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Re: Look what I picked up today

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John Fulton

02-01-2013 05:32:16

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I got a story about hauling used poles from my Co-op years ago: I borrowed a 12 ft. trailer (without brakes) and drove the 20 miles up to the pole yard, picked out some nice ones. There was only one lineman around, I pleaded with him to help me load with a line truck. He said he wasn't allowed to, but he would help me by hand. Well I had no other choice,so with a lot of back straining we loaded up the 6 or 8 poles. I knew that we must be doing it wrong by placing the pole butts toward the rear of trailer, but who was I to correct this guy who graciously volunteered his time. So I chained them down tight, paid the clerk and was on my way. I had not travelled 5 miles when I encountered a small downgrade and the trailer started fish-tailing. Now being young and dumb at the time, instead of accellerating, i braked. This action immediately swung my truck and trailer 180 degrees in the roadway. Talk about a wake-up call!!! I was really lucky that the was no other traffic on the road, and that I did not go off road over a 12 ft bank, and that no poles were spilled.

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02-01-2013 06:14:11

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 Re: Look what I picked up today in reply to John Fulton, 02-01-2013 05:32:16  
been there done that!dad retired from okla gas and electric. anytime he decided to build anything he would haul a bunch more poles and crossarms home. he got the bright idea once he would build him a hitch on the back of his old studebaker pickup and buy a old pole trailer that they were getting rid of at work. Well, he got it rigged up and loaded about twenty poles on the old trailer and started to the farm.the old trailer was one of those extendable ones that had two axles front and back,like a cotton trailer and a tounge about eight ft long with a old pintle hitch on it.OGE had used it behind a crawler tractor hauling poles off road. he made it pretty well because he didnt have to stop,but there was one really steep hill. i was about twelve and was following him in the old car. as soon as he hit the brakes that old trailer started whipping around and it finally hit the sand on the side of the road and turned over. luckily the rigged up hitch he had made snapped off the truck. of course when the trailer turned over the chains on the poles broke and they went all over the hyway. we rolled them down in the ditch to clear the road ,finally took what was left of the chains and pulled the trailer back over and drug it home. poles laid there until he finaly got down there with a old hydra lift and a proper trailer to pick them up. that pole trailer sat out in the pasture for probably thirty years until we finally cut it up for scrap. a few guys stopped wanting to buy it to haul pipe on but he never sold it ,told them it was a death trap!

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