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Old 09-02-2014, 11:02 AM   #1
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What is the worst thing you bought for your RV?

I've been thinking about the various things which we bought for our 5er, that just Did Not work. And I wonder if any of you have made mistakes in buying things that you found out didn't live up to your expectations?
Our attempt to put an extra hanger for towels in the bathroom was jinxed. The over the door towel hangers sold at CW for use in Rv's, is made for the thicker 1 3/8" doors. We bought them twice expecting it to work both times....
We thought the support for under the fifth wheel pin would help with stabilization issues.
I know we have bought other stuff which failed but right now I can't bring forth the memories.
What were your mistakes?
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:53 AM   #2
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Heads-Up display off of Ebay. Difficult to see and inaccurate display speed.
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Without a doubt, this: RV EZ Level - Camco 20601 - Levels - Camping World. It just didn't work. One day when we we checking in at an RV Park they had a basket of free bubble level key rings from Nationwide Insurance on the counter. That's what I use now.
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Our Infinity came with a 6-legged levelling system, but before that we relied on a little stick on level which seemed pretty good.
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:42 PM   #5
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Slide out support posts. Tried once, never used them again. Just not a good idea.


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Had to work through a couple of different outdoor grill tables before I found the right one.
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A windshield/hood protector for the Jeep. It was heavy, had tabs we couldn't fold around the wheel wells because our year Jeep, the wheel wells had inserts & if it got wet/dirty (which it did) enroute, it was a mess to stow away. Then the Jeep windshield/hood had to be clean/dry before it was put on or any dirt on it might scratch the glass/finish. Used it once, a waste of $300...now it's in a box in my garage.

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The patio mat.. Since I only use it on all dirt (or all concrete) sites, and I almost never park on those, I never use it.. If used on grass, even the grass friendly ones will turn the grass yellow and eventually kill it.

Thankfully I have made a new friend here in this park, He bought a park trailer (It is not a park model, it was owned by the park) and whomever left it to the park had an awning mat of about the same size.. It fully killed the grass so he was tracking mud in every time it rained, and BOY did it rain today.... I gave him the mat
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I just remembered another thing which doesn't work, the screw in tie downs for our awning....seems obvious that when the wind comes up you have to bring the awning in, and the tie downs make it harder to get the awning rolled up quickly. I just couldn't trust them enough to leave it rolled out. Living in Colorado at the time, the wind could come up in a flash.
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Agreed on the mat.. bought a big one.. 10x20 iirc.. used it once.... likely never again.
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Agreed on the mat.. bought a big one.. 10x20 iirc.. used it once.... likely never again.
Never bought one of those, but thanks for the tip, as we have been looking at them. You probably saved us from that mistake.
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Worse thing I bought (so far)

A 60 pound ladder that was one of those kinds that would become an "A" so you can climb up either side. Thought for sure that's exactly what I needed until I had to lug it out of the slide tray over and over. Not only that, but it was 6 feet in length all collapsed down so it took up most of the tray and prevented usage of the space efficiently. Got rid of that and got a much lighter, smaller ladder that collapses down to like 2 feet in length.
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Never bought one of those, but thanks for the tip, as we have been looking at them. You probably saved us from that mistake.
Just to clarify / show you what I bought...

Amazon.com: Ming's Mark RC7 Brown/Beige 8' x 20' Classical Reversible Mat: Automotive

It has high reviews on amazon... and truly there is nothing "wrong" with it.. other than it's just not useful to us.

We ended up buying an over sized door mat from Sam's and put it at the foot of our steps.

Very similar to this: http://amzn.to/1poEv4R

Yes yes, the intent isn't quite the same - one vs the other.. but the Mat (again to us) is useless. Almost every park we go to has a table / bench or some place for us to setup our chairs to sit and relax. My intent of the rug was to make a nice home place just outside of the door - think like a patio on the back of the house with an awning over it.

It just doesn't work that way...

Maaaaybe if I was to setup camp somewhere for a few weeks at a time... but even then it's still a PITA to get out, setup, hammer into the ground, walk on, keep flat, keep clean, etc.

Just walk around any camp site (at least all the many I've been to) - notice how many people use them. My bet is that you might find one or two out of the RV spots in any park you visit. Everyone else knows better
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Never bought one of those, but thanks for the tip, as we have been looking at them. You probably saved us from that mistake.
We have the 9x18 plastic weave mat. We always use it. Keeps dirt from getting in the coach. I carry an 18v blower to keep it clean. Easier to walk on than gravel. Never stay long enough to kill any grass. On dirt in rain yeas it takes a bit of cleanup on the bottom side but worth it to us.
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