Camper Roof Blows Off on a Sydney Highway

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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    that is terrible to see and really bad. I feel especially bad those other vehicles behind the camper that, according to the news that were damaged too.
     
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    That looks just like our set-up, very scary!!
     
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    Well, this really emphasizes the importance of inspecting your rig before getting on the road. This looks like the roof latches were not secure, the wind got under the roof at highway speeds, and ripped it right off!
     
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    WOW - that is scary...

    My setup has a three-inch memory foam on top of the mattress and this makes me have to press it down to get the latch snapped into place. Always makes me aware of getting it closed good I guess...

    I usually put a padlock through one latch and then use small d-rings in the other three latches...

    Roy Ken
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    reminds me of when i was younger, one day i was following a pickup truck through the rolling hills of PA, when the alumium truck cap blew off in front of me, went airbourne and landed behind me, both scary for myself and the pickup owner. thank God traffic was light and it didnt hit anybody or anything else. reminds me to double check all my connections and latches for sure!
     
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    Talk about scary! However both mom and I couldn't believe the person didn't stop right away. Wouldn't you have felt something, or heard something? Or am I just always hyper aware of everything that goes bump with my camper.

    . Roy...I considered doing this, but was very concerned the small lock would tear up the paint on the camper during the drive. What has been your experience?
     
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    The highway speeds in Australia are usually 100 or 110 km/h - 62-68 miles, plus they need to safely move out of the middle lane across to the shoulder on the left. In the longer video they did pull over soon after.
     
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    My roof latch looks like this one shown in AMAZON... I don't think the LOCK or the small D-RINGS ever touches the trailer...

    [​IMG]

    Roy Ken
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    mine too. i should order a second one
     
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    I found some small locking rings at Tractor Supply that I put in all of the latches like that.
    Do the same on my motorcycle trailer, unless I have it padlocked. I'm paranoid about things coming loose I guess.
     
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    That is probably the same D-Rings I am referring too... Here is shot of a D-RING on the end of this cable. They are shaped kinda like the letter D and have a spring action lever on the them to snap in place...

    [​IMG]

    Roy Ken
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    I'll try and get a picture tomorrow. They are used on the 3 point hitch on a farm tractor.
    I've never lost one, and the are pretty cheap.
     
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    I know those as carabiners :) We use a small padlock, I don't think it could end up touching beyond the locking plates to rub on the camper body at all.
     
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    This is what I use on all four latches. Pardon the poor lighting in the photo. 20181226_183854.jpg
     
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    I use electrical tape to secure the pad locks from flopping in the wind.
     
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    Mine are similar to the ones in Matt's picture.
    A few scratches is a lot better than picking your roof up off the freeway.
     
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    Our little 93 Cedar has good latches, but none of them have any metal protruding through a latch that enables you to put a lock or d-ring through. That video is scary, so...any suggestions?
     
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    @roybraddy . Could you post the Amazon link to that latch? I need to replace some on my popup
     

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