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Old 09-17-2014, 01:16 AM   #29
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Did you have an audiance? It seems like every time I make a big boo boo I have to turn around and take a bow. Sounds like you took it in stride and still had a good time.
Ain't THAT the truth!!! My wife takes pictures and puts them on Facebook for crying out loud.
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Old 09-17-2014, 05:53 AM   #30
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Sometimes you get lucky. Last week as I was pulling out of the strorage lot through a pretty tight gate opening I glanced at the mirror to check the position of the toad and what did I see, a bay door had popped open and was about 1 foot away from the gatepost! Now I always lock the bay doors and this one was locked but apparently the latch did not engage. From what I hear about replacing bay doors I dodged an expensive bullet, whew.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:01 AM   #31
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We are new toM/H and doing full time(going on 3 months now),so we have had several near misses with power cords,etc.It drives my wife nuts i get in drivers seat, seat belt on, then i get this gut feeling i forget something i get out walk around 1 more time.Wife ask me what did i forget i tell her nothing just felt like stretching my legs 1 more time,or we are driving only been on road 1 or 2 hr i pull off at a road side park check tires(had 1 blow out in Baltimore,rush hour) so i guess i get a little gun shy.Putting air tire monitors on this week. I guess i am the only one that has walked in to a slide or raised up in to a open bay door? Put a really nice cut on my scalp. Its strange it hurts like crap, but the first thing you look for was only one watching?
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:24 AM   #32
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I'm lucky, DW pays attention to all that stuff.

For example when about to pull out of the garage......"you going to close that cargo door or did you just want to rip it off on the side of the garage?"

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Old 09-17-2014, 08:55 AM   #33
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Powercordaphobia is an illiness im familiar with. Once when we were living on our boat I witnessed a great example. Guy with a new large (40') cruiser was leaving the dock and being in a bit of a hurry he missed something. His power cord was wrapped around a dock piling and neatly placed across the transom in plain site. It was white, like his hull, (can u see where this is going?) He untied from the dock, did an impressive spin from the dock, the cord grew very tite, snapped across the rear cockpit and then things went to h$$l. The well secured cord knocked his wife down, swung his stern very quickly toward the concrete dock with the bow barely missing my boat!!! Damaged fiberglass $11,000, damaged ego "priceless". My coach has a brite yellow marine power cord, so it doesnt blend in. Ive done enough damage to my ego already with my stupid human tricks, I dont need any more injuries to it. 😉😈😆
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:08 AM   #34
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Did you have an audiance? It seems like every time I make a big boo boo I have to turn around and take a bow. Sounds like you took it in stride and still had a good time.

Just the neighbor that chased us down!
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:18 AM   #35
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We are planning to try a year of fulltiming soon and I think Somebody up there is trying to see if we're ready!

We left last Wednesday for a short trip down to the coast to visit the relatives. We were running late and got it too much of a hurry! We didn't use the checklist (which we NEVER fail to do). We had hooked up the car the night before to save time. We pulled out and got about a mile down the road when this pickup came racing up behind us, passed us, then came to a dead stop in front of us! I had a few words for him before I saw it was our neighbor! I got out of the MH and he pointed to the rear of the MH. There was our power cord stretched out like a tail 25' behind us! It had gotten under the toad tires and was torn to shreds!

It was obviously not usable at all, so we had to make a choice, either call off the trip or continue and operate on generator the entire 5 days. We decided we didn't want to unload that sucker, so we kept on trucking! I ordered a new 40' 50-amp power cord to the tune of $289 and will be installing it this week!

The CG where we had made reservations would not let us run the genny all night, so we had to stay at the Wal-Mart campground. We were sitting there watching TV when we heard a loud noise. Water was flowing from under the shower stall! We turned off the pump to stop the water and I went out to search for the problem. The fitting on the PEX tubing that connected to the tub faucets had broken off!

There was not place open that time of night to get a fitting so we were without water! We found a spigot and filled a gallon jug with water to flush the toilet. Annette has already taken a bath but I was really sweaty from crawling around under there in 90% humidity looking for the water problem. I'm gonna pass along a little tip to you, no charge! You CAN take a bath with a wet-wipe if necessary! The next morning I found a hardware with exactly the part I needed and had the problem fixed in 15 minutes!

The final test was the fridge. The outside fans quit working and the temp inside the fridge got up to 48 degrees! We had to go to Wal-Mart and buy a cooler and 20 lbs of ice to keep everything from spoiling!

I'm happy to report that we did not lose our cool through the whole ordeal! After that trip, I think we're ready for anything! Are you listening Lord? WE PASSED THE TEST!
That was just a really good read right there.
Glad it all worked out....
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:45 AM   #36
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We're being tested!

Agreed! A "Departure Checklist" and that last walk-around before pulling away from a campsite and at home have saved me potential damage, $$$ and embarrassment on more than one occasion!
After pulling out, I even stop, get out and give the site a visual once-over for possible fluid leaks under the coach and any items that may have been left behind in the now empty space...not too fastidious, eh?
The OP's story is a good reminder to us all! Thanks for sharing, Joe!
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Old 09-17-2014, 12:01 PM   #37
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Yup, I've had that "Doh!" Head slap moment twice. First, on departure from our very first campground stay as fulltimers I pulled the same "suspended cable" trick that Dr4 described. Bent one prong about 15 degrees. A year or so later, leaving after a rainy night, looked in the mirror as we started rolling to see the rear toad wheel pushing up a nice roll of mud in front of it. Ooops!

No damage to anything other than ego in either case. Lucky.
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I got away with the power cord thingy once before but this time it caught up with me! Before I didn't have the toad behind to destroy the cable, and another neighbor flagged me down as I was pulling out of the driveway! No damage except the ego!
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Same here for the freezer packs, where we store our motor home is not level so canít run the refrigerator till we move it down to the road. The afternoon before we take off I put four of the large blue ice packs in the freezer and 6 in the refrigerator. The next day everything is cold and it does not take the refrigerator long to get down to temperature.
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We are new toM/H and doing full time(going on 3 months now),so we have had several near misses with power cords,etc.It drives my wife nuts i get in drivers seat, seat belt on, then i get this gut feeling i forget something i get out walk around 1 more time.Wife ask me what did i forget i tell her nothing just felt like stretching my legs 1 more time,or we are driving only been on road 1 or 2 hr i pull off at a road side park check tires(had 1 blow out in Baltimore,rush hour) so i guess i get a little gun shy.Putting air tire monitors on this week. I guess i am the only one that has walked in to a slide or raised up in to a open bay door? Put a really nice cut on my scalp. Its strange it hurts like crap, but the first thing you look for was only one watching?
OK, Tagcat, I have to tell you about walking into a slide. I did that walking around the unit in Pender, Nebraska. Big vertical cut down the middle of my forehead, trip to the emergency room at the fine Pender Community Hospital, suture & tentnas shot. But here's the real kicker: When I turned it in for health insurance they denied it on the basis that it was "a vehicle accident." Months of phone calls and e-mails, including proof from my MH insurance company that if the jacks are down and the slides are out, there is no vehicle insurance coverage.
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Happy days are here again!

Today I got the new 50-amp power cable installed! Monaco parts was good enough to give me the name of their supplier since they didn't have it in stock. I ordered a 40' cable, which gave me about 35' usable after connecting to the junction box!

Below is what my old cable looked like after the toad got through with it!

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Don't worry joe! I did the power cord thing on our new coach a couple months ago. Brand new 50 amp cord and I was just moving it in the driveway. Same deal....300 bucks.
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