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Old 03-30-2015, 04:47 AM   #291
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Camped with a friend's pop up many years ago up by Lake of the Woods in Minnesota. It was late when we set up the pop up, and in our hast to get some sleep, we forgot to put down the legs at each end. His kids slept on the floor, while he and I slept at the ends. I got up in the early morning to use the comfort station, and the trailer tilted to his end! He got up awhile later, and it tilted to my end.

The kids never stirred during all this.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:02 AM   #292
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The exterior door to my RV got away from me in a gust of wind and slammed open hitting the door stop and denting it in about an inch. The door still latches open so I'm just chalking it up to experience and ware in tear.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:27 AM   #293
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Oh, where to start.....
Forgot to lower Television antenna.
Forgot to raise tongue jack.
Forgot to pull the chocks.
(Anyone see a pattern here)
Forgot to fold steps.
Forgot to connect electrics to TV.
Connected fresh water to black rinse (why is there a geyser in the toilet?)
Tore the bumper of a guy's car making a tight turn (thanks Allstate).

Fortunately I've done each only once but the list seems to get longer.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:57 AM   #294
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I had no device capable of monitoring JOF when camping. Talk about Bonehead moment.
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:07 AM   #295
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Several years ago(mid seventies) I owned a very nice Hi Lo 24' camper which was a great camper. After using it for long enough to misplace the manual, I was convinced that I knew everything about it. While preparing for a long vacation trip, I decided to check the level of the up and down hydraulic system. When I opened the reservoir, it was almost empty. Since I had misplaced the manual, I called the manufacturer to ask what fluid I needed. It used ATF but I forgot to ask how much to add. Taking my best SWAG, I filled the reservoir approximately 3/4 full. I then finished loading and put the camper into traveling mode by retracting the top down over the bottom section. Imagine my surprise when I arrived at the CG and opened the door to find ATF all over the floor. I realized at that point that I had checked the reservoir with the top up so the fluid would have been out in the lines and lifting cylinders. After I added fluid and retracted the top, the fluid in the lines and cylinders returned to the reservoir and there was not enough room for it all. Fortunately, the system had a pressure relief valve which protected the system from Dummies like me but I guarantee that ATF is very difficult to clean up because it went everywhere under cabinets, seats, etc.
Lesson learned------Keep all manuals and instructions forever!!
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:33 AM   #296
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Last year, while backing into our site, the power umbilical cord got pinched between the hitch and was severed completely in half. Lost about 6 fuses in the TV and 2 in the TT. Spent the next day troubleshooting the fuses and crimping the wires back together. Not the way I had planned on spending my time. The cord was always too long from purchase but I never took the time to make sure it was strapped up away from the hitch.
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:02 PM   #297
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Not mine but one I witnessed....
A couple years ago DW and I were camping in Banff National Park in Alberta. We had been in our site for a couple hours and were winding down. We watch a 1ton dually with a bumper tow pulling into the site beside us. At this CG sites are spaced well apart - about 100 feet. The site he is pulling into is a mild "C" shape with a bush between where you pull in and pull out. I notice that he seems to be having difficulty pulling through. Backs up and tugs ahead hmm left side wheels seems to be clipping the bush and hitting something. So he he backs up again - but instead of trying to maneuver around what ever he is hitting- takes a run at it. Hits it hard enough that he gets over it but bounces his left side of the trailer about a good foot into the air. What a bone head.... I m dumfounded by what I just saw.... but what ever...

About a 1/2 hour later my wife looks out and shouts OMG the trailer beside us in on FIRE! I jump up and look out. HolySH!T Their trailer is at about a 45* angle to us - blocking the view of ground but flames are leaping about 10 feet above the trailer. Being the trained Fire Fighter (that I was) I go flying out and run across the bush to the site - My wife on my heals trying to pass me the fire extinguisher I neglected to grab. As I am running over I see a screaming little girl silhouetted by the fire. My first thought is she was on fire. My heart is in my throat ... As I get near, the mother runs out of their trailer and running full tilt she grabs the girl on the run. As I get there I observe that the flames are just outside the edge of the awning and I am thinking of slashing the awning to keep it from burning and getting to the trailer. Instead I take the extinguisher my wife was chasing me with and approach the fire. I had one of those white 1lb extinguishers (that frequently come with your trailer) thinking that all I could put out with it is a cigarette - I give it my best shot. Well son of a bi*ch - someone from the loop behind approached the fire at the same time I did and we both hit the fire and knocked it out.
Upon investigation Mr. 'Roidman had a 5 gallon jerry can. He doused the fire pit with gas. Set the can about 5 feet away. Lit the match and standing closer to the can than the fire pit he ignited the fumes from the jerry can. The jerry can ignited and burned long enough (about 15 seconds) that the plastic can melted and failed and then proceeded to spill and spontaneously ignite entire contents and near by fire pit prevously soaked with gas. By the grace of God the little girl was unharmed. Mr. 'Roidman could only apologize for causing a commotion. No thank-you for coming to his rescue, for saving his trailer and family from potential serious harm. After a few rather stern comments from me I go back to my trailer. Mr. 'Roidman leaves in his truck with melted jerry can in hand. Comes back an hour later - lights are off and I figure he is getting a full serving of cold shoulder from his female companion.
In the morning we are packing up to leave as is he. He wont even look over our way. He is packed an gone before I get half packed. After he leaves I go to look over his site and you can still smell the raw fuel.
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Old 04-19-2015, 03:33 AM   #298
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Not mine but one I witnessed....
A couple years ago DW and I were camping in Banff National Park in Alberta. We had been in our site for a couple hours and were winding down. We watch a 1ton dually with a bumper tow pulling into the site beside us. At this CG sites are spaced well apart - about 100 feet. The site he is pulling into is a mild "C" shape with a bush between where you pull in and pull out. I notice that he seems to be having difficulty pulling through. Backs up and tugs ahead hmm left side wheels seems to be clipping the bush and hitting something. So he he backs up again - but instead of trying to maneuver around what ever he is hitting- takes a run at it. Hits it hard enough that he gets over it but bounces his left side of the trailer about a good foot into the air. What a bone head.... I m dumfounded by what I just saw.... but what ever...

