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Old 07-11-2016, 05:02 AM   #1
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1st Trip, 1st Day, 1st Mistake

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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Old 07-11-2016, 05:08 AM   #2
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Just be grateful it all went down the drain and not all over the inside of the trailer!

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Old 07-11-2016, 05:26 AM   #3
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And this is how we learn.

Have a great trip!

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Old 07-11-2016, 05:41 AM   #4
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At least you didn't accidentally connect the city water hose to the black water flush connection.
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:47 AM   #5
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Are you staying at Hungry Mother SP in Marion? Nice place.
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:57 AM   #6
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We all make mistakes. Speaking for myself, that's probably the most effective way I learn. Luckily, my learning hasn't resulted in much destruction, smoke, or sparks.

I would guess that your AS owner's manual has a lot of good information in it, including some kind of check list or at least a sequence of events described that will cover the entire "going somewhere" sequence. I would suggest reading that thoroughly. There will be a TON of information, but it is most likely good information. Condense it down if needed to a line-by-line check list and follow it. Eventually, it will get imprinted in your mind, but it is always good to review the list before you hit the road.

Another good idea is to find an experienced member in your area that would not mind helping you. 99.9% of experienced RV'ers would be more than happy to help someone else get down the road safely and uneventfully.

I don't like making "problem" memories part of our travelling experience if it can be avoided.

Good luck on your future travels. Sounds like a great trip you have planned!
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:09 AM   #7
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Not too bad for the first trip! These are all good reminders for the whole community!
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:12 AM   #8
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Never, ever, never get lower than 1/4 tank in your Duramax!
It is hard on the primer and the injector pump and fuel filter!
The is now fuel pump on these as in ordinary gas engines- only the injector pump.
The fuel just basically flows from the tank to the injector pump by gravity.
The big primer button is for when you do run out of fuel or change the fuel filter.
Running it empty puts lots of stress on the primer and could cause it to develop leaks and try to suck air causing your truck to go into limp home mode. When this happens he only solution is replace the entire primer assembly or install an aftermarket inline electric fuel pump.
At any rate, running a Duramax out of fuel drastically reduces the life of many components.
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:13 AM   #9
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I am a newbie also. I am learning, the only way to learn is for things to happen. I was pulling out for our first trip and pulled all the piping off the bottom of my 22FB Sport. We went any way and used the campground facilities. Expensive mistake but will not do THAT again ha ha! Enjoy.
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:15 AM   #10
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Yes, "Mistakes" are the Great Teachers, and we've all had our share of them, trust me... Afterwards you say, "Well, I won't do THAT again!" And for the most part that's true.

A check list is a good idea especially if you are new to RVing in general or there are long periods between trips. Don't be afraid to create one of your own... We have one and use if for EVERY trip as we prepare to travel ... it's mostly about what we want to talk, but you can also have another for the technical/mechanical stuff you need to remember...disconnecting the shore power, putting the TV antenna down, shutting the vents, putting up the stabilizers, turning off the water pump, locking the outdoor compartment doors, etc, etc. We also do a final walk-through & walk-around when we are ready, and check the lights to make sure they are working before we move the trailer an inch.
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:34 AM   #11
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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".
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:40 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Jim Arnold View Post
I am a newbie also. I am learning, the only way to learn is for things to happen. I was pulling out for our first trip and pulled all the piping off the bottom of my 22FB Sport. We went any way and used the campground facilities. Expensive mistake but will not do THAT again ha ha! Enjoy.
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:50 AM   #13
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I'm afraid I have more bad this rate you'll get to Nova Scotia by mid-2017!
On a more constructive note, make sure you head up to Cape Breton and camp a couple of days at either of two campgrounds where the road runs out: Cape North or Meat Cove. You should be getting there (if nothing else happens) at the height of blueberry and crab season. Safe travels. jon
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Old 07-11-2016, 12:25 PM   #14
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Be sure to go to Norwich Vermont to find King Arthur, not Noreich Connecticut

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