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Old 10-19-2012, 10:40 PM   #1
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Watching the Houston news tonight, guess what I saw

There was a new article for an area of Houston being presented. The commentator was wrapping up the story with the camera on him. In the background a TT pulled out into the street and proceed away.

The batwing was UP!

I yelled, but he was 40 miles away and couldn't hear me.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:57 PM   #2
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I drove 250 miles with mine up on my 5er. 70+ MPH. No harm done.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:52 PM   #3
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I seen a guy once with the batwing up and I pulled up beside him. DW signaled him by pointing up to the top of his trailer. He responded by flipping the bird at her, so we moved on. Like the old saying, you can't fix it.
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On a previous new MH I was about to leave the park with the batwing up, luckily a fellow camper stopped me before I reached the trees.
I have since, and still, hang a flag from the crank when the antenna is up.
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:46 AM   #5
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Yeah, we left ours up when departing the campground on our last trip. Thank goodness, my sister was yelling at us and pointing.
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:52 AM   #6
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Keys. Keys. Hang the keys.
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:53 AM   #7
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Two weeks ago when leaving the house, I stopped for my wife [locking up the house] when she noticed shore power still connected. Luckily I had enough length not to do any damage. It won't happen again.
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Keys. Keys. Hang the keys.
x2. My key ring has a quick disconnect for the ignition key. That serves two purposes: Not heavy in the ignition, and when we park the key ring of the ignition key slips up over the batwing crank. When that key comes down to move the coach, the antenna comes down with me cranking it before the engine is started. works for us.
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I have a preflight check routine. We almost never use the batwing, but I keep it on my routine so I don't miss it. Twice last year I surprized myself when I found it was up. I forgot we didn't have cable. So many times it seemed like I wa wasting my time checking it, but the couple of times it was up I realized the value in checking, even when you don't use it. From my flight days I learned the value of a routine.
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We had "Al", a small toy alligator with a clothes pin inside. It was clipped to the antenna crank when it's down, and to the shift lever when it's up. I say "had", as our DP has no shift lever, so Al is clipped to the top of our GPS when the antenna is up.
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I have a gear shift lever and a cb radio. I wrap the mic cord around the shift lever when using crank up sat dish or antenna. Tallulah always does a site check including roof before we leave.

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Keys. Keys. Hang the keys.
We have already locked ourselves out one time. The keys go with us now. (And we got spares made and a hidey-place for them.)
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We put a small bag clip, like you use for potato chips, on our antenna crank. When we use the antenna we put the clip on one of the spokes of the steering wheel. Bright colors are best.


You could use hair clips like these if you want to put it right on the wheel.
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I have to use the dead bolt to lock myself out, and that can only be done with a key. If I loose my keys, I know where the spares are.
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