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Old 04-29-2014, 11:14 AM   #211
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First trip ever towing a popup last year - thought I was all hooked up properly - afterall, my neighbor helped me hook the popup to my TV. My campsite was really close +/- 5 miles away so I could work out any bugs.I was so excited, but nervous towing for the first time, and alone.
At a busy intersection the traffic signal turns green so I slowly accelerate and then to my horror, a loud scraping noise starts. What the heck??!!
The popup had come off the hitch!!!!
OMG! The tongue jack was being dragged and scraping the asphalt of a very busy Los Angelels intersection. I immediately pulled over and out of nowhere, three guys came to my rescue and got me back on the road. Apparently you are supposed to put a hitch pin in the coupler! Lawd no one told me that! I was a nervous wreck the rest of the day; so afraid I would break something else.
Fortunately the tongue jack was not damaged and the trailer breaks worked so that the breakaway switch did not engage. At the campsite I met a nice man who helped file down the slightly mushroomed end of the tongue jack so I could get the wheel back on.

It has taken awhile for me to become confident in my towing, but I'm good. I have become neurotic about checking and rechecking my connections. I'll pull over a block or so away to recheck my connections. My motto is always, "safety first".
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:23 PM   #212
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...At a busy intersection the traffic signal turns green so I slowly accelerate and then to my horror, a loud scraping noise starts. What the heck??!! The popup had come off the hitch!!!! OMG! The tongue jack was being dragged and scraping the asphalt of a very busy Los Angelels intersection. I immediately pulled over and out of nowhere, three guys came to my rescue and got me back on the road.

I just spit my coffee out!!! Thank you....that is a sweetheart of a story!....although I thought it was going end..... "out of nowhere, three guys stole my camper"!

Glad you had a happy ending
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:28 PM   #213
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I just spit my coffee out!!! Thank you....that is a sweetheart of a story!....although I thought it was going end..... "out of nowhere, three guys stole my camper"!

Glad you had a happy ending
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Old 04-29-2014, 08:10 PM   #214
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"out of nowhere, three guys stole my camper"!

Ha! In my 'hood, that is entirely possible!
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:05 AM   #215
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You know the central light in most trailers that is also controlled by the switch next to the door? Well I didn't.
I couldn't get that light to work so I took it down and checked the power with a multimeter. No power but there was another wire in the ceiling so I rewired that light so it would work. No problems now!

Realized after a day or two when I was playing with the switches near the door and one of the switches didn't do anything....... That's when it dawned on me that this is probably the switch for that overhead light!
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:32 PM   #216
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Last year my wife and I purchased a loaded 2006 Jayco Eagle 278FBS that was in near new condition with the tags still on most of the furniture and a full compliment of manuals, receipts and a amazingly detailed notebook with every service that was done and general experiences of the previous owner...
We purchased from a retired military gentleman who had only used the unit a handful of times on the amature square dance circuit for a dressing room and shower facilities. Score!

We were so excited to upgrade from our much loved, but outgrown 1991 18' Coachman Catalina- the wife and I went out to explore the the new Eagle the first night we had it. The former owner had built a very nice custom single step platform for using outside when the last step was to high off the ground. He stored it in the front passenger side of the TT sitting atop the dog house for the water pump compartment - well, we must have moved the step from its normal riding spot about 6" back and it was resting against the non-deployed slide out living room (note the use of "we")...

Excited to show my wife that our new unit was almost wider than our old unit was long - I proudly extended the slide out without checking for items that might block its deployment while pontificating aloud about what an amazing find this new trailer was, when I was interrupted by the loud creaking/tearing noise of the beautiful oak interior molding being torn from the front verical edge of the slide...

That awesome little step platform had been moved just far enough back to catch the edge of the slide as I extended it. Good grief! With my pride wounded... and the molding still in one piece ... albeit separated from 75% of the slide, I hung my head in shame and went to get my finish nailer and compressor to repair!

My wife has been kind enough to only mention it on two occasions... She won both of those "discussions" and I look forward to a time when she doesn't remember this incident!

Always check areas around the slide outs (inside & outside ) prior to deploying them! It takes a little time but can save you and your ego! Trust me!
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My wife has been kind enough to only mention it on two occasions... She won both of those "discussions" and I look forward to a time when she doesn't remember this incident!
Dude, pretty sure she'll NEVER forget. You should know that by now. Women have an impenetrable and infallible memory for the stupid stuff we men do. You may think she forgot all about it, then you'll be discussing something (decades later) and she'll bring it up just like it happened yesterday.
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Dude, pretty sure she'll NEVER forget. You should know that by now. Women have an impenetrable and infallible memory for the stupid stuff we men do. You may think she forgot all about it, then you'll be discussing something (decades later) and she'll bring it up just like it happened yesterday.
My problem is I alomost always do my studpid stuff yesterday.
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My problem is I alomost always do my studpid stuff yesterday.
LOL!! Ain't that the truth!! Me too!!
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Emergency Stop! After a 3 hour drive home, we were about 5 minutes from the house and I got distracted by a police car doing a U-turn to my left and a tractor with a jake brake to my right. All of a sudden the traffic ahead stopped and I had to stand on the brakes (literally) to get the Expedition with a TT behind it stopped. I must have locked all 8 wheels momentarily because of the smoke that followed. Fortunately the brake controller and ABS did their jobs perfectly. Nothing broken, bent or damaged other than my pride. Moral of the story -- you have to stay focused especially in your own neighborhood.
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