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Old 04-01-2016, 01:48 PM   #1
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Rookie Mistakes

Ok, so I did something stupid on our maiden voyage this past week and it gave me an idea. I thought it might be fun to start a thread where everybody shares their rookie mistakes.

Here's mine.
Everything had gone great on our camping trip to Carpenteria State Beach. We were packed and ready to go. I stopped at the dump station to empty the tanks and then we were on our way back home. About an hour into the drive south a woman flagged me down to tell me my sewer hose was dragging behind the trailer. I pulled over and quickly realized why. I forgot to put the end cap back on my bumper when I put the hose back. Now it's time to buy a new stinky slinky and end cap. Fortunately it wasn't too expensive of a mistake

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Old 04-01-2016, 02:08 PM   #2
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Old 04-01-2016, 02:21 PM   #3
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Not really my error, but on our maiden voyage to the local cg with our brand new Roo, my DH pulled too close to the guard house and took out both our slide topper and several feet of siding on the house. Seems he was still thinking he was pulling our popup. Luckily other than trashing the slide topper, no real damage to the camper or the guard house.
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Old 04-01-2016, 03:51 PM   #4
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On various occasions we have: forgotten to secure inside doors/cabinets/ drawers with resulting spillage and damage; left bag of shoes behind in our driveway; totally forgot to pack diapers and forgot to pack underwear.

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Old 04-01-2016, 07:11 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Mr. Dan View Post
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Thanks, there are definitely some good ones on that thread. I thought it would be fun to have this thread devoted to those mistakes made the first time out.
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Old 04-01-2016, 07:44 PM   #6
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We were packing up and ready to go.Wife asked me to do something .Forgot what I was doing
Started to raise the 5'ver up to load it on my truck.Hydraulics front legs kept sounding like a gear was busting.All of sudden the 5'ver shifted and rolled back a bit Remembered then I forgot to put the rear jacks up
Thank God for the wheel chocks not letting it roll backwards .
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Old 04-01-2016, 07:57 PM   #7
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1st trip out I got all backed into my spot at the cg on Labor Day weekend while 2 others were waiting on me to clear the road. Didn't go too bad got all unhooked pulled the truck across the road to park, got all the stabilizer jacks down, electric hooked up, and sewer hose. Dw gets ready to roll the slide out and then it hits me..... Didn't leave enough room for the slide to clear the electric pole. SMH

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Old 04-01-2016, 08:09 PM   #8
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We brought or son's friend along on a week long trip to Lake in Wood Campground in PA. Instead of a suitcase or duffel bag, his mother had put all of his clothes in black plastic bags. Well, nobody told me. I was wondering why we had so much trash to throw in the dumpster on the way out. We didn't realize what had happened until we got home to Virginia and his mother came over to pick him up. That's one way to take care of the laundry.

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Old 04-01-2016, 08:35 PM   #9
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When I had my hybrid we got everything set up. Slide out, beds out and made up, awning out and jacks down. Sat down and looked under the trailer and realized we (I) had not leveled the trailer. Checked it and it was way off side to side. Had to close it all back up and start over. Momma wasn't happy.
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Old 04-02-2016, 07:33 AM   #10
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I will admit my mistake and I hope someone will feel a little sorry for me. My wife was taking off pulling the camper for the first time and without me along. I went out and got everything hooked up for her and set the sway bar on the back bumper of the truck, (who knows why I did that). Got everything ready. We did a light check, brake check, walk around etc. Well, she took off and all was happy. About 3 minutes later I remembered what I had done. I called her and she was only 4 miles from home. She looked and no sway bar on the bumper. I told her to just pull over and wait so I could drive down the road and see if I could find it. Two trips down the road and I could not find the bar. The earth ate it. So, I had used the sway bar on only one trip and had to buy a replacement. I guess I will not set anything on the bumper again. I am still waiting for someone to set up a go fund me page, but it has not happened yet.

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