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Old 08-03-2016, 02:52 PM   #11
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I used to work with a guy that always said (paraphrasing) the lessons we remember the best always depend on how painful the mistake was. It sounds like this was one painful mistake that you'll likely never forget or repeat.

Just think though, before too long it will be a story you can tell around the campfire and laugh about.
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Old 08-03-2016, 03:57 PM   #12
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Going on a weekend trip, looked around but not very well, got about 50' down the driveway and looked in the rear view mirror and saw a orange rope following my progress. Backed up and disconnected the 12ga. 100' extension chord that was powering the refer, etc. Felt rather stupid
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Old 08-03-2016, 04:49 PM   #13
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DH, sweet granddaughter, and I were all excited to go camping as it was “Christmas in July” at our State Park.Ready to go, so I closed the trailer door, snapped the ‘haul your butt up into the camper’ handle against the trailer, and proceeded to go into the house to lock the house up, as DH pulled out of our backyard.I returned to find the trailer ¾ of the way out of the yard, and I’m wondering “what’s going on?”Well, it seems I forgot to put up the steps and they took out the fence, and bent the steps beyond repair.Of course, DH was rather upset.“You were the last one out of the camper!”They were so bent we couldn’t even fold them up, so, he crawled underneath and between the two of us and a lot of hammering, managed to get the steps off, throw them into the trailer, and off we went to our local RV dealership to see what they could do.Tech did a quick crawl under and declared “$125” for installation of steps which they did not have on site.So I suggested moving the back stairs to the front as they are the same size and we hardly ever use them, done deal, $133 (with tax) for about 10 minutes worth of work.Then onto finding a replacement set, $300+, takes about 2 weeks to come in.At least DH will be installing them to save on another $133.What I have to laugh about, is that DH left the front compartment open the whole ride to the RV dealership (about 25 miles), so, he ‘was the last one’, and miraculously we didn’t lose anything from the compartment!
I feel bad for you but it does happen.......I pulled out of my yard and forgot to retract the power tongue jack which caught the sidewalk which destroyed the power jack, oh well I guess that's part of RVing.
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Old 08-03-2016, 06:34 PM   #14
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Find a welder. He can heat it and straighten it.
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Old 08-03-2016, 06:40 PM   #15
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We all have made mistakes camping. The secret is to learn from them and move on. You now have a great story to tell.
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Old 08-03-2016, 07:03 PM   #16
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You can get Lippert step assemblies from E-trailer, most under $200, and delivered in just a few days.

My TT steps picked a fight with a Kubota tractor. $131 and two days later looked brand new. Well, they were new curtesy of E-trailer.
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Old 08-03-2016, 07:07 PM   #17
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I faithfully do the "one more time around" rule. Just the other day, on my one more time around rule, I tugged on the locking pins for my toad connections and one of the pin caps came off in my hand. The key had come out without me rotating it to the locked position. Whew.........
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Old 08-03-2016, 08:02 PM   #18
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Many years ago we had a popup type pickup camper and decided to go down to the propane store to get the tank filled. When I got there a gentlemen approached me and said "that thing opens up a lot bigger than I expected" to which I turned and looked to discover that I had forgot to crank it down before I headed down the road! Yikes!! Luckily it was only a few blocks and I never got over 30 MPH. Nothing bent and the canvass wasn't torn. Whew!
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Got home from a short two day outing in the MH and the neighbor is walking up the driveway with my wheel covers. He said he went the the store shortly after we left for camping and found a trail of wheel covers going down the road.
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Got home from a short two day outing in the MH and the neighbor is walking up the driveway with my wheel covers. He said he went the the store shortly after we left for camping and found a trail of wheel covers going down the road.

To Quote...well I'm sure someone has said this "if everything seems to
be going well you obviously overlooked something"
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