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Old 12-22-2010, 05:43 PM   #29
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I learned that when buy a coach on a short sale and really get a smokin deal that you are gonna have some projects to take care of...
So, what I learned was that if you have a water leak on the front windshield that has been going on for sometime that it will literally smell like cat pee
Almost pulled all the carpet out but instead removed the dash cowling a found the smell!!! Now I love the smell of my coach

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Old 12-23-2010, 07:24 AM   #30
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I found my window awnings retract themselves when I get moving fast enough.

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Old 12-23-2010, 07:57 AM   #31
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I learned first time out that the rear of a 35' RV swivels like a logging truck on a turn and the big boulders that border a campsite don't move like you wish they would.
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:06 AM   #32
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Man, this stuff is FUNNY! It appears I will have a lot of stories to tell as I'm just starting out. To Err Is Human. Judging by the the things that often happen, I'm gonna be REALLY Human!!!
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:15 AM   #33
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Just because the dealer says they installed the pink stuff (antifreeze) doesn't mean it was done right... Which means to blow the lines out air doesn't freeze like water and antifreeze does....

When you notice the tires of the TT don't seem to line up right in the mirror maybe because you got a wheel bearing problem... Which in turned ruined a set a brake shoes...

Just because the interior of the trailer in excellent conditon doesn't mean all the appliances are... Which means you go on a reading spree here to under stand why the heater quit working after you blow the dust out...

I've just purchased this Jayco Eagle 296 (in Nov) and NEVER been on a trip yet but still going over it with a fine toothed comb hoping to stay out of this list... But...
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:19 AM   #34
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Father In Law learned that using your mirrors in a tight spot is ok, but remember that things higher than mirror site are wider!

tried backing into a tight spot using mirrors, told me to go get something so i left, came back to find that the overhang of the roof he was backing alongside caught the frame of the awning dead center. ripped it clean off and put two big holes in the side where the lower awning mounts attach!!

i couldn't help but laugh. he was a little grumpy but i was dyin!
"Now why would you want to do something like that?" - My Dad
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:27 AM   #35
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Now, as 2010 draw to an end, I think we need to sit back and reflect on what we have learned this year.
Don't bother trying to buy parts directly from Newmar.
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Old 12-23-2010, 09:13 AM   #36
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Ha ha. Yeah I learnt this one too. Then again it seems I keep learning this same lesson over and over...
Amen to that! I even took an old hard hat someone gave me to use when doing chores around the slideouts. Of course, DW made big time fun of me, took numerous photos. The first time I used it I raised up and introduced the middle of my back to the corner of the living room slideout. I guess I need a flak jacket too.

One time while racing around the rear corner having just remembered I was filling the fresh water tank I ran smack into the bedroom slideout, face first, between the eyes, bent my glasses.

My niece may be getting me a catcher's mask for Christmas. Now that will start some talk at the campgrounds. Hard hat, catcher's mask, and flak jacket.

I'll just tell those who ask that this is my normal attire for our romantic weekends.

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Old 12-28-2010, 03:54 PM   #37
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no matter how much MASS you have....walking head into the slide will not make it go in
but will make you sit down abruptly and see stars
This will also make your scalp bleed freely.
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:22 PM   #38
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I learned that the concrete barriers at gas station islands are mean...and not movable. I also learned that my insurance agent has a good sense of humor - when I told him I could not remember what state I was in at the time, he didn't hang up on me.

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