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Old 04-07-2016, 09:12 AM   #15
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My DH had an "RV" movie moment a few years ago. Somehow the valve on the black tank was pulled and when we pulled into the dump and he went to undo the cap 'all hell broke loose'. It was a memorable moment. The poor man felt like he'd never be clean and scent free again!
I am a first time RV owner. First trip out I had the exact same thing happen. Black valve was open? We camped at a place with no sewer but had water and electric. I figured when we came home I would dump at the Flying J, fuel up and take her home. Wow! What a mess in the Flying J fuel islands I made! Pulled the cap off the connect the hose and here it comes. Black tank was more than full. Panic set in! As first time owner I had no idea what to do other than dodge the stuff flying out where the hose connects. The tanks empty really fast! To make matters worse a Flying J employee was filling a propane tank for a customer and watched the entire thing happen. I am covered from the neck down in black tank sludge. At least the tank was empty? Cleaned up the area as best I could, took my clothes off and threw them away and went home. Just about sold the RV after that memorable moment. I have not seen my wife laugh that hard in years. I guess we made a memory on that day we will never forget.

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Old 04-07-2016, 09:25 AM   #16
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Went to dump the tanks. Sewer pipe separated where the hose goes into the fitting that fastens to the outlet letting the raw sewage flow into the dump bay.

I was backing up for my life but still got soaked.

Lots of strange looking items in the bay that had to be hosed out.

No one offered to help me.

Kinda reminded me of Robin Williams.

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Old 04-07-2016, 12:40 PM   #17
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Last year we were slowly pulling out of our spot in our new coach and heard some scraping noise like the steps hitting something. Stopped and opened the door and looked down and everything was fine. It was when I looked up that I realized I forgot to put the fancy new electric awning in and I was rubbing the tree branches. Good thing I was going slow since no damage was done.
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:57 PM   #18
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Man o man, the Lord took care of you too my friend. Glad you still have your foot and digits. That had to hurt for sure.


On a less serious note the biggest error I've ever made (other than nearly crushing my foot) is yet another black tank story. We had owned our MH (a 26" 1985 Winnebago Chieftain) for just a year or so and we were in Lake Tahoe hunkering down for Labor Day weekend. We pulled into town early Friday afternoon and set up camp. We didn't tow in those days so our plan was to head out and see the sights in the MH.

Prior to leaving we both used "the facilities" and, as was my habit, I hit the tank level switch in the hallway on my way from the head. I noticed that the tank was nearly full but figured I would dump it when we returned to the CG. We had never been in Tahoe before and we were both excited to see the place before it got crazy busy over the weekend.

We went here and there throughout the town and eventually stopped at a casino on the Nevada side to feed the slots for a while. From there we found a ski lift to the top of a mountain where we had a late lunch/early dinner and saw what there was to see.

After coming back down the mountain we headed to the MH to head back to the CG. I entered and made a beeline for the head, pausing to flick the tank level switch in the hallway. This time it read empty. In the first nano-second I thought that we had somehow entered the wrong MH. Nope, there was our stuff in the kitchen. In the second nano-second I thought...well, you know what I thought. I exited the MH and cautiously worked my way around to the street side expecting to see a black lake of "stuff" on the ground but no...the ground was dry. it was then I noticed that dump valve assembly was missing. it was a compression fitting...the part with the valve to which the sewer hose connected. all of that was gone. there was no sludge on the ground...but somewhere in Tahoe there was.

I had visions of the environmental police searching for us with pitchforks and torches ready to draw and quarter us. we could've just headed back to the CG and pretended it never happened but that wasn't us. besides, this was Labor Day weekend and at the very least we needed a new dump valve part but dealers and parts stores would be closed 'till Tuesday. so we headed out to re-trace our steps to try and find the valve assembly and to see about the clean-up.

