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Old 03-28-2012, 01:08 PM   #15
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Thanks! I always grumble about having to disconnect the battery on my toad. From now on I'll remember your story and be thankful for the fact that I can't do what you did.
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:24 PM   #16
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I stopped for a single night stay at a "not such a nice campground" so I removed the ignition key from my Jeep Wrangler before going to sleep, I did't unhook anything just shut it down for the night. The next morning I get in the drivers seat and start driving, but now the coach will not drive straight down the road. It is pulling hard to the left. I stop look underneath the coach, check out all the suspension parts and see no problems. I start driving still the coach alignment is pulling to the left. I go a couple miles on the interstate and can't keep the coach straight. I get off the interstate and as I negotiate a left turn and that is when I saw my problem. I for got unlock the steering of the Jeep and the wheels would not trac straight behind the coach pushing the back of the coach to the right causing the front to go to the left.
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:33 PM   #17
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I've left the parking brake on in my wife's Honda Pilot - twice.
Leaving a big rut in our dirt driveway - twice.
Don't tell me things run in threes.
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:34 PM   #18
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I've left the parking brake on in my wife's Honda Pilot - twice.
Leaving a big rut in our dirt driveway - twice.
Don't tell me things run in threes.
Be thankful it was just ruts! My DH left the parking brake on our Toyota Camry on the tow dolly. Had just left our daughters and she called to tell us the car was smoking. DH went back and took the brake off, but didn't look arount the car. About 30 miles down the road someone honked and pointed to the passenger side tire. The short ways we drove with the brake on gave us a flat tire and by the time we stopped it was just rim and it tore the side bumper up. I bet you don't feel so bad now.....
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:01 PM   #19
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Good stories, learn all sorts of things not to do on sites like this.
One thing i did is after pulling in to a truck stop for a little rest. when i was getting ready to go after my nap and couldn't figger out why i could not get the truck and trailer to move when i tried to drive away. 5:30 in the morning and hadnt had my coffee yet. took a couple of tries to figger out what was wrong. in the dark i put the tounge jack down to take some of the weight off the truck while i was sleeping. i had raised the jack before leaving but did not notuce that the pin on the break away swithch was pulled (must have got caught on something and pulled out). well proved that ithe system worked, switch and breaks worked properly because the was no way i could get that trailer to budge.
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At least your battery was charged when you arrived.
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:44 PM   #21
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These stories are great.
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Hopefully you'll have nothing to contribute.
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Not yet, but gimme some time.
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:03 PM   #24
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Not yet, but the stories not over either.
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bigdomino.......I bet you don't do it again. I'll admit to one.....I had just set up our Dodge Dakota for towing and deicded to take it with us on a trip to a local lake to test how it towed. We didn't use the truck while we were there and left it parked. The morning we got ready to leave, I saw that I had space to drive the truck up behind the MH in a back in campsite. I pulled it in on a slope, connected and set the brake.

Yep......about 5 miles down the road our friends told us they could smell something like brakes....oops. No damage, but you can bet I'll never do it again.
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:38 PM   #26
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IN days of old when folks were bold and ECC's not invented.. You did that and it fouled hte plugs and otherwise messed up your engine. (letting gas engines idle for long periods of time not a good idea)

Today.. With Engine Control Computers mixing the fuel for you.. Not a problem. The major damage is to your wallet from the gas it burned while you were towing it.

IN fact, the ONLY damage is the gas it burned while you were towing it.

Diesel engines of yesteryear could idle till the cows come home (or they run out of fuel) no problem.. Todays.... Not recommended.
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Haven't done that (yet), but I have stopped for lunch, turned on the generator for MW use, and forgot to turn it off before starting off again.
No harm done, except for fuel, and feeling stupid.
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Be thankful it was just ruts! ....... I bet you don't feel so bad now.....
Yeah, but you only did it ONCE.
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