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Old 10-24-2010, 12:57 AM   #1
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Crisis Room (idea)

To whom it may concern, there is an occasional post on here where someone is camping, and has a problem they need immediate assistance with. While posting this problem in their particular camper section may get them an answer, it may take a while for someone to come along and read their post. I'm on a motorcycle forum that has a CRISIS ROOM posting, for those that are out, broke down, major problem, etc, with no other way home. I was just wondering should we start a CRISIS ROOM here for when you are camping, and your hot water doesn't work, or your electrical goes out, etc. I realize that we will get some post that aren't really a crisis, i.e. the camper is still in the driveway and they aren't leaving for two weeks, but for some it may help. I have read and answered a few post where people have a new camper and little hot water, and the fix was the bypass valve. Maybe we could use this to help each other on the road. If incorporated, would be ready for the next camping season, as, sadly, this one is about over for most of us fair weather campers. It's just a thought. Trying to be helpful and make this site more useful than it already is. I also realize that some problems will be camper specific, but for most of the major crisis, campers are pretty generic. It could also be used in case somebody is close enough by to ride out and give them a hand. At least that's how it works in the motorcycle community, and campers are a lot like motorcyclist, they stick together, and lend each other a hand when needed.
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:27 AM   #2
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i believe that is an idea that needs to be persued.
from reading some of the post, a lot of RVers take internet access with them (myself included).
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:27 AM   #3
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I think that is an awesome idea.
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:42 AM   #4
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While the idea does have merit, (and I really do think so), if you search the Internet for "funny" 911 calls you might be shocked at what some folks think are "emergencies."

My biggest concern here is that the "Crisis Room" would quickly fill with disjointed and broken threads. It would be a moderating nightmare to move the information asked/provided to the correct area of the forum in order to be able to find it again.

It has been my experience, that unless the question has been VERY specific (like "Does anyone have a ABCD1234 model coach?) the post is answered within hours normally.

There is also the "search" button on the menu bar. This is one of the BEST RV forums out there. I am willing to bet that any emergency question has already been asked and the answer is here somewhere. The secret I have found is to only use one or two search key words. If you use too many you will get "no hits." It is easier to use too few, and then add one and search again to narrow your thread choices.
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:31 AM   #5
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I agree with the concept, however I think Lou hit it on the nailhead. The search function usually leads one to the answer most times faster than actually asking and then waiting for a response which depending on what you asked could take from minutes to many hours. Also with the way the forum displays new posts the question would be seen regardless.
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:48 AM   #6
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I agree with you about this forum getting answers pretty quickly, indeed! I know a lot of us (Myself, for one) check this forum daily, sometimes 3 or 4 times a day, if I'm home. I really enjoy helping others, if I can. I think it works good as is. Randy
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Good idea but members will have to checkthe room on a very regular basis.
I don't know about the rest of you but I watch the "Recent Threads"column on the right of the screen. If someone was in need of help right away they could title their thread "Stranded - Need Help With".... or something similar.
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The snowmobile forum I mod on has an "emergency room". Mind you getting a sled fixed is important since we're dealing w/ a short season.

Maybe a prefix could be agreed on for these kind of threads, to make them noticed in the New Posts section. On the road, @ a campsite or getting ready to depart, would be situations where this "rule" would apply. If you're putting the RV away for the offseason, you couldn't post w/ the prefix in the topic title.
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:56 PM   #9
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Good idea but members will have to check the room on a very regular basis.
I don't know about the rest of you but I watch the "Recent Threads"column on the right of the screen. If someone was in need of help right away they could title their thread "Stranded - Need Help With".... or something similar.
I like this idea. I would certainly click there first if I saw that.
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:11 PM   #10
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Brilliant idea! The folder could be named I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) or something similar and the threads could all start with "STRANDED" or "HELP" or "WTF" or somesuch.

as an aside, what is the over/under on how many days go by before the first noob starts a thread in the ICE section asking about what kind of terlet paper they should use in their camper?
I am going to set the line at 20 days, I am open to moving the line either way depending on who is laying odds and what the amount is....
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