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Old 09-04-2013, 11:03 PM   #29
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So how come you lost half a point? Didn't stick the dismount perfectly?
Stepped out of bounds on the tumbling pass.
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Shame on him for the .5 deduction. I'd have given it an 11. Hee hee!

Hope only your ego was hurt.
Let's just say that I got a lot of "mileage" out of the incident.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:15 PM   #31
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I'm not sayin' nuttin'!
Good idea!! No way to incriminate yourself that way!!
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:16 PM   #32
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So how come you lost half a point? Didn't stick the dismount perfectly?
Maybe the dive called for 1-1/2 double twist into a piked position costing .5 for not following the program.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:22 PM   #33
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Me either, Wayne!! (But I did hear about some goofy woman missing the step and tumbling all the way out of the motorhome last time we went camping. ) My hubby wrote "9.5" on a piece of paper and then had to make his own dinner.
My DW did that some years ago, no real damage to her.
A friends DW did that and did some real damage to her back and is now using an electric chair and they had to add a lift to their RV.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:52 AM   #34
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1) Left the black holding tank open and then forgot to close it and started driving around. It wasn't nearly as bad as it *could* have been.

2) Knocked the rear bumper against concrete posts at gas stations at very low speeds. The RV is always ok with no damage on the bumper but sometimes the posts get a little bent up. I still repeat this from time to time, although not so much any more. It's hard to tell 100% if there's impact and it doesn't show on the camera or rear mirror.

3) Driven more than once with the passenger steps extended.

4) Many, many more I am not recalling right now.

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Attack fences - all that I and the scratches on my passenger mirror are going to say at this moment.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:19 AM   #36
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Attack fences - all that I and the scratches on my passenger mirror are going to say at this moment.
I've had a tree, a picnic table and a street sign jump into my path while backing up. It took that many snafus before I decided it was a bad idea to back up without a spotter.
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Now I'm rolling! Maybe some of my stupidity will help others!

We were at Lake Pleasant RV park in Bothel Washington. I was looking up numbers to car rental agencies cause we didn't bring our car, when suddenly the A/C went out along with some lights. I looked around sure enough, many other things were out. I left the RV to check the pedestal, heard the neighbors A/C working and thought maybe I blew a Breaker. Got to the pedestal, saw my surge protector lights were on and breaker was still on. I turned it off and on anyway. DW says "it's still off" so I sat down in my recliner to ponder what to do next. Suddenly the power came back on. My thought was, resetting the breaker must have done it. A few minutes later, the A/C and lights go off again. WTH?, I ask myself. So I went outside and did the same routine I thought fixed it before. Came back in, waited and nothing. So I get up, start looking at the breaker box. All breakers are on, but I switch them on and off anyway. DW says "What's going on, I'm dying here in this heat". I tell her "How am I supposed to know I'm not an RV technician"! So....I go sit down in my recliner to ponder my next move and everything comes back on. This is tooooo weird for me! I start on my car quest again and ........The A/C goes off again! I go out to the pedestal, all on, I go in the bedroom check the panel, all on. Checked every fuse in every fuse box, all good. Some things like the microwave are flashing the time and the TV lights are still on. I ask myself....self, why would some be on and not others?
Now, I'm thinking maybe a disconnect. I go over to the inside battery disconnect switch by the door and hit the button and Voila!!! Everything came on!!!
I sat down and everything went off, so I turned around in my chair, hit the disconnect switch and it came on.

I finally found the culprit.....it was me! Every time I sat in the chair or learned forward or back, the corner of the chair hit the battery disconnect switch for either on or off causing me about 1.5 hours of misery.


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Oh, forgot about the street light pole, discovered the MH leans about a foot when parked in front of the house :(
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Pre retirement days, our RV would be put away for six months of the year while we all hunkered down hoping to survive another Wisconsin winter.

We had taken delivery of our "retirement home" rig late fall of 2010. Unfortunately, it too had to be put into storage for the winter as soon as we got home from North Carolina with it. I had a paved pad put in next to the garage at our second home in central Wisconsin for storing/parking RVs. I also had a 50 amp receptacle installed on the side of the garage that faced that pad. When backed onto the pad the garage, and electrical outlet, would be on the passenger side of the coach. The power cord had to be run under the coach to reach the outlet on the opposite side.

As we'd just taken delivery of the coach I'd not had a chance to really organize the basement storage areas before winter hit us full in the face. We had some of our bigger snowfalls that last winter in the frozen tundra. It's as if mother nature was giving us her last kick in the butt as we went out the door. Snow was piled so high along the driveway the snowblower had a hard time throwing new snow falls up and over the top of the snow banks. It became obvious to me that if I wanted access to those basement storage bins before June, I'd have to start removing the snow next to the motor home. So....

I'm running the mega blower (I'd bought a big one. Our driveway was a 100 yards from street to garage, up hill) down the right side of the RV when all of a sudden the snow blower stops, instantly. I'd run over the power cord and it had gotten jammed up in the snow blower impeller blades. I had to totally disassemble the front of the snowblower, in waist deep snow, to get that big electrical cord out of it. Remarkably the blades had not cut through any of the actual electric wires before the snowblower quit, it had only peeled back the outer cover. I did temporary repairs with silicone caulk and electrical tape and plugged it back in. Happily when I flipped the breaker back on all was well. I did have the cord replaced when I was back at the factory service center that next spring, not as easy as it should be as the power reel is buried behind "walls" inside the rear closet. The only access from the outside is the small hatch out of which the cord magically appears and the switch to operate the reel.
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Let's just say that I got a lot of "mileage" out of the incident.
And still going strong, eh?
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1) Left the black holding tank open and then forgot to close it and started driving around. It wasn't nearly as bad as it *could* have been.


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I did almost the same thing but it was the black and gray left open. Fortunately I found it when I was running faucets, not after using the facilities.
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Like many of you, I've done more than my share of stupid things but my most recent was bad since probably could have easily hurt myself.

I was equalizing my battery and I read somewhere that said to remove the vent cap when equalizing so I was trying to that but one of the caps was blocked by the cable so I loosened the bolt to the post while the batteries where still 'connected' to the charging system and sure enough, the wrench I was using was long enough to touch both posts and next thing I know my ears are ringing and the battery had exploded. I ran inside to flush anywhere where liquid might have touched me and luckily enough I didn't really have a mark on me (I had a red scratch on my forearm but I think it's actually from a piece of the battery case hitting me not from battery acid). After a few days, my ears even stopped ringing.
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