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Old 09-05-2016, 11:09 PM   #11
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If you have never seen the movie Idiocracy, you should as it is coming true!
So true! I was recently telling a coworker how handyman/tradesmen are disappearing. (I'm a mechanic.) Soon a plumber will be charging $300 to change the flapper on your toilet.
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Old 09-05-2016, 11:13 PM   #12
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With all the info and videos on the Internet, there is no excuse for such stupidity but they will try to find some excuse.:banghead:
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Old 09-05-2016, 11:59 PM   #13
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A little off topic. My mother recalls an interview about our drought in CA. A girl was asked about the water going to our farmers. Her answer was they didn't need any. You just have to go to the store for what you need.
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Old 09-06-2016, 05:37 AM   #14
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The USA has been getting dumbed down for years now. It's done for "equality" or something.
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Old 09-06-2016, 05:47 AM   #15
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I went through these headaches too. Finally sold my 2000 Camplite Popup yesterday. It was the 7th person I'd shown it to.

Its a $1800 17 year old popup camper! Its not perfect. It has some wear and tear. Its in good shape, we just took it on a 2000 mile trip 6 weeks ago, but it needs some love.

Kept having people come out and look at it and then say stuff like...

"Well, I have six kids and I don't know where they would all sleep..." (really, you didn't look at the pictures first?)

"I'm kind of a perfectionist, so an older camper won't work for me." (This was a friend of my cousin who BEGGED me to cancel on another buyer so they could come get it. Guaranteed me they would be showing up cash in hand and absolutely loved the pictures of it.)

"This looks like an awful lot of work to setup." (Its a popup, what the hell did you expect?)

I finally just started reading people the riot act on the phone and explaining I was sick of setting it up, and to please not waste my time unless they were serious. Finally had a guy that was like "yep, I get it, Still want it." He showed up, we set it up, and he handed me an envelope of cash.
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Old 09-06-2016, 05:49 AM   #16
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Ok, I need a place to vent. Has anybody else noticed just how dumbed down society has become?

Please share your memorable experiences in selling an RV or another product.


My fifth wheel has a ton of storage in it and I was pointing it out to a couple. The couple didn't understand why that was important and asked me what I did with all of that storage. They wanted to know what I put in each shelf, each draw, each cabinet. They also didn't understand why I would want to bring a small toolbox with me after I explained I keep spare tools and common parts such as bulbs, spare showerhose, spare showerhead, duct tape, eternabond tape, etc.. in the space under the dinette.

Another couple didn't understand why I would need any electricity while camping after I explained my solar system to them. They didn't know why in the world I would have an inverter for 120v AC power, why anyone would need 120v ac power while camping, and why even bother with solar or generator. I really don't think they understand where power comes from when they turn the light switch on...it just happens.

Another couple scoffed when I told them that the fridge runs on propane and a small amount of 12volt power. I guess the fridge runs on pixie dust.

Another person: 1300 lb cargo carrying capacity rating on his 1/4 ton truck. With 600 lbs batteries in the front, my pin weight is over 1,300 lbs.....but the dealer told him he could tow up to 10,500 lbs-my camper weighs 8200 lbs empty.



I used to talk on popupportal.com and the number of first time campers that would buy a new popup and then after their first trip get on the forum and ask "Why wouldn't my air conditioning work on battery power?" was absolutely amazing. At least once a week or more.
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:19 AM   #17
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This thread reminds me that I am now part of the older, more intolerant generation. I remember my grandparents saying the exact same things about the younger, dumber generation. They were convinced we would never make it without somebody holding our hand. But here we are!!!! Now it's our turn to shake our heads and say the world is dumbing down when in truth it might just be racing too far ahead for us to want to keep with😁
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:47 AM   #18
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This thread reminds me that I am now part of the older, more intolerant generation. I remember my grandparents saying the exact same things about the younger, dumber generation. They were convinced we would never make it without somebody holding our hand. But here we are!!!! Now it's our turn to shake our heads and say the world is dumbing down when in truth it might just be racing too far ahead for us to want to keep with😁
LOL! I hear what you're saying, but I'm not so sure. There's something to be said for good old fashioned labor and now a days it's all about how to get something with the least amount of effort - reminds me of that cartoon movie "WALL-E" where everyone get's fat because they have the technology to do everything from their chairs, lol! But not lol, but lol!
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:52 AM   #19
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I hear what you are saying, but the bottom line is if you own a house that goes down the road at 60 MPH, either start learning to fix things yourself or expect your RV to cost a lot to maintain and spend a lot of time sitting in the lot at the repair shop.

Those who have never been DIYers would be surprised to find that they can fix most things themselves for a lot less money and aggravation by using resources like this forum and some of the thousands of YouTube repair videos. An added benefit is that they will rapidly learn how things work which is invaluable in the RV world.
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:58 AM   #20
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So true! I was recently telling a coworker how handyman/tradesmen are disappearing. (I'm a mechanic.) Soon a plumber will be charging $300 to change the flapper on your toilet.
You're not far off. I am a plumber and I am amazed at the things people call and pay me for. I used to feel bad about charging them, but I have become used to how incapable and unwilling people are to do work that I used to do when I was eight years old.

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