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Old 11-11-2012, 09:14 PM   #43
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I lived in my RV for the first month thinking I needed a new water heater. During that time I didn't use the cooktop, and I didn't know enough to pay attention to those lights above the refrigerator. Turns out my propane was shut off at the tank.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:20 PM   #44
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Backed up My new 5er with the steps still down and backed the stairs against a post. Bent The stairs badly.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:11 AM   #45
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I use the Bourne bridge each time we go out...I use the middle of the two lanes...keep those curbs at bay! You are not alone...many motorhomes and trailers have "kissed" the bridge !
Ditto. Are you speaking of the Bourne, TX bridge...??
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:13 AM   #46
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Ditto. Are you speaking of the Bourne, TX bridge...??
I think this is about the one in Cape Cod.

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Old 11-12-2012, 10:35 PM   #47
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Thanks Rick...I wonder if the Texas bridge has 10' lanes and 18" curbs too?
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:25 AM   #48
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Thanks Rick...I wonder if the Texas bridge has 10' lanes and 18" curbs too?
Our bridge has two lanes going into one and ya gotta be careful on it...ha ha. We pronounce the name Burn-e, but other areas say Born....we have some German's around here and that is where the name came from....
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:49 PM   #49
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As I always say (and the regulars here are probably tired of seeing it)

There are only two types of RVers

Those of us that have done dumb stuff and,

Those that won't admit it.
Yup, I'm one of those guys guilty on both parts
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:00 PM   #50
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Well after our 2nd trip out with our new to us MH great weather, great views of the lake we came home without any problems until we got home, DW opened the gate and I drove through trying to miss the trees on the left side and didn't see the Limb on the right opps scrapped the front cap and put a dent in the side between the roof and side wall no holes but put some caulk on a seam just to make sure Sure feel stupid about this one
I always buy used, so my excuse is always that the previous ownwer must have made all the visable 'stupid mistakes'.
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I always buy used, so my excuse is always that the previous ownwer must have made all the visable 'stupid mistakes'.
It also doesn't hurt the ego near as much as an OOOPS on something new.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:13 PM   #52
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I'm a newbie here, and looking for my first MH. Very educational thread. I had NO clue as to the mobility capability of some of the inanimate objects you folks have discovered out there. I'm pretty much sure that I'll have my own stories to tell post-purchase.
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Heres mine; My DW and I had a small salem 5er (21ft) while backing into a camping spot I had failed to notice the 7 lead wraped around the hitch and turned to sharp. This shorted the battery charge wire (10g) to an outlet box on the pin box and procided to burn all the way to the battery!!! DW screaming while I got the battery disconnected to extinguish the fire. Manufacurer did not install a fuse or curcuit breaker to this wire. I got to spend our camping trip rewiring the lights, brakes and battery feeds,
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We tow our VW on a flatbed car trailer, and when it comes time to hitch up the trailer and drive the car up, I don't like to be disturbed.

Last summer we were visiting family and boondocked in their driveway for a couple of weeks. The driveway was large enough for our 32' motorhome, but not the trailer, so the car and trailer were parked on the other side of the house.

When the trailer is not attached to the motorhome, it's a bit of a "symphony" to get us all hooked up and ready to go.

- Attach the trailer to the VW
- Drive the trailer into the street
- Detach the trailer, put up cones
- drive the VW to the back of the trailer, turn on the 4 way flashers
- fire up the motorhome
- back up to the trailer, line up the ball and hook up
- remove the ramps from the trailer
- drive the VW up, strap it down and go

It's process that I've gone through a number of times, but I'm usually by myself, getting the car up and ready to head out while the DW is packing the motorhome with the last few items. Well, this time we were leaving a visit with family and of course, I had a "tag-along" that was kind of just seeing what was going on, asking questions, we were talking - saying goodbye's again and sure enough, I left out one MAJOR step.

After I backed the motorhome up to the trailer, and dropped the trailer on the ball - I hooked up the lights, the breakaway and the chains - but I forgot one thing.

I walked over to the car, drove up the ramps and WOAH! the front of the trailer lifted up, coming off the ball. In all the talking while I was going through my routine, I neglected to slip the latch, hook the hitch onto the ball and put in the latch lock!

Yeah that was eye opening ... I backed down the ramps and the hitch landed back on the ball - well landed is a nice way to say it slammed back onto the ball.

Needless to say, I've added some double and triple checking to my trailer attachment routine - and try to get it hitched up without outside distractions.
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I think that just about every one that has had an R.V. of any length of time has made a couple of dum mistakes.
The last one that I can remenber was a while ago.
I drove off with out disconnecting my elect. cable.
The more I think about it the more I remenber making more.
Just another thought.
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I've started my "Book of Shame"!

I've written about 4 chapters already LOL.
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