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Old 04-05-2016, 08:07 AM   #1
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I'm an idiot.... well, new to to this.


I got our trailer out of storage yesterday for several reasons. I got it home and that's when the "idiocracy" started. Turns out that the hitch gets stubborn when the TV and the TT are not lined up straight. The ball wouldn't drop..... ok. Turns out my GFI to the house where I plug my TT is rated lower than the draw on the TT. No popped fuse in the TT.... OK. The electric water heater switch was OFF on the outside and not affected by the popped house GFI that's why it wouldn't work..... OK. The propane side of the water heater only works when the propane is actually turned on....... OK. Once I had all this "figured out" it was over an hour just to park my TT in my driveway!!!

I have a lot to learn.

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Old 04-05-2016, 08:12 AM   #2
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We all have to start somewhere. Good to figure out these little things early on though.

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Old 04-05-2016, 08:19 AM   #3
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Don't feel bad we were all new RV owners once. You will find a wealth of info here so don't be afraid to ask or search. It is unlikely that you will run across an issues that has not been discussed and solved on this forum before. Before long you will be assisting the next new owner.

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Old 04-05-2016, 08:24 AM   #4
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Sounds like the typical learning experience to me. Got those things out of the way early, so next time one of them happen you'll know right what to look for!

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Old 04-05-2016, 08:40 AM   #5
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I should add that by the end I was truly laughing at myself. We love our new trailer and I expect these things. Funny as hell to me.

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Old 04-05-2016, 08:48 AM   #6
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Consider those learning experiences or opportunities and not idiotic things. We all make mistakes and the point is to learn from them and not repeat them.
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Old 04-05-2016, 08:52 AM   #7
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It's not just being new that these things occur. I forgot I unplugged my power cord one time, so I could mow around the trailer. Was going to watch a football game later on using the trailers television. I'm embarrassed to say how much time I spent troubleshooting the television before realizing it was not working because I had unplugged the shore power cord and forgot to hook it back up.
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We've all made mistakes. Some people admit them, some don't. But we all learn from them. Kudos to you for keeping your sense of humor and laughing it off.
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Old 04-05-2016, 09:37 AM   #9
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I should add that by the end I was truly laughing at myself. We love our new trailer and I expect these things. Funny as hell to me.
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Old 04-05-2016, 12:04 PM   #10
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NOT AS BAD AS TRYING to back up a 34 ft 5th wheel for the first time...
and hearing a huge bang behind you at the same time you see 'trailer disconnected" appear on your dash.

darn near had a second heart attack.
i cut the plug in while backing and have no idea how but it blew 2 fuses and one more circuit on my new truck...

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