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Old 12-03-2012, 01:58 AM   #99
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:57 AM   #100
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Well, guess I will add to this thread by telling our story. Keep in mind, I have done the RVing thing for the last 25 years and although I never drove the RV with my first hubby, I did experience the "checklist".

After 16 years of being single, I remarried last year. Have known my current hubby from before I met and married the first one and they know each other.

That said -

I buy the new to me 40 footer DP last August, gather all the stuff that I want in the RV. All the while, I am telling my new hubby his job is to pack the "man" stuff and organize the basement well.

I lay down the rules: #1, if you are going to use the TV and put the antenna up, when you are done watching tv put the antenna down IMMEDIATELY. #2, whenever I stop for any reason, especially when we've ALL left the RV you will want to check the toad, make sure everything is tight and hooked and all that. #3, be sure to tell someone loud and clear if you are going to go inside the store and use the restroom.

Those are the 3 rules:

So we are 500 miles from home, we stop for fuel in Billings MT. He told me was going to lay down and let my mom have the front seat for awhile. So I go use the powder room in the RV of course. Get done and get back in the drivers seat and start up and mom is in the front seat so I ASSUME DH is back on the bed. I pull out and get stuck at the light, while waiting for the light DH hubby calls me and asked me if I could possibly leave him a change of clothes before I get too far down the road.

Now - it was not my fault that he ALMOST got left at the truck stop! He failed to follow the RULES of the Trip.

But rest of the trip he made sure EVERYONE knew he was not in the TV. I only wish he would have followed the TV rule, he didn't and it cost him some money not once, but twice for the antenna replacement parts. he's getting good at installing the parts, in fact I recommended that he should stock a box full of them parts so he doesn't have to go hunting for them each time.

He's getting better, I made him a to do list on a spread sheet and he has to check each off before he can take his seat. I am going to make him into a really good co-pilot before the end of the next year.

We get home after a 6 week trip, the ex hubby comes by to see how our trip went. The new hubby tells the ex hubby how I almost left him in Billing MT without a change of clothes, FIRST THING the ex said "oh, you didn't tell her you were going inside store did you", I should warned you if she's driving - never leave vehicle without her knowing where you are because she is not going to look back and see if you are there or not. The new hubby found out the old hubby was left at a gas station in Sacramento CA back in the day when there were NOT CELL PHONES. Now we were traveling in a van at the time and had 3 kids with us and not one kid told me daddy was not in the van. A CHP caught with me, pulled me over and asked me if I was missing anything or anyone... when I told him no - the old hubby walked up to the passenger door.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:09 AM   #101
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:22 AM   #102
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Laughed til I cried Colorado Kay.
Sorry. I was laughing typing it and my DH asked me what was funny and I told him I was telling the story about our last trip to WA/OR and he said "be sure to tell them how you darn near left me at a truck stop without a change of clothes"

Even my now adult youngest daughter warned her hubby "do not leave RV without letting at least two of us know because my mom does not go looking for adults while traveling, and her kids are all grown up now and if your a man chances are you will be left behind" he had the nerve to ask her why, she told him because "men that travel with my mom have bad habits that lead to them being left at gas stations"

Hey I even offered the EX he could go along on the next RV trip and he asked me "Why - so you can leave both of us at truck stop" !!!!
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...A CHP caught with me, pulled me over and asked me if I was missing anything or anyone... when I told him no - the old hubby walked up to the passenger door.
roflmao... the post of the year
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:20 AM   #104
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Those are the 3 rules:

So we are 500 miles from home, we stop for fuel in Billings MT. He told me was going to lay down and let my mom have the front seat for awhile. So I go use the powder room in the RV of course. Get done and get back in the drivers seat and start up and mom is in the front seat so I ASSUME DH is back on the bed. I pull out and get stuck at the light, while waiting for the light DH hubby calls me and asked me if I could possibly leave him a change of clothes before I get too far down the road.

Now - it was not my fault that he ALMOST got left at the truck stop! He failed to follow the RULES of the Trip.

See now I do not feel bad that I left the DW at the rest stop bathroom ROTFL
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:12 PM   #105
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:10 PM   #106
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I did not but a good friend left his 16 year old daughter on the roof of his 5er when leaving a bluegrass festival in Grass Valley Ca. She was lifting extension cords of the rigs. We gave him no slack for that and made sure he would never forget!
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Don't forget (for the 100th time) that there are slides above you after you retrieve something from the basement. How many lumps and bruises will it take?

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Old 12-04-2012, 04:45 PM   #108
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Don't forget to unlock the steering wheel on your tode before driving down the interstate. That trucker must have seen my front tires smoking.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:35 PM   #109
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Me too about not unlocking the front end. Tires smoked. Not so bad compared to not disengaging the trany correctly, $5500 repair. Tire mistake only $550. Brake buddy overactive $1800 for new calipers, brakes, rotors. I've bought my jeep 2x over. PRICELESS! Good thing I'm having fun otherwise I don't think I'd be laughing over this
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Don't forget to unlock the steering wheel on your tode before driving down the interstate. That trucker must have seen my front tires smoking.
I forgot that one. MH kept pulling to the right. Thought I had a brake stuck. Pulled off in a parking lot and checked it out. Everything seemed fine so I turned around to leave (left hand direction)and noticed the tires on the toad going the wrong way. No dammage only drove about 5 miles before fixing it.
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Had to laugh at the DH and CHP. Almost drive off without the kids this year. Glad DW was paying attention.
My 11 YO and 8 YO girls were in the bathroom at the CG.
My bad. They hurry now.....
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Remember to squeeze air out of all open plastic containers with liquids inside before traveling from sea level to 8,500 ft in the mountains. They tend to ooze product out with air pressure changes.

Dang it! There are hundreds of them, or so it would seem. That must explain the shampoo in the floor of one of the storage bays. And the bottle was only tipped over a little, I swear!

I wipe it out at least monthly, but I may NEVER get it all cleaned out. The bubbles just keep coming and coming and...
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