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Old 07-12-2015, 07:39 PM   #321
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What happens when a woman tries to do a man's job!!

We have a permanent campsite at Castor River and my husband sets our camper up every spring and we go most weekends through Halloween. There are many weekends that it's just me and the kids because my husband has to stay home and work. That 1st summer, there were a couple of incidents where I was forced to perform duties my husband usually took care of and provided some quality entertainment for my camping neighbors.

The 1st weekend, I couldn't figure out how to roll our awning up. I am only 5'2" and had to find a step stool to stand on so I could see how to flip the switch to make it roll up. I had my then 7 year old son holding the strap and I was on the stool with my head leaned over trying to figure out what I was doing wrong, when something finally gave and the switch flipped. Of course, Ethan let go of the strap and my head was in the awning's direct path back to the camper. Thank God my neighbor was outside and was able to come help me get my head free. I have never made that mistake again!

A few weekends later, our black tank was full and our site didn't have sewer hook-up at the time. So instead of paying to have it dumped after we left, I decided that my son and I could get the job done for free. So I sent my son (the same one that rolled my head in the awning) to get the bright blue "poop wagon" and I grabbed the rubber gloves. We pulled the wagon around to the back of the camper and I proceeded to "try" to hook our 15ft sewer hose (that we have stretched out from the camper to the drainage ditch running behind our site to dump grey water) to the fitting on the portable tank. The fittings were wrong (alike trying to screw the male end of a garden hose to another male end) so I decided to just hold the 2 ends together while my son pulled the lever. It sounded like a good idea at the time, and I did have rubber gloves. I had to have Ethan raise and lower the sewer hose a couple time to get it to all flow into the portable. We miraculously had very little spillage right up until the point when I realized my tank was bigger than the poop wagon! #%@$&!!! After what seems like an eternity, Ethan finally gets the valve shut off. Then we take off trying to pull 30+ gallons of human waste back to the dump station, through the gravel, about 250 yards away. I was pulling with all my might, and I had Ethan behind the wagon pushing, but we just wasn't hardly getting anywhere. We made it to the next camper over, when my neighbor stepped out and just shook his head at me (same neighbor who saved me from the awning incident). I threatened to lighten my load right there on his lawn if I heard one snicker out of him! He never said a word, just got in his truck and pulled up next to us. He took the handle away from me, then showed me how it is made to hook onto a trailer ball. He pulled the poop wagon back to the dump station for us and then showed us how the fitting on the top pulls up and attaches straight to the dump valve on the camper. He never let me hear him chuckle, but his wife admits that he has told that story several times and still laughs his butt off every time. We now have a sewer hook-up.

My last learning experience happened when I had to switch propane tanks. I didn't realize I needed to bleed the air out of the line and relight my hot water heater. I went to wash dishes and didn't have any hot water. I grabbed my handy camp lighter and went around to the back of the camper to relight my pilot light. Propane gas had filled the small compartment, and when I stuck my lighter in there, the small explosion singed my eye lashes and eyebrows! I had to plead the 5th when the neighbor asked me what happened to my eyebrows later that day!!
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Old 07-17-2015, 12:35 PM   #322
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This morning DW called and told me that her sister had called her and told her that someone had broken into our camper (we keep the camper at her sister's house). Her sister noticed that one of the storage doors was open, and she had also already called the Sheriff's office.

My wife was already on the way to the camper when she called, so I told her she didn't need to go by herself and that she should wait on me. She said not to worry, her sisters were there and a deputy was on the way.

A few minutes later DW (she had not gotten to the camper yet) called back asking "Is it possible you left the storage door open when we dropped the camper off Monday?" I thought a bit before replying that I thought I had done a walkaround before we left, but conceded it was possible.

By now you have probably already guessed the outcome: I am the guilty party!

The storage door was undamaged and its contents untouched. A quick look inside the camper confirmed no one has been inside.

They called the Sheriff's office and said "Never mind."

Really got to get in the habit of doing that walkaround.
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Old 07-17-2015, 03:15 PM   #323
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We have a portable braking system for our toad that has always been extremely finicky. Occasionally, I am unable to get the darn thing to pass it's diagnostic test after an hour of fiddling, and my wife ends up driving the toad home.

Recently, this was the case, and my wife finally decides to drive it home. So now I'm totally frustrated and angrily unhooking the toad. My wife, noting my mood, decided it would be best to go back into the motorhome and wait out the storm. In my haste, I failed to put the toad in park before unhooking the towbar, and naturally, we're on a grade. At this point I'm holding the toad by the tow brackets, heals dug into the asphalt, yelling for my wife, who is sitting calmly in the coach waiting for me to get her.

Eventually, I was able to drag the toad uphill just enough to hook one of the safety cables. I now have a checklist that I follow religiously.

I intentionally don't mention the manufacturer of the brake because they have recently offered to rebuild/replace the entire system even though it is out of warranty.
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Old 08-19-2015, 04:36 PM   #324
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Old 09-02-2015, 04:40 PM   #325
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Here's ours.

We bought our 26BH Elite in this July and headed out for a week of boondocking at a provincial campsite several hours from home. We have borrowed trailers for the last 4 years so we know enough to be dangerous. There are also several other families with us on this trip that are experienced TT owners so we felt pretty good about our first trip.

