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Old 04-25-2014, 02:00 PM   #29
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Whenever I put the antenna up, I hang my ignition key from the handle. The keys don't come off of there until I lower the antenna.
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Good idea!
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:24 AM   #31
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Yup - I would bet they are going in for service. We have mechanical slides (electric and gears) so there is a crank to use if the slide does not go in. This could be hydraulic and I have no idea how you would 'crank' that in.
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Old 04-26-2014, 01:47 PM   #32
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Coming home from repair shop one year (can't remember why I had to go to the shop) - it had snowed and as I pulled onto the parking area, I slid the 5er over into a tree. Cost $7,000 for that repair including a complete new roof. This past winter we were taking off for trip south, I pulled into a fuel station and as I pulled out I clipped an aux. fuel pump (which was shut off). Tore the rear cap and fender off the fiver. Didn't do the pump any good either. That was a bit over $6,000. Thank God for American Family Insurance. I will always look out for the infamous tail-swing.

Interesting thing is, the shop that fixed the roof was about to go out of business and we kept them open for another couple of months. We did not know this until later.
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Old 04-26-2014, 04:17 PM   #33
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Harry and I have a system that we do not mess with ever. We both do a walk-around when getting ready to take off but then he gets inside and drives slowly forward completely away from the camp site while I stay outside ready to wave him down if I see anything at all alarming.
GREAT idea!
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Old 04-26-2014, 08:26 PM   #34
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Whenever I put the antenna up, I hang my ignition key from the handle. The keys don't come off of there until I lower the antenna.

That sounds like a good idea.
Nothing like driving down the road towards an underpass, looking out the window at the shadow and thinking why is there something sticking up on top or the camper? Oh yeah......


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Old 04-26-2014, 08:46 PM   #35
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I haven't taken my first TT out yet but I've been reading these experiences and thanks for sharing them. I'm in the process of making a checklist for coming and going. Even though I'm doing that I'm sure I'm going to have a "should have put that on the checklist moment or moments", not to mention all the things that can happen on the road....Guess all this goes with the experience.
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Old 04-26-2014, 08:48 PM   #36
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I have seen some colored plastic bands that snap around the steering wheel with things like antennae, power line, water line, jack pads, etc. written on them. As each one is completed you pull it off the wheel. When you are ready to goand a band is still on the wheel! You not ready to go. I haven't found where to buy them yet. These seem like the perfect reminder and I'll get a set when I find out where they are.
I got mine at Camping World on sale. Seems like it was around $10. Everyone wants to help get us on the road, but that means things get missed. I use the reminders and when everything is off the steering wheel, it is time to walk around for a last check before departure.
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:23 PM   #37
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Like everyone has said, do a walk around and use a check list. PLEASE, don't be in a hurry. Example: Leaving the Goshen County Park, Sunday morning, I took a right hand turn and proceeded to pass many Amish buggies on the road, going to or coming from church. At the first stop sign I took a left hand turn to the expressway. There was a big BANG, I ck'd mirrors and my basement slide was out like an airplane wing. Embarrassed, I slammed on the brakes, jumped out and secured the slide. When I got home, I had somebodys mailbox in my basement. But what if I had clipped a horses leg, or a buggy wheel ??? That wouldn't be funny.
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When I first got my MH I tended to treat moving it as I did with any other vehicle, just start it up & go. I then got setup with a 50 amp receptacle outside my garage. The next time I moved it, it resulted in pulling the electrical line out of the outlet and bending things up a little. Did I learn from that? Heck no, I had to do it again!

This time I ran over the cord and ripped it right out of the transfer switch, which promptly broke into a zillion pieces. It also creased the door panel (which I mostly straightened). As the second lesson cost me $1,200, it finally sunk in. Now I walk around the coach, even if I know everything is disconnected, EVEN if I am only moving it to another spot in the driveway. Never be in a hurry, and always do that final check, always.
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Swing was one of the first issues I encountered. First time home down the driveway to park our 43 5er. 90 turn at the end so I stayed close to the fence so I could make the turn.

Everything was fine. Made the turn and parked the unit fine. Then I noticed that in our "absence" someone (@#$%%@) had knocked down part of our very old split rail fence. I had not noticed the fence was down during the drive in but I was not paying attention to the condition of the fence. I was very annoyed as the rails are well over 100 years old.

Then DW pointed out some wood fibers on the rear stabilizer jack on the trailer. The someone (@#%%@) was soon out there with a post hole auger and tools to quickly repair the damage before anyone could see what I had done. Fortunately the old posts had pretty much rotted off so no damage to the 5er and a quick post replacement from the post stash put everything back in order.

I am used to the driveway now but anytime I have a hard turn, DW keeps an eye on the swing if there is any doubt about clearance.
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Just flagged down a driver pulling out of the park in a fifth wheel this morning. His satellite antenna was still up. Could have been an expensive over-site.
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Swing was one of the first issues I encountered. anytime I have a hard turn, DW keeps an eye on the swing if there is any doubt about clearance.
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We have not had a swing since our kids grew up!

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Right after we got the MH in 2012 I was going across town to fuel up and drove out of the driveway with the power cord dragging behind! Fortunately one of my neighbors saw what was happening and flagged me down. He is an RV'er also. Boy, was I embarrassed!
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