Distinguished SOTW Member
TENOR, soprano, alto, baritone
Riding to the gig yesterday in the Suburban pulling the 23' trailer, it suddenly started to sway - before we knew it, we were crashing off the road. Some trees saved us because they stopped the trailer from turning over and flipping the SUV. Just three of us on board and nobody got hurt. My horns were in the SUV and were fine. The band owner was driving and has over 30 years experience pulling band trailers. We have now concluded that because of putting some new amp racks and other stuff on the trailer without taking it all out and repacking, we managed to get too much weight at the rear. With a long trailer, any weight problem like this can amplify the normal side-to-side movement you would expect, and turn it into the violent oscillations that always result in a wreck. Anyway, I figured that this was about my 20th 'incident' involving something happening on the road over the 45 years I've been gigging. Not all accidents, just everything, including seeing other bad wrecks, getting stopped by cops, almost wrecking myself, etc. Actual wrecks are only about 6, none my fault, never got hurt. So you want to gig, eh?