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Old 09-02-2013, 07:21 AM   #1
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Stupid stuff you've done.....

OK let's be honest with each other here and maybe give ourselves a chuckle.

I will fess up to one of mine and tell about my camping buddy's ultimate foul up.

Mine was back in my old pop up days, we were at a campsite with friends and just about set up when he suggested that we spin my pop-up around to face his unit, forgetting that my DW had loaded all the luggage on the back bed to make up the inside I told her to hang on as we spun the unit around, of course releasing the rear jacks the thing tipped right back until the bed hit the ground! Luckily, neither the DW or pop-up suffered any damage, just my bruised ego.!!

His is much better, or worse depending on perspective. He had just pulled into campground an hour or so before we arrived and being alone he decided to catch up on some chores before the rest of us arrived. First was flushing black tank, he hooked up drain hose and drained tank, then activated his tank flushing system, decided to close drain to get "good flush" from tank. Problem was, he got distracted by a fellow camper a few sites down asking questions about his gorgeous motor home, bear in mind this happened in a Travel Supreme Deluxe 42 foot DP, top of the line, 500HP, triple slide, etc.. which did turn eyes at the little campground we were at. We after talking with the guy for a while he heads back to the coach to find water running out the door down the steps like a water fall. YES the water was flowing out of the toilet into the coach, out of the bathroom, through the kitchen (marble tile) and out the living area (CARPET) steps. Several hours of shop wet/dry vacuuming and subsequent shampooings to remove the blue tint to the carpet, and things were back to normal!! Hopefully. Thankfully the tank was emptied and drained on last trip and only had chemical and water (maybe) when this happened!

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Old 09-02-2013, 07:34 AM   #2
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Tom, I am surprised that it flooded the inside of your Coach like that, did the pressure blow the seal out in the toilet? The water from the full black water tank should of went up the 1-1/2" - 2" vent pipe onto your roof..........I am not telling how I acquired this info.

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Old 09-02-2013, 08:52 AM   #3
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When we had a TT we found a nice spot by the lake and back in. Level side to side, so jacked up the front and it started rounding down hill towards the lake, forgot to block the wheels. Luckily the guy next to us blocked it with some firewood while I hung on to slow it down.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:09 AM   #4
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Parking at a RV resort early in the spring the camp ground helper suggested that I let the water run for a while since no one had used the site in months. Turned on the bathroom faucet & did the rest of my set up procedures. Wife suggested that we go get a burger so off we went. Ya, you know the rest of the story. When we got back water was flowing from the cargo bays.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:17 AM   #5
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Yesterday I did my most stupid act. I climbed up on a step ladder with a garden hose in one hand, intending to spray the slide topper off. Well, as you are guessing, the ladder started falling. I figured I would jump off before I fell. There was grass just five feet away. I jumped, but not far enough. I landed on the concrete driveway with the full force on my right heel. My wife had just gone in for a second to use the bath. I managed to get up and tried o apply pressure on my foot but the pain was too great. I laid there for about five minutes until my wife came out. She managed to get me into the car and drive me to the emergency room. I brke my heel in two locations. Now I'm in a leg cast for six weeks, with the motorhome only half washed and the lawn needing mowed! I'm thankful. It could have been much worse.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:06 AM   #6
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I don't think there is enough room to type all the lessons I've learned. I'd fill this thread with my own experiences. Many from my initial changeover to Class A.

Thankfully, as time goes on there are less occurrences!
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:31 AM   #7
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I did the same. I had problems hooking sewer hose, finally got it done, hot & frustrated. I hooked water line turned on the water and went inside for lunch. All of a sudden "water" is flowing down the Windows. I ran outside and shut off the water, opened the black tank valve ran back inside. The toilet was almost to the rim, dumped it. I had hooked the water line to the sewer rinse hose. Both hoses were white. The sewer flush hose is now GREEN!
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I've never done anything stupid that I can remember. Wait, what were we talking about again?
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:35 PM   #10
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Pulled out of my yard once while still plugged in. Looked in the mirror three blocks from home and saw my shore power cord dragging along side the coach. Had to retunn home and do a little fixing.
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:51 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Okrver View Post
When we had a TT we found a nice spot by the lake and back in. Level side to side, so jacked up the front and it started rounding down hill towards the lake, forgot to block the wheels. Luckily the guy next to us blocked it with some firewood while I hung on to slow it down.
That is why I always unhooked BEFORE removing the safety chains.

My most recent ruh-roh moment was last weekend when I wanted to check out the roof. RV is kept at a local storage location. Climbed up the ladder, stood up and was faced with a cable about 6 inches from my knees. Realized it was a power cable stretched across the rear of the storage lot
Carefully, climbed back down again....

On a previous trip, DW left the tank fill running until it started blowing out the overflow pipe.
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:10 PM   #12
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We went to Fort Wilderness this past weekend. While my wife was renting a golf cart, I proceeded to our site. I've had TT's in the past and this is our 4th trip in our first motor home. I backed it in the spot perfectly the first time, I was so proud.
As I begin to put the jacks down, my wife rounds the corner on the golf cart and suddenly puts her hand over her mouth like I killed something.

She looks at me and I read her lips...."WRONG SITE!"

While moving it over one spot and her feeling the need to help me back in, it only took me about 6 tries with her help.

Other than, my sewer line wouldn't reach, the slides were put out too soon and I had to crawl under them to hook up the water line, and cracking my head on the corner of the sewer compartment hatch at least 4 times, everything went great. LOL
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:31 PM   #13
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Worst thing I ever did was not check to make sure steps on my MH had retracted and driving about 40 miles down the freeway before another RVer pulled up along side me and indicated that my steps were still out. I found out that I had a dry switch on the door that left them out. A little silicone spray and the problem was solved.
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:50 PM   #14
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This was not me, but my girlfriend. On the way back from Milwaukee this past weekend, we stopped at a service plaza on the Ohio Turnpike. For those of you that don't know, they have dumps there. While I was adjusting the mirror on the passenger side, my girlfriend started dumping the tanks. After about 5 mins I started smelling something really terrible so I thought i would go check it out. I go around thr coach and the smell hits me full force and i almost lost my lunch. She apparently did not get the elbow all the way on and when she pulled the lever the sewage went out of the pipe right into the concrete holding area. Not a drop went down the drain as the elbow was keeping it out. By the time I got over there she had shut the valve and was getting the elbow out of the drain. I politely offered to help, was refused in not too nice terms, so I went right back to what I was doing. I came back in another 5 minutes and then proceeded to help her get the tanks drained and rinsed as well as getting the area cleaned up.

Oh, yeah, almost forgot. My mistake was that I clobbered a toll booth with my passenger mirror about 15 minutes before this happened which was why I was adjusting it and not dumping the tanks at that stop. So, needless to day it was all my fault even though I had said to just wait a couple of minutes until I finished with the mirror to dump the tanks.

No major damage to the dump station or the mirror. Only real damage was to pride and my diaphragm muscles after laughing for the next hour on the way home. She eventually started speaking to me about an hour later.

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