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Old 05-06-2013, 08:31 AM   #1
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Just a little mis-hap!

Went camping this weekend. 2nd trip out this year. 1st was in Feb so I
had to winterize when we got back. I did great then except for one little
item.... forgot to shut off the breaker for my electric water heater.

Fast forward to Friday. Arrive campground. Sunshine!! Woo Hoo!
Park, level, unhitch, hook up water and electric.
Reach in storage hatch and twist both winter bypass valves back to summer
mode. Go inside and remove airator from kitchen faucet and open hot
faucet valve to purge air from lines and allow WH tank to fill. Move around
trailer opening all faucets to let out pink antifreeze.
Everything is great.

Squat down to turn on breaker for electric hot water.
breaker is ALREADY on!! Shoot!!! Go to tank area and don't hear
any sound. I should be hearing the sound of the element heating.
Some folks think it sounds like dolphins or whales off in the distance.
I think it sounds like a pan of water heating on a stove.
Well it's supposed to sound like that!

Oh, well. Home Depot has them for $9.98 each. Camco brand, 1500
watt, 120v screw in. sku 296896
Online store check says they have 40 in stock at my store.
At least I can save shipping by buying local..... Seems like I'm there so
often they should give me my own parking spot
Wonder if they have a 2 pack??

If that's the only dumb thing I do this season it will be a VERY good year!!
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:37 AM   #2
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Checklist; checklist; checklist...


I almost never use the element now. Propane may be expensive, but the water heater comes up to temp pretty fast on the burner (not so with the element).

When I put the anode back in when winterizing I always check that switch to be off. Every time (especially since I don't use it often).
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:39 AM   #3
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Just another thing to add to your mental checklist. At least it wasn't too expensive of a miss-hap.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:42 AM   #4
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Just another thing to add to your mental checklist. At least it wasn't too expensive of a miss-hap.
X2 on that!
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I'M the guy who posts about always using a check list!
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:59 AM   #6
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We did like you did on the February camping. DW calls and tells me, hey, lets go camping this weekend from her work. I am like a kid with a new toy, go out, dewinterize everything, put the water to it and wonder why my pump was running, then I thought, duh, forgot to cap the low point drains. I checked everything on propane, works great. Got to the campsite and she decided to take a shower, wonder why the water isn't getting warm as it should be? I forgot to flip the switch outside. Came back from camping, it turned cold again so I had to break out my stored rv anti-freeze and do it again. I tried to learn from my first things that I didn't do right. It takes a trip or two to get back into the swing of things.
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It takes a trip or two to get back into the swing of things.
Wow, you got that right!
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I'M the guy who posts about always using a check list!
That's what it makes it humorous.

I'm laughing with you, not at you.......as I can tell your point of sharing this was to show that we all make mistakes, even the veteran campers.

I know it is spring going into summer (camping season), but is it just me or has there been a rash of posts about burned out elements here lately? More so than usual in the de-winterizing stages.

My tale, is we went camping a few weeks ago and I was anxious to try out a new stabilizer thing I had bought that goes under the stairs. I placed it there and it seemed to work okay there, but it seemed like the rest of my trailer was more wobbly than usual with it. It was only when I was packing up to leave that I noticed that in my rush to test the new stabilizer that I forgot to extend my four corner stabilizers.

Now you can laugh AT me, Dan.

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..... It was only when I was packing up to leave that I noticed that in my rush to test the new stabilizer that I forgot to extend my four corner stabilizers.
Yeah! Check lists are great if you remember to use it!
I drove about 10 feet with one of my jacks down once.
It doesn't take that long to bend it tho....
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I drove about 10 feet with one of my jacks down once.
It doesn't take that long to bend it tho....
I bent mine, and didn't move at all. I was in a rush one evening after work to hook up and get to the campground before dark. In my rush, I forgot to retract the rear stabilizers, and starting using the power tongue jack to lift the trailer to go on the truck hitch. It did seem strange that the tongue jack was straining somewhat and it was only after I heard a crumpling of metal from the rear of the trailer, did I realize what happened (and said a few curse words)

This is where my great dealer came into play. I had to take the camper in a few weeks after this, to get a countertop/ leaky faucet replaced under warranty. The dealer was able to straighten out my bent rear power stabilizers, and didn't hardly charge me anything to do it. Kudos again to Bayou Outdoor Super Store in Bossier City, LA.

Hopefully, anyone laughing at me while reading this, will not do the same thing.
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