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Old 08-17-2016, 06:55 PM   #1
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Ever drive off with the antenna up?

With my memory not what it was, I always feared driving off with the tv antenna up. I managed to do that this year and busted the plastic gear. It was not expensive or hard to fix. Embarrassing for sure.

After many months of heavy thinking I came up with a cheap and effective solution:

Hang my keys on the crank handle when I put it up. When I need my keys crank it down.
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:42 PM   #2
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Yep it hit an overpass I never replAced it we have a dish tailgater now

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Old 08-18-2016, 08:35 AM   #3
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NO! This item is on the leaving campground check list that we have. As we do a walk around on the camp site going around the camper both of us will look up and check the roof line for any objects that may interfere in leaving. The DW will watch the camper as we pull out of the site to insure I do not hit anything and than enter the tow vehicle on the site road. I also will check the air bag level on the Trailair hitch at this time.
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Old 08-18-2016, 08:39 AM   #4
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Hang my keys on the crank handle when I put it up. When I need my keys crank it down.
Yep, that's one way to be reminded.
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Old 08-18-2016, 08:48 AM   #5
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We followed a guy with a 2 story bunkhouse with the antenna up.
We were in Colorado and went through a couple of short tunnels. It did not
hit but I backed off because it sure looked like it would!
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Old 08-18-2016, 09:10 AM   #6
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Am I the only one that is thinking in my mind to departing day, and the inevitable, "where the f$#k did I put the keys...? hahahaha

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Old 08-18-2016, 09:50 AM   #7
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Yup, I've done it, after shortcutting on my checklist while out without DW.

After driving all day in the rain on an interstate, I opened the main slide to see a big round hole in the roof over the slide, along with a lot of water on the floor. Patched it temporarily with a cardboard scab covered with a full tube of sealant, in order to get home for a permanent repair.


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Old 08-18-2016, 12:22 PM   #8
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Yep...twice! First time, an agonizing WHAM against the roof. Second time a kind person did a war dance to get us stopped before we hit the gate. Love the key idea.
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Old 08-18-2016, 12:23 PM   #9
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Yes, had to replace the two aluminum tubes. Not expensive, but _)(&^*$%^$%@!!!!!
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Old 08-18-2016, 12:34 PM   #10
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Yes, I'd suspect 99% of RV'ers have at one time or another. I think it is a right of passage.

Our big problem now is that DW likes to open windows and not close them. Have towed a couple of times with an open window and trailer flex made it difficult to close. One window frame was so warped, we had to use a hydraulic jack and spreader to get it "true" again.

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