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The Importance of Proper Braking Systems

05.07.2008 · Posted in Safety

A lot of motorhome owners feel that having a proper braking system on their toad or dinghy isn’t necessary inspite of the fact that it is illegal to move with out it. At this point we don’t know exactly what happened, but the story certainly points to an inadequate system on the toad. It would appear the toad (or dinghy) did not have a Break-Away switch. With that switch the towed truck (called a dinghy or toad) would have stopped immediatley upon parting company with the motorhome. Here’s the Story:

Three road workers hurt in I-65 accident

By Trent Moore and Patrick McCreless
The Cullman Times
Vehicles struck three Arab men working with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) Monday morning on Interstate 65.

ALDOT employee Joey Mallard, 21, was airlifted to the trauma and intensive care unit at UAB Hospital and fellow employees Michael Tolton and Tommy Conner, all of Arab, were sent to the Cullman Regional Medical Center emergency room. Tolton and Conner’s ages were unknown as of press time.

The accident occurred less than a mile west of Cullman around 9:43 a.m.

According to state trooper reports, William Richards, 53, of Englewood, Tenn., was driving a 2000 Sarari RV and pulling a white pick-up truck in tow. The pick-up truck came loose and caused the accident. Richards was not injured.

You can read the whole article here: The Cullman Times

Hopefully this article will change a mind or 2.


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