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Old 12-21-2012, 11:16 PM   #31
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I find it most entertaining when the 4 different people giving you 4 different instructions all came out of your vehicle. I've seen that a time or 3 too many.

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Old 12-22-2012, 02:03 PM   #32
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The part that concerns me are those that want to 'chat' while you're setting up or tearing down. We have our routine and once, while chatting, we left a storage compartment open.

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Old 12-22-2012, 09:18 PM   #33
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The part that concerns me are those that want to 'chat' while you're setting up or tearing down. We have our routine and once, while chatting, we left a storage compartment open.
Once, while chatting, I forgot to chock the TT wheels. As I released the hitch the trailer rolled backwards. This provided verification that the pair of safety cables were in good working order and that the emergency breakaway switch was fully operational.

It immediately became one of my rules that the safety cables and the connection for the breakaway switch are not disconnected until after the hitch is release. This was accidentally true the one time that it was critical. I made sure that it was always true ever since this happened in 2005.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:10 PM   #34
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Been reading the different posts on this thread, I am the same way. I will back it in myself. We had a pop-up camper that was no problem backing into our drive way. I did most of the camping setups by myself, DW came after work. We traded for the Puma and I brought it home, DW was ready with her camera, ready for action. I backed it down the drive with no problem. I have a culvert on both sides of the drive, have to put the left tires just a few inches from one of them inorder to make the 90 degree turn or else the other side will drop off the drive. I have gotten used to backing up to the trailer to hook up by myself, takes a little practice. Most of the time when we go camping I head out in the morning, get to the campground and set up by myself. I have had a few onlookers when I arrive. This past summer I was backing in and the fellow next door looked over to see if I needed any help. I backed in and set up. I thanked him the next time I saw him, he said well, you looked like you had it and there was nothing I could do to help. I may get out, look all around, think, look for trees and limbs, and then start my back up. I may get out a few times to make sure I am not going back too far, etc. Just got in the habit of doing it myself and have my routine. Oh, one problem I do have is, our furry buddy starts barking and wanting out of the tv so I just get him out, let him do his thing and then tie him to a tree somewhere where he won't interfere.

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