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Old 08-18-2014, 08:25 PM   #21
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As I was patting myself on the back for being responsible and checking for weight at a CAT scale, I parked between two semis to go in to get the slip. When I left; I pulled out too sharply and gashed (not scraped) gashed the entire length of the slide out.

$500 repair bill for new window, side wall, decals and cargo hatch.
Total loss of dignity as I pulled in to a full campground with grey tape on the side of our camper.
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Old 08-18-2014, 08:41 PM   #22
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As I was patting myself on the back for being responsible and checking for weight at a CAT scale, I parked between two semis to go in to get the slip. When I left; I pulled out too sharply and gashed (not scraped) gashed the entire length of the slide out.



$500 repair bill for new window, side wall, decals and cargo hatch.

Total loss of dignity as I pulled in to a full campground with grey tape on the side of our camper.

We had a similar incident on way to Disney World - it involved one of those u shaped things on end of gas pump island....did more damage getting away from it - ended up at Tropical Palms RV Resort first year they opened and they put us in the nicest section but unfortunately located on the end of the main road so EVERYONE could see our "boo-boo" - lots of stares and pointing 😉. It was right where the slide comes out on the driver side - looked like we were attacked by a giant can opener !!


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Old 08-18-2014, 08:53 PM   #23
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These were to my old tt, most were in our first year of ownership. Some were me, some were DH. I haven't had the new sabre long enough to be stupid yet.

1. Dh hooked the battery up backwards. We were leaving for myrtle beach in the summer and couldn't figure out why the fridge wouldn't run on propane. Got to myrtle and oops fridge wouldn't work on propane either. AC was out and half of my outlets didn't work. Several panicked hours later we learned our mistake thanks to the folks on rv.net forums. We were fortunate that we only blew 3 fuses. Oops we didn't have any extra fuses. After running all over myrtle beach we learned autozone carried the right fuses (camping world and all the other rv places were out of the size we needed). Note to self black is positive, white is negative. Other note to self always carry extra fuses of every size in your trailer.

2. dewinterizing at the campground for the first time, completely unsure of what to do, we had enlisted a neighboring camper to help us. We weren't sure the water heater was filling. Dh got the brilliant idea to loosen the drain plug a touch to see if water leaked out. Bad idea. The drain plug went flying across the campsite, the water sent chairs flying and soaked dh. The city water was hooked up and running. The neighbor sprinted to turn it off. It was all we could do to convince the neighbors wife it wasn't his idea. Ok no damage done but a good lesson learned, use the overflow valve to check the water heater.

3. This one was all me. I decided I was tired of the black tank odors so I decided to switch from drop ins to the geo method. Ordinarily this shouldn't be an issue. However, I decided to do this at 9 pm on a week night at a storage lot in the middle of nowhere 30 min from home. Of course I read up on the geo method and it said you can use bleach on occasion to help clean the tank. Sounded great to me. I read my drop ins and they had no mention of formaldehyde in them. Great. I poured in my tide detergent and my calgon water softener followed by bleach. Suddenly a must arose from my toilet. Ok, wth? Panic time. Nowhere to dump the tank. No water source to dilute. What did I do? Opened trailer Windows. Petrified of having made chlorine gas or maybe I was gonna have an explosion. Who knew? I made the 30 min drive home in 15 min... I dared cops to find me that night. Filled every bucket I could find with water and put them in the back of my armada uncovered. I flew back to the tt without spilling water (even with stepping on the brakes for deer). Poured a bunch of water in and came back the next day. Everything was ok. Took it to dump the tank. No issues. Lesson learned, do NOT play amateur chemist with the tanks. I stayed with the geo method and no more issues.

4. Our final insult before selling the tt was our awning. We were in Hershey this spring for the northeast crossroads rally. We left the awning out in beautiful weather while we went to the hershey museum. Came home to people telling us to check our awning as it had flipped up a few times. DH hadn't anchored the awning so it caught a wind and set sail over the roof. Luckily, DH hadn't tightened the awning arms (it was a manual awning) so the poles had separated when it flipped up. The awning had a small tear in it and had popped off the track. Also the foot where it attached to the trailer wall was cracked. We put the awning away for the rest of the trip. When we got home we found a dealership that fixed it for less than $70.

Ok now let's see if we have learned our lesson for the new 5er.... by the way how do you tilt the power awning?
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I forgot to retract the TV antenna for the trip home. As i was going through an overpass, I remembered the antenna.......too late - I did some minor damage to the two aluminum rods, but nothing more. That was not on the checklist then.
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... by the way how do you tilt the power awning?

Pull on the arms.



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DH does not believe me that these can be tilted. He is afraid he'll break it.
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:37 PM   #27
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Didn't notice the extended eve on a 4x6' booth while checking into campground at canton, tx. The slide topper caught the cornet of the tin roof as I drove away and lifted the booth onto one corner and spun it completely around. The poor boy working in it was hanging out the window when it stopped spinning. No injury but ripped awning. Could have been worse.
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My father in law left out with his awning completely extended and tore it and all metal parts completely off the side of his fifth wheel on a utility pole. The park attendant chased him down with a golf cart to tell him about it. He just loaded it all in the 5er and brought it all home. We laughed for weeks.
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:43 PM   #29
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Pulled out from under the 5vr in Gettysburg PA with the tailgate closed...

and you know the rest of the story and $$$$ $ 1000.00
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My father in law left out with his awning completely extended and tore it and all metal parts completely off the side of his fifth wheel on a utility pole. The park attendant chased him down with a golf cart to tell him about it. He just loaded it all in the 5er and brought it all home. We laughed for weeks.

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