RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > iRV2.com General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-11-2019, 07:51 PM   #1
415
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 20
What dumb things have you done?

What dumb things have you done throughout your years of camping?

Here's my quick story, and although no damage occurred, I still felt like an idiot

My wife and I are both currently new to camping with no prior experience of camping with friends or family, so we are starting from the bottom and learning as we go.

On our second trip we were in a spot that was sloped downhill and required the tongue to be sitting on the ground to level the trailer. I was getting ready to hook the trailer to the truck and started raising the the tongue and the electric jack seemed to be working harder than before, but being new and not completely familiar with the sound of the jack I thought maybe it was normal, and with 1,360 pounds of tongue weight I figured it would need to work hard anyway. After raising the tongue up high enough I went to back under it and couldn't believe what I saw! I forgot to retract the scissors jacks and had all 9,000 pounds of the trailer weight on the tongue and 2 rear jacks with the tires about 10" off the ground. How in the world the rear 2 jacks didn't bend and collapse is beyond me
__________________

415 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-11-2019, 07:55 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Winterbagoal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 775
Joined too damn many RV forums.
__________________

Winterbagoal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2019, 08:07 PM   #3
415
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Winterbagoal View Post
Joined too damn many RV forums.
Haha I'm a forum junkie... any time I have a new hobby or interest one of the first things I do is google for a forum to join
415 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2019, 08:11 PM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 18
My dumbest so far was not releasing the parking brake. Got rushed trying to get Mona out of the storage unit and when she wouldn't move I thought I had frozen brakes. Doh.

Lesson, never rush the check list.
__________________
2006 Monaco Diplomat 40 DST
Toad - Still looking.
Dogs - Yes, Wife - Yes, Sanity - Not even close.
relling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2019, 08:24 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Daveinet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Chicago Area
Posts: 687
Filled my GAS tank with diesel fuel. Ran about a 1/4 down the road and died. The god news is, the reserve tank leaked, so I rarely used it. Fortunently, I was able to put fuel in the reserve tank and drive it. That allowed me to get to a place where I could empty the tank and refill it. A couple hundred bucks wasted.
__________________
2004 AllegroBay 34XB Nov 2017 Banks, Front & Rear Trac bars, Konis
Sold:'83 Revcon Prince 31' FWD GM Performance 502 w/Edelbrock MPFI, Thorley Tri-Ys & Magnaflows, 4L85E 4 spd
Daveinet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2019, 08:32 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
rvbiker45's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Dallas, TX area
Posts: 329
Me??? Nothing at all....

However, my wife will be along shortly with her side of the story, and video at 10:00.
__________________
Don and Marilynn
'04 Newmar Dutch Star 4010
Spartan Chassis/Cummins ISL 400
rvbiker45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2019, 08:54 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 304
we were in Fairbanks Alaska and lost. my wife and sister-in-law were in the back seat and my wife was telling me were to turn with the GPS on her phone. every time we turned it was the wrong way. then I heard my sister in law quietly say to my wife you have the phone upside down.
Jay D.
Jay D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2019, 09:05 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
daveandcarol's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 930
Let's see:
Pulled away fro the driveway without unplugging the power cord (pulled one end clear off the extension cord)
Opened the black water valve before I hooked up the hose (fortunately cap was still on)
Almost ran a US Mail jeep off the road
Backed up the driveway and hit the house 2nd floor overhang (bent the ladder)
Backed into a tree, backed over a rock, sideswiped a concrete bollard, caught the corner of another motorhome with the trailer, caught a concrete bollard with the trailer, drove several miles with the parking brake on (twice)...
__________________
Dave RVM#66 and Carol
1998 Pace Arrow Vision
Seeing the USA - 200 miles at a time
daveandcarol is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2019, 09:59 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Daveinet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Chicago Area
Posts: 687
I didn't know this thread was supposed to include things we've hit.
__________________
2004 AllegroBay 34XB Nov 2017 Banks, Front & Rear Trac bars, Konis
Sold:'83 Revcon Prince 31' FWD GM Performance 502 w/Edelbrock MPFI, Thorley Tri-Ys & Magnaflows, 4L85E 4 spd
Daveinet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2019, 11:06 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Isaac-1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: SW Louisiana
Posts: 3,356
Spent the night in a camper van without a working furnace in 13F degree weather. Got up in the middle of the night to grab the bottle of gatorade I had been drinking off the countertop to find it frozen solid, this was my clue it was time to crank the engine a get a little heat going, being in 2 sleeping bags only goes so far to keep oneself warm.
__________________
2002 Safari Trek 2830 on P32 Chassis with 8.1L
Isaac-1 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2019, 07:13 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 539
There was an older thread on here very similar to this one. I relived my worst mistake - it's too painful to relive again so I won't.
__________________
2018 Nexus Ghost
2016 Ford Expedition
WorldCat25 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2019, 09:19 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 199
I've got two good ones for you.


