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Old 10-15-2015, 10:17 AM   #1
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A Sad Tale

What happens when you shortcut your own camping rules??
Rule #1. Always check ahead for campground availability
Rule #2 Always have 10 to 15 gallons of fresh water on board

DW and I decided to take a last minute trip to Grand Teton NP.
Unseasonably warm fall weather so we thought let's see if we can shoot some fall colors and take a last camping trip before winterizing. Mind you the TT was already drained and ready to winterize. So, we pack up and head out for the 5 hr. drive to Teton.
I was sure the park campgrounds were open until the end of the month.
They were closed for the season! Seems they close in "early October".
So, usually no problem. Just find a dirt road and a flat spot and dry camp. Except we were running dry. No on-board water.
This is what I call a "Double Dumb *****"
Two simple rules, Check ahead and carry some water.
Result: Had to find a private RV park for the night and start over the next day.
Anyone else have a similar "word to the wise" story they'd care to share??
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:31 AM   #2
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Check your hitch area to be sure you did not leave the tool to help assist with the WDH bars prior to leaving the campground.

Your photograph is beautiful!! Looks like the trip was worth your while anyway!
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Old 10-15-2015, 11:11 AM   #3
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For me, my rule is- always carry water even when in a full-hookup RV park. I've been places enough times where they lost water unexpectedly.
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Old 10-16-2015, 05:44 PM   #4
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Hmm.. Where do I start..

Do not forget to remove the gray tote from under the trailer (where I keep it when parked at home) before pulling out of the driveway....

Do not forget to remove the x-chock from the wheel before moving forward a but when hooking up.

Do not forget to remove the trailers wheel after using it to lift the trailer to hook up the WDH... And when you pull away and here a God awful grinding and scraping, STOP!


LOL.. Oh I could go on and on....
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Old 10-16-2015, 10:55 PM   #5
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Not dumb, just something I learned this past trip (last week). We pulled into a site at our local campground and the site was a little small length wise for the truck and camper. Once the camper was positioned had a heck of job getting the hitch stabilization bars off since the truck and camper were not straight. Lesson learned. Once at the campground remove the stabilization bars from the hitch before driving to the site. You really don't need them since you will be driving slow, and removing them actually gives you more maneuverability if needed. After almost 30 years of towing campers of various size, I learned something new.
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Old 10-16-2015, 11:10 PM   #6
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After locating the water supply, do not say, "yup, right where I thought it would be", and then proceed to drive to campsite without actually filling up.
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Old 10-17-2015, 12:05 PM   #7
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After locating the water supply, do not say, "yup, right where I thought it would be", and then proceed to drive to campsite without actually filling up.
That's a good one! So excited to get set up forgot what we stopped for.
These types of faux pas only bring out the "human" in humanity. Love to hear about all the DOOH!! moments, Keep 'em coming
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Hmm.. Where do I start..

Do not forget to remove the gray tote from under the trailer (where I keep it when parked at home) before pulling out of the driveway....

Do not forget to remove the x-chock from the wheel before moving forward a but when hooking up.

Do not forget to remove the trailers wheel after using it to lift the trailer to hook up the WDH... And when you pull away and here a God awful grinding and scraping, STOP!


LOL.. Oh I could go on and on....

I've forgot them xchocks a few times. Usually just spit them right out of the wheels and I never know.
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I've forgot them xchocks a few times. Usually just spit them right out of the wheels and I never know.
If you put the x chocks in tight enough like I do my Bal X chocks, you cannot even move the trailer. You must leave yours loose.
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Old 10-17-2015, 08:31 PM   #10
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If you put the x chocks in tight enough like I do my Bal X chocks, you cannot even move the trailer. You must leave yours loose.
Yep, there's no way I can move my 5er with the BAL X-Chocks in place let alone spit them out.
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