View Poll Results: Have you left your antennae up and driven off?
Yes, I have 23 17.29%
No, not me! 107 80.45%
I don\'t remember 0 0%
Can I plead the 5th? 3 2.26%
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Old 02-24-2004, 04:58 PM   #1
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'Fess up

Okay, let's see how many other dummies there are (besides me) that have left their TV antennaes up , then pulled out. There have to be some, whether there was damage or not, just say so. You will feel better confessing. I know I am not alone, or there would be no orange "LOWER ANTENNAE" signs for sale at Camping World.
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Old 02-24-2004, 05:06 PM   #2
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I have done worse....

I have driven off with both the tv antenna, and the self seek satellite dish up too.. fortunately it was a long 5th wheel, and I saw the shadow as I turned a corner within a mile, so no damage was done.

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Old 02-24-2004, 05:06 PM   #3
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Old 02-24-2004, 05:17 PM   #4
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Nope...not me....don't have one!

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Old 02-24-2004, 05:19 PM   #5
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I've never done anything like that -
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Old 02-24-2004, 05:20 PM   #6
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Old 02-24-2004, 05:20 PM   #7
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Although it is exactly the sort of thing I would do, so far I have not. Nor have I left with the power cord plugged in, the water hose attached, or with the rolling pantry unfastened.

I have, however, tried to depart with the stabilizers down (went about six inches!), and once pulled the wheels completely over a 4X4 chock.

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Old 02-24-2004, 05:43 PM   #8
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Don't have an antenna. Did try to drive away with the chocks on though. Only did that once.
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Old 02-24-2004, 05:49 PM   #9
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Nope, not me. I use a checklist upon arrival and one for depature. Watched and heard of others doing them though

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Old 02-24-2004, 05:56 PM   #10
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Talking Seen it all

Working in a state campground I have seen it all. Antenas left up and ripped off by tree limbs, hoses with hose bibs draged behind the trailer on the way out, electric cords burned up so the end looked like a burnt biscut. I have even caught folks dumping there black tanks in the middle of the night. Or the famous line "There must be something wrong with your power box because my lights don't work and I just got done rewiring my rig."

Dont' feel bad about the antenna far more have done far worse.

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Old 02-24-2004, 06:10 PM   #11
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The previous owner saved me the trouble of smashing
my antennae. I don't have a TV so I guess it was a blessing
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Old 02-24-2004, 06:50 PM   #12
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I use a checklist also - keep it in my center console at all times, when I get ready to leave, I read it outloud - have not missed anything in a long time

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Old 02-24-2004, 06:58 PM   #13
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As a (inactive) pilot, I know the value of a checklist. However, I have found that for me nothing beats two walk arounds - one before I start the engine, and another after I pull off the leveling blocks.

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Old 02-24-2004, 07:30 PM   #14
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Checklist for me too, and the two walk-arounds. If you've ever been trained as a pilot you know the value of the walk-around. So no, never departed with TV antenna up or power cord/water hose connected.

But you know, they say there are two kinds of pilots who fly retractable-gear airplanes: Those who have landed gear-up, and those who WILL!
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