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Old 07-08-2016, 10:27 PM   #381
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I've missed the chocks a few time, but we're almost always on a level spot so it hasn't really bitten me hard yet. Worst that happened was I was on a slight incline, trailer didn't move until I set the first stabilizer, then it moved and bent the stabilizer a little. Whoops. Grabbed the chocks real fast, and I'm getting much better now about making sure they're the first thing in and the last thing out when I'm un/hitching.

My other boneheaded error was not noticing the black tank valve was open before dumping, and probably I was the one that left it open to begin with. That's a lesson I'll take all the way to my grave.
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Old 07-11-2016, 09:29 AM   #382
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We setup the trailer this weekend on a spot we've been to several times before. I had DW check the level, and she said we were "in the lines" side to side, good front to back. So I said, "hey, if we deploy the slide, THEN the stabilizers, will that pull us more into level?" She said "Ya, I think so". So that's what we did.

I go about my chores on the outside, and a few minutes later she comes back out and asks me to check the level. Keep in mind, the trailer is disconnected from the truck, the hitch is stowed and the stabs are down, the X-chocks are in, and I'm unrolling the city water hose when she says this.

So I take a look. We're not "in the lines" at all! So the stabs come up, the X-Chocks come out, the hitch comes out and we hook up again so we can pull the trailer up on leveling blocks (on the SLIDE side!). All the while, it's 100,000 degrees outside because we live ON the sun.



You'd think I've learned to check the level myself!! We ALWAYS need a set of blocks on that side for this spot!!
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Old 08-03-2016, 10:37 PM   #383
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We had our trailer out the last week of April. Cleaned it all out and back to storage it went.
This week we take it out of storage to get ready for a week in the Canadian Rockies.
My wife comes into the garage where I'm tending to some last minute "man things" while she is loading the groceries etc and says the freezer smells kinda funny but there's nothing in it and it's clean. So I goes out to take a look. Yup empty and clean. I didn't think it smelled bad (wife can smell a mouse fart from 3 miles).

So I opens the fridge.

Well holy crap what died? But... The fridge is empty and clean too. Hold it... Wait a minute... I opens up the drawer at the bottom and .... Oh muh gawd - it's rank - it's green and soupy- SOMEONE fergot to empty the drawer. There was cold cuts, cheese, some mystery something we can't tell or remember what it might have been in its 1st life and about a 1/2" of liquidish substance. Um honey? I think I found it! I crawl out on my hands and knees, gagging and my eyes are watering. Tell DW an old fire dept trick when you find someone a week into heaven- to rub Vicks Vapo-Rub on your upper lip and around your nostrils and breathe through your mouth. Drawer emptied straight in the garbage can. Sanitized, sterilized, bleached, washed, sanitized again. 2 hrs later, 3 dogs and 2 cats are feverishly trying to find out what smells so damn good in the garbage.
I know DW won't make that mistake again.
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Old 08-04-2016, 07:52 AM   #384
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We had our trailer out the last week of April. Cleaned it all out and back to storage it went.
This week we take it out of storage to get ready for a week in the Canadian Rockies.
My wife comes into the garage where I'm tending to some last minute "man things" while she is loading the groceries etc and says the freezer smells kinda funny but there's nothing in it and it's clean. So I goes out to take a look. Yup empty and clean. I didn't think it smelled bad (wife can smell a mouse fart from 3 miles).

So I opens the fridge.

Well holy crap what died? But... The fridge is empty and clean too. Hold it... Wait a minute... I opens up the drawer at the bottom and .... Oh muh gawd - it's rank - it's green and soupy- SOMEONE fergot to empty the drawer. There was cold cuts, cheese, some mystery something we can't tell or remember what it might have been in its 1st life and about a 1/2" of liquidish substance. Um honey? I think I found it! I crawl out on my hands and knees, gagging and my eyes are watering. Tell DW an old fire dept trick when you find someone a week into heaven- to rub Vicks Vapo-Rub on your upper lip and around your nostrils and breathe through your mouth. Drawer emptied straight in the garbage can. Sanitized, sterilized, bleached, washed, sanitized again. 2 hrs later, 3 dogs and 2 cats are feverishly trying to find out what smells so damn good in the garbage.
I know DW won't make that mistake again.
I think we might have a winner!!
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:20 AM   #385
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Trial run with the toad. Made it to the park and home again OK. Pulled into the driveway, unhooked the toad, parked the RV, and discovered the toad in the middle of our neighborhood road. Oops, read the checklist carefully while unhooking toad. Setting the toad ebrake is on the list.
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:19 AM   #386
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PhyerPhyter might not have the most bone headed mistake - but he certainly wins the prize for best written humorous post. Especially the part about the animals wondering what "smells so damn good!" LMAO.
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Old 08-04-2016, 12:00 PM   #387
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Not me..

