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Old 10-28-2020, 03:37 PM   #1
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Am I paranoid? How about you?

Knowing how often I have been checking the tire pressures in the DW's "new to us" motor home, and hearing me tell stories I've learned in this forum about improper and improperly inflated tires, the DW already suspected paranoia.

But when she learned I wanted TWO protective devices (setting the air compressor to regulate to 45 psi while additionally having a passive 40 to 50 psi regulator in the line) when blowing out the water lines (to prevent any chance of over pressurizing and damaging all the water lines), she thought that was starting to cross the paranoia line!

A combination of entering the RV ownership world only three months ago, plus my job running a nuclear power plant having "what's the worst thing that could happen" as part of every job brief - even those jobs having nothing to do with the nuclear part of the plant - is probably responsible for my (healthy?) paranoia.

Do any of you have similar paranoia when it comes to your RVs?
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As a Control Operator "steamer' Power Plants we got to make on the fly judgement calls ---no by the book procedures (best be able to justify your judgements/actions)

So I check/adjust air pressures in AM of travel day and once again on Next Travel day

As for winterizing using air
One would be negligent NOT using a regulator set for 40#-45# so as NOT to cause damage
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We bought our first RV of any kind 4 years ago. If I were extremely paranoid, I would never enjoy the RV lifestyle. If you do your required maintenance, practice backing up in a parking lot and take your time, you should be able to enjoy.
I read somewhere; Good luck favors those that are prepared.
Yes bad things happen but they will be things out of your control.
I hope you enjoy more than you worry.
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Old 10-28-2020, 03:55 PM   #4
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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Bring on the paranoia!!

If I'm the guy that has to fix it then I'm going on the paranoid side.

If someone else is going to fix it them let them call the shots, just don't call me for help!
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Having suffered a blowout of both rear passenger side tires on I70 East of Denver last year I did 2 things. I replaced all 6 tires (they were 8 years old) and I bought a tire pressure monitor for my new Allegro. I would not describe myself as paranoid but I try to keep a relaxed eye on things.
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Old 10-28-2020, 11:36 PM   #6
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We bought our first RV of any kind 4 years ago. If I were extremely paranoid, I would never enjoy the RV lifestyle. If you do your required maintenance, practice backing up in a parking lot and take your time, you should be able to enjoy.
I read somewhere; Good luck favors those that are prepared.
Yes bad things happen but they will be things out of your control.
I hope you enjoy more than you worry.
I did exaggerate a bit. Paranoia is probably the wrong word to use. Perhaps "prudent caution" is a better term (which includes as much as possible not putting yourself in a position if a single component fails, of having a big problem on your hands!).
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There's a fine line between being prepared or being paranoid.
Be as prepared as possible and you'll be just fine.
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I did exaggerate a bit. Paranoia is probably the wrong word to use. Perhaps "prudent caution" is a better term (which includes as much as possible not putting yourself in a position if a single component fails, of having a big problem on your hands!).
I think I like the term "prudent caution". I'd couple that with preparedness.
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Reference tire pressures, get a TPMS and properly set the pressures. I have the EEZtire and the monitor "sleeps" if no activity after a period of time. Prior to a travel day I "wake it up", let it find all the sensors, and check the monitor for the pressures. I do this early in the getting ready to travel process so if I need to adjust pressures, I have time.
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But when she learned I wanted TWO protective devices (setting the air compressor to regulate to 45 psi while additionally having a passive 40 to 50 psi regulator in the line) when blowing out the water lines (to prevent any chance of over pressurizing and damaging all the water lines), she thought that was starting to cross the paranoia line!

Your wife is right - TWO regulators inline is paranoia for a short-term operation that is always monitored by an operator (you). If it was something you were going to hook up and leave in place unattended, my answer might be different.
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Am I paranoid? How about you?

“A combination of entering the RV ownership world only three months ago, plus my job running a nuclear power plant having "what's the worst thing that could happen" as part of every job brief - even those jobs having nothing to do with the nuclear part of the plant - is probably responsible for my (healthy?) paranoia.”

No, not paranoia but my long instilled idea of “check it again” mentality came from my career as a nuclear plant control room operator. When we were troubleshooting a problem an early supervisor would tell us to “check it again” when we’d report back info. So we’d go back, look again and.....and again and sometimes, something was missed.
Still do it today.
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NOPE. Certainly not about a front tire blowout in my Dutch Star. It's simple, do nothing with the pedals! Simply do NOT get brain freeze, just instantly properly give it he!! with the steering wheel (keep it in your lane, and then think about what to do next).
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After 55 years driving, about 2 million miles, and worrying about everything my stress levels were out of control. So I stopped.
I check tires and all systems before each trip. Now life is better.
Have had only two blowouts in all those years and miles.
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I check the tire pressures each time before heading out.

And I kick them and check the lug nuts for heat each time stopping.

And don't even ask how many times I walk around/look under before leaving a site.

So yeah, I'm paranoid.
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