After 20-minutes of fruitless searching we found ourselves back at the casino. We had parked across the street in a grocery store parking lot since the casino had no RV parking so we pulled into the grocery store lot and checked where we had parked and found it dry. We pulled out of the lot onto the very short street...maybe 4-5 car lengths long...that separated the casino lot and the grocery store which is where we saw "it". Not the tank contents but the valve assembly. It was lying...and I swear to God this is true...on top of a storm sewer grate. There was just a trickle of water in the gutter on either side. My wife jumped out, grabbed the valve assembly, hopped back in and we beat feet for the CG.

No lake of sludge, no bits of TP in the street...nothing but a tiny trickle of water in the gutter. Then I remembered. The grocery store lot had a fairly steep downward angle. As I mentioned the street was very short and we barely made it out of the lot when we had to stop behind a couple of cars waiting for the light to change. We must've bottomed out as we left the lot and sheared off the valve assembly right above the sewer grate but we were stopped for the light long enough for the tank to empty right into the storm sewer. What luck! I couldn't have done that if I had tried.

Back at the CG I re-attached the valve assembly, added some glue and a clamp for extra measure. The moral of the story...always dump your tanks when you have the chance.
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Old 04-07-2016, 03:00 PM   #19
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Being a creature of habit can be both a blessing and a curse. I had my coach in the driveway checking out a new A/V component. When finished, I began backing her into the covered area, and sure enough, I had forgotten to lower the antenna. I usually put my key ring on the antenna lever as a reminder, but didn't that day, and because of that I didn't have a dumbutt overide system to lean on.
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Old 04-07-2016, 03:31 PM   #20
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Neighbor kid opened the black tank valve. Why is it when the excitement starts you never think of closing the valve? I just jammed the hose on.

Recently, while trying to learn how to use the convection pre-heat function of my new Dometic convection microwave yesterday. I had put a well-used metal dial thermometer in the oven to verify the temperature. Following the instructions things are doing well. I get to the part of putting in the food in (open and close the door) and may have hit the wrong button (the first time). As I watch the oven start up there appears a flame at the top of the thermometer! The dang thing was in microwave mode (both times I tried). Today I figured out how long to manually pre-heat the oven so no big deal that the feature does not work.
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I bought our coach out of an insurance pool in San Antonio and had to drive it to Columbia Mo. Since all 3 batteries were bad I had to put a good battery in the Chassis to move it. When we got to Columbia we put a starter charger on the coach batteries and tried to start the generator. All I could get was a grinding sound out of the genny. I bought three new batteries, installed them and had DW hit the start switch on the dash as the switch on the genny was not working. Starter cranked but the genny did not work. Okay, this I can fix. The next day when I had the time I took the air cleaner off the genny, sprayed some starting fluid in the carb and had DW hit the starter switch. The genny backfired, lit the starting fluid overspray then started up. So picture this, the genny is running fine while the side of it is on fire with me blowing on it and slapping it trying to put the fire out. I should of just picked up the air cleaner cover and just slapped it on and the carb would have sucked out the fire. But who thinks that fast. The fire burned out quickly and DW could not understand why I was so excited. It sure got my heart racing. That generator has worked great ever since.
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This is a great post for us Newbies!
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Old 04-07-2016, 07:43 PM   #24
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Just Another Day.....(SIGH)
I should probably start a blog, cause no matter how I try, there is ALWAYS something when we go on an adventure. Here are a few exerpts of our recent holiday!

Day 1,

Well we made it to Hope. Stayed at the Coquihalla Campground. I set up and plugged in and a few minutes later, the power went out in the campground. Everything was pitch black. Talking with the neighbours, they said "Ya, not sure what's going on". I said, "me either". A couple of minutes later, the power went off again. Black out! Few minutes later came on again. 10 minutes go by and then...Blackout! Me and the neighbour look at each other and he asks me, "You got both your A/C units on? I said "Yup". He said "So you are the guy blowing the power to the campground! These are only 30 Amp sites. Yours takes 50 Amp for two A/C's. Then the park manager shows up. I turned off one unit and everyone's power came back on.

