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Old 12-27-2012, 11:46 AM   #239
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Use the holes in steps for lock pin, or make holes to allow a pin to be placed such that the steps will not retract when someone misses the light switch and turns the steps back on and has them retract, then turns them off with the lights...

Makes for nasty first step in the dark when one knows the steps are there...
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They never include the big box store brands. That dissolve even sooner,

Put some TP in a mayonnaise jar with water, shake a few seconds if it shreds it is OK to use.
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Never let a stranger guide you into a space. Especially at night!!!!!

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER...
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:48 PM   #242
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Never let a stranger guide you into a space. Especially at night!!!!!

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER...
That just doesn't sound good.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:37 AM   #243
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Do not leave your muddy shoes sitting on the steps. Husbands have been known to start the engine, causing those steps to retract.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:39 AM   #244
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Don't Ignore Previous Advice!

Ok, so today was PDI day. The day went fairly well until my 2006 turned into an 04. Long story, when we signed initial deal Super! Friendly sales guy keeps calling it an 06. Damn, trusting ol me and not noticing it on the paperwork, I believe him. When I find out at the sales office while we are still waiting for it to show up at the Local RV Clearance show with it. I'm am absolutely beating myself up about it. Particularly after spending months researching MH's and the last two weeks studying the hell out of the Freightliner and Cat to end up with a Workhorse and Cummins. Guess I can now talk about both rigs once I stop being a newbie. Anyway, lesson learned and the wife is probably thinking of a way to publicly humiliate me about it, that will be fun. In the end the dealer made it right. After their input and further reflection I new I was still getting a good deal backed by a solid national company.

Next lesson starts when I get ready to drive my new baby home. The wife walks away to get in her car and leave. I am standing in the coach and realize the door is still open. I hop down to close it, my foot slips and I end up sliding out of the coach ending up with one foot on the ground and the other still in the stairwell. No, I am not a gymnast and I still hurt. After getting home with it safely, the wife is cleaning out the rig and getting it ready to roll. I have to keep getting tools out of the front left basement compartment for her in the dark wearing my baseball hat (normal) bill forward. After 30 plus years working around aircraft and other trucks you think I would know better. Well, I now have a dime size red angry mark on my forehead.

.........and this is just the first day of getting it. I still have to depart on a 3 night shakedown tomorrow morning with my "D" Wife and her step mother.

Oh boy, this is gonna be fun.........
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:58 AM   #245
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Don't forget the lower half of the ladder, even after your walk around. It looks like it belongs there for the ride.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:21 AM   #247
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I got one for ya. But I did not do it. DON'T let the black tank sit 5 months full in the summer time. Bought a use class A that had this happen. RV dealer is 2 miles from my house and could smell it for 2 days. Thanks the smell was not inside the coach.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:58 PM   #248
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Here's another one ...

When you're rolling into an unfamiliar campground after hours, and after dark, it's a GREAT idea to either walk or drive your toad from the checkin "house" to your campsite.

On our first "real" trip with the motorhome, we pulled into a campground in update NY after hours, in the dark with the office closed. I got a first hand lesson on backing up the motorhome, with the car trailer attached, in the dark - on our first trip away ....

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We pulled in after hours – at about 9:40, and the office was closed. Heck, if I hadn’t missed Magellan telling me to get off the exit, we would not have gone 2 exits too far and would have checked in before the office staff left .

That would have been a great help, since we had never been here before, the campground was really dark and it was difficult to tell where the roads were, versus campsites. We looked at the map to see where our spot was and headed off in what I thought was the right direction … all I can say is DOH! because I missed the turn for the road that heads to our spot and ended up driving right down a dead end street in the campground. DOH!

Now to figure out where we are, if we can back up without detaching the car trailer and where our campsite really is. So I took the long walk back to the check-in cabin, reviewed the site map and walked from there to our campsite. At least I knew where we were *supposed* to be.

Now to head back to the RV, where we were idling in the street and gathering a small crowd wondering why we were in their street, and how we were going to get out. There was no turn around there, so we had to back it up about the distance of 12 campsites and were lucky enough to find a level spot where I could back in the trailer to turn us around.

We got some help from some of the campers in that area, helping to guide us and moving a couple of picnic tables … that was great – and we were on our way to our campsite.

A few minutes later we were in our spot, leveled up, plugged in and ready to have some dinner. Brody and Maya got to get out and sniff around the campsite and we got ourselves all settled in for the night.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:05 AM   #249
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This one is not mine, but my buddies, His lady put his laptop in a nice little spot that just seemed so right for it and all was good while they was traveling, they get to destination and he starts setting up, puts done the levelers then out comes the slides.... as he is putting out his DS main slide he hears a crushing sound. He stops the slide looks but doesn't seen anything so back to putting it out same sound again, pulls the slide back in only to find his new laptop broken. lLsson learned, them just right looking spots when the slides are in are BAD.
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Cool glad we have no slides

This just makes me all the happier that the Rexhall we are working on has NO slides.

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This one is not mine, but my buddies, His lady put his laptop in a nice little spot that just seemed so right for it and all was good while they was traveling, they get to destination and he starts setting up, puts done the levelers then out comes the slides.... as he is putting out his DS main slide he hears a crushing sound. He stops the slide looks but doesn't seen anything so back to putting it out same sound again, pulls the slide back in only to find his new laptop broken. lLsson learned, them just right looking spots when the slides are in are BAD.
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:51 AM   #251
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This one is not mine, but my buddies, His lady put his laptop in a nice little spot that just seemed so right for it and all was good while they was traveling, they get to destination and he starts setting up, puts done the levelers then out comes the slides.... as he is putting out his DS main slide he hears a crushing sound. He stops the slide looks but doesn't seen anything so back to putting it out same sound again, pulls the slide back in only to find his new laptop broken. lLsson learned, them just right looking spots when the slides are in are BAD.
BTDT! My wife stashed her laptop (in the carry bag) behind the driver's seat. I was standing outside chatting with a new neighbor between setup chores when I heard/saw the slide start to come out. Suddenly I hear this strange grinding noise so I began banging on the side of the coach. I went inside to find that the slide was crushing the case, the trim was ripped off the slide frame, and the slide overload was tripped.

I wish I could say "Lesson learned," but I kind of doubt it ...
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:10 AM   #252
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Same thing, but with a cabinet door.
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