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Old 04-28-2016, 07:01 PM   #1
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Lessons I have learned the hard way

Maybe others can learn from my mistakes so they won't have to clean up the same messes.

All products in plastic containers will expand when you ascend to a higher altitude. The product then takes the easiest route of escape from said container. Pump bottles of soaps and lotions will ooze from the spout. Spray bottles of cleaners will dribble from the nozzle. And my favorite -- mayo in that upside down squeeze bottle will explode onto the bread of the next sandwich.

How do I even begin to remember to loosen every cap or invert that mayo in the frig? My get ready to go list already has 17 items on it. <sigh>

Ok, your turn -- what disaster can you help me avoid?
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Old 04-28-2016, 07:13 PM   #2
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Potato chip bags will explode if packaged at low elevations and transported to Yellowstone! Sounds very much like a tire blowout when on the overhead bed in a Type C MH!!
So will the old, foil wrapped, disposable cameras.
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Old 04-28-2016, 07:45 PM   #3
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Cats and Corners

Cats will find the most difficult to reach places to hide... especially when you want to pull in the slides!
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:44 AM   #4
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A couple of Tony laws...

That for which is the hardest to (get find reach lift buy etc) will be the thing needed the most.

That thing you placed on the counter that easily would fit in your pocket will be the exact thing you need to fix the mission critical thing 3 hours away from any source. (San benito radio repairs)
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If you simply drop the front jacks on a 5th wheel then raise it just enough to unhook from the truck you won't have enough travel in the powered part to level the trailer afterwards... so hook back up and start over for the sake of 8" to level it fore and aft. I've never made that mistake again... The next rig is going to have 6 point auto level
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Old 04-30-2016, 08:51 AM   #6
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Hi Barb!


For the squeeze bottles, just make a habit of squeezing air out of the bottle when you close the cap. That gives the air inside room to expand and prevents the oozing with altitude change.


Say to Sena.


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Got Sleep Number air bed? Set it to 10 before moving to higher altitude. Else you run thru risk of having to change one or both air bladders.
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Got Sleep Number air bed? Set it to 10 before moving to higher altitude. Else you run thru risk of having to change one or both air bladders.

Thanks for the warning Vince! We've never thought of that!
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For the squeeze bottles, just make a habit of squeezing air out of the bottle when you close the cap. That gives the air inside room to expand and prevents the oozing with altitude change.


Say to Sena.


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Hey Tom!

We miss you and Jan over on the mutant thread! Stop over and see us soon. We're planning to be on the Oregon coast in August 2017. Hope you can join us.

I need to get into the habit of squeezing my bottles, but when we're parked for 3-4 mo at a time I get lazy.
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Something I learned this week... Don't trust your memory, check, check, check. I was getting ready to take the new MH to the lake for 5 days, so brought in the slides and set the slide locks. Just the front on the full wall slide, none on the bedroom slide and apparently BOTH on the kitchen. After the short drive to the lake side state park, I started to setup. unlocked the full wall slide, unlocked the front lock on the kitchen slide and started to run the slides out. (notice anything missing!) Yep, forgot to unlock the rear lock on the kitchen slide, as I did not remember if I locked it or not. So after kicking myself and of course being kicked by the DW I have a slightly out of sync kitchen slide.

So now when I take it back to complete some warranty work, they can fix my mistake. I would call it a senior moment but that would not be fair to other seniors....
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Oh Tom, I don't have slides but I have done equally boneheaded stunts with all my systems. What has finally helped me is the "Ready to go?" List that I keep on my cellphone. It has everything from stowing the power cord to lowering the TV antenna. Since the phone is always in my pocket I can't forget where I put the list. On my toad I have 12 steps to make it safe to move. Sometimes I have to count 3-4 times, but we don't move until the count comes up 12 at least twice.
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I've made scores of checklists over the course of time ... but have never developed the discipline to use them religiously. Once I've been thru the routine a few times - it never fails, the checklist falls by the wayside.

I've now taken to tying lengths of ribbon to the steering wheel to remind me about the "biggies". The controls for my hydraulic levelers are in small overhead cabinet above the driver's seat. When I put the levelers down (and we don't always use them!) - I grab the length of red ribbon from that cabinet and tie it around the steering wheel while the "auto levelling" is doing it's thing.

If I put up the DirecTV satellite - I grab the blue ribbon from the cabinet where the satellite control box resides and tie it to the steering wheel while the satellite is setting itself up.

I'm religious about doing a walk around before I start the coach ... so stuff like water, sewer and electric connections won't get missed. Nor will things like slides and awnings being extended.

However, for the "out of sight" stuff like the satellite and the hydraulic jacks ... my ribbon reminder system seems to be working pretty well.
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There's not enuff space on this websites server to list what I've learned the hard way. AND, I'll plead the 5th!!
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There's not enuff space on this websites server to list what I've learned the hard way. AND, I'll plead the 5th!!
How about a highlight or two? We promise not to laugh or tell anyone. Who knows -- your pain might save someone else.

BTW, I've been a B Dubya all my life. My maiden name is Wright and since my parents neglected to give me a middle name (they could NOT agree) I was forced to use Wright as a middle name or go to court for a legal name change.
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