But the fellow I bought my Grayhawk from took off with the awning still deployed on the very first day he was using the RV...
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Old 08-10-2016, 04:09 PM   #388
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Just got back from a week boondocking in Southern Utah. Fisrt off, when we arrived at the site, I knew I had to fill the fresh water tank so I was able to get one within reach of the extra hoses I brought for that purpose. First thing I noticed was they do not have a standard threaded hose bib like the last time we were in the Sierra Nevada. So with help of friends was able to hold the hose tightly to fill it. Next thing- the wife informs we there is no water pressure. I could hear the pump running so assume it is just not pumping. (should have run it longer) but didn't want to run the battery down which was dumb since I couldve run the generator. So we just spent the next 5 days acting like we were tent camping like in the past and used water jugs to flush, etc. The next thing I find out when I went to the dump station with my portable (only have a 6 gallon black water tank) is they had a frech water fill up hose there. Oh well. fun experience nonetheless.
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So since the season is quickly drawing to a close here in the North, (a good half or more of the CG's close this weekend), I'll relate my bonehead of this year from last weekend, in hopes that it is the last one of the year (probably a couple of more outings, so I still have a chance to one-up myself).


Pulled up Sunday to the dump station at a busy park in the Adirondacks right at checkout time. A bit of a line, but not too bad as they have 3 lanes. Get my turn and my dump goes uneventfully. Cap off the stinky slinky and start to compress the ribs and stuff it back into the tube mounted under the TT. It keeps getting stuck as I push it in. Strange? As I am compressing the pipe, it is opening up again inside the tube. This is bizarre. What the heck. Try again two or three times with the pressure mounting and the attentive audience watching.


Finally the nickel drops. I always compress the tube, then put the caps on. By putting the caps on first, I'm compressing the trapped air in the tube and it is just uncompressing the tube downstream. Duh!


But as one mistake begets another, I'm not done yet. I then quickly popped the cap off, WITHOUT first decompressing the tube. Kind of like popping a balloon. Got a little spray back, deflected off the ground and back into my face. Now luckily I had sprayed down everything, including the ground, pretty well with fresh water (the guy before me had spilled a bit and didn't do the courtesy), but I still feel dirty a week later...


Moral of this story? Once you have a routine that works, stick to it without wavering...
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So since the season is quickly drawing to a close here in the North, (a good half or more of the CG's close this weekend), I'll relate my bonehead of this year from last weekend, in hopes that it is the last one of the year (probably a couple of more outings, so I still have a chance to one-up myself).


Pulled up Sunday to the dump station at a busy park in the Adirondacks right at checkout time. A bit of a line, but not too bad as they have 3 lanes. Get my turn and my dump goes uneventfully. Cap off the stinky slinky and start to compress the ribs and stuff it back into the tube mounted under the TT. It keeps getting stuck as I push it in. Strange? As I am compressing the pipe, it is opening up again inside the tube. This is bizarre. What the heck. Try again two or three times with the pressure mounting and the attentive audience watching.


Finally the nickel drops. I always compress the tube, then put the caps on. By putting the caps on first, I'm compressing the trapped air in the tube and it is just uncompressing the tube downstream. Duh!


But as one mistake begets another, I'm not done yet. I then quickly popped the cap off, WITHOUT first decompressing the tube. Kind of like popping a balloon. Got a little spray back, deflected off the ground and back into my face. Now luckily I had sprayed down everything, including the ground, pretty well with fresh water (the guy before me had spilled a bit and didn't do the courtesy), but I still feel dirty a week later...


Moral of this story? Once you have a routine that works, stick to it without wavering...
I'll admit to doing the same thing when packing up to leave from our first outing of this season. Fortunately we were at a full hook-up site so nobody waiting in line for me to amuse.....
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