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Old 04-07-2012, 07:50 PM   #1
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A little drunk, it was 2 am.......

... I was in bed watching a movie on our new Apple TV setup and I was dozing off when I heard first the Apple remote then my IPhone go kerplunk! That doesn't sound good I thought as I fell to sleep. Awakening an hour later to the movie still playing away, I decided to retrieve the remote and phone. How to do this without awakening my wife? Let's see, where are they? First I look on the floor, nope not there. Next I pick up the corner of the mattress to see if they are just sitting next to the bed. No such luck. Now Dorsey wants to know what I am doing. Guess I failed stealth search tactics 101. I confess my stupidity and now begin the search with a light. I have not noticed before but there is a large gap between the bed platform and the closet next to it. That must be where they fell! Now I am trying to see in this space that has no access except the gap next to the bed and a 1" space at the floor next to the closet. I' m lying on the floor determined to find and retrieve these things, my wife is now fully awake, laughing at me and the dogs are excited because there is action. All this in a 16' International.

Wait, I can see the phone! It's beneath some wiring near the water heater below a propane pipe. The remote is not far behind it under another a bundle of wires... If I can only get my arm in this 1 inch space..... Wife is asking what I see, dog is licking my face, arm is stuck in the crack still 20 inches from the nearest item the phone. Dorsey decides I am too large for this task and gets down on the floor to assist. She is 5' tall and just a little thing so maybe she can get to the lost treasure. Now she is on the floor beneath the bed, on hands and knees trying to get at the lost remote. Still,a little drunk I am watching this when I decide that now might be a good opportunity for a little amorous action. Firmly rebuffed, I continue to watch the rescue efforts.

After some time she finally gives up and tells me I am on my own! Not wanting to lose twice that evening I lay on the floor trying to think of a way to reach the items. I try the grill tongs, too big, a coat hanger, too short and finally in desperation I spy the ZipDee awning tool hanging in the locker. This is just the thing I need! I grab the phone and cartwheel it out of its hiding place easily. The remote was harder but after about 5 minutes I finally extracted it too.

It is now 3am and finally I was able to get back to bed and to sleep. I now have a little project before the next trip!
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
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Well . . . see, if you'd bought a 25' A/S there'd be plenty of room to have reached and extracted all that.

Good story. Welcome to RV'ng. It is appreciated!
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:57 PM   #3
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Well . . . see, if you'd bought a 25' A/S there'd be plenty of room to have reached and extracted all that.

Good story. Welcome to RV'ng. It is appreciated!
I knew this was going to happen! We still love our little Bambi.....
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:08 PM   #4
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Tool Time!!

1] Magnetic retrieval tool
2] Grasping retrieval tool
3] Engine bore light

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Old 04-07-2012, 08:13 PM   #5
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The awning rod is really handy for fishing stuff out of dumpsters too. Got a perfectly good weber grill that way.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:23 PM   #6
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Tool Time!!

1] Magnetic retrieval tool
2] Grasping retrieval tool
3] Engine bore light

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Parbond , dabbed on the end of the awning tool

Duct tape (the remote/telephone to your hand)
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:41 PM   #7
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Need to establish an early pattern of new SEARS Craftsman tools with the DW in re RV'ng.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:45 PM   #8
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The inherent closeness of the Bambi is but one of its many attributes. Nearly everything important that one needs is always within reach.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:40 PM   #9
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Good story.
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Parbond , dabbed on the end of the awning tool

Duct tape (the remote/telephone to your hand)
A tether to the wrist or neck would work well. Also, when our son used a pacifier, we had one of those pacifier leashes that clipped to his clothing.
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:06 AM   #11
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I thought I would include a of picture of our "catch-all space" next to the mattress head so you can see what happened. The second picture is of space was where I performed the rescue. Sort of like a big ship in a big bottle......
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A tether to the wrist or neck would work well. Also, when our son used a pacifier, we had one of those pacifier leashes that clipped to his clothing.
I like this concept. I can see Bruce now (if I could draw I would do a cartoon) with the following tethers every day:
  1. Truck/house Keys
  2. Bambi keys
  3. iPhone
  4. iPad
  5. Remote(s) (4 to 6 at any given time)
  6. Lunch box
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  8. Tape measure
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Had something similar happen to me on my first-ever camping trip in my Interstate class B. The television remote fell in the crack between the bed and the inside wall of the van, bounced off the top of the water heater, and landed behind the inverter/charger. Completely inaccessible to anyone but an anorexic orangutang.

I blew it off until the next morning, and then had to remove the bottom cushion of the sofa/bed. The procedure is time-consuming, but easy enough. Lie on the floor with the sofa/bed extended part-way, so that you can reach not only the flat-head machine screws, but also the nuts into which they're secured. Then put the sofa/bed fully back into sofa mode, go outside, open the rear doors, and undo two nuts holding the rear of the cushion in place. By feel. Then put the sofa/bed back into bed mode in order to get the bottom cushion off the frame without also removing the back cushion. Then put it back into sofa mode so that I can reach where the remote has fallen without stabbing my thigh with the frame rail. Then the whole process again in reverse to reassemble.

Now the television remote has a piece of velcro on the back, so when I'm not using it, I can stick it to the wall within easy reach.
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:32 AM   #14
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Had something similar happen to me on my first-ever camping trip in my Interstate class B. The television remote fell in the crack between the bed and the inside wall of the van, bounced off the top of the water heater, and landed behind the inverter/charger. Completely inaccessible to anyone but an anorexic orangutang.

I blew it off until the next morning, and then had to remove the bottom cushion of the sofa/bed. The procedure is time-consuming, but easy enough. Lie on the floor with the sofa/bed extended part-way, so that you can reach not only the flat-head machine screws, but also the nuts into which they're secured. Then put the sofa/bed fully back into sofa mode, go outside, open the rear doors, and undo two nuts holding the rear of the cushion in place. By feel. Then put the sofa/bed back into bed mode in order to get the bottom cushion off the frame without also removing the back cushion. Then put it back into sofa mode so that I can reach where the remote has fallen without stabbing my thigh with the frame rail. Then the whole process again in reverse to reassemble.

Now the television remote has a piece of velcro on the back, so when I'm not using it, I can stick it to the wall within easy reach.
You obviously hadn't had as much to drink as I had....
Great idea about the velcro though!
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