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Old 09-26-2016, 10:32 AM   #411
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Hey Camper Bob- Hope your wife doesn't read that last part about her and 3 years. Lol.

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LOL!! No, she knows!! We had a very lengthy discussion on the way home about how the RV has 2 separate power systems, 12V DC and 120V AC. And that certain items require the availability of 120V AC (shore power or a generator). And why hasn't she been listening to me for the last 3 years? She says "Don't use those big electrical terms with me!" LOL!! And "The tech never said ANYTHING about that during our walk-through!" To which I responded "He assumed you had SOME knowledge about RV power ... err, sorry, that I had some knowledge of RV power! I've known all this, you've never bothered to learn! But that sweat on your brow is telling me that suddenly you care!"

So, while she's standing there having an epiphany about the functionality of our trailer (hand on hip and all!!), she's pointing at various things in the trailer asking if they work. "Why do the lights work? Why does that fan work? But this plug doesn't work? What plugs DO work? And the microwave doesn't work? Why does the stove work?" It was quite hilarious, she was genuinely mad, and I laughed hard the whole time!

Good news: the discussion ended with "we need a generator, start shopping for one. But it had BETTER run all our stuff!". But as usual, in the heat (literally) of the moment, things are said and not "meant". I think she means it this time though, she just isn't ready for the $$ discussion! LOL!!
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Old 09-26-2016, 02:21 PM   #412
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What`s your most boneheaded RV moment?

Well add me to the Bonehead - "Forgot to chock the wheels" club!

I just brought my trailer back home from the tire shop where they installed my brand spanking new set of Maxxis tires. I back her into her usual spot which is a gently sloped spot in front of my detached garage in my back yard.

I was so captivated by the look of my brand new tires, I powered down the tongue jack and as soon as the receiver cleared the hitch ball I had that OH moment! The trailer rolled forward about 6 inches before the flip foot collapsed dropping the trailer hard off the wooden block.

Fortunately no damage except for a bruised ego... It's amazing how much bigger the trailer looks rolling towards you and your truck. I can honestly say this is a mistake that will only happen once.
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Old 09-30-2016, 12:02 PM   #413
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It took three years, but I knew I'd eventually be posting here.

It was pouring rain when we were getting ready to hitch up a couple of weeks ago and I got in a hurry to get out of the rain. Pushed the button on the Ground Control system to retract the rear jacks and get us back to hitch height, and then went to the back of the rig to get the truck and pull it around to hitch up. As I'm backing in I notice that there's a v-shaped gap under the front basement door and that's when it hits me - I forgot to release the Strong Arms! The front basement/generator compartment has a metal floor, and I'd attached the Strong Arms to that. Turns out it was only held in place by a couple of tack welds and a few screws that let go/broke - clearly the weakest link.

Thankfully it's something that's easily repaired, and I'll make sure the repair is stronger than what came from the factory. There's also going to be a big red STRONG ARM reminder card going into the Ground Control control compartment...
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Old 09-30-2016, 01:06 PM   #414
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It was pouring rain when we were getting ready to hitch up a couple of weeks ago and I got in a hurry to get out of the rain. ...snip
Glad it didn't turn out too bad!

When it's raining or going to rain at the time for breaking down, I just put on clothes I don't mind getting wet in and can still work. If it's really bad, I'll put on a rain coat. But basically, I just prepare to get wet and accept that I'm going to be soaked. This way I don't feel rushed and miss something.

I'm too afraid I'm going to miss something big, so even if it means I'm soaked to the bone, I'm going to go at whatever pace is necessary to make sure it's all done right. Then when I'm done, I hop back in the camper and dry off before saddling up for the journey home.

The worst part is in the summer down here when it will rain for 10 or 15 minutes, and then the sun comes back out. When it's 102 and 100% humidity and it just rained, it can get quite uncomfortable quite fast.
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Old 10-02-2016, 06:52 PM   #415
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Just today: I'm winterizing the trailer, bypassed the water heater, blew out the lines, etc. Then I went to drain the water heater. I started unscrewing the drain plug, and at the last turn, that's when I realized I forgot to relieve the pressure on the heater. Water came spraying out of the drain plug, soaking me from waist to shoulder. The pressure was enough to knock the plug out of my hand and into the landscaping rocks between our driveway and the neighbour's; it's gone forever. Good thing the water was only warm and not hot.
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Forgot my X-tend a chock this morning...... looks like a spaghetti now.....I wasnt a happy camper .....
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Old 10-02-2016, 08:37 PM   #417
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Just today: I'm winterizing the trailer, bypassed the water heater, blew out the lines, etc. Then I went to drain the water heater. I started unscrewing the drain plug, and at the last turn, that's when I realized I forgot to relieve the pressure on the heater. Water came spraying out of the drain plug, soaking me from waist to shoulder. The pressure was enough to knock the plug out of my hand and into the landscaping rocks between our driveway and the neighbour's; it's gone forever. Good thing the water was only warm and not hot.


Been there done that. Scared the crap out of me when the plug shot out like a bullet


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While I truly hoped that I'd never be able to add to this thread, unfortunately I now can.

Pulled into the state park entrance. It was raining and my mirrors were wet and hard to see anything. Stopped at the entrance booth which was unmanned as it was Thanksgiving Day. Hopped out to get my reservation packet from the rack and then turned right towards the campsite road. Immediately encountered a locked gate. Was not aware that 80% of the campsites were closed due to damage from hurricane Matthew.

Backed up into the entrance road being very careful to watch (as best I could in the mirrors) the treeline on the right and the entrance booth on the left. Backed up successfully and then saw another class C had pulled in past the entrance and stopped at the information board. Had to make a very sharp left turn to go behind them.

The tail swung right and we heard an awful crash. The closest sound I have ever heard to it was while working at the grocery store in high school and a stack of filled wooden soft drink crates fell over. There was a non-DOT standard, wooden stop sign on a 4x4 wooden post at the entrance booth that I had missed in my mirror, but the Greyhawk tail certainly did not miss it. It caught the right bedroom frameless window pane and shattered it and then dug a gouge from from there to the rear. I will give Jayco credit for building a solid RV. The 4x4 post broke but did not punch a hole in the sidewall.

I later told DW I was glad we did not take any of the grandchildren on with us as I would not have wanted them to hear what Grandpa had said. Cut up a plastic bag and duct-taped it over the opening so we could stay the weekend.

Our dealer has ordered a replacement window and it is supposed to arrive this week. Do not know the total fiscal hit yet, but it will likely be as hard as the physical hit.

I am always very careful maneuvering around gas pumps and in parking lots as I know the tail swings wide in tight turns. I simply did not see that &%#! sign in the mirror. This will not happen again!
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Old 01-04-2017, 05:35 PM   #420
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Well, add me to the list! I was parking our 3590 RLTS in storage and because someone parked wrong in the row in front of us, I was having a rough time of trying to back into the poorly marked spot. After multiple attempts I decided to go turn around and try it from a different angle. As I was rounding the corner of the row of other rv's, I thought I heard a noise. My wife, who was back at the spot with our two way radio said she heard the noise too so I stopped and got out to look. Sure enough, I clipped the 5th wheel parked there in the back corner and wiped out his ladder, corner of the bumper, etc... On mine I tore up some lower sheet metal, right side fender, ripped the slide topper, and pulled out the bottom mount of entry hand hold. Man I was hot but I have nobody but myself to blame. Insurance is covering the other trailer but mine has to wait, big deductible was a bad idea! I really thought I was far enough away but like in horseshoes, close is good enough plus I felt much worse for the trailer I clipped than my own!
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