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Old 07-23-2009, 12:50 PM   #15
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this past winter, I took the family up to Sunday River in Maine for some snowboarding for me and the wife, adaptive skischool for our 6 year old Jack (Downs, Autism, Epilepsy) and skischool for his 4 year old Brother Brady. Left MA late with 07 wrangler 4 door in tow, got up to the campground around 9pm, never been there before, dark, cold, no signs anywhere. the person I spoke to said " pull in, your site is on the right, only one that is dug out and available, can't miss it"
Well, I did. I took the second left instead of the first into the campground, so I am looking for a right (that is now on my left), and some stuff "I can't miss". On this dirt, rutted road, there is a small hill, maybe 200 yards long, not a huge grade, I start up it into the darkness. about 1/2 way up we stop going forward, and start sliding sideway and backwards. Jam on the binders and turned the wheel (to let the front end arrest my fall on the snow banks). it stops. throw it in park, hop out and proceed to start sliding down the hill on sheet ice. as I gain my footing, I look to see the RV sliding down the hill next to me! I jump onboard to see my wife, white as a ghost diving for the drivers seat and brake. my weight and hers (in park with foot on brake and Ebrake engaged) seemed to stop it.
Folks came out to see the going on. A guy with a snowmobile with a spiked track came out of nowhere and I used him as an Ice Pick to hold the RV in place (by strapping it to the front axel of the RV, then jumped out back and broke the Jeep free (with help from a stranger sitting in the Jeep in case it decided to slide down the hill). after about 30 minutes of excitement, we were going the right way and the campground host directed us to that spot......
ON the way out, the temps soared and the road became a mud bog. Had to navigate the rig out of there, had an amazing near roll feeling going through some ruts, felt like I was rock crawling, serious articluation! No damage, no flip, no breakie! man, I thought I was going to taco my Jeep into the back of the RV.

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Old 07-23-2009, 01:37 PM   #16
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I guess I forgot to close the black tank valve after dumping before
Exactly why I now have a clear elbow on mine -- now I can see what is waiting to come out the cap when I remove it!!

After spending all day at a dealership service dept, I got my coach out as the dealership was shutting down. I pulled the coach out of the service yard into the empty parking area by the showroom, hooked up the Honda, ran the engine while I moved the tranny through the forward gears and then idled it in neutral while I completed the hookup and went through my mental checklist. I was tired, hungry, cold, it was rapidly getting dark, and they were just about to close the gate on the main lot where I was. Everything completed, I got in the driver's seat and started the big diesel. I released the parking brake and put it in gear. It didn't move so I assumed I was on a slight slope. I touched the accelerator gently and it didn't move -- hmmm, more slope than I thought!! Then I punched the accelerator firmly ... and there was a loud squealing noise from the rear of the coach!!! What was that???? I set the parking brake and went to check, and found about 10 feet of solid black rubber from both front tires on the dealer's concrete parking lot. After running the engine in neutral, I apparently had put the tranny back into Park. I went through the procedure again, made SURE it was now in neutral, and got out of there! No late customers around to watch, and no dealer employees staring out the windows...

Since then, when I release the parking brake and put the MH tranny in Drive, if the coach doesn't creep forward I am very interested to determine why before I step down hard on the accelerator!!!

That Honda has a tough tranny -- it is still going strong 3 years and thousands of miles later.

Paul (KE5LXU) ...was fulltimin', now parttimin'
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:33 AM   #17
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W.W. After reading the story of your misadventure, and your buddies.

I have to say this.... If someone says they have NEVER made a stupid mistake like the ones you told of, and the ones the O/P in this thread told of, and the ones I've not told of....

Congradulate them on the new rig they just bought yesterday.

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