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Old 07-11-2019, 07:51 PM   #1
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What dumb things have you done?

What dumb things have you done throughout your years of camping?

Here's my quick story, and although no damage occurred, I still felt like an idiot

My wife and I are both currently new to camping with no prior experience of camping with friends or family, so we are starting from the bottom and learning as we go.

On our second trip we were in a spot that was sloped downhill and required the tongue to be sitting on the ground to level the trailer. I was getting ready to hook the trailer to the truck and started raising the the tongue and the electric jack seemed to be working harder than before, but being new and not completely familiar with the sound of the jack I thought maybe it was normal, and with 1,360 pounds of tongue weight I figured it would need to work hard anyway. After raising the tongue up high enough I went to back under it and couldn't believe what I saw! I forgot to retract the scissors jacks and had all 9,000 pounds of the trailer weight on the tongue and 2 rear jacks with the tires about 10" off the ground. How in the world the rear 2 jacks didn't bend and collapse is beyond me

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Old 07-11-2019, 07:55 PM   #2
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Joined too damn many RV forums.

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Old 07-11-2019, 08:07 PM   #3
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Joined too damn many RV forums.
Haha I'm a forum junkie... any time I have a new hobby or interest one of the first things I do is google for a forum to join
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:11 PM   #4
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My dumbest so far was not releasing the parking brake. Got rushed trying to get Mona out of the storage unit and when she wouldn't move I thought I had frozen brakes. Doh.

Lesson, never rush the check list.
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:24 PM   #5
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Filled my GAS tank with diesel fuel. Ran about a 1/4 down the road and died. The god news is, the reserve tank leaked, so I rarely used it. Fortunently, I was able to put fuel in the reserve tank and drive it. That allowed me to get to a place where I could empty the tank and refill it. A couple hundred bucks wasted.
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:32 PM   #6
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Me??? Nothing at all....

However, my wife will be along shortly with her side of the story, and video at 10:00.
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:54 PM   #7
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we were in Fairbanks Alaska and lost. my wife and sister-in-law were in the back seat and my wife was telling me were to turn with the GPS on her phone. every time we turned it was the wrong way. then I heard my sister in law quietly say to my wife you have the phone upside down.
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:05 PM   #8
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Let's see:
Pulled away fro the driveway without unplugging the power cord (pulled one end clear off the extension cord)
Opened the black water valve before I hooked up the hose (fortunately cap was still on)
Almost ran a US Mail jeep off the road
Backed up the driveway and hit the house 2nd floor overhang (bent the ladder)
Backed into a tree, backed over a rock, sideswiped a concrete bollard, caught the corner of another motorhome with the trailer, caught a concrete bollard with the trailer, drove several miles with the parking brake on (twice)...
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:59 PM   #9
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I didn't know this thread was supposed to include things we've hit.
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Spent the night in a camper van without a working furnace in 13F degree weather. Got up in the middle of the night to grab the bottle of gatorade I had been drinking off the countertop to find it frozen solid, this was my clue it was time to crank the engine a get a little heat going, being in 2 sleeping bags only goes so far to keep oneself warm.
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:13 AM   #11
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There was an older thread on here very similar to this one. I relived my worst mistake - it's too painful to relive again so I won't.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:19 AM   #12
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I've got two good ones for you.

1. I was at a campground near Rapid City SD. Things were busy so I had to switch sites between my first and second week there. No big deal. Pull in the slide, unhook water hose, sewer hose, electrical hose, lift jacks, hook up and pull it 50 yards to the new site. I was done in half an hour. It was totally easy. Only bad part is that I forgot to remove my X-Chocks before pulling out. Fortunately, there doesn't appear to be any damage. The chocks just popped out. I probably stressed the snot out of them, but they still work.

2. I was driving through upstate NY and blindly following my GPS. The road I was on narrowed to 2 small lanes, then came up to a single lane underpass with a 10 foot clearance. My RV is 10'6". I had to wave traffic around me, then back up slowly when it was clear about 50 yards to get to a driveway. I pulled into the driveway to let traffic continue as normal while I tried to figure out what to do. I walked down the 1/4 mile driveway to the house. Nice house, but nobody was home. They had a shop or detached garage or something just before the house that had a small asphalt path to it. Little driveway, barely big enough for my truck, and a smaller path at 90 degrees was all that was there. No room to actually turn around. Well, I decided to go for it. I was able to get the RV backed into it, but it was sloped downhill and clearly stayed moist because of the moss growing on it. Yep, back end of the dually had a hard time getting traction, so I put her in 4x4 and crawled up the hill and out. I didn't notice at the time, but I caught one of my rear jacks on something and bent the snot out of it. I ended up replacing both of the rear jacks shortly after.
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Drove directly into the sand at Lone Rock Beach in Ut/Az. I saw it coming and made a bad decision. $650 later I am smarter.

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Old 07-12-2019, 10:03 AM   #14
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There's not enough room on this forum to list all the dumb things I have done!

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