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Old 09-10-2016, 04:50 PM   #1
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Unhitching Stupidity

Guess who forgot to put down their tailgate while unhooking the 5th wheel? You guessed it. Me. Not much damage. Popped out my tailgate handle a little bit. Back-up camera still works fine and tailgate still locks. Good thing I wasn't going fast. Live and learn I guess.
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Old 09-10-2016, 05:19 PM   #2
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You aren't the first one to do that, and definitely won't be the last. This is what we all call "experience"! At least it'll be on your mind from now on. Now just remember to lock the hitch before going forward. That will leave a mark.
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Old 09-10-2016, 06:39 PM   #3
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Quality education usually has a cost. I'd be willing to bet you learned quite a lesson from this education and associated cost. I learn from my mistakes... I've had a LOT of education over the years =)!
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Old 09-10-2016, 06:47 PM   #4
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There is an active thread here titled "What was your biggest bone head move" you should read some of those posts! It will certainly cheer you up...
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Old 09-10-2016, 06:50 PM   #5
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There are those that have made mistakes and those that will...

Good news it was minor.
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Old 09-10-2016, 08:05 PM   #6
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That's exactly why my tailgate hangs on my garage wall all summer long. Also my Superglide hitch. I idiot proof as much as I can!!
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It could have been worse ,your wife could have been saying I told you so.I told you to put the tail gate down.
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Guess who forgot to put down their tailgate while unhooking the 5th wheel?
Been there, done that. First ding in new truck.
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I share your embarrassment, jaws didn't close properly (think it was "operator error") and my test pull resulted in my dragging the tailgate under the pin. Lucky me, the damage was minimal, replacing the plastic t-gate cap was enough. A $200 lesson learned.
Fear of backing into the pin with the gate up has (so far) prevented the opposite calamity. Live and learn. Still better than sitting in the chair in front of the tube all day.
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Happened to us too... thankfully, I was able to repair it with an $85 part from Ford and it looked like new again.
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