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Old 08-18-2014, 11:21 PM   #41
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We left awning out when we went to bed. Yep you guessed it, about 3 in the morning heard a horrific crashing sound and tt shook. Awning was blown up on top of tt and it had no ladder so I had to boost DH up on roof so we could get it down. I'm sure if anyone in campground was watching they were highly amused at the site of DH trying to get down from roof and me telling him he was gonna kill himself. He finally jumped over to a tree and slid down. The top poles were ripped from camper so had to purchase new ones about 200 dollars in damage.

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Old 08-19-2014, 12:31 AM   #42
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So in that spirit, I first damaged my RV by extending the front landing gear on my 5th wheel while forgetting to retract the rear stabilizers. Heck, I was only gonna extend them an inch or so...
Yep Lou, been there, done that.

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Old 08-19-2014, 01:02 AM   #43
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Old 08-19-2014, 01:14 AM   #44
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Ok this might take a bit.. Just in my defense I'm 26 years old and never purchased/maintained a camper before 2 years ago and I started out with a 09 35' Coachmen Wyoming. So here we go.

Slight miscalculation on turning radius resulting in ruined trim/graphics RIP 1 power pole/countless branches

Unaware of wax requirements causing multiple hours of gel coat reconditioning

Poor judgment on driveway incline resulting in 2 ruined stabilizer jacks

Improper tire rating purchase resulting in 2 blowouts.

Failure to repair trim caulking crack causing rotted wood in basement storage

Too sharp of a turn causing minor damage to corners of front cap fiberglass

7pin replacement x2 for not unplugging when unhooking

Countless yellow Walmart plastic wheel chalks

All in all its a learning experience and the cost to repair your mistakes are the best way to prevent them in the future.. As i said I'm young but I've had all repairs done either myself or professionally and won't be doing them again!
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Old 08-19-2014, 02:59 AM   #45
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Hi guys. Sorry to see some of you folks with some trouble. I'm new to the rv game and I have asked for some tips on things I may want to avoid on my first outing as to not damage my truck or toy hauler. I have received so great tips so I thank you guy for them and I enjoy this site a lot. My question is that I have the electric awning and I've heard some horror stories on this site on how rain water fills up the awning and breaks the thing causing in some cases moderate damage to the rv, trailer,etc. so can i pitch the awning on the electric as have it stay pitched to allow water to run off. On my walk through the tech just pulled down on one side and said this is how you can drain water from the awning when it rains. My rig is the wa2715 stealth toy hauler 2014. Or would it be smart to just retract the awning when it rains. Thanks in advance for the tips guys.
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Old 08-19-2014, 04:05 AM   #46
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I personaly have never had any issues with our Sunseeker. But, I know this guy who has an identical rig to mine who has had a couple of experiences; like on his maiden voyage and very first trip to the gas station found himself needing to turn tightly out of the pumps to avoid other cars lined up waiting their turn. He miscalculated the rear swing out and caught the rear bumper on the metal and concrete post protecting the pump and modified the 4 inch bumper into more or less an L shape. Took two people to guide him back enough to get the MH free of that incredibly well engineered post. Looked pretty funny with a third of the bumper sticking nearly straight out for the rest of the trip. Oh I forgot to mention how the incident left the pump hose completely severed and lying on the ground and dripping a puddle of gas when it was pinched between the bumper and the post.
Another time this same fellow who had learned on the FRF about his Sunseeker having a front stabilizer jack finally used it while up on a orange pyramid of leveling legos. Unfortunately this new found jack was not part of his regular departure check list, he rolled down off the legos to spend the next 2 hours trying to unbolt the now modified newly discovered front stabilizer from the frame. It was amazing how many other campers had suggestions for the poor guy during that embarrassment. I'm sure glad it was him and not me. Oh now as a constant reminder, he puts his stabilizer crank under the gas pedal
to ensure he can't even start the coach without being reminded to retract the jacks.
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Old 08-19-2014, 04:08 AM   #47
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Chris- You can retract he awning, depending on type of awning you can lock the one end lower with a knob so water runs off easier. There are some after market poles and straps used to secure the ends of the awning to the ground, this will allow a lower side for water to drain off.
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Old 08-19-2014, 04:48 AM   #48
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These have been a great way to start my morning!

*I have backed my TT into my mom's gutter with my Puma.
*Turned too wide into a tree, scraping the top corner of my old Puma.
*We had a nasty storm roll in and the campground was flooded...I'll try and attach the video where we got pulled out with the resident tractor. And you will notice how lucky we got with the antenna also!
*Another campground where the ground was just a bit soft, so when we were pulling out, the camper wouldn't budge. I attributed it to the wheels being in a rut, so what does any red-blooded American male do? MORE GAS! Lol, it was at that moment I watched my X-chock go flying onto my neighbor's site!!

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Old 08-19-2014, 05:12 AM   #49
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Forgot to add the rear ladder snappen in half because its meeting with our mailbox didn't go so well.. Apparently the dispute was over if I should go forward or back down the driveway..

As far as the awning goes.. I would always tend to lean on the cautious side and just run it in. That being said if you were to leave it out just be sure its tied/strapped down pulling the awning material reasonably tight. Good luck and congrats !
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After the first long run with new rockwood, 4700 miles thru Colorado Rockies, Yellowstone, beartooth highway, Rushmore, badlands, and beyond, I backed into the driveway in the dark, pouring rain and right into the eave of the detached garage and broke the top marker lenses cover. DW cried.

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