The Wrong Way to Transport a Car
VEHICLE COVERED: 1953 Packard Caribbean convertible
WHAT WENT WRONG: On his way from his home in Texas to a car show in South Dakota, the insured was transporting his 1953 Packard Caribbean convertible, which he’d carefully tied to a dual axle trailer. The trailer tires were sturdy 8-ply steel-belted radials. Yet despite having only 2,000 miles on them; the left rear tire blew out on Highway 335, near Topeka, KS.
DAMAGE: The following items had to be repaired or replaced: various door, rocker and wheel opening moldings, door handle, door glass and a taillight. In addition, the left door and left quarter panel had to be repainted. Total cost was $1,386.63.
CAUSE: The cause of the blowout remains unknown; It could have been anything from a defective belt in the tire, to a slow leak, to a road hazard that caused a puncture.
While there is no way to totally safeguard against the unknown, developing good habits like checking the air in your trailer tires at every gas stop as well as making a visual inspection can help. Further, a double-axle trailer will always provide a greater margin of safety than a single one.