Day 2,

Made it to Everett, Washington. Filled up with gas at a station. Gas is $3.83 a gal. I calculated we pay $5.98 a gal. in Canada at $1.33 per ltr. Theoretically I saved $230. On my fill!
On leaving the station, there was a steep drop to the highway. I was a little worried about bottoming out. Just a little. I get half way down the slope and I hear this grinding noise. I know it's a steel skid under my hitch making a connection with the pavement. Suddenly, we come to an abrupt stop. "This can't be good" I say to myself. Cars are watching, so I booted it. A HUGE screeching and grinding noise ensued as we bucked and moved forward. Finally we broke free and made it out onto the road. I look in the rearview mirror, I didn't see any parts left behind, but I did see a long deep furrow (gouge) in the pavement you could have planted next years corn in!
Day 3,

We are now at Lake Pleasant RV park in Bothel Washington. I was looking up numbers to car rental agencies cause we didn't bring our car, when suddenly the A/C went out along with some lights. I looked around sure enough, many other things were out. I left the RV to check the pedestal, heard the neighbors A/C working and thought maybe I blew a Breaker. Got to the pedestal, saw my surge protector lights were on and breaker was still on. I turned it off and on anyway. Bonnie says "it's still off" so I sat down in my recliner to ponder what to do next. Suddenly the power came back on. My thought was, resetting the breaker must have done it.
A few minutes later, the A/C and lights go off again. [moderator edit], I ask myself.
So I went outside and did the same routine I thought fixed it before. Came back in, waited and nothing. So I get up, start looking at the breaker box. All breakers are on, but I switch them on and off anyway. My wife says "What's going on, I'm dying here in this heat". I tell her "How am I supposed to know I'm not an RV technician"!
So....I go sit down in my recliner to ponder my next move and everything comes back on. This is tooooo weird for me!
I start on my car quest again and ........The A/C goes off again!
I go out to the pedestal, all on, I go in the bedroom check the panel, all on. Some things like the microwave are flashing the time and the TV lights are still on. I ask myself....self, why would some be on and not others? Now, I'm thinking maybe a disconnect. I go over to the inside battery disconnect by the door and hit the button and Voila!!! Everything came on!!!
I sat down and everything went off, so I turned around in my chair, hit the disconnect switch and it came on.

I think I found the culprit.....it was me! Every time I sat in the chair or learned forward or back, the corner of the chair hit the battery disconnect switch for either on or off.

Day 5,

Here we are, all packed up and headed out of the campsite towards Interstate 405 to return the rental car. I drove the RV and Wife drove the car. I had checked the tire pressures on the RV and had a low inside tire so before hitting the freeway I decided to stop at a Shell for air. This kind of started the whole stressful ball rolling.
I pulled up at the tire pump however had to block a car to reach the hose. There was a lady vacuuming her car and I said" I'll just be a minute". I walk up to the air pump and it wants $.75. I go back to the RV and My wife isn't there. (she had all the US change) She is up at the cashier buying something. So I run up, grab some change and get back to the RV. The woman is finished vacuuming and says in a very snotty voice "are you going to be long"???. Politely, I said, "No, I'll only be a minute as I mentioned".
Tire gauge, I need my tire gauge. It's in the RV! So I yell to my daughter to bring me the tire gauge. I look over at the lady. See's not happy. You could see the window steaming up and her nostrils flaring as I try to smile at her and mouth "waiting for the tire gauge" in silence as she has her window up. I finally run around to the RV door and get the tire gauge myself. As I open the door, Bella our Daxie comes flying out of the RV and bolts down the parking lot. Now I'm chasing the dog. Finally, I catch her and get her back in the RV. Apparently when My daughter stood up she almost knocked herself out on the overhead TV. I walk back to the tire pump. The lady is obviously visibly really PO'd by now. I pop the $.75 in and get the air in my tire, jump in the RV and back it up for the lady. She squeals in reverse then squeals out of the parking lot.

