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Old 05-24-2018, 08:39 PM   #1
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Sickened over stupid mistake!

I'm so upset about this. We had our brand new Salem Cruise Lite out last weekend. Third time its been out. We arrived home and as I was backing the trailer in to the drive I cut it too tight and hit the front of the trailer with the tail light on my truck! I know better! Cannot believe I was paying such little attention!

It put a small surface ding in the trailer and a small scratch on the tail light of my truck. Luckily a sticker over the ding all but covers it, and the tail has a tiny scratch. Luckily it wasn't worse, I must have stopped cutting it just in the nick of time.

Still makes me sick as the truck and trailer are both brand new. Anyone else ever make a stupid mistake that they could have shed tears over?

I am a complete newbie to the tt as it's our first but I back trailers every single day at work.

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Old 05-24-2018, 08:44 PM   #2
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we have all done something stupid... Chalk it up to learning something. Yur truck can be fixed.


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Old 05-24-2018, 08:53 PM   #3
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Now you can relax a little. The first ding is always the hardest. My DH got too close to a tree in our driveway and took off the rear awning, which pulled off the front of the awning, bashed in the top rear corner, which tore a section of wallboard over the back door last September. Scratched decals and paint when the awning arms swung down, scratching the side. Over seven grand later, we got it back. He never heard me yelling. We now make sure the radio is off and his window is down when parking it.

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Old 05-24-2018, 08:55 PM   #4
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Stuff happens.
There used to be a story going around about a guy buying a new car and the first thing he did was go out and put a dent in it. Never had to worry about denting it after that.
Fix it and move on.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:56 PM   #5
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Anyone else ever make a stupid mistake that they could have shed tears over?
Not lifting the toilet seat?
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:07 PM   #6
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If it will make you feel better, keep your eyes on fifth wheel TV's you will see several each season with severely dented bed rails from forgetting to latch their fifth wheel, or neglecting to drop their landing gear.....makes me cringe every time I see the damage.
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:14 PM   #7
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First time out with new camper and was making a turn in the campground. DW said are you sure you can make the turn, I said yes. DW said are you sure, I yelled at DW and said I had it. I had it alright, a hole in camper and dented corner of truck. $500.00 later you couldnít even tell the camper ever had a hole. It wasnít the first hole I had put in a camper
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Old 05-24-2018, 10:28 PM   #8
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I did the same thing with my truck and trailer. I only scraped a little paint on front of trailer and some scratches on the truck tail light. It made me sick for awhile. I don't even know when it happened.
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:10 PM   #9
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Years ago I was setting beside the 5th wheel, under the canopy, relaxing. A guy pulled into a spot just in front me. He a brand new truck and 5th wheel. Both still had the new dealers tags on them. I watched him set up and could tell it all seemed to be new to him. Well, he got it all set up and jumped in his truck, but before I could get his attention he took his tailgate off. Forgot to lower it!!
I felt terrible for him.

I'm not telling any of my many mistakes!!!!!!
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:53 PM   #10
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Brand new fifth wheel, backing into enclosed storage, hit the wall - $13,000 in damage. Thank you Farm Bureau.

Coming out of enclosed storage, door wasn't fully up. Paid for that one myself.

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