Day three, my lovely wife is cooking bacon on the BBQ that is on the back bumper of the TT. I am enjoying a Baileys and coffee (mostly Baileys) a few sites away. She comes over to let me and the kids know that breaky is ready, she then heads back to the trailer. I finish my conversation and head back to the rig, to find our new BBQ covered in a mysterious white powder, the tray the bacon was cooking on laying in the gravel melted, and my wife almost in tears. Turns out she thought she turned the BBQ off when she came over to get us, but actually turned it on high and there was 3' flames out the top of the grill when she got back. Quick on her feet she grabbed the fire extinguisher and put the fire out.

First trip out, almost burned the rig to the ground, as well as half the Okanagan. That was a close one. Needless to say we are now shopping for a detached BBQ to take with us, instead of the bumper grill.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:37 PM   #326
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Only had it less than 2 weeks and already had our first duh moment. Got back home from our 1st weekend camping and shoe-horned the new TT between the garage and the neighbor's property perfectly on the first try. This should've been my first clue something was wrong. Unhooked, jacks down, wheels chocked, the whole 9 yards. Get ready to unload and realize all of the bread products are in a cupboard that is inaccessible with the slide pulled in. At the same time, realizing that the slide can't be put out enough without hitting the garage to access said bread products. Hooked back up, jacks ups, chocks removed, dragged back out of it's perfect landing spot...all to rescue a few bagels, a loaf of white bread, and some random hot dog rolls from molding and stinking up the place. A half-hour of my life that I will never get back. Lesson learned.
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Only had it less than 2 weeks and already had our first duh moment. Got back home from our 1st weekend camping and shoe-horned the new TT between the garage and the neighbor's property perfectly on the first try. This should've been my first clue something was wrong. Unhooked, jacks down, wheels chocked, the whole 9 yards. Get ready to unload and realize all of the bread products are in a cupboard that is inaccessible with the slide pulled in. At the same time, realizing that the slide can't be put out enough without hitting the garage to access said bread products. Hooked back up, jacks ups, chocks removed, dragged back out of it's perfect landing spot...all to rescue a few bagels, a loaf of white bread, and some random hot dog rolls from molding and stinking up the place. A half-hour of my life that I will never get back. Lesson learned.
Don't feel too bad, we've done it a couple times. Only it's typically leveling with us. We get to where we think we're level, start getting everything disconnected and setup, then DW comes out to me and says "hey, we're not quite level"

Verify that we are in fact not level by looking at the torpedo level AGAIN (don't know what happened the first time...) Hook it all back up and pull up on blocks or remove blocks to get it right. Oh well, all part of the experience, or so that's what I tell my self.
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:34 PM   #328
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I was trying to teach my 16 yr old son at the time how to drive pulling a trailer. I had been fixing a few minor things on it and had on the driveway plugged into my garage. I had him back up and hook up to the trailer. Told him to do a walk around and then pull out into The street and go to the culdesac. Turn around and drive forward into the backyard to park it. I hopped into the truck while he walked around. He got in and drove out the driveway and turned left to go to the end of the street. When he got there he turned right and I looked in the side mirror. We had all 25 feet of power cord dragging the ground behind us. I should have checked with him. Had him stop retrieve the cord then go back to the house. I was mad but I tried to stay calm,and use It as a teaching moment. I had Been trying to bang into his teenage head attention to detail. He knows the value of a dollar. I made him pay for another cord. But didn't yell. Take his money He gets the message (he really hates taxes). I repaired the old one, took his money he paid me and put it in a bank account for him he doesn't know exists. Two years later he still thinks that is the cord he bought and even jokes about the camper being mine but the power cord is his. I hope both of us learned our lesson.
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Old 09-03-2015, 06:01 PM   #329
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I had another Duhhhhhh one last week. I went to where the RV was stored to run the Generator for a while like we're suppose to.I was a hot 90's day and the gen started right up. I tried to run the AC to put a load on it. It wouldn't run, also had no lights at all, etc. I checked the fuses behind the battery, the circuit breakers, all the fuses by the circuit breakers.

By now I was soaking wet with sweat. Took the manual home, ahhhh Ac works in the house. Started looking thru the manual and came across the part about the momentary switch to be pushed to give one 12 volts.

Drank a lot of water, and headed back to the storage area. Fired up the gen, and pushed the switch to supply the 12 volt. Ahhh everything worked. Took about 2 hours to drop the inside temp from 99 to 76. good enough. went home and had the wife kick me in the a$$ a couple of times.
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:38 PM   #330
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We've only had the trailer since April of this year so I haven't had too much time to do anything really stupid. My worst moment so far was when we were leaving the campground at the end of the third trip. We needed to make a right hand turn out of the campground and as we were halfway though it my wife, who had been watching out the side view mirror, says "YOU'RE GONNA HIT THE MAILBOX!" It was too late. I "adjusted" the camgrounds mailbox with the rear awning arm. We pulled over, inspected for damage (none found) and put the mailbox back where it was. Then we got out of there before anyone noticed. I'm used to pulling trailers since I've been doing it since I was old enough to drive, and I thought I was good. But I look back at this as a good reminder to ALWAYS be careful, watch your mirrors, and never assume you'll clear something.
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