesson. The next time I buy something of this sorts, I will have an expert check it out before hand and have someone with me to help verify everything is correct and call my insurance before I even connect. In the state where I live, as long as you have full coverage, anything that's in or connected to your car/truck is covered in an accident no matter if it's yours or not. I just hope selling it didn't hinder that. But if it did, my loss and I know better next time. I think my husband is beating himself up more than me. I thought he was going to tear me a new one, but he said, "I should have gone with you, It wouldn't have happened." But he doesn't know that. If it was going to happen, it would have no matter what.
        03-11-2011, 09:23 AM
    Glad to hear your husband is supporting you.
        03-11-2011, 09:24 AM
    Green Broke
    That is truly terrible and I am so glad no one was hurt. Legally you have no recourse. Morally you were extremely hard done by.

    Unfortunately the law doesn't always favour those who are morally in the right.
        03-11-2011, 09:25 AM
    One of the chains was still on the trailer, the other was hanging to the bumper of the truck. It snapped into. One snapped and the others hook bent straight out. Nope, the emergency brake sure didn't work. It's in the bed of the truck as a matter of fact. I haven't taken it out yet.
        03-11-2011, 09:43 AM
    The emergency brake requires a battery with a charge. Most likely this trailer had been sitting for a bit and the battery was dead.

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