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Old 09-01-2014, 11:08 PM   #491
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We have arrived at Caplillano RV Park in Vancouver. At registering, the desk clerk warned us about a pack of ferocious cedar trees on the loose in the campground. She said "Avoid them at all costs"!

While backing into our site, I saw one of them running up to the rear bumper. I slammed on my brakes and thought I had avoided them knowing how vicious they are. They still managed to take a bite at the Fiberglas bumper.
Thankfully, the previous owner had a run in with a relative of the same species before. There was already a scar there and I guess I opened the wound a bit. I had already planned on going to the RV Doctor for diagnosis of the affected area. The surgery is operable so it will likely be a few days in the hospital with recovery. Not sure if Medi-care will cover this.
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I hope you reported the wild cedar to the Department of Botany. One of their primary tasks is to trap and remove offending cedars and release them deep in the woods where they will do no more damage to RV's.

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Old 09-01-2014, 11:25 PM   #492
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I hope you reported the wild cedar to the Department of Botany. One of their primary tasks is to trap and remove offending cedars and release them deep in the woods where they will do no more damage to RV's.
I thought of that but there were too many of them and they all looked the same.

I felt I couldn't pick them out in a line-up. LOL

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Old 09-02-2014, 04:38 AM   #493
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Ok, this one did not cost any money but almost an heart attach. Taking the MH to a mechanic for some upgrades I arrived a little early so I had to park it across from the bays were several MH's already parked, backed in. So I skillfully approached and turned away, lining up perfectly to back in. Checking the mirrors and back camera, all was ok. I backed in between two other large MH's and all was going fine. As I was about 10 feet from the trees along the back according to the camera I applied the brakes slightly to come to a halt just right. But as I checked my right mirror I sensed I was moving way to fast so I mashed the brake, check the camera which seemed to show still about 5 feet but I could tell by looking to the right I was still moving. In a near panic now, I checked my foot was not on the gas and brake and really mashed the brake again. Now my mind was really in a panic mode as the camera still showed no imminent collision but my eyes were telling I was moving even faster. As I turned my head just a little bit more to the front I finally figured out the MH to my right was pulling out giving the allusion I was moving backwards. Life's lession, not all is what it seems!.
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:51 PM   #494
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Originally Posted by Rmiscoord View Post
As I turned my head just a little bit more to the front I finally figured out the MH to my right was pulling out giving the allusion I was moving backwards. Life's lession, not all is what it seems!.
I was dieing laughing at about this point in the story - same Dam&*^%#$! happened to me at a tight back in KOA a few years ago!
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Old 09-02-2014, 02:43 PM   #495
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Don't ever forget to un hook a 30 AMP cord from shore power when leaving the camp site. Because about 3 miles down the road someone in a car will motion for you to stop and get that 25' cord following you.

Then about a year later don't forget to do that a 2nd time. Or a lady in the campground will be waving her arms at you.

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Old 09-02-2014, 03:03 PM   #496
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Did half that... Do empty your mouth of all food and liquid then click on the link below:

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Old 09-04-2014, 10:03 AM   #498
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A few years ago I needed new house batteries while on the road, stopped at a Auto Zone (they did my car batteries) the man said he knew all about RV batteries. I asked him to take picture of the connections with his phone. I purchased 4, he installed 4 new 12v batteries. Had all kinds of problems with arcing. After a while i suggested he just put the old batteries back in. He gave it one more try and sais everything was fine. As I drove off my wife turned on a docking light WOW was it bright (for 4 seconds before it burned out). Bottom line, he had replaced 6volt with 12 volt making the voltage 24V. I pulled over disconnected the house batteries, found a Wallmart, spent the night found a mobile RV repair service who rewired the connections for a 12 v set up. NEVER take an RV to a car place!

