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Old 04-22-2021, 01:22 PM   #21
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Thank you for sharing. Good to hear how it happened and how to learn from it. Glad it turned out pretty well.
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Old 04-22-2021, 01:39 PM   #22
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Kissing trees?

You know Earth Day isn't until tomorrow right?
Ok, I legit laughed out loud at that one.

Thanks everyone for the comments and commiserating. Misery definitely loves company.
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Old 04-22-2021, 04:09 PM   #23
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Ok, I legit laughed out loud at that one.

Thanks everyone for the comments and commiserating. Misery definitely loves company.
I would not say that being miserable over this is in order.

Think of how much worse it could have been.....torn roofing, damaged internal roof structure, etc.

I AM NOT minimizing your mental anguish, merely trying to point out it soul have been SO MUCH Worse!! Meaning you actually have something to be thankful for.

It is a matter of having yoru glass half full or half empty.............Miserble or happy.

Ive been miserable, Miserable SUCKS.........I no longer do Miserable, I find something to be happy about and concentrate on that.
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:14 PM   #24
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I would not say that being miserable over this is in order.

Think of how much worse it could have been.....torn roofing, damaged internal roof structure, etc.

I AM NOT minimizing your mental anguish, merely trying to point out it soul have been SO MUCH Worse!! Meaning you actually have something to be thankful for.

It is a matter of having yoru glass half full or half empty.............Miserble or happy.

Ive been miserable, Miserable SUCKS.........I no longer do Miserable, I find something to be happy about and concentrate on that.
A glass half full of a nice smooth Single Malt or well aged Bourbon helps deal with the pain.

Half empty is only OK if it started full and became half empty while pondering the issue.


I agree, miserable is not going to cure anything. What's done is done and it's not like in the book/movie "Christine" where all wear, tear, and damage, can be eliminated by just pushing or running in reverse.

Doubt Doug will to this again.
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:57 PM   #25
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So sorry you had this incident but looks like you came out without to much damage. I have been camping all my life pretty much in a lot of campgrounds. Started in tents and the pop up to travel trailers and on my 3rd 5vr. Just purchased a new 5vr in January of this year and the dealer gave us a free basic Thousand Trails membership. I am not impressed and certainly will not pay for a Thousand Trails membership.
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Old 04-22-2021, 09:02 PM   #26
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Me too, thought this was about Earth Day 😂. Damage doesn’t look too bad.
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Old 04-24-2021, 05:12 PM   #27
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I would not say that being miserable over this is in order.

Think of how much worse it could have been.....torn roofing, damaged internal roof structure, etc.

I AM NOT minimizing your mental anguish, merely trying to point out it soul have been SO MUCH Worse!! Meaning you actually have something to be thankful for.

It is a matter of having yoru glass half full or half empty.............Miserble or happy.

Ive been miserable, Miserable SUCKS.........I no longer do Miserable, I find something to be happy about and concentrate on that.
Oh definitely. We were mad for a bit and calmed down once we got out.

Worst part now is it seems to have messed with my confidence. Got parked 2 more times since then and I just feel off. The first parking wasn't awful, but the second time made me feel like a newbie again!



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So sorry you had this incident but looks like you came out without to much damage. I have been camping all my life pretty much in a lot of campgrounds. Started in tents and the pop up to travel trailers and on my 3rd 5vr. Just purchased a new 5vr in January of this year and the dealer gave us a free basic Thousand Trails membership. I am not impressed and certainly will not pay for a Thousand Trails membership.

It really comes down to what parks you're near. Some are nice, some are OK, and some are downright turds. But, the price is right and I'm usually just looking for a place to park so we can explore. I calculated it recently and did over 1,000 nights in the past 10 years (5 years of that were fulltime). At $30-60/night, I've saved $20-50,000 in campsite fees with accounting for the cost of my membership + annual dues.

But, it's definitely not for everyone.
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Old 04-24-2021, 06:26 PM   #28
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I didn't have to "kiss a tree".....the tree came to me!
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Old 04-26-2021, 06:16 PM   #32
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Thanks for sharing.. We actually did similar damage in the fall. I decided to investigate part of the park we don't usually go to. I was going around a corner, I was watching and seemed to have clearance, but I didn't see the little pothole in the dirt road but my rig found it. In the mirror I saw the top go from 6"-clearance-you-got-this to.... bump-a-thump. There was no way off it except to make about 6 feet of the gutter a bit narrower than the rest. That's how light the touch was... just enough to get the gutter out of shape. No other damage, so I counted my blessings, looked at Lisa, and said... "yeah, that'll buff out."

As we who own motorcycles say... it's not "if" you're going to drop it, it's "when." Now that that's out of the way, enjoy the rest of the season !!!!
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Old 04-26-2021, 06:41 PM   #34
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Did a little post mortem to figure out what was different about the first and last attempts and saw where we could do better.
I like the way you did the After Action Review while still fresh in your mind. Did this right, could have done better here, won't do this next time. We've done that several times when we've could have done things better.
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Old 04-26-2021, 07:36 PM   #35
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Glad your damage wasn't any worse.
I did that the first night we had our XLR pulling into a pull thru side. I pulled as far forward as I dare then turned, the trailer cut the corner and a tree branch snagged the roof just in front of the awning and put divots in the roof clear to the back of the trailer. I got some eternabond tape and patched it, ultimately had to get a new roof installed. Some time s#*8t happens no matter how careful you are.
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Old 04-26-2021, 07:42 PM   #36
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Me too

I Stayed in a private park in Destin Florida and they would not let me park without an escort.

They backed me into a tree and then said it was my fault....

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Old 04-26-2021, 10:00 PM   #38
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I know that park, never stayed there but drove past it tons of times. My parents lived in Bonita Springs. Always marveled at how close they packed then big ones in almost awning to next camper. Great park right on beach. But traffic on the only road on and off the island was always sucked.

I love FMB tho, haven't been since 2016 so would love to go back some day.

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First. Kiss

Ependydad,
You lost me at 1000 Trails. We’re about to use up our 12 month trial membership. We’ve used it 9 times since last September and would not spend a dime to renew.
That first scratch is a tough one....we’ve all done it. I was drilling pilot holes for the bedroom tv mount in our 1 week old 35’ Rockwood and yep...the bit was 1/8” tooooo LONG. Right through the wall. Wife not happy.....my bad. 10 months later still paying for it. You have a beautiful rig and glad there was no major damage. Pour a cocktail🍸, chill and keep looking up.
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Old 04-27-2021, 12:50 PM   #40
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I think almost all the sites at Ramblers Rest in Venice, FL are back-in spots. Lots of pretty trees. Low hanging small branch flipped my bathroom vent more open than it can go :-) Easy to fix. I am real good at backing into sites now, and remember to close all the vents before I move.
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