He pulled a WHAT?
Ontario Provincial Police posted these photos from a traffic stop that was posted on December 19th 2019. Yep, that’s a Chevrolet Silverado HD pulling that semi-trailer. This posts showed us why the stop was performed. Simply put, it was an incredibly dangerous and ignorant thing to do.
You can see the FaceBook post from the Ontario Provincial Police department (here).
Speculating on whether or not a Heavy Duty Silverado can tow this trailer on a flat surface is irrelevant. Of course it can; if a Tundra can pull the Space Shuttle… well, you get it. The thing is: stopping.
Who needs brakes anyway?
It looks like there is no direct connection to the trailer’s service brakes. The air tank appears to trigger the spring brakes to allow it to roll. Not only does it appear that there is no direct connection to the bakes, it looks like the driver wired a remote/wireless brake-light system. This setup merely transmits a signal for the remote brake light to activate when braking. It does not trigger the trailer’s brakes.
That’s right, nothing but brake lights. In other words, the Silverado has to use its own brakes to stop the who enchilada. How many miles do you think that will work?
Did you see the homemade pin? Somehow, the fabricator seems to have made a few holes and bends – calling it “good enough.” You’ll also notice NO proper towing mirrors, not a single safety sign and a manergie of welds on a steel beam that look dubious at best.
What do you guys think of this?