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Old 05-26-2014, 08:54 PM   #169
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This discussion has been such a positive reinforcement for someone who has:
* owned an RV since September;
* just bought a tow bar; and
* will be towing a toad pretty much all the time the RV will be on the road.

Oh, yeah, I'm feeling much more confident now.

I'm thinking it might be a good idea to have a rear view camera.
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:06 PM   #170
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Well, since this thread is re started, I moved the motorhome in the dark tonight to get it closer to the house so the hose would reach to fill the water tank. Forgot to unplug the power cord. Thank god it separated from the extension cord but still got caught under the wheels and stretched it enough to split the outer casing. I carefully checked the length of it and plugged it back in to test it. Works fine but I'm not going to take any chances. I bet that cord is going to cost me 2-3 hundred bucks. Could have been worse I guess had I damaged the socket it plugs into or damaged the bay door or something. AARRRRRGGHHHH!!!!!
At least the tire didn't yank the cord right out of the coach, destroying the transfer switch and denting the door as well. Don't ask me how I know this.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:36 AM   #171
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Was at a local campground and the site next to me had a brand new Chevrolet Dually pulling a brand new 40' fifth wheel. One morning I walked over to the shower facility and as I was coming back I see the wife with a Walkie talkie in her hand. Brake lights check, left turn signal check, and on and on. I mean following the checklist to a T. As I got closer they had both climbed in the truck and ready to pull out. I started to say have a safe trip, but for some reason just waved as I walked by their truck. I had taken about 4 steps when I heard this loud crashing sound. In all their checking of everything they had forgotten one tiny thing. Make sure the trailer is properly attached to the hitch. Well it wasn't and as they pulled out the front of the fifth wheel landed on the side rails of the truck causing a lot of damage. As they got out I simply said if there is anything I can do please let me know.


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This discussion has been such a positive reinforcement for someone who has:

* owned an RV since September;

* just bought a tow bar; and

* will be towing a toad pretty much all the time the RV will be on the road.



Oh, yeah, I'm feeling much more confident now.



I'm thinking it might be a good idea to have a rear view camera.

The camera is useful but even more important is a TPMS. A flat on the toad unnoticed for even a few miles can cause major damage.
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Not RV related but still on topic. I went to the supermarket yesterday for a few things, cashier rang them through. I handed her a 20 and she froze. Bag boy asked what's wrong? He gave me a twenty what do I do? She hadn't rung the transaction in the proper sequence so the machine could show correct change. Bag boy whipped out his trusty geewhiz hi-teh whatever phone while I asked the amount owing. $13.11. You owe me six dollars and eighty nine cents. Junior confirmed the figure, she gave me my change saying "I don't know how to do that". She seemed a bright and articulate young woman yet can't do grade five arithmetic. Or am I out of touch with the modern world?
Went to McDonalds here, bill was $3.25, handed the young man a 10, he rang it up, I said wait, and handed him a quarter. He called manager to cancel the order and clear the register. She said, "No, that's easy just give him seven dollars". As she walked away the young man said, "if they give the exact change, always just give them seven dollars?" Manager leaving- said "YES"..
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:11 AM   #174
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Went to McDonalds here, bill was $3.25, handed the young man a 10, he rang it up, I said wait, and handed him a quarter. He called manager to cancel the order and clear the register. She said, "No, that's easy just give him seven dollars". As she walked away the young man said, "if they give the exact change, always just give them seven dollars?" Manager leaving- said "YES"..
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:29 AM   #175
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The camera is useful but even more important is a TPMS. A flat on the toad unnoticed for even a few miles can cause major damage.
I hear what you're saying. Still, I haven't been a TPMS fan. Instead, I check pressure in every tire any day the RV will move, and check tire temperatures at every fuel or rest stop.

Anyone out there have any thoughts on this approach? Do I need to rethink because I'll now be pulling a toad?
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Anyone out there have any thoughts on this approach? Do I need to rethink because I'll now be pulling a toad?
Works fine until the day you run over some debris on the highway and it punctures a tire. I pulled my boat one time with a flat until all that was left was about half a rim. A trucker finally pulled along side and waved me over.
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Went to McDonalds here, bill was $3.25, handed the young man a 10, he rang it up, I said wait, and handed him a quarter. He called manager to cancel the order and clear the register. She said, "No, that's easy just give him seven dollars". As she walked away the young man said, "if they give the exact change, always just give them seven dollars?" Manager leaving- said "YES"..
I wonder if basics are still taught in the early grades.
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Went to McDonalds here, bill was $3.25, handed the young man a 10, he rang it up, I said wait, and handed him a quarter. He called manager to cancel the order and clear the register. She said, "No, that's easy just give him seven dollars". As she walked away the young man said, "if they give the exact change, always just give them seven dollars?" Manager leaving- said "YES"..
Try doing this at McDonalds, Wendys, BK, etc. Bill is $3.23. Give cashier a $10; wait until register tells cashier to give $.6.77 change. Now hand cashier a quarter. Stand back and watch the fun...
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All young people should have to work a job making change without a POS terminal. I was once assistant manager of a video game arcade, and we made change from our pockets as we walked the floor. You learn to make change quickly there! :-)
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I wonder if basics are still taught in the early grades.
Our 7 yr old granddaughter is now in 1st grade.
Her kindergarten teacher last year was surprised that she already knew how to spell words correctly, not phonetically (the kids are allowed to spell phonetically until 2nd grade), and knew what " " was used for and how to use them.
When going into 1st grade she had to get to special permission to take books out at the school library for 5th and 6th grade. After she reads a book her dad has her write at least a paragraph on what she thought the book was about, sorta like a book report.
In her math class the teacher asked the kids "Can you take 10 from 8?" All the kids said "No" but Lisa says "Yes, you get -2". The teachers response? "No, we are not doing negative numbers right now"

So .... are the basics taught in school? I am not sure anymore.
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Many years back (late '80s) when I was in votech school for an IT program, we had a couple high school kids attending. They were shocked when we 'old guys' taught them how to figure a square root the 'long' way, on paper. They were being taught in school some oddball method of guessing a number and trying it, essentially bracketing it over and over til they finally got it. Seemed very inefficient to us. But that was the then-current 'new math'. Ah, "progress".......
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