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Oh, I am good at this Don't replace all your batteries without making a detailed chart of how they are connected...... before you take out the old batteries.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:33 AM   #499
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My fresh water would not work after the tank ran dry. After two weeks of living out of water bottles the RV repair guy came out and flipped the switch from coach to shore, boy did I feel stupid. Too make matters worse my buddy was there watching now everyone knows.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:49 AM   #500
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I had that problem. First of all start the engine and let it run for a while 4-5 minutes, then raise the jacks. If you don't have enough air in the tank the jacks will not fully retract and this prevents the coach from raising. Since I started this I have not had a problem. The key here is to make sure the jacks are fully raised, if you need to, shut the coach off and start over again, the jack storage cycle takes awhile buy let it run completely through the cycle. 2007 Travel Supreme Envoy
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:23 AM   #501
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Back in the early 70's we had built a camper out of a 48 pas school bus. When we built it, we lived on the prairie so length and overhang were not a problem. We moved to B.C. and decided to try some fishing at a small lake near Princeton. Now access to this small lake was over hill and dale in the mountains and up a narrow logging road, the switchbacks required back and forthing to get around. We finally climbed over a ridge and below us sat the lake with many campers (fish derby). We came down the hill and there was a good sized whoopdee at the bottom. The school bus had an extended front bumper upon which was mounted a spare 24" tire, the rear had a 3' extended bumper where we had installed twin 100lb propane tanks. Coming off the hill with speed we hit the whoopdee and bang- the front and rear bumpers hung up and the wheels were barely touching the ground. It was a source of humour for some-I spent 2 days gathering logs and jacking axles. Part B of this story was- I had not installed the toilet yet and so in consideration of two daughters a wife and partner's wife- I bought a portable stool type toilet apparatus that had a substantial baggy that snapped onto the rim of the seat. I didn't know 4 women could piddle that much in one long night- by morning they had filled the thing and there was a meniscus above the rim of the seat. I of course was nominated to empty it. We can chuckle now. Moral- finish toilets for women-always and B.-Don't take long wheelbase campers where everyone else has a truck and camper.
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Using your emergence break.

This story isn’t too funny, but it turned out ok. A couple of months ago I was in my 31’ pace cleaning, etc. My seven year old son was in the RV with me, he loves to listen to the radio and play in the RV. All of a sudden I hear him screaming “Help Me” I drop what I was doing and approach him, and he just keeps screaming “Help ME”. I ask him “what’s wrong?” And he won’t tell me, he just keeps yelling “Help Me”. Finely I make him sit on the couch, and ask over again “What’s Wrong?” He still won’t tell me, so I ask him to show me so I can fix it. He finely, reluctantly points to the steering wheel. I look and notice the shifter is in neutral. I look up and notice the RV has moved about eight feet, I put it back in park, and walk to the back of the RV, and look out the back window, and see that the RV has backed into my jeep! I pull the RV foward and go outside to inspect the damage, luckily there was none? I hate to think what if, my jeep hadn’t been there where my RV would have ended up! I now use the emergence break.
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:48 PM   #503
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I can relate. During our AK trip this summer we were 3 coaches traveling together. We pulled into a rest stop for a bathroom break. I was at the back of the pack behind the middle coach about 20' when the coach in front of me started to roll back. I laid on the air horn to no avail until he rolled into us leaving a hole in our front end from the bolt on his folded up tow bar.
He had jumped up to go to the bathroom and didn't have it all the way into park.
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Old 10-05-2014, 04:09 PM   #504
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Back in the early '70s (when I was but a wee lad) our family of 6 (plus a dog and cat) traveled the country in a 36' Class C with a 16' TT behind. At 13 I was often charged with doing the fueling while dad did other checks around the coach. Of course, this was during the first gas crisis and the twin fuel tanks had a steady stream of new locking gas caps as I never seemed to grasp the "put the darn cap back on" part of a fill up. The ones that were the most fun were the two times I grabbed the wrong locking caps (from somebody fueling on the opposite side of the pump). Off we'd go with a perfectly good locking cap and no key to open it.

Somewhere in the mid-west (pretty sure it was in Iowa) our TT started weaving behind us with a shower of sparks lighting up the late afternoon. Dad got the rig to the shoulder and we found that the bumper mounted hitch had failed (no surprise in retrospect). The square bumper was on the ground, the trailer hitch was too low to use the hand crank, and with darkening skies and a family trapped on the side of the road, dad overcame his fear of the CB radio and called for help. About five minutes later a van full of burly road workers pulled up, first lifted the trailer off the hitch (who needs a jack) and then teamed up to bend the bumper up enough to get us enough clearance to travel the short distance to a welding shop. About two hours later, working into their time with their own families, we had a completely rebuilt hitch set up (well designed rather than an afterthought) and a mere $10 bill. I'll never forget that one.

That trip, which was almost six months long and put 18,000 miles on the odometer, changed our lives and our family. It also sold me on the RV lifestyle. And now, with our 2004 Itasca Horizon 40AD soon to be home, we're looking forward to many more "Things Not To Do!"

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