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Old 08-24-2012, 08:37 AM   #101
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i was checking out our new (used) motorhome and I noticed a few lights not on.
Opened the cover, replaced the bulbs.
not working.
So I'll just order some new fixtures.
Couldn't find that particular style but I want them to match.
looked and looked. Hours surtching the web.
Then I'm standing in the RV looking at, "things" and I saw a switch on the wall by the door.
Wonder what that does???????
OH, it controls those lights that don't work.
Well yahh. So when you open the door you can turn on the lights.
The salesman didn't go over the RV with us, After that long drawn out adventure.
The maintainens man showed us around the RV insted.
Live and HOPEFULLY learn.
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:46 AM   #102
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Situations with our then new 2005 single axle hybrid:
- First trip out, had to cross several "texas gates" to get to the campground, decided to go over very slowly. Big mistake as the camper bounced across, the contents of the cupboards including our glass dished and cups, and most of the contents of the fridge ended up on the floor. We now eat from plastic, and don't slow down as much for the texas gates.
- a few trips later, camping in the mountains on September long weekend. Night 1, outside temperature -1C and ran out of propane at 2am - with no furnace it was pretty cold by morning. Night 2 (with full propane tank), CO2 alarm squeeling at 2am, battery dead and therefore no furnace - pretty cold by morining. Since then I upgraded to 2x6 volt batteries and make sure to check the propane tanks.
- Another trip, storm warnings for the area, but when went to bed at 1:00am, the sky was clear, no wind and no indication of any storm, but moved lawn chairs, etc under the awning just in case. By 2:00am, I wake up to strong wind and pouring rain, and the sound of the awning banging and crashing. Despite my best effort to hold the awning down, the wind won and ripped the awning fabric in half. Luckily, no damage to the arms or roll, had the fabric replaced for $500.
- Unhooked camper at storage site, did not chock the wheels. Trailer rolled backwards, tongue jack fell off the wood block, and the trailerlass than an inch away from crashing through the metal fence of the storage site. Lesson learned - always chock the wheels before disconnecting.

Many more events (unfortunately), but nothing damaged other than my pride
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:34 PM   #103
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On our second trip we brought a cutting board but I forgot to put it in a cabinet, the first turn we made we heard a lowd boom. No damage. Got to the campground and met DH's parent there. DH and his dad worked on unhitching the truck but didn't do it in the proper order and couldn't get the truck unhitched. As we were leaving the campgound must not have closed the cabinet door all the way. First sharp turn we heard another lowd boom. All the plastic dishes and glasses were on the floor. The noise was so lowd the the in-laws following us also heard it. We are much better at checking how everything is stored now before we go.
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:36 PM   #104
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And then misspelling loud as lowd
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:36 PM   #105
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My bonehead moment? Driving down a long hill after stopping at the sani station. I had disconnected the wiring harness to save the battery on my truck while I cleaned the tanks.....as I was driving down the hill, my wife mentioned that there was no reading on my brake controller....and the sudden realization that I had forgotten to re-plug the trailer harness. Fortunately I was able to stop the truck and trailer. I got out expecting the harness destroyed but only a little section had friction burned off and electrical connections were still intact. I plugged in and all was good.....went down the hill again and glanced in the ashtray and saw the carabeaner for the break away cable sitting there.....pulled over again a sheepishly connected the break away cable to the truck....never going to live it down....lol
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:48 PM   #106
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Add another one to my list on this thread.

For years, our TT's television was a bulky 12" CRT type w/analog tuner and was secured to the top of the entertainment cabinet using those 3M hold down straps. Once I installed the television in the TT for the season, that is where it stayed and I never had to even think about doing anything with it other than storing the remote. When the digital TV age arrived, I bought a DVD/VCR with a digital tuner to extend the life of the 12" television since there was nothing wrong with it other than being technologically outdated.

About a week before leaving on a 19 day camping trip, I purchased a new Vizio 32" LCD television to replace the 19" Dynex LCD digital in our bedroom. There was nothing wrong with the Dynex, we just wanted a bigger television as I also have a computer that uses the television as its monitor and the 19" screen was just too small for us to read the monitor when lying in bed. As a result, Our TT finally made it to the digital age when I replaced the old 12" analog with the Dynex.

However, I didn't have time to "engineer" a way to secure the Dynex to the entertainment cabinet before we left so it just sat on top of the cabinet with a myriad of wires for composite (VCR), component (DVD), sound, antenna/cable and power cord attached to it; and everytime we had to tow the TT, I had to disconnect all these wires, remove the television and store it in a safe place (under the pillows on our bed) until we reached our destination, then reassemble everything again.

I remembered to do this every time we moved except... returning home from our last camping stop. When I opened the door and went inside, there was the Dynex- hanging over the side of the entertainment cabinet. The only thing that had prevented it from hitting the floor were all the wires still attached to the back.

I have to admit I was lucky as I put the television back on top of the cabinet, turned it on and it seemed to work just fine considering the ordeal it had been through. A week after our return, we went camping for a long weekend. Yes, I remembered to remove the television from the cabinet each time we moved.
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:47 PM   #107
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I`ll excuse your boneheaded TV moment this time, Frank.
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11 pages, 106 posts, 8161 views. It seems there are plenty of boneheaded moments on our forum!
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My bonehead moment? Driving down a long hill after stopping at the sani station. I had disconnected the wiring harness to save the battery on my truck while I cleaned the tanks.....as I was driving down the hill, my wife mentioned that there was no reading on my brake controller....and the sudden realization that I had forgotten to re-plug the trailer harness. Fortunately I was able to stop the truck and trailer. I got out expecting the harness destroyed but only a little section had friction burned off and electrical connections were still intact. I plugged in and all was good.....went down the hill again and glanced in the ashtray and saw the carabeaner for the break away cable sitting there.....pulled over again a sheepishly connected the break away cable to the truck....never going to live it down....lol
How long were you cleaning the tanks that you thought the camper would run the truck battery down? Man, those tanks were probably cleaner when you were done than they were when they were new.
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:39 PM   #110
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I towed our Montana all the way from Kingman Az to the Hoover Dam without plugging the trailer into the truck. No signal lights, no stop lights, and no TRAILER BRAKES.
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