Finally we are out on the freeway with DW behind in the car. It's morning rush our. 5 lanes of NASCAR drivers heading in the same direction as us on their morning commute.
Now, the thing about Seattle is that there seems to be an off ramp for everything, in every direction and every few feet it seems. I have the GPS set to the address of the car rental, however, we are going so fast, the GPS (Madge we call her) can't seem to keep up and is spitting directions out faster than an auctioneer selling a storage unit. I'd look at my daughter and ask "What did she say"? No help there, Morgan's plugged into her iPod and didn't hear me.
I look up and there is my exit on the right. 5 Lanes over. So, here I go. I check the side mirror, there's an opening! I swerve into the next lane, then the next and the next, however still, missed my exit. Madge spouts off "Stay on the current route and in 8 miles, take the next left.
What the hell happened to all the off ramps every 30 feet like I just passed??
DW is nowhere in sight now and I realize......"She doesn't have a clue where I am going". No address, no cell phone and then all of a sudden I spot her in the mirror. Finally, I take the next off ramp and Madge takes us to the car rental. I get out to get the keys from DW. I could see she is shaken and not impressed and blurts "That was a bit of a nightmare"! "Ya no kidding" I said.
So I get in to the rental shop and the guy at the desk says did you fill the car with gas? Nope! He says"That will cost you $6.00 per gallon if we do it" and gives me directions to the nearest service station somewhere within 2 blocks. Great! So now I'm on my way back out to tell an already upset wife that I have to leave them to go put gas in the car.
Not sure when the last time was the attendant went to this gas station, but when I pull up, it's now some dog grooming boutique! Off I go! No clue where! Finally hit a busy street and ventured about 5 blocks and spotted a Chevron. I filled up and started back to the car rental. By the grace of a higher power, I found my way back.
Car returned, we set back out on the freeway. Suddenly, we are back in the land of off ramps, lanes converging, lanes splitting and 5 lanes shooting off every which direction. The view ahead looks like something out of a sci-fi movie.
Madge is getting confused again. "Keep left and then turn right" she says. "[moderator edit] does that mean I ask DW"? "I don't know, keep your eyes on the road" she says.
Madge is spitting directions out left right and centre now "keep left and in 300 feet turn turn right" I look up and I see the lane for I-5 so I jog into the next lane. Madge is now spitting me new corrections, DW is yelling at me to "listen to Madge! Why aren't you in the left lane, you're going to get us killed".
Cars are coming from behind in every lane in what seems at NASCAR speed!!!
Worlds are colliding and I finally yell out "Will everybody just shut up for a minute". I was at near breaking point. Obviously missed our off ramp.
Did the same thing about 3 more times before we got through Seattle. That all took about 2 hours longer than it should have.
"Got to see a lot more of Seattle" I jokingly think to myself. (Had I said aloud there probably would have been a 90mph hairbrush zooming toward me)

DW is visibly shaken and says " if you think we are doing this RV thing again, you are sadly mistaken".

However, as the lanes dropped off and the freeway got less busy, the frazzled nerves switched to more calmed ones and we continued happily on our journey towards the ocean!
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:03 PM   #25
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I've only owned a MH for a year now. Have done a few things backwards a time or two but one of my dumbest mistakes was a tree limb that I thought I could dodge under and by, but as I got closer I got less confident but kept going for some reason and listened to the limb as it scratched it's way down the left side of my MH. Why didn't I stop!! I ask myself over and over again, I think maybe I was in denial or in The Twilight Zone or something. It did not break the paint and was buffed out (most of the way). Lucky it wasn't worse...

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Old 04-07-2016, 08:27 PM   #26
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Bought my 5ver in November....took it for a short two day outing that day. Went to dump at the end of the trip.....all three valves were open. I never checked them closed from the dealer. Covered in black water and never thought I would smell clean again. He'd to throw tennis shoes away, never would stop smelling. Now I check valve position every time...
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I have not seen my wife laugh that hard in years. I guess we made a memory on that day we will never forget.
Be glad she didn't ask the Flying J people for a copy of the security cam footage.
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Old 04-08-2016, 08:09 AM   #28
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Be glad she didn't ask the Flying J people for a copy of the security cam footage.
I am sure I looked like a complete idiot. My wife has a twisted sense of humor. She probably has the footage and is waiting to drop a bomb on me when the opportunity arises. I still throw up in my mouth a little thinking about that mess.

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