About a 1/2 hour later my wife looks out and shouts OMG the trailer beside us in on FIRE! I jump up and look out. HolySH!T Their trailer is at about a 45* angle to us - blocking the view of ground but flames are leaping about 10 feet above the trailer. Being the trained Fire Fighter (that I was) I go flying out and run across the bush to the site - My wife on my heals trying to pass me the fire extinguisher I neglected to grab. As I am running over I see a screaming little girl silhouetted by the fire. My first thought is she was on fire. My heart is in my throat ... As I get near, the mother runs out of their trailer and running full tilt she grabs the girl on the run. As I get there I observe that the flames are just outside the edge of the awning and I am thinking of slashing the awning to keep it from burning and getting to the trailer. Instead I take the extinguisher my wife was chasing me with and approach the fire. I had one of those white 1lb extinguishers (that frequently come with your trailer) thinking that all I could put out with it is a cigarette - I give it my best shot. Well son of a bi*ch - someone from the loop behind approached the fire at the same time I did and we both hit the fire and knocked it out.
Upon investigation Mr. 'Roidman had a 5 gallon jerry can. He doused the fire pit with gas. Set the can about 5 feet away. Lit the match and standing closer to the can than the fire pit he ignited the fumes from the jerry can. The jerry can ignited and burned long enough (about 15 seconds) that the plastic can melted and failed and then proceeded to spill and spontaneously ignite entire contents and near by fire pit prevously soaked with gas. By the grace of God the little girl was unharmed. Mr. 'Roidman could only apologize for causing a commotion. No thank-you for coming to his rescue, for saving his trailer and family from potential serious harm. After a few rather stern comments from me I go back to my trailer. Mr. 'Roidman leaves in his truck with melted jerry can in hand. Comes back an hour later - lights are off and I figure he is getting a full serving of cold shoulder from his female companion.
In the morning we are packing up to leave as is he. He wont even look over our way. He is packed an gone before I get half packed. After he leaves I go to look over his site and you can still smell the raw fuel.
You didn't mention that he offered to replace your fire extinguisher, so I guess that was on you too. Oh well, at least the little girl and the female companion were ok.
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:00 PM   #299
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So this is my first post...might as well start here...

It was two years ago. It was a Saturday Morning camping with the family. (side note: the previous weekend was a guys weekend...lots of meat, no veggies--if you get my drift)

So my wife says that I need to spend a little more time cleaning the Black Tank...So her and the kids went to the pool.

I, being very well versed in the procedure, hooked the hose up to me Black Tank sprayer (I have a Eagle 314BH) and start the process. I am in the camper watching the gauge, being that I wanted a large flush.

My buddy stops over to ask me about my grill. I am standing in the door, where I should be, watching the gauge and answering his questions.

Now here is where it goes bad...

He asks about a specific part and is pointing. I step down (Bad Decision #1) to the ground to see what he is talking about and explain it to him. He then asks if I want a beer, and I gratefully accept (Bad Decision #2).

We continue to discuss the grill, enjoy the beer and start discussing anything that comes to mind (Bad Decision #3).

At some point, I hear water running...well not running, I would describe it more as falling...yes, like a waterfall.

It soon hits me...OMG.

As I run to the back of the camper to turn off the water, not so crystal clear, water is pouring off my roof...

I instantly pull the gate to release the water...the pressure was so great that the camper shook. I then shut off the water.

Now...not thinking clear, as most in this situation would be...I am thinking, "If its coming out the roof, the whole camper must be flooded.

As most of you know that have friends that camp with you...they are always right by your side when things like this happen...to help (who's fooling who...)to make fun of you.

I decide to take the trip in the camper to see if I need to burn it or take the chocks out and let it roll to its destiny. To my surprise, it had stayed mostly in the bathroom being that it was forcing through the toilet only.

After buying a new carpet cleaner and a set of towels for my wife, there was no harm to the camper...

But now my ego is a different thing...

I am now forced...mind you this was 2 years ago...to wear a shirt that has on the front "DO NOT DISTURB WHILE DUMPING...EASILY DISTRACTED" and on the back "1-800-BIG-TURD"

There is also a sign that goes on the window above the outlets.

I have read a lot of these and it just goes to show that we are all in this boat together. The person that mocks someone that does something stupid, will get theirs. It just takes time.

CAMPING IS ABOUT MEMORIES...GOOD OR BAD...BUT THEY ARE ALL MEMORIES that you will laugh, cry and share.

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I laughed so hard I cried. Thank you for sharing.
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