This topic; towing trailers is dangerous, is intended to be a sobering reminder of the risks and responsibilities towing our campers. Have you ever lost your trailer while towing? Well I have and its happened to me twice. I'm telling these stories on myself to help raise awareness of the dangers of pulling a trailer. Some years back I pulled into our local lumber yard with my 16ft. flat bed trailer and loaded up lumber and concrete block for one of my construction jobs. As I pulled out of the yard onto a short dirt driveway that led to a 4 lane highway, my trailer passed me. I looked out the drivers window of my PU with total horror. I was freaking out and felt totally helpless as it was unfolding so fast and I couldn't stop it. The trailer crossed the highway which is also in town and normally has allot of traffic. Fortunately it was just after school started as 15 min. earlier, this may have been fatal. With over #5000 pounds of construction materials it zero'd in on the front door of a restaurant across the street. A brand new red dually PU was parked out front and took the hit and shielded the front door of the cafe from impact. This runaway monster hit the backend and wrapped the bumper under the truck. A couple of burly dudes run out as it was their truck that got hit. The first thing they did was look at the bull dog hitch and asked me if I put the pin in. I sheepishly said, "I think so", but in truth I hadn't. Fortunately for all, no one was hurt. A lesson learned in checking the hitch before driving off. A few years back we drove to Maine on a family vacation towing a HF trailer that I had built a cargo box on to haul our camping gear. Our station wagon was a gutless beast that labored going up hills so I usually went faster going down the hills to get over the next. I felt that familiar trailer wag as I looked in the mirror and watched my little camping trailer sway back and forth. I reduced speed but it was too late as the trailer broke away from our car and hit the V ditch in the middle of the freeway and exploded as I watched lawn chairs, tent, sleeping bags and all our clothes were catapulated into the air. I quickly pulled over and instantly went to the rear of the car and the tongue of the trailer was still attached to the ball. The tongue had sheared the bolts that attached it to the frame. The trailer was totaled as we left it in the ditch in Hot Springs Arkansas. So, for one who makes his living as a general contractor and frequently tows, I can say from experience that towing a trailer is dangerous and a sobering reminder of the risks involved. Hopefully my story may help you too to take this very seriously.