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Old 05-07-2012, 09:48 AM   #1
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We had our first official trip with the MH as a family this past weekend!

There were some issues but all in all I think it went well.

We went to a nearby lake with the boat. Here's the ride!

First issue we had is that the springs were broken on the rear passenger side jack so I had to tie it up. Next, as we pull into the CG I notice it's really hard to steer and something's dripping from the motor. No power steering and not much breaks! Thankfully I was going really slow so not an issue but trying to back a boat into a lake with a 37' MH for the first time without power steering is not a fun time.

Got the boat launched and my wife takes it around the lake to our camp site while I drop the trailer and dump the waste tanks. Then I park and meet my wife, at which point I discover there's a problem with the boat steering and it's too dangerous to take out.

At this point things got much better. We had a great time! The kids played in the water even though it was a little chilly, and we hiked, saw a bald eagle nesting and of course roasted marshmallows over the camp fire.

Upon leaving I tie the jack back up and the wife drives the MH over to the boat landing while I carefully take the boat over. I back the trailer down to get the boat and once it's loaded I try to pull it out and the MH won't move.... Yeah, remember that jack without springs? Well it came untied and we were caught on it! I was able to back up a bit more, at which time the boat trailer hit the dock under water.... . Now for some reason the jack is almost impossible to get back up, it's like the hydraulics won't allow it. after some words that I'm glad my kids couldn't hear I got it up Got the boat out to discover that I bent the wheel fender and broke a tail light. Fender isn't rubbing and not much I can do about the light so off we go home.

I know that sounds awful but I think it could have been much worse. I'm ordering a spring kit for the jack and a new tail light for the trailer. Not a problem there.

But I need to diagnose the MH steering issue. The fluid was coming from the motor side of the radiator so I'm assuming it's the pump?

Anyway, I'm looking forward to fixing these issues and trying again!

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Old 05-07-2012, 09:55 AM   #2
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Nice looking outfit, by the way you didn't expect to get away without any future camp side stories did you?

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Old 05-08-2012, 06:26 PM   #3
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As long as the kids had fun and will be ready to go again all is well. Things can be fixed but unhappy kids are hard to handle. Have more fun trips and many safe travels. Jim
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:22 AM   #4
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As long as the kids had fun and will be ready to go again all is well. Things can be fixed but unhappy kids are hard to handle. Have more fun trips and many safe travels. Jim
My feeling precisely! My 14yr old daughter was helping keep her smaller siblings busy while I was fighting the jack at the boat launch. Later in the day she told me that she thought it was funny watching my wife and I try to get the boat trailered. I guess she's right, it would have been funny to watch.

And besides, that's how memories are made!
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