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Old 10-14-2009, 07:49 PM   #15
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OK, number 2.

Anybody else here ever try to empty the contents of a 50 gallon black tank into a 40 gallon blueboy, not a pretty site!
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Okay, number 21 and the last one:

21. Left the basement lights on, but fortunately the batteries did not fully discharge before I caught my mistake.
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Old 10-14-2009, 08:49 PM   #17
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Barbara - If you don't now do it, monthly battery maintenance is one of the little things you can do to forgo the electrical issues you had previously.
Yes we usually do battery checks every month, including using bicarb to clean around terminals - but haven't been removing the cables to check the ends under the wing nuts.

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Old 10-15-2009, 01:54 AM   #18
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For the record, the Alpiner wasn't me.
Yet. Give it a few years, or hopefully more than a few.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:38 AM   #19
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Long time ago, in a galaxy far far away. We took the Truck camper to Montana, and we parked in a relative’s driveway for the few days we were there. When we planned to leave, we had to dump the tanks someplace.

Now, I had previously changed the end on the sewer hose because it had cracked, and I was sure I had tightened it up with the clamp real good. But about halfway through the black tank dumping process the end comes off the hose and the "good stuff" was going all over the place. Well, I had to fix it right then and there, and then clean up the "good stuff" from around the dump site. Plus the place we dumped charged us 5 bucks to dump because we were not staying there. Suffice to say, I checked that clamp about every two months until I sold that camper.

Now, I have the apex, and it's a different type of connection, but that hose needs to be changed and I am going to make real sure I attach the new hose correctly before I dump the good stuff. I will do lots of test using fresh water run into those tanks to get the necessary pressure going through the hose. I don't want to every have to experience the "good Stuff” again.
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:37 AM   #20
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Here is one just like the movie RV: I was flushing the black tank. I sometimes leave the dump valve closed to fill the tank so there is more pressure to push out the waste. That's fine but you have to remember to watch the level and open the dump valve. I didn't. The tank filled and the black water had nowhere to go but out the vent on the roof. Thank God the toilet seal held. It's just wonderful to have black water running off the roof of your coach.
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Wife goes camping w/the now Ex, in his truck camper. They park in a beautiful lake view spot, in a Corps campground w/camper door facing lake. He sets up BBQ, while wife assembles lunch in the camper starting w/the bag of big pretzels. Wife hears a loud CLUNK and sudden shouting. Looks out at rapidly approaching lake. Truck runs through three campsites full of folks. Takes out Corps BBQ & hamburgers go flying. People running and screaming everywhere.

SPLOOSH!!! Lake flows into camper as truck rolls into lake. Wife swims out of camper, amidst soggy pretzels the size of small life preservers. Wife becomes religious about checking parking brake. Ex arranges for diver & winch truck to retrieve rolling stock from the deep.
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:07 AM   #22
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OUCHHHHHHHHH - Big Time!!!!!

DW always ask me if I have set the Brake, after reading this one, I won't ever complaine again.
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While I know a lot of Alpine owners that rely on the "park brake" to hold the coach on fair inclines, I always add a wheel chock or two if there is any kind of slope while parking. The brake on my last coach failed and would allow the coach to roll slowly if the incline was too much, after it was repaired it was fine. I have also talked to other owners that have had failures.
One was while an owner was driving alone and stopped for a bathroom break. While relieving himself, he felt the coach starting to move. Before he could do anything, the coach gained momentum and rolled over a small embankment. This required a very large tow truck to rescue the coach. While no major damage was done, it put the fear into that owner and after my own past brake failure, me too.
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Here is one just like the movie RV: I was flushing the black tank. I sometimes leave the dump valve closed to fill the tank so there is more pressure to push out the waste. That's fine but you have to remember to watch the level and open the dump valve. I didn't. The tank filled and the black water had nowhere to go but out the vent on the roof. Thank God the toilet seal held. It's just wonderful to have black water running off the roof of your coach.
You were really lucky with this one!

Someone reported years ago on this forum about having left their flush hose connected to the black tank, faucet off. While they were out, the RV park connected a neighbor up to their faucet with a T, and not thinking, turned on the water on to both.

When they came back, they had a flood of black water COME INTO THE COACH! Huge mess. I don't remember what happened to the coach after that or if they ever got it sufficiently cleaned.

Oh here it is - alpinerver's 2005 post Black tank overflow. This gave me nightmares for weeks (well, sort of).

Alpinerver - it was the RV Park's fault - not your mistake, but I wanted Basil Shannon to know how very lucky he was that the black overflow occurred from the roof, not the inside!

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Always be sure your toad has parking break pulled before disconnecting it from the motorhome.

An RVer friend told us a story about a couple coming into their campground and disconnecting their car which immediately rolled backwards gaining momentum and crashed into someone's parked 5th wheel!

We always check before disconnecting the tow bar!

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Audrey - Since we are new to "toading" this is my biggest fear. I have not shown the Co-Pilot this process yet, but that is on the training agenda.

Barb - If a battery terminal cable looks corroded, I always take it loose and dip both ends in the Baking soda solution. This removes the corrosion, and then i can inspect it and determine if I need to replace it. Put Vaseline or any good anti corrosion on each terminal, and the bolts holding down the batteries, as the acid/water mist will coat anything in the compartment and it will start to eat up the exposed metal. I usually try to do battery maintenance once a month or every two months minimum.
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Audrey - Since we are new to "toading" this is my biggest fear. I have not shown the Co-Pilot this process yet, but that is on the training agenda.
Hmmm - your Co-Pilot is getting off too easy! We both do the toad connecting and disconnecting as a team as it goes so much faster that way. So that means we are both checking things.

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Old 10-16-2009, 05:22 PM   #28
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Alpine Owner with tinkeritus and poor memory, retrieves what was thought to be 200+ sq ft of beautiful Hickory flooring from storage. to find it had shrank to ~130 sq ft around 50-60 sq ft short of what he needs.
This was after removing perfectly good flooring, causing Gorgeous Wife great concern. Think I'll go shopping for wood and anything else she may need. I wont even go into any past misdeeds at this time (its just to painful).
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