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Old 05-09-2015, 10:24 PM   #183
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today i closed galley slide with gravity fill door open...so replacement is on order as its now in pieces, but mere minutes later i ripped a cabinet door inside right off the hinges. it was an angry day for me!!!
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Old 05-10-2015, 01:55 PM   #184
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I have pulled so many that I doubt I can list them all. Pulled my fiver into a post at the house doing a bunch of damage, forgot to latch the hitch down on a flat bed trailer and commenced to load the tractor (up came the front), and the last was when I left a slide partially out and drove into the storage shed with the MH. Was real lucky that all it did was to pull one end apart on the slide canopy thingy. And, there was the time I was backing up to hook up the fiver and forgot to remove the support unit. Got to buy a new tailgate.
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Old 05-11-2015, 04:32 AM   #185
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Before I close my bedroom slide I learned I need to close my bathroom door. The screaming sound of creaking and cracking was overwhelming and i immediately stopped retraction of the slide. Of course this was as we were just about to leave the campground.at least I fixed it with a new set of hinges and didn't need a new wall and door as it sounded. I think a few more inches and it sold have changed my Floorplan. I now put a label under the bedroom slide button to check the door since I can't see it where the slide button is located.
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Old 05-11-2015, 03:25 PM   #186
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We don't take delivery of our new2us MADP for another week or so, which is why I'm scouring these forums now for stories just like these in the hopes that I can avoid becoming another victim of head-gashing slides that spontaneously pop-out a little farther on their own just as you're standing up, awning-ripping branches that grew out of nowhere overnight, and - of course - low-clearance underpasses they just built yesterday

It's going to happen, naturally - it's unavoidable - but I read this thread from beginning to end with the intention of using your examples to expand my already-bloated checklists; now I might have to start the day before departure if I ever want to complete them in time to hit the road

"Ok honey, you take care of clipboards 2, 4, 5 and 9, I'll handle 1, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 10... then we'll trade."

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We don't take delivery of our new2us MADP for another week or so, which is why I'm scouring these forums now for stories just like these in the hopes that I can avoid becoming another victim of head-gashing slides that spontaneously pop-out a little farther on their own just as you're standing up, awning-ripping branches that grew out of nowhere overnight, and - of course - low-clearance underpasses they just built yesterday

It's going to happen, naturally - it's unavoidable - but I read this thread from beginning to end with the intention of using your examples to expand my already-bloated checklists; now I might have to start the day before departure if I ever want to complete them in time to hit the road

"Ok honey, you take care of clipboards 2, 4, 5 and 9, I'll handle 1, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 10... then we'll trade."

FINALLY! Someone who understands the process. I wish I had thought of that.
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Old 05-11-2015, 06:30 PM   #188
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Old 05-11-2015, 09:15 PM   #189
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Last September, we stopped at a truck stop just out of Missoula, MT. The wind was blowing about 40 miles per hour. When I opened the door the wind almost jerked it out of my hand. After fueling I opened the door and told the DW not to open the door due to the high wind then I started in to pay. She though I asked for help due to the wind. She opened the door and the wind caught it but she didn't turn loose. The door flew open and she flew out. Fortunately only thing hurt was her pride.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:24 PM   #190
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I nearly burnt a RV up about 10 years ago.......

Keep in mind, I wasn't new to RVs or campfires at the time so I really felt stupid with the end results.

My loving wife bought me a new tool box for my garage like I had always wanted.....about the size of a Volkswagen. So ......I took the old solid oak tool box I had made several years ago out to the driveway and tried unsuccessfully at breaking it up with a rather large hammer. Seeing my new shinny tool box waiting for me in the garage I couldn't waist anymore time with a hammer so after opening a new cold beer.......I decided it was time to burn that sucker to get it all behind me. Boy was that stupid.....

That large oak tool box really got hot as she burned ONLY 15 ft from the garage and RV mmmmmm what could possibly go wrong? After playing with my tools and admiring my new shinny tool box as I filled and organized it, I looked behind me toward the nice big fire. Funny..... about that time reality somehow struck me....this might not be a great idea... I ran out to grab the garden hose and as I turned it on to spray the RV I noticed the garage looked sad...all the siding was melting off the front of the garage.

As I sprayed the rv it hissed, this wasn't a good sign. From that time on I had a bubble about the size of a foot ball on the side of the RV. I was really glad when I got rid of that unit so I didn't have to be reminded of my mistake. To this day, my wife worries when I do anything with fire or cutting torch.
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Many years ago, we built ourselves a motorhome from a 48 pass school buss. It had all the features to camp in -25 to heat of desert. We were traveling the old Hope to Princeton Highway in B.C. When we reached the last long downhill into Princeton it was about 2:00am, I geared down for the long down hill and you know- a backfire and it blew the muffler off. The noise was obviously as deafening for the twonspeople as for us because we could see lights being turned on from our high vantage point. We decided we better pull over and sleep for the night. DW spotted a fairly flat side road off the main high way so we pulled in a couple hundred yards to a very nice flat spot. Aout 5:30am we get a banging on the door demanding we move. I asked if we could just get some breakfast for the kids first-but oh noooo. He said they were waiting for us to get of the runway as a plane wanted to take off. So we moved post haste with my big red face hanging out.
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We don't take delivery of our new2us MADP for another week or so, which is why I'm scouring these forums now for stories just like these in the hopes that I can avoid becoming another victim of head-gashing slides that spontaneously pop-out a little farther on their own just as you're standing up, awning-ripping branches that grew out of nowhere overnight, and - of course - low-clearance underpasses they just built yesterday

It's going to happen, naturally - it's unavoidable - but I read this thread from beginning to end with the intention of using your examples to expand my already-bloated checklists; now I might have to start the day before departure if I ever want to complete them in time to hit the road

"Ok honey, you take care of clipboards 2, 4, 5 and 9, I'll handle 1, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 10... then we'll trade."

I would say that you are taking a good approach by reading what others have learned the hard way. You are correct in you cannot anticipate every mistake. You only know what you know and cannot know what you do not know.
One word of caution is to be extra careful when entering areas you are unfamiliar when traveling. Back when I had a travel trailer I pulled up to a curb side to enjoy a meal at the local restaurant. It was the town my parents grew up (Carbondale, Pa.) and although we had been there many times previously when I parked I did not take into account the slope towards the curb. I put the awning right against the telephone pole. Had no choice but to move forward when leaving which ripped a large hole in the awning.
You hopefully find you only make major mistakes once.
Safe travels!
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