1. I was at a campground near Rapid City SD. Things were busy so I had to switch sites between my first and second week there. No big deal. Pull in the slide, unhook water hose, sewer hose, electrical hose, lift jacks, hook up and pull it 50 yards to the new site. I was done in half an hour. It was totally easy. Only bad part is that I forgot to remove my X-Chocks before pulling out. Fortunately, there doesn't appear to be any damage. The chocks just popped out. I probably stressed the snot out of them, but they still work.


2. I was driving through upstate NY and blindly following my GPS. The road I was on narrowed to 2 small lanes, then came up to a single lane underpass with a 10 foot clearance. My RV is 10'6". I had to wave traffic around me, then back up slowly when it was clear about 50 yards to get to a driveway. I pulled into the driveway to let traffic continue as normal while I tried to figure out what to do. I walked down the 1/4 mile driveway to the house. Nice house, but nobody was home. They had a shop or detached garage or something just before the house that had a small asphalt path to it. Little driveway, barely big enough for my truck, and a smaller path at 90 degrees was all that was there. No room to actually turn around. Well, I decided to go for it. I was able to get the RV backed into it, but it was sloped downhill and clearly stayed moist because of the moss growing on it. Yep, back end of the dually had a hard time getting traction, so I put her in 4x4 and crawled up the hill and out. I didn't notice at the time, but I caught one of my rear jacks on something and bent the snot out of it. I ended up replacing both of the rear jacks shortly after.
__________________
2014 F350 DRW 6.7L CC FX4 King Ranch Ruby Red Metallic 148,000 Miles 4,200 Hours
2018 Forest River Cherokee Grey Wolf 29TE | Added Residential Washer & Dryer, Second AC, & Dishwasher Because I Hate Doing Dishes!
Itchytoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2019, 09:59 AM   #13
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Posts: 90
Drove directly into the sand at Lone Rock Beach in Ut/Az. I saw it coming and made a bad decision. $650 later I am smarter.

This is my $650 picture.

__________________
2017 Thor Windsport 34J -The Hammer
2015 Ford Edge SE - Toad
apr67 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2019, 10:03 AM   #14
Senior Member/RVM #90
 
MSHappyCampers's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Columbus, MS
Posts: 37,283
There's not enough room on this forum to list all the dumb things I have done!
__________________

__________________
Joe & Annette

2002 Monaco Windsor 40PBT, 2013 Honda CRV AWD
MSHappyCampers is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Have you done anything this dumb? RV Vagabond iRV2.com General Discussion 34 01-11-2016 11:59 AM
dumb things done to our MH kenjh Vintage RV's 46 05-20-2013 08:29 PM
The Revolution - it's done, its done, WOO HOO, ITS DONE!!!! JMonroe New Rig Show-Off! 58 04-29-2011 08:23 AM
Dumb, Dumb, Dumb! Kaybee Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 9 10-14-2005 01:40 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.