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Old 10-01-2014, 02:46 PM   #261
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It's amazing that we gave it a second shot, actually, let alone that we love it as much as we do, but that is our baseline on how we rate every camping trip against since.
It's a good baseline! I love the part where you and your wife laughed hysterically! That's the best thing to do in that circumstance, and it's certainly better than getting all angry. There's nothing you can do about it except clean up, so might as well laugh it off!
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Old 10-01-2014, 02:49 PM   #262
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I think NOLAQ wins first prize..
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Old 10-01-2014, 02:52 PM   #263
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I think NOLAQ wins first prize..
Definitely a top contender, jwstewar has had a pretty rough road too!

Reading this thread always makes me feel better about being me...
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Old 10-01-2014, 03:21 PM   #264
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4700 miles and 37 night under our belts so far and nothing other than cutting a corner or two a little too close (no damage) to report so far. I think if we'd been in a situation like Nolaq or jwstewar DW would have insisted on a For Sale sign...
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:47 AM   #265
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On my first camping trip with my pop up, cranked the top up too high and broke the cables as well binding some of the tracks. Had to drive all the way home with the top up. luckly it was not far and on back roads. cost 800$ dollars to fix.
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:24 AM   #266
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I had a trip like that...but we were in tents...so I guess it doesn't count!
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Old 10-07-2014, 03:32 PM   #267
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I went camping this weekend and we were watching a trailer pull into their site and he was flying down the road and just whipped into his site, faster than I would have with my old PU. Thank good the camp ground owner was directing him to his site and told him to stop as he had his awning rubbing against a utility pole. Why would you rush something like that?
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:29 AM   #268
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I've got a one of my own, then one to share of my dear FIL.

Setting up my former PUP and forgot to open and pull out the bag awning before cranking the roof all the way up. No big deal, used the trailer step to reach up and unzip the bag. I kind of had forgotten that the last time we stowed the awning the ties that held the rolled awning in place had frayed away. As soon as I got the bag fully unzipped the awning fell straight down, bounced off of and broke the porch light housing and slammed into my upraised knee trying to arrest the fall. No knee damage and I repaired the lens and housing with medical tape from the first aid kit. It was still that way when I traded it in on the new TT.

My FIL wasn't nearly as cheap of a fix. He'd just took delivery on his new toy hauler and he'd never owned a TT or TH before only a class A 20 years ago. I followed him to the dealership in my truck and then on to the campground being the devoted SIL I am to help out where I could.

Get to the campground and he starts pulling into a pull through site. His mirrors showed plenty of clearance between the tree and the SIDE of the TH. Unfortunately he could see the tree leaning onto the roof/top edge of the TH. He scraped about 9 ft of rubber, molding, and aluminum off the TH before we could get it unstuck and properly set up in a more open site. TH was less than an hour old when all this happened. Three days later, back at the dealership we learned they were going to have to replace the full roof membrane and part of the aluminum on the side of the TH.

I never did hear the final price tag on that one, only that they had a 1k deductible and it was well above that!
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:13 PM   #269
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Last fall I came upon a guy who had destroyed the roof of his brand new 5th wheel on the under side of a RR overpass. It was sad to see. The thing had a temp tag and some of the factory stickers were still on it. He explained to me that he had bought it at the RV show and paid with his retirement savings. He had the dealer upgrade the rooftop AC before taking delivery. It never dawned on him that the new rooftop AC would change his overall height enough that he wouldn't clear the RR overpass. His AC got snagged and ripped the entire roof open. There was also a lot damage to the sidewalls and interior. To add insult to injury he was only about 1 mile from home after a about a 100 mile drive and had a house full of people waiting to see his new purchase.
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:50 PM   #270
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I already put my personal bonehead story in here. I would like to add the worst one I ever witnessed.

We were at a fairgrounds (somewhere, they all ran together back in our dog show days) setup and working on our dogs. A woman (only because its true) came through the gate closest to us in a huge motorhome. She came through the very wide gates by going around someone who was talking to the workers at the gate. She managed to take down the main gate pole and open the back end of the motorhome all the way up. The fence, pole and most of the gate stayed with her motorhome as she continued into the grounds and pulled it across a bunch of parked cars before the workers got in front of her and made her stop.

That is the most damage I have ever seen done with a camper. The reason we saw the whole thing was due to our looking out for a friend to pull in and take the spot we were holding for him. We did that for each other depending on who got to the show first. So I saw the motorhome cut over and then begin to take down the fence, I thought they should stop but actually the motorhome picked up speed. The gate keepers were going nuts trying to stop the huge thing without being killed by it. A very very big mess.
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