Brakes went out!

gpfishingdude

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It was the end of a busy weekend on the lake and trailers were being backed in 5 wide on the ramp. The law had some drunks at the dock and that made things a little more tense.
Anyway the wife managed to back the pontoon boat trailer down after a few tries and I had just made a big run at the trailer an got the boat about 2/3 of the way up the carpeted bunks when she took off driving up the hill to the parking lot.
I have to tell you that I was puckering a little bit on that ride up the hill in a boat that wasn't even hooked to the trailer. I also wonder what in the blazes got into her.
She whipped the truck into the parking lot and jumped out and said the brakes are gone and I could see the puddle of brake fluid running out from under the truck.
I managed to winch the boat the rest of the way on the trailer and spent the next day getting a new brake line installed on the truck. Not a stupid trick but it sure was one we won't ever forget.
 

gpfishingdude

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When I see a picture of a vehicle under water at the bottom of a boat ramp I always wonder if something happened to their brakes and maybe they weren't as lucky as we were.
 

dingbat

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Know the feeling all to well.

Trailered 125 miles to a tournament. Dropped the boat in the water and went to park. Pulled in a parking space and the pedal went to the floor.

Could have been a whole lot worst had they gone out on the trip down.
 

Rabbit929

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Makes you wonder if a person could panic fast enough to use the e-brake. (Usually mechanical for this reason) this could sink as it usually just works for the rear tires. 😶

you got a smart woman on your hands sir! Does she have any sisters that would like their lives ruined?
 
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