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Old 06-10-2012, 09:26 AM   #1
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The woes of learning a coach part 2 (ok i'm an idiot)

So here's part 2 that shows that I'm idiot. Last week we took the MH out for the day, I was re-enlisting in the Navy and decided to have the ceremony outside the coach. We parked in the parking lot and boondocked that day. We took the coach back to the RV park and I hooked up everything, no problems. That was Friday, all weekend everything worked like they always do, "Newmar great". We ran the dishwasher, took showers, did laundry, all good. Monday same story. Tuesday morning I was getting ready to go to work (I live in the MH during the week and go home on weekends), took my shower, then shaved. As the water is draining out of the sink I noticed that it was coming up the shower drain. By the time I was done there was probably an inch of water in the shower. I realized that I didn't have time to deal with it now and would clear the clog when I got back. That night I checked and the shower was dry, so I ran some more water and the shower started to fill again. I got out the plunger and kneeled in front of the shower and started to plunge the drain. It belched and some gunk came out, but the water didn't go down. I repeated this about 5 times, every time it belched but I couldn't clear the clog. I thought something must be coming down out, so I went to check the sewer pipe and see how much water I was pushing through. That's when I realized I'm truly and idiot, I did hook everything up, but I never opened the gray tank valve. The drain wasn't blocked, the tank was full to the point it was coming up the shower drain. Since I opened the valve no more clogs, it's a miracle and I'm an idiot.

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Old 06-10-2012, 09:41 AM   #2
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Charlie, been there, done that, got the T-shirt and the plunger.

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Old 06-10-2012, 09:42 AM   #3
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That's funny! Been there myself!
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:01 AM   #4
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I've been there too,only without the plunger.As a matter of fact,the water is backing up in the shower as I write this
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I doubt you will ever find anyone that hasn't done that at least once, yours truly included. You'll have to come up with something much worse than that to make the idiot classification!
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:55 AM   #6
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:10 PM   #7
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I agree with clyon51. You'll have to do better to qualify. How about this one?

We bought our MA when the temperature was below freezing and didn't dare try the jacks until we got to Florida the following month. So here I am with nine years of motorhome experience and can't get it leveled and not for lack of trying. After about 20 minutes, feeling like an idiot, I had to go over to my neighbour to ask him if I was driving him nuts with all the noise the hydraulic system was making. Meanwhile my GW comes out of the bedroom with instructions in her hands and tells me the "The yellow leveling indicator lights have to be OFF to be level ----- not ON". How's that for being an idiot? Paul
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You are now a member of a very large club.

We have done the really stupid things TWICE to make sure we got them right!! LOL
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Thanks for your continuing service. 29 USAF years for me.

Thats how many of us determine the grey tank is full!!

I never leave the grey or black valve open. They both need the flushing action of a nearly full dump to keep from getting a build up that is difficult to remove (so I'm told). Never had a problem in 13 years.

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Old 06-10-2012, 03:10 PM   #10
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Keep posting em, that's how I'm trying to learn
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:19 PM   #11
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TV antennas don't go through the tree very well either.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:29 PM   #12
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If thats your biggest error you will be way ahead of the rest of us.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:57 PM   #13
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OH NO!!!

Did that plus. Last mess tried to emty blk tank with cap on the end of saniconn hose,pressure built till she blows. Never again!

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