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Old 07-11-2016, 01:14 PM   #15
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At least you didn't accidentally connect the city water hose to the black water flush connection.
Ummm, my almost-late husband did exactly that on our first stop on a 2-week trip. And it wasn't his first time connecting the water - he did it right when we took the AS on a 1-night shakedown cruise a week before doing the longer trip. I was in the bedroom, heard the toilet gurgling, thought he'd used it and the flap was stuck, so went in and hit the flush - FOOM!!!! Water in face. And on ceiling. (OTOH, the flush probably released the pressure & saved our tank, since it had just barely started gurgling.)

Only 2 things kept him out of a very deep doghouse that day: (1) it was our very first stop, nothing in the black tank except some dish liquid & a drop-in deodorant pack, and of course about 39 gals of water; (2) no damage to the black tank - no leaks, no bulging; everything worked fine rest of trip.
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Old 07-11-2016, 01:17 PM   #16
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We've had our AS since 12/30/08. When things started to need fixing we relied on our dear friends in our WBCCI unit to teach us. Each time we said, "Okay, now we know what to do," naively thinking we were all educated up. In 8 years we have only had one issue happen more than once - battery issues. Everything else (and, stuff happens on a regular basis just through use, wear and tear, and whatever) is a new issue and we have to learn what to do. Most recent thing was replacing the wall thermostat. Some day I'm guessing we'll know how to fix just about everything!
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Old 07-11-2016, 01:46 PM   #17
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Water is THE biggest learning experience. I installed residential sprinkler systems for a summer job when I was in high school and college. Thought I knew everything about plumbing. But a self contained unit.....that's another thing entirely.

Make sure you get all the air out of the system when you fill up the fresh water tank before you leave. I start by connecting the city water line at home, open every faucet (both hot and cold) one at a time. Run them until all the air is gone and you have a steady stream. Then fill your fresh tank, and turn off the water pump every time you travel or even leave the trailer.

Glad you are finally getting to take that first trip! Way different than me, waiting that long would have drove me nuts.
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Old 07-11-2016, 02:34 PM   #18
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Well, I am not quite as easy one you as the others. I would stop, read my Newbyes book, make check lists and use them. I have spent a lot of money fixing things I should not of had to. Because I did not read the books I should have and used the check lists. It really messes up a vacatation. For what it is worth in 1968 I sat along a road way out in the country in the cold because I tried to change a plugged fuel filter. It was a long night.

Good luck and I can tell you from experience, following the "rules" will save you a lot of ???
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Old 07-11-2016, 02:34 PM   #19
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At least you didn't accidentally connect the city water hose to the black water flush connection.
Actually I did this first trip out. VERY fortunate that the black tank hadn't been used yet as it overflowed into the trailer.
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Old 07-11-2016, 03:04 PM   #20
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Towards the end of the drive, thought I could make it to the next exit before the fuel alarm light came on. Didn't make it. I pulled over on the side of I59 and got my 5 gallon spare container of diesel out and poured it in. Not sure what happens to a Duramax if you run out of diesel (probably not good). I was not interested in trying to purge the air out of a diesel on the side of I59.


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My rule of thumb when making a road trip is to fill up at half tank. I panic when I am at 1/3 and start sweating when I am at 1/4. Make it a habit.
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Old 07-11-2016, 03:33 PM   #21
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The word "mistake" can convey such a negative connotation. I tried to raise my kids with mistakes are simply "opportunities to learn".
I'm gonna steal that idea.

OP, one more thing to learn, NEVER remove the wheel chock until you have your rig secured to your TV.
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Old 07-11-2016, 04:12 PM   #22
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I have had my 25' FC for a year and this is our first trip. After driving for an hour or so, I stopped and checked on things. When I went inside, the kitchen faucet was gurgling. I had left the water pump on and the trailer vibration caused the kitchen sink faucet to turn on. Fresh water went from 100% to 0% and grey water went to 100%. First lesson booked.

Towards the end of the drive, thought I could make it to the next exit before the fuel alarm light came on. Didn't make it. I pulled over on the side of I59 and got my 5 gallon spare container of diesel out and poured it in. Not sure what happens to a Duramax if you run out of diesel (probably not good). I was not interested in trying to purge the air out of a diesel on the side of I59.

We are camped out in Fort Payne,AL and headed to Nova Scotia via Wilkes Barre,PA, Norwitch, CT (King Arthur Flour),and Freeport,ME (LLBean 24-7). Expect to be in Marion,VA tonight.

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You were lucky, I forgot to turn the water pump off. Somehow, with the road bounce the sink faucet arm turn on, the lid was on top of the sink. When I stopped for my 2 hr. break, I noticed water coming out from the front of the trailer. Opened the door and there was a steady drip coming out of the faucet, water was all over the front of the trailer. No damage. Your right, we learn from our oversights...
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Old 07-11-2016, 04:37 PM   #23
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Smart Duramax owners carry a spare fuel filter, filter wrench and special wrench for water indicator. They also replace the cheap plastic bleeder screw with a brass one. They also learn how to change the filter and prime the system. It's easy to do and will save time and money when you have fuel problems. Get the strap type filter wrench and you can change your filter without removing the inner fender by going over the fender. Learn at home, not on the side of the road. You were smart in having extra fuel with you.
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Old 07-11-2016, 04:42 PM   #24
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At one of my very first rallies, a guy named Earl (who I think of as the Mayor - he knows everyone by first name and is the friendliest person on the planet!) was congratulating me on the new trailer and telling me one of the most important things to remember is to shut the pump off when traveling.

Seems everyone has a story about this. Even me after Earl's warning. Oddly enough, I've heard people talk about learning from the school of hard knocks on someone else's tuition - but it doesn't always work that way. I left the pump on and we must have hit a bumpy road that nudged the kitchen faucet to a slow "on" position. Thankfully, when we pulled over for a stop, it was only dripping slowly. There was some water on the floor as it rolled off the sink cover/cutting board. A few towels and a few colorful phrases and all was well. 😀

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Old 07-11-2016, 04:57 PM   #25
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First time just pulling the trailer out of the driveway we forgot about the wheel chock on one side and gave 'er the gas and ran over it, breaking it but nothing about the trailer. First overnight trip we removed the chocks but forgot the tongue was still jacked down although hitched to TV. A friend yelled at us in the nick of time, saving a small disaster.
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:00 PM   #26
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Birddog, we did that trip last year from Alabama to NS, let me know if you need us to share any info from our trip. A few quickies:

1. Some of the tunnels around NY City do not allow propane, and note that many of the parkways in Connecticut do not allow trailers. These mistakes resulted in two police escorts 2 hours apart....

2. The back roads in Maine are really rough...

3. Acadia National Park is really nice (stay at Blackwoods CG if you can go without hookups a few days).

5. State Parks in New Hampshire are really nice.

6. Cape Breton is near the top of my list of all time favorite spots.

7. If you get tired of driving when you begin to head home, take the 12 hr ferry from Yarmouth, NS to Portland, ME for a nice break in total luxury ($600 price tag though).

Have fun!
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:36 PM   #27
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Rubber bands over the faucet handle and spigot is very cheap insurance. Don't ask me how I know as you already know......


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At least you didn't accidentally connect the city water hose to the black water flush connection.
I did this during my first month of ownership. Fortunately, I thought to check on things after a few minutes and realized something was amiss when I saw the water level an inch below the toilet rim! You've never seen anyone sprint so fast to the shutoff valve.
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