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Old 07-04-2015, 07:51 AM   #43
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Several years ago, we were coming over Teton Pass west of Jackson, WY. We had our 2003 40' Phaeton pulling a 16' enclosed trailer with motorcycle inside. My experience with the exhaust brake was that it worked in all the gears except 1st, as it always released when down shifting into 1st gear at a stop. I engaged the EB at the top of the pass and started down. 2nd gear would not hold it and I had to occasionally use the brakes to slow down. I began to notice that the brakes were getting less effective and decided to come to a complete stop to let them cool. Problem was it would not stop. I finally got to a pull off area and got it down to walking speed, but could not completely stop it till I put it in neutral. On the 10% grade, the engine at idle had more power than the brakes. Once stopped, we sat there for 30 minutes to let the brakes cool down. My wife suggested that I try it in 1st gear, so we continued rolling. What a relief. 1st gear held the speed and hardly had to use the brakes. Lesson learned. I suspect that the exhaust brake release was a function of speed and maybe not downshifting into 1st gear. One more thing I learned was the adjustment of the trailer brake controller. I had slid the lever to the right for max braking, but upon closer examination saw that that controller was just the opposite and max braking was to slide it to the left, just the opposite of others I had owned. I have had other close calls when someone pulls in front of us and then decides to stop etc, but nothing compares to the helpless feeling of not being able to stop on a 10% grade with curves coming up. We will be going over Teton Pass again in a few days, but this time in our 43' Allegro Bus with a two stage "Engine" brake and no trailer. It'll be a breeze, but will bring back one scary memory.

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Old 07-04-2015, 08:27 AM   #44
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Being a newbie to RVing, I wish I could remember my scariest moment but I passed out from fear.........

"In the game of life, I have no need for tickets on the 50-yard line, I brought my shoes, I came to play." Unknown
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Old 07-04-2015, 08:34 AM   #45
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Some time ago, I posted the story of my first scare in the FMCA Blog site. I wasn't yet fully used to driving this rig, when the engine went dead in traffic and I was in the left lane. For the full story, see

First Scare - FMCA Motorhome Forums

This particular problem hasn't happened again. I've had minor scares since, but nothing major.

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Old 07-04-2015, 08:44 AM   #46
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We were coming back from Panama city Beach, Fla. We were on a four lane road. Two cars were coming around us in the left lane. At just that point they saw a orange stand on the right. They pulled over in front of me and jammed (and I do mean jammed) on brakes. There was no way that my 28 foot Argosy was going to stop before I hit them. I hit the brakes with everything I had. I stopped about two feet behind them. My wife was furious. Why don't you blow the horn at them she said. They are so stupid, they would not even know why I was so pissed off, I told her.
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Old 07-04-2015, 09:09 AM   #47
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My worst event occurred when we had pulled into our slot for an overnight stop at a CG. I'd set the parking brake and DW had got out of her seat and unclipped the restraint harnesses on our two Labradors.

AShe looked out of the window and said " we look to be very close to the next site's picnic table". I said I'd go look and went to use the driver's door. I stepped onto the door sill, then lowered my right foot to the "stirrup" step on the wheel arch edge. I'd already let go with my hands when I realised I'd missed the lower step and was starting to topple out backwards.

I managed to grab hold of the rear edge of the door frame and the steering wheel and pull myself back up. We cut the trip short, because of a very sore back, and headed home. A month later it was back surgery time for an extruded lumbar disk.

I never used the driver's door again, except to vacuum the floor while standing on a short stepladder outside.
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Old 07-04-2015, 09:27 AM   #48
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We bought our coach in Michigan. Driving back to Texas we went through a couple of tornado watches. After getting closer to Ft Worth we heard on the radio that we were in a tornado warning. Never been blown all over the road I my life. Very scary. Gust to 70 MPH and I am sure we were close to that. We drove less than 30 MPH. Fortunate we were close to our destination.

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Old 07-05-2015, 08:04 AM   #49
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We had just moved up to MH from many years with TTs and did not have tow bar yet so I was driving the car behind the MH on way to campground. DW and kids in the MH. Allaof a sudden big explosion from the driver front tire and the MH heads for the ditch on opposite side of the road. Fortunately DW got the rig stopped on the shoulder and more fortunate there was nobody beside her when tire blew. Everyone ok once we changed our shorts and roadside service got there to install the spare. And then of course there are the countless times we seem to be waving a sign that says "please try to clip our front end as you change lanes".
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Old 07-08-2015, 07:57 PM   #50
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In September 2013, we were camped in Bar Harbor ME for the week and had been there 4 nights, enjoying all the lobstah we could eat and beautiful early fall weather. At 2:30 AM we were awoken from our sleep by a HUGE crash. Both of us bolted straight out of the bed! The first thought was that a tree had fallen into the front windshield. Then thinking that maybe a tree had fallen on the roof. I jumped up and went forward to find both our cats plastered against the front windshield (still in tact) as far from the noise as they could get. Lights on, and then I saw it; the three piece sliding shower door had shattered. We had the 3 panel sliding door and one of the panels had shattered. It looked like a 20 lb bag of ice had been dumped into the shower pan with a billion pieces of glass in the shower floor with some spilling out into the hallway.

After our heart rate returned to something close to normal, we closed the hall door so the cats wouldn't get in it and went back to bed. The clean up was done the next morning. After about an hours work, I removed the remaining 2 glass sliding panels and went to Home Depot and bought a expanding curtain rod, rings, and shower curtain to put up.

I have never heard of this happening before and hope I never do again. This was on our 2005 Bounder 32 which we bought new in 2005.

No UFO sightings reported and the CG owner says it is not on an old burial ground.

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