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Old 04-06-2016, 04:53 PM   #1
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Exclamation What DUMB thing did you do recently???

New neighbor pulls into pull thru space this afternoon and does his set-up to stay a few days. Hooks up electric and sewer with no problem. Hooks up campground water service and continues with normal set-up tasks. Ten minutes later DW is screaming from inside coach for DH, "water is coming out of toilet (along with what was in black tank) and I can't get it to stop". Black water is now dripping from bottom of coach. Turns out he had a valve to flush black tank open but did not have black tank drain valve open. Needless to say black tank overflowed!!!

I thought stuff like this just happened to me

Are you willing to admit to your last blunder?
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New neighbor pulls into pull thru space this afternoon and does his set-up to stay a few days. Hooks up electric and sewer with no problem. Hooks up campground water service and continues with normal set-up tasks. Ten minutes later DW is screaming from inside coach for DH, "water is coming out of toilet (along with what was in black tank) and I can't get it to stop". Black water is now dripping from bottom of coach. Turns out he had a valve to flush black tank open but did not have black tank drain valve open. Needless to say black tank overflowed!!!

I thought stuff like this just happened to me

Are you willing to admit to your last blunder?

Feel bad for that poor fella.

I'll tell you something that was a near miss literally for me Russ. Last Summer I pulled my new coach into my shop and watched my mirrors so I didn't hit the door opening. Thing is, I forgot to put in my door awning. I didn't notice it until I stepped out of the coach. I still can't believe I didn't hit the door opening of the shed with it. It had to absolutely miss by 1/2 inch no kidding. It sticks out further than the mirror does. The good Lord saved me on that I'll tell ya. That could have been a major blunder for me. That was close.

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Old 04-06-2016, 09:51 PM   #3
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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!
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well, i'll tell ya. I did something so stupid...so dangerous...that its a miracle I wasn't seriously hurt. no exaggeration.

we've been doing the MH thing since 1986 and I've had my share of stupid...mostly in those first couple of early years. after 30-years I would consider myself a journeyman RVer especially in terms of setting up, breaking camp, towing...all those types of things.

so there we were...pulling into a park in Mesa, AZ on March 14th...our 46th wedding anniversary...for spring training baseball. we had checked in and we're being escorted to our site where we would receive assistance backing in. I got backed in on the first try....the parking assist was fabulous, btw...but when I opened the door I found I was too close to the concrete patio to get the steps 100% out. the RV sites are gravel with an adjacent concrete patio and parking for the toad. after jockeying a couple of times we got the MH over far enough for the steps to clear the concrete. I wanted to make sure that when I extended the street side sides I would not encroach on the neighbors parking. so down go the jacks and out go the slides and find that the slides ARE over the line.

that's when the parking asst. says..."we can move you back to the right cuz with the jacks down the steps will easily clear the concrete patio. duh! now you have to picture this. he and I are having this conversation outside the MH by the main entry door. the door is open so the steps are out extending over the patio. my right foot is on the concrete under the steps. i have a 'jack release' switch at the bottom of the interior RV steps. can you see what's coming? the parking asst did but alas i didn't.

i hit the jack release just as the parking asst yells at me to move my foot. too late. the jacks start up, the steps go down and pin my right foot. the door is open so the steps don't retract but my foot is really caught. i had to endure what seemed like months until the jacks were up and i could re-deploy them. in the meantime I'm inventing new compound words, the wife is frantic and the elderly parking asst is trying to lift the steps off of my foot. unfortunately, those steps were securely connected to 12-tons of MH and 2-tons of toad.

after what seemed like 4-lifetimes the jacks started back down, the steps came up and released my foot. the foot had been caught right about midway between my toes and heel, directly across the top on the bone. all I suffered was a bad bruise and a very small cut...about the size of a bad mosquito bite. i was sore for a few hours but by the next morning I was 95% and no pain at all on the second day. the bruise and the small cut took abt 10-days to heal.

i had nightmares about this for several days. when i think could have happened i shudder. if my foot had been back just a few inches the steps would've come down on my toes. i had my soft shoes on but i can easily imagine my toes being cleanly sliced off.

plain and simple...i was in a hurry and wasn't thinking. when i took my initial flight training my CFI told me..."Rich, nothing good comes from being in a hurry"...and he was right. i was sooooooo lucky. when we get home from our trip I'm going to have the jack release switch in the stairwell disconnected and i have pledged to slow down and actually use the brain I was given.
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i had nightmares about this for several days. when i think could have happened i shudder. if my foot had been back just a few inches the steps would've come down on my toes. i had my soft shoes on but i can easily imagine my toes being cleanly sliced off.

plain and simple...i was in a hurry and wasn't thinking. when i took my initial flight training my CFI told me..."Rich, nothing good comes from being in a hurry"...and he was right. i was sooooooo lucky. when we get home from our trip I'm going to have the jack release switch in the stairwell disconnected and i have pledged to slow down and actually use the brain I was given.
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.

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If you imagine your RV as an airplane, you will have fewer mishaps. However, that said, there are those who have landed with gear up, and those who will.
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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!
Witnessed that once, wrote about it in another thread. Sorry for that guy, and your DH too. Hope I never do that, and it ain't a bit funny to say "S" happens in this case

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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!
Had that happen twice. But it turns out it was sabotage by a now, ex member, of a private club we belonged to. The members always left the wet bays unlocked in case there was a leak so someone could get to the valves. Both times I noticed the valve open before removing the cap so the "damage" was minimal.
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Just received the parts today to fix my passenger side mirror on the Phaeton. Broke the mirror head to arm mounting post going through the main gate of a military base. I knew it was tight and was going slow and very carefully watching the mirror - as I shaved it right off...
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Just received the parts today to fix my passenger side mirror on the Phaeton. Broke the mirror head to arm mounting post going through the main gate of a military base. I knew it was tight and was going slow and very carefully watching the mirror - as I shaved it right off...
A Ford dealership did that to my brand new Canyon Star a few years ago. Tore the whole thing off. They paid for a new one but I was still pretty ticked off. It was only there to replace an oil sensor that was leaking.

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I have been running MH, since '76, have owned 5 MH's, but last spring my biggest boo boo ever, pulled out of the camp site, with the shore power still plugged in! Luckly, it did no damage to the pedestal, only bent the prongs on the shore power cord. The cord was needing to be replaced anyway, because the storage door came open and I dragged the danged thing down the road! LOL!! This was on my Discovery.
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With warm temps here I fueled the coach. Two snows later and now cold weather?
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SERIOUSLY!!! I'am an old guy with CRS syndrome I don't think there is enough space on this page to list the dumb stuff I've done, luckily none have been serious. But they were funny.
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