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Old 03-23-2016, 11:36 PM   #15
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I disagree. That guy is not an idiot. He's a menace!
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:58 AM   #16
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There was once a famous science fiction author named Robert Heinlein, who made up many pithy sayings for his various novels. One of them is pertinent in this case: "The price of stupidity ranges from nothing to death, and is determined entirely at random."

Since the price of your stupidity was "nothing" I'd call it a cheap lesson. My stupidity usually ends up costing a lot more!

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Old 03-24-2016, 01:08 AM   #17
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Confession time.

Hi, I have left my stabilizers down once too. Many times while camping, I don't even use my stabilizers. I think I was trying to lift mine with my tongue jack and it was straining more than usual.

My worst mistake was at a friends house while camping in her driveway. On the way down to her house I stopped for new brakes on my trailer. Many hours later we arrived at her house. I backed my trailer into her driveway and was trying to get my trailer exactly in to place. [tight squeeze] After I find the perfect spot, I have to use one leggo block under each curb side tire to level my trailer. I was in the process of un-hitching when I got out my leveling blocks. As I was trying to move my trailer just enough to put the blocks in place and back up on top of them, my trailer seemed to be locked up. It just wouldn't move. My first thought was that my new brakes were too tight and with heat expansion, locked up. But which one. I got my bottle jack, put it under my axle brackets and jacked up the curb side first. Once the two wheels were off of the ground, I was able to freely turn my wheels. Not this side, so the locked up wheel must be on the other side. I moved my bottle jack to the other side and jacked up the two street side wheels. And they both turned easily. I let it back down and tried thinking again. Then I noticed that in the middle of unhitching, my tongue jack was down. DUH stupid The good part of this story was that everyone was in the house and I was the only one there to see my mistake. I guess that's just one of the harmless mistakes and old person like me can make when not thinking properly. I can look back and laugh at myself now.
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Old 03-24-2016, 01:29 AM   #18
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Old 03-24-2016, 01:37 AM   #19
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Don't sweat it for a second. We're ALL idiots at one moment or another! Each of us have made dumb mistakes a some time. As it all worked out ok, love your wife and move forward enjoying life without considering it again.
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Old 03-24-2016, 05:00 AM   #20
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Keeping in mind the quotes below, thankfully you were well short of a Darwin Award moment.

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There was once a famous science fiction author named Robert Heinlein, who made up many pithy sayings for his various novels. One of them is pertinent in this case: "The price of stupidity ranges from nothing to death, and is determined entirely at random."

Since the price of your stupidity was "nothing" I'd call it a cheap lesson. My stupidity usually ends up costing a lot more!
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:25 AM   #21
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This has never happen to me, however, don't ask my wife to verify it. She just might tell the real story.
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:58 AM   #22
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This has never happen to me, however, don't ask my wife to verify it. She just might tell the real story.
urnmor....I like the way you say...me tooo
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:32 AM   #23
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You don't have the corner on "idiot"... Or ID10t to put it in algebra.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:34 AM   #24
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As I'm sure you noticed within the numerous posts, you're not alone making mistakes. I left my rear stabilizers down once while trying to hook up. It doesn't work so well. OTRA15 is right about the stabilizers not adequately supporting that type load. I've now got one stabilizer that's stiffer than the others and on my long list of things to repair/replace. A friend refers to these situations as making memories.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:59 AM   #25
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Got a better one than that. I left my hitch pin out of my receiver. Got around the corner from my house and the trailer disconnected.

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Old 03-24-2016, 09:10 AM   #26
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This is likely something you will not repeat. Experience is an excellent