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Old 08-19-2012, 11:15 AM   #57
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This NEW one never cost me anything except my pride.

We are now at Lake Pleasant RV park in Bothel Washington. I was looking up numbers to car rental agencies cause we didn't bring our toad when suddenly the A/C went out along with some lights. I looked around sure enough, many other things were out. I left the RV to check the pedestal, heard the neighbors A/C working and thought maybe I blew a Breaker. Got to the pedestal, saw my surge protector lights were on and breaker was still on. I turned it off and on anyway. My wife says "it's still off" so I sat down in my recliner to ponder what to do next. Suddenly the power came back on. My thought was, resetting the breaker must have done it.
A few minutes later, the A/C and lights go off again. (moderator edit)?, I ask myself.
So I went outside and did the same routine I thought fixed it before. Came back in, waited and nothing. So I get up, start looking at the breaker box. All are on but I switch them on and off anyway. My wife says "What's going on, I'm dying here in this heat". I tell her "I don't know I'm not an RV technician"! So....I go sit down in my recliner to ponder my next move and everything comes back on. This is tooooo weird for me!
I start on my car quest again and ........The A/C goes off again! I go out to the pedestal, all on, I go in the bedroom check the panel, all on. Some things like the microwave are flashing the time and the TV lights are still on. I ask myself....self, why would some be on and not others? Now, I'm thinking maybe a disconnect. I go over to the inside battery disconnect by the door and hit the button and Voila!!! Everything came on!!!
I sat down and everything went off, so I turned around in my chair, hit the disconnect switch and it came on.

I think I found the culprit.....it was me! Every time I sat in the chair or learned forward or back, the corner of the chair hit the battery disconnect switch for either on or off.



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Old 08-19-2012, 11:18 AM   #58
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Unhappy I thought I would tell my Boobooo

I have done some dumb things in the past and it is all because I am concerned about the wrong things. One time I drove off from my own house without unplugging my electric and I was headed down the road when I glanced in the mirror and saw the cord. The reason; I was late for a shop appointment.
The latest thing is I left the steps out and hit a sawhorse traffic barrier and bent the steps.
I think I just get distracted and forget to follow my own rules then it costs me big time! Usually I get away with out to much expense, but now and then OUCH!

But for the stories you get to tell it almost makes it worth it (not!)
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:26 AM   #59
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First time.......I forgot to lower the the batwing antenna, after seeing other people do this exact thing, and saying to myself......self!.... don't to forget to put the antenna away before we leave, will s*%# happens.
I guess those reminders you hang from the crank are not such bad ideas.
I use a RED plastic bag clip that hangs on the Bat-Wing handle when it is in the down position. Each time I crank it up which is almost at every stop as my Rogue Wave Wi-Fi antenna is attached to the Bat-Wing, I remove the RED bag clip and attach it to my ignition key ring that always sits in the ignition. If I forget to lower the antenna, the RED bag clip on the ignition key ring immediately reminds me to do it. I also have a warning light on my dash that lights up but I have never gotten to that point yet.

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That reminds me........the reason I wouldn't hang my keys on the crank.......I always keep my keys with me and on that same key ring, I have the keys to the entry door.

You guessed it, about 5 years ago, I locked my keys to the coach and the entry door....had to call a locksmith, luckily the guy came within 20 minutes and it didn't cost me anything....I never leave the coach without my car/coach/entry key. I know, hide a key....well I did that and somehow, I had it taped to something in the engine compartment, just for the heck of it, I couldn't find the key.
To prevent locking yourself out of the coach, place a spare set in a magnetic holder and hide it someplace in the LPG tank bay area where only you know it's there. I check on mine occasionally just to make sure it's still there.

With regards to the slide problem and seats, one poster mentioned about a micro switch under the seat that prevents the slide from moving if the seat isn't in a safe position. It's the same principle used for the bay doors that are located under any slide whereas if that particular bay door was open, it prevents the slide from moving. That is a great safety feature and easy to install.

Some coaches have an interlock system that when you activate the slide close switch, it will first automatically move the seat forward and then the slide comes in. Same for going out. Of course these are only on the higher end coaches but it could be installed easily on any coach. It's only a switch and some relays put together to make the system work correctly.

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Old 08-19-2012, 11:31 AM   #60
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But for the stories you get to tell it almost makes it worth it (not!)
Kind of like bragging rights for battle scars! LOL
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I am almost too anal when it comes to the antennas and sat dish.I hardly ever use the batwings as we're usually in an area where they don't work,but I do have the flag that says Antennea up and it does get hung when it's up. Never have left it up on the MH,but did once on the last trailer,but the crank was not over the door,but in the corner and of course we were just leaving an rv park where everyone could see you.
Did leave the Sat dish,Winegard Traveller,up once and drove all the way home on the freeway from the Dish TV shop. ,It was an I thought,he thought and it never got lowered after getting some work done on the system.
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My steps now have an upward slant to them.
Going in and out of the MH, the steps were quite bouncy so, I decided to use a little jack under the step to make it solid. Worked great until I hit the store button on the Chassis jacks and forgot to remove the jack from under the steps. Opps!
I have a message center on the BU camera that has a real good check list but it does not have "Remove jack from under the step"
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I have a wire loom "someplace" that I slip a spare key ring on that only certain people know about.

The thing about micro switches and relays is finding a good way to conceal the wiring from point A to point B.
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dogpatch, that is one of the funniest stories I have heard in a long time. We got back from a week's holiday without a single 'aw nuts' moment but it's only a matter of time.
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Brought the RV home from oil change, parked, opened the front slide and remembered (after) to move the drivers seat forward.
I truly wish I could say I've never done that. But alas, I can't.
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I bought a large lock like the realtors use, got it on ebay. It is a combination
lock and has room inside it for several keys. Locked it to the propane tank
since that basement door has no outside lock on it.
The combination lock unlocks the padlock and the key compartment.
It was only $18.

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LOL, Tried it John. Arm wouldn't fit. Even talked the wife into trying it.
Would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for that conversation.
" Naw hunny it's easy, ya just stick your arm down that hole...What? NOooo thats the gray tank.. now be a dear and just reach in..." lol
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I bought a large lock like the realtors use, got it on ebay. It is a combination
lock and has room inside it for several keys. Locked it to the propane tank
since that basement door has no outside lock on it.
The combination lock unlocks the padlock and the key compartment.
It was only $18.

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Now where did I put that combination lock??? This should have been so easy!

Ahhhh There it is! Now what was that combination???. Oh ya, I wrote it down!

Now where did I write that down???
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Write the combination in red magic marker right next to the spot you have the lock. That way if you forget it, it will be right there. Depending on where you will be traveling, you might want to write it in Spanish also.
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Or.......if you are so stupid that you can't remember 4 digits or would need to
write it in red.......then maybe you could use your ATM PIN.

Write it in Spanish, seriously??...ummm.. they use numbers like we do, they
just pronounce them differently...

OK, you win, I will never try to post anything that may be remotely helpful
ever again. You can all bite me... (that's a middle finger, not a thumb)

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