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Old 09-01-2016, 03:11 PM   #391
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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've done this too! Though, I didn't get any spray back. I always keep that one cap off until the hose is almost all the way packed in the bumper. Then I put it on, stuff it in and put the bumper cap on.

The one time I forgot, I spent a few seconds trying to figure out why my hose suddenly didn't fit any more! So I pulled it out a bit before I took the cap off (to avoid a puff of "stinky slinky" air ... or worse), then went about my aforementioned routine.

If this is your most boneheaded move, you're doing pretty darn good IMO!
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Old 09-03-2016, 05:12 AM   #392
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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.
I know that it never comes to mind in an emergency but pulling the break away cable will engage the trailer brakes.

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Old 09-03-2016, 05:50 AM   #393
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I know that it never comes to mind in an emergency but pulling the break away cable will engage the trailer brakes.

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I actually hold my break away cable while unhooking just in case... My biggest bonehead move continues to be the failure to raise my stabilizers before lifting the tongue to hitch up. Sadly I've done it more then once but luckily no damage...
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Old 09-04-2016, 07:38 AM   #394
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Having spent several years camping with a slide out, thought I was pretty slick and have everything down. Spot the unit in the site, check clearance to power box, and have wife start extending slide. I try to be outside so if something wonky occurs or my measurements are off I can see. Well it is almost out and then it starts making a horrid noise and stops. WTH??? Yell to wife to pull it back in and no issues there. She starts extending it and it slows down at the same spot again. This time I hear a crack. STOP!!!!

Sure enough, after checking everything, the thing I missed was that LCD TV that is stored in a cubby that is covered when the slide is pulled in. On this site, I had to go uphill and it slide forward against the slide. When I extended it, it basically crushed it against the lip of the slide and the frame of the cubby. I guess my "checked everything" was not so thorough after all.
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Old 09-12-2016, 07:49 AM   #395
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Haven't had one in a long time. This weekend, we spot the rig in our site, left/right level checks out, so unhitch and level front/back, drop stab jacks, DW hooks up power and gets the AC running, I dismount the WDH and store it away and install the X-chocks, DW informs me it's time to run the slide out, so I walk over to observe. Uh oh. That power pedestal looks like it might be close. She runs the slide out, I stop her because about 4" from end of travel, the slide it touching the power post! DOH!!

So we remove the X-chocks, bring up the stabs, get the hitch back out and on the truck, etc ... all to pull the trailer forward about 2 feet so the slide will clear the power pedestal and parking block.



Then something in the trailer made a big noise. Found out later that my son's trailer (I use it to tow him behind me on my bike) has blown a tire. I put too much air in it and it split the tube! DOH!



Other than those two minor hiccups, the trip was pretty good. But now I've got a stomach bug!
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Old 09-16-2016, 02:49 PM   #396
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What`s your most boneheaded RV moment?

I know this isn't horseshoes but does close count?


We got all unhitched and setup and THEN the DW says "are you sure the main slide is going to make it?"

It did - by the thickness of a piece of paper!

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Old 09-16-2016, 04:26 PM   #397
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As long as you don't trip a breaker!!
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Lol. I think I could still open the box. That plastic fender is pretty flexible.


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Old 09-16-2016, 07:23 PM   #399
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Just two weekends ago, we brought ours home from being at the dealer for warranty work. As i was unhooking, I commented to my wife "I hate the way the truck rolls forward a few inches as the ball releases". Well, it rolled forward......and kept rolling! For some reason, and, the only time I've ever done it, I shut my tv off, without shifting into park. Lucky for me, the trailer was well chocked, and my wdh bars were still attached to my tv. One of the wdh chains caught the tongue jack just enough to stop my Xterra from taking a solo trip down our drive, and into the woods next to us!

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I left a small bottle of dishwashing soap in the plastic kitchen sink. 400 miles of rough roads and when we set up and had dinner and washed the dishes, the wife accused our dog of peeing in the floor. I told her the dog didn't pee soap suds... yep, sink was cracked... Nice mod, though. Instead of paying WAY too much for a factory sink, I was able to find a small stainless steel sink and it was a nice fit. Everybody ended up happy.
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