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Old 01-18-2011, 06:11 PM   #1
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What`s your most boneheaded RV moment?

Mine was when we were on our way home with the new TT. We picked up the unit from the dealer and camped in it the first night about 30 miles away to give everything a good tryout. The next day on our way home a guy pulls up beside me with his window down yelling something. I roll down my window and he says frantically "Your steps are down!" I look in the mirror and sure enough he`s right, and I thanked him. Now keep in mind I`m on the Garden State Parkway in North Jersey, 6 lanes each way and I`m in the middle lane in very heavy traffic. Not fun.

I slowly worked my way over to the right lane and eventually found a shoulder wide enough to pull over and fold up the double fold out steps. I had been through several toll booths and its a miracle I didn`t clip off those steps on the cement sides or on another vehicle since those lanes are not real wide. We had stopped at a rest stop earlier, went inside the TT and I must have forgot to fold up the steps. I`ll never do that one again, now I do a walk around but did leave the outside shower hose dangling last month! I guess I`ll blame it all on a feeble mind. That`s mine, anybody else like me have a weak and or embarrassing moment?


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Old 01-18-2011, 07:24 PM   #2
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My first RV was a 1975 Winnebago Brave D-21. It had a very cantankerous Onan LK series generator that was a bear to start. The dashboard switch would cut off the generator, but would never work to start it.

One day, while preparing for a trip my wife went to work cleaning up the inside while I took care of the mechanical junk. I decided to run the generator but could not get it started. I troubleshot the danged thing for about an hour and then it hit me. I checked the dash switch and bingo, it was off.

Needless to say once I flipped the switch, and returned to the exterior start switch, she fired right up. Just another case of overlooking the obvious! Boy did I feel stupid...again.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:35 PM   #3
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Hmmm... I've got a couple...

Like getting done with breakfast and leaving the coffee pot on the stove and drive off. Surprisingly enough I didn't tip it over...

Forgot to close a sliding window and had the blinds blowing in the back corner...

Trying to level out a older 76 Dodge Jamboree and drove over the top of the level boards.

Camped out in freezing weather ran out propane in the night and had my hair freeze to the window trim. (Yes I had long hair down to my waist at the time)

Forgot to lock the fridgerator door and had my food scattered all over the floor on the first hard turn...

I've go more but... :hihi:
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:18 PM   #4
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We took delivery on our new TT in April (Some snow in Minnesota). Our PDI went great. We video-taped it on our camcorder and we wrote notes on a note pad.
Our first camping trip with our first TT took place in Duluth, MN. It is a 2 hour drive from our house in Minneapolis.
We made the trip up to Duluth and found out real quick that our first campground was not what we read in books and brochures.
Anyway................I got the truck and TT backed-up in our site.
We are very excited about our first camping trip in our first TT.....
In the excitement...I did not place the chocks between the tires on the trailer.
As you can imagine, this is a mistake on my part.
Our First trip, first trailer, by ourself, in a place new to us, on a lake.
When I disconnected the trailer from the truck, the trailer started to roll away..........down hill.............towards the BIG lake...........Rather fast!!!!
I grabbed the tongue of the TT and told my wife to back the truck up so I can re-connect everything and save our trailer. :error:
She was not sure what to do! As it turned out, the tongue jack came off the block and stopped the trailer from rolling off in to the lake.

We now have a rule..............Chocks set between the tires BEFORE we disconnect.

I hope everyone gets a good laugh from our mistake. However, I hope all of us can learn from this as well.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:21 PM   #5
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I have more than one (but that's not unusual for me)

Let's see...
  • My 2009 GMC has a 2-1/2" receiver and uses a slide-in adapter to reduce it to 2". After I remove the 2" hitch platform, I forget to remove the 2-1/2" to 2" adapter. Sometimes, I've rode around for days before I finally notice it's still in the receiver.
  • Forgot to snap the retaining straps on the sliding door for the bathroom and sliding doors for the bedroom. Damage varied from none to finding the door completely out of the track and the cover for the thermostat knocked off by the moving door.
  • Disconnected the pop-up from the truck but left the safety chains connected. Then tried to move the truck forward.
  • Didn't close refrigerator and freezer doors (with cans of Coke sitting on shelf in fridge) before taking trailer in for state inspection. The cans fell out onto the floor and one can ruptured. Didn't find the sticky mess until weeks later.
  • Failed to set rear stabilizer jacks on pop-up while setting up. Then went inside and walked toward rear of trailer. S-U-R-P-R-I-S-E !!!
  • Left electric for HWT on and plugged in trailer with empty HWT. Fortunately, I caught this mistake before any damage occurred.
  • Forgot to attach breakaway cord to truck. Then drove for about 150 miles with it dangling on the road.
  • Didn't install travel bars in slide-out.
  • Moved trailer while tongue jack was still down. Luckily, no damage as there was an 8" x 8" block of wood under it.
  • Didn't lower one end of awning before going to bed. It rained. The bulge from all the water that had accumulated almost made the awning look pregnant. The weight caused the aluminum tube to warp.

That's about all that comes to mind for now. But I'm sure there's more; especially if I ask my wife.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:59 PM   #6
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Forgot to latch the refrigerator door and lost most of the contents on the floor.

Our Montana had a slide out pantry and most of the contents were dumped.

Spent the night in a wide spot near Jackpot Nv in 19* weather. I didn't bring the generator and the batteries died in a few hours.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:18 AM   #7
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I feel a little better now knowing I`m not the only one. Keep `em coming.
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Did pull my hybrid TT over a plastic wheel chock once, wondered why it didn't want to move, found out when I heard it crack! lol
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:14 PM   #9
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That reminds me I have a camping buddy who has a Starcraft hybrid. Fall of 09 we camped in a site next to him and when he was leaving he forgot to unhook the power cord from the pedestal. The cord pulled tight and broke. He won`t live that one down anytime soon...

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Driving down the road with our 8ft pickup camper and wondering why the guy behind me was flashing his lights and blowing his horn. It seems that I forgot to close the door of the camper.
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