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Old 08-28-2013, 05:07 AM   #151
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At my first host position I set up and all was well until the first good rain. My site was in a slight hole that filled with water up to about 4" deep. It drained off quickly after the rain quit, but while it was still 4" deep I needed to go somewhere. I went down my steps and stepped on my new ground mat. It was a new mat and I didn't know that it floated. I didn't fall, but came darn close to it. Falling in that "lake" would have not made my day.


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Old 08-28-2013, 06:40 AM   #152
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I am relatively new to the camper thing. Only been on 1 trip with our new camper so far. Second trip this weekend...

Anyway the first trip went without incident. But when we got home, I cleaned it for the first time. Let the tent ends dry (I have a hybrid) for a couple of days and went to put her away.

Well, as I was folding up the tent end closest to the hitch, I wasn't paying attention to where the pole was I was taking out and SLAM! Right into my brand new ceiling - a nice 2-3 in puncture. Sucks.

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Old 08-28-2013, 08:35 AM   #153
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Mine goes back about 25 years. We left a dog show in Va and did not plug in the trailer. We never unhooked at fairgrounds when showing dogs but always pulled the plug to save the truck battery. Next thing I saw on the road was a sign for trucks to use lower gear next 7 miles. Long story short: I have never pulled a trailer that fast since. We made it to the bottom and pulled over for a prayer of thanks, and then plugged the trailer electric and went home.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:05 PM   #154
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One evening I was in "full TT MOD mode" and had a really GREAT idea.....

I fabricated a replacement for my water heater drain plug that included a valve and extension hose for "quick drains".
I used a plastic flexible tubing about 10" long with valve on the end.

First trip out was a boondock and we left water heater on propane all night, ....... and the plastic tubing melted.
DW woke me up saying she heard water running.
Had to reverse my mod back to the plug at 1am ..... in the dark..... and barely had enough water to make it til we left.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:35 PM   #155
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Thanks for sharing. I never gave gravity much thought. This could easily happen. I will remember this
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Old 09-04-2013, 01:59 PM   #156
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two for two. This trip I broke one of my stabilizer jacks by forgetting to retract them before I started cranking the tongue jack. It is extremely bent up.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:14 PM   #157
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:28 PM   #158
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We have a fifth wheel trailer with a automatic sat dish on top. Pulled out of a campground site and someone motioned to me that the sat dish was still up. No damage just a red face. Had to return to our site, plug the a/c cord in and lower the sat dish. Now on our check list.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:41 PM   #159
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Hooked up a clear 45* elbow to the sewer pipe pointing to the left. When I went to drain the black tank the weight of the waste caused the elbow to rotate OFF! Not only did I not get out of the way in time, I had to get back to close the valve. Now I make sure the elbow is always pointing to the right or down! ( I just threw up in my mouth thinking about it again)
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:04 PM   #160
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I'm laughing while my mind attempts to visualize this event! One of those "look around to make sure no one saw you" moments!

(I will definitely remember to make sure I hook up my 45* clear flushing elbow "correctly"!!!)

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