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Old 05-10-2016, 09:19 AM   #21
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forgot to chock the wheels before disconnecting our Pop up on a slight grade...

it only ran away a little bit... Then we had to get our truck jack to jack the tongue high enough to get back on the hitch.
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:20 AM   #22
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Backed into the gutter on the house bending the latter in. Tried to tell wife I don't know how it happened but the darn security camera shows me backing slowly into it 😊
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:53 AM   #23
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forgot to chock the wheels before disconnecting our Pop up on a slight grade...

it only ran away a little bit... Then we had to get our truck jack to jack the tongue high enough to get back on the hitch.
Same thing with out popup. I've never forgotten chocks since....
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Old 05-10-2016, 10:02 AM   #24
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Got level and unhooked only to realize our slide couldn't open up from being too close to the power and water post.
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Old 05-10-2016, 10:40 AM   #25
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When going through the toll plaza of a bridge USE THE TRUCK LANE!! I was following my brother in his new winnebago he went through the car lane and snap off pasenger mirror with the cement pillar. Two years later following his son in his new ace motor home we crossed San Mateo bridge YES he hit the pillar too. My brother told him "son learn from my mistakes" use the truck lane!
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:00 AM   #26
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forgot to chock the wheels before disconnecting our Pop up on a slight grade...

it only ran away a little bit... Then we had to get our truck jack to jack the tongue high enough to get back on the hitch.
Same thing. Chocked only one wheel and when it came off the hitch it knocked me on my back and I was holding it with my feet. My brother finally showed up from the bathroom and saved me. Had it gotten completely away it would have been the most interesting boat on the lake.
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:03 AM   #27
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Similar to someone else's story, but years ago on our first real trip out in our old pop-up (now have 5er), we got all set-up and level on the campsite, got the bunk slides out, got power and water hooked up, and everything was good ... except the A/C was "broken".
The friendly campground manager came over to check if we were ok, and I mentioned that the A/C wasn't working.
He went off to get a tester to check the power levels at the power post, having already confirmed that lights were running ok from power.

It was only then that I remembered that the A/C had to be plugged in to an outlet near the dinette table !
I'd just completely forgotten to plug it in!

Just to prove that fate is an unkind mistress, 2 days later the A/C really did get fried by a power surge caused by a nearby lightning strike. (being in a pop-up in August in Florida with no A/C is NOT a fun experience)
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Old 05-14-2016, 02:14 PM   #28
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Forgot to unlock steering wheel of our TOAD one morning and pulled it down the Interstate for 20+ miles behind our DP'er with the wheels locked and slightly turned. Truck driver finally got my attention, pulled over and the steel cords were sticking out of both front tires.
Unlocked wheel, drove very slowly 5 miles to tire dealer--new tires, $150 less in my pocket. Live and learn.
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Old 05-21-2016, 08:48 AM   #29
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Well I did another one. Last weekend before hitching back up I raised the stabilizer jacks and then realized I needed something inside. I ran in and the movement must have caused the trailer to shift forward a little because it rolled forward off the Anderson Levelers. Fortunately the wheel chocks on the driver side held, but it was an interesting ride for a second. Fortunately I always pack an extra pair of pants just in case.


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Old 05-21-2016, 08:58 AM   #30
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Rookie here

I have read these with the hope I learn from other mistakes. Wednesday we take off for our maiden trip in our new travel trailer. We have tented, pop-up, condo and now this new beast.

I hope not to be able to join this discussion other than read it.
Our trip is from Missouri to Montana for four months. One hook up and unhook but learning the ins and outs of the living part will be easy once I "get it".

The first part of the learning is traveling there. Fortunately we have all interstate except last three miles. Gives me lots of room at most stops - I am hoping anyway.

I am taking on this challenge only because I know there will be fellow campers willing to help this newbie.

My husband is not in great health and has had a hard year. We have talked about his for a long time since retirement. I told him in March -- we are doing this and here we are a couple of days away.

I told myself I was not going to pack a lot but being stationary for 4 months makes me - pack a lot. I hate to purchase stuff I know i have at home and since what is left at home is good, - it is coming along. Not all but a lot.

I will certainly share a few rookie mistakes maybe not all.
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