Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Ottawa, ON
Alright, I guess now that I've read all 34 pages of other peoples foibles, it's time to share some of my own.
Most recent one was while winterizing this year. Now I have done this for several years without incident. Perhaps it's because we were pretty sure we were trading up this year, and rather than stowing away, I was pulling all the gear out, and cleaning top to bottom. By the time I started on the plumbing, it was getting a bit late, and the light was getting low.
Popped the low point drains, ran all the water from the lines, (no HWT bypass - we have one but leave it bypassed because we never use it), ran the outdoor shower dry, cut the fresh tank cutoff, and opened the antifreeze siphon. Switch the pump on and start sucking up the antifreeze. The sink taps are nearby and easy to run through, but with them off, the pump keeps running. Hmmm, must have left the shower open. Pump off, run outside, righty tighty, lefty loosey, nope they're fine. Try again. Pump keeps running. Hmm, check shower again. Try different combos of "off" for the taps (we don't really use it, maybe I've forgotten?) , running in and out each time. Getting very low on AF. Call DW outside to spot. Pump on. "Shower's fine, but it's pissing out from underneath". Close low point drains, 6 inches away from AF bottle. Pump stops running with about a half inch of AF left in jug. Slaps forehead and awards self with a stupidity beer. Should probably have started drinking earlier...
5 minutes later. Flip the sink over to travel position. Oh, fuuuhhhhddggee! Forgot to bypass the water filter before running AF. Unhook it making a holy mess as it is full of AF and put in the bypass hose. Oh well, the filter was a couple of seasons old and really needs replacing anyway.
Now for the most embarrassing bonehead. And I can only admit to this because there are a few here that are IMO a couple of points higher on the Richter scale of boneheadedness (thanks to all of you who make me feel better!)
We often tow(ed) our pup to MIL's waterfront place when the whole family gets together to provide for extra sleeping space. We'd pop it up in the driveway and camp out. The space is a bit tight, and (un)hitching needs to be quick, because I have to partially block the road to the rest of the cottages on the point.
Last year on an August visit, we had a very restless night as it was a long weekend and there was a LOT of partying going on along the point, including a live band a few doors down playing outdoors until 2 or 3 am. Sleep was sparing. I am guessing it was tiredness that led to a tough time "breaking camp", we're usually a well practiced machine packing up, but this time it was one little issue after another. Finally, everything is packed, the lid is latched and we are ready to hitch.
I back the truck up and drop the tongue onto the ball. Chains on, power on, emergency brake cable on. All looks good, and no one waiting. Hop in the drivers seat to get things moving. Trailer feels like it weighs about 10,000 lbs. Front wheels spinning in the gravel. Huh, must have left a chock in. Nope. Try again. No movement. Pull the e-brake cable, can hear the brakes set, and release when I put the pin back in. Try again. Stuck. What the heck? Seized bearing? What the he** is wrong??? And by now, 3 cars waiting to pass.
Okay, I'll unhitch quick and let them through while I figure it out. Jack the tongue back up, disco the chains and power. Hop in the truck to pull away. Truck just squats down and won't move, front wheels spinning. Nickle finally drops. Kick off the parking brake and pull away.
Hitch back up in a couple of minutes and we're moving. DW asks me what was wrong. Had to tell her, with a very red face. As a matter of fact, my face is turning red again as I write this. Oh the shame! Unlike others here, it was NOT a quiet drive. The laughter of my full cast of characters haunts me to this day...
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