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Rollover accident - Lessons Learned in a FWC / Ranger Combination

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#11 Happyjax


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Posted 15 August 2019 - 07:19 PM

So glad you came out okay! A hard lesson. Thanks for sharing:)

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 07:33 PM

Wow! Must have been one heck of a crosswind. Glad no one was hurt.

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#13 So Cal Adventurer

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 09:06 PM

Great Attitude and Glad You're Ok and keeping positive.


As a learning experience, i think this solidifies the need to have suspension properly setup for heavy loads.

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 09:39 PM

Thanks everyone

So Cal Adventurer - You are absolutely correct about suspension setup.


The Ranger was setup pretty well, Load range E tires, Alcan custom Spring pack with a 1000lbs additional payload, Rancho shocks. It was complete operator error. I drove this setup for 3 years as my everyday driver, plus my other rig is a 40 ft Diesel pusher. I never would have pulled the rig back suddenly in a cross wind. Heck, we would have been better off going straight off the road because there was a huge grass shoulder with a slight incline.


I think the issue is don't assume every licensed driver is capable of handling a high clearance, loaded vehicle. I won't be turning over the controls in the future to anyone but my wife, who also drives it as the every day driver.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 01:53 AM

Wow. Holy cow. Glad you are OK, and sounds like you've taken the #1 lesson from the incident. Don't let anyone else drive. Good job staying positive.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 01:05 PM

Thanks for sharing your story with all of us and we are so glad everyone survived with only minor injuries. It is so important, as you point out, to always be on guard for the unexpected when behind the wheel.
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Posted 16 August 2019 - 08:46 PM

Glad you guys are ok. Lucky indeed, ... or maybe something else.
Count you blessings either way.

Good reminder for all of us that life can change in a second.

Get well and back on the road soon !
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#18 dorocks


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 08:48 PM

Wind the great equalizer. Over the years from Jeeps to campers, wind throws challenges that test our mettle.

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 04:09 AM

Wow.  Glad you both came out ok of the wreck.  I've driven that section of I-25 dozens of times.  Some nasty winds roll through there for sure. 

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#20 Optimistic Paranoid

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 08:12 AM



Did the airbags not deploy also?


I am amazed at how survivable modern vehicles have become, compared to "The Good Old Days".


Anyway, glad you're here to tell us about it!


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