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Old 06-01-2009, 11:47 AM   #1
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Scraped the awning

While maneuvering into the assigned site, I was trying not to hit a picnic table on my left when a person on the right side of the MH started yelling at me. He told me that I ran the awning into a overhanging tree limb. Sure enough I had scraped about 3 feet of awning at that point. Since I still had the toad connected, I had to unhitch before I could back out. After all that the DW directed me into the spot in the wrong direction. After getting the MH situated, I looked at the tree and noticed that the bark was completely missing at the height where "many" MHs have likely hit the same spot with their awning. I haven't tried to roll down the awning to see if there is any internal damage. If it is broken, I wont' replace it.

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Old 06-01-2009, 05:39 PM   #2
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Sorry about your mishap. I hope the damage is minor if any.
I've brushed mine before so I know how you feel.

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Old 06-01-2009, 09:01 PM   #3
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I hope things work out well for you. I stop and walk the site completely before deciding to pull in, back in, etc. I carry enough water hose and power cord so that's usually not an issue, but I don't like walking over cords and hoses.
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:16 AM   #4
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No matter how careful you are, you are going to have some mistakes if you camp a lot. I recently scraped a basement door on an electrical box on the wrong side of the site in a real cheap campground. The key is to not get mad at you spotter (DW) and let it ruin your whole trip. Once you get a few dings, another one isn't so bad. I have seen many folks fighting when getting in or out of the site and it kinda defeats the purpose of camping.
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:21 AM   #5
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Just remember: STUFF HAPPENS. and you are not a true RVer till it happes to you.

True story: Many, many, more moons than that ago (like 45 years or so) I worked nailing shingles on roofs for a living. It was good work and we applied good roofs.

One customer, a doctor (Shrink) I was up on his roof, about 10' off the ground at the eve, when he came home pullind a brand new Airstream Trailer about 12' high and tried to back it into his 10' garage... Oh well

Now that is when it hurts!!!!!!
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:06 PM   #6
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I was waiting for the third thing to happen after a tire blow-out on the way to the RV park. It happened several days later when the piece of trim almost blew off the MH. Yep, stuff happens!
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Old 06-05-2009, 08:13 PM   #7
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I have the worst luck and things seem to happen to me nearly every trip. If I gave you a list of what happened to me on our last trip, you'd probably call me a liar!

Sometimes it gets me down, but I try to push through it, and enjoy my time RVing.

Don't let the damaged awning ruin future outings. Get it fixed and enjoy your lifestyle. Life is too short my friend!

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Old 06-05-2009, 10:10 PM   #8
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Back when we had our Class C, I parked on the street in Lynchburg, VA. One of the diamond shaped street signs was overhanging the road by a few inches. As I pulled into place, I saw a strip of the awning come down as it came in contact with the sign. Had to unbolt the sign to get the motorhome out without further damage.
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Old 06-06-2009, 03:42 AM   #9
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I backed into a small pine tree trying to get into a small campsite at Madison Junction in Yellowstone

$700.00 damage to the left rear corner

So you are not alone by a long shot

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Old 06-15-2009, 07:40 PM   #10
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As has been said, stuff happens. That's why there are lots of repair facilities and DIYers. However, I wouldn't consider not replacing the awning if needed. I think we spend as much time under our awning as we spend inside
Whichever you do, happy travels.

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Old 06-22-2009, 05:14 PM   #11
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Yep stuff happens and the best advice was given by Lindsay: "Don't get mad at your spotter"!!!

Whoops... that's me cause my wife always parks the rig by following my directions as we learned a long time ago that I refuse to follow her directions!!! It will take years and years for her "parking incident" count to even come close to mine!!!

Anyway, get the awning fixed as you will find you will frequently use it. Also, if anywhere in the south west (or anywhere for that matter) secure the awning with tie downs while its deployed else you will be adding to the "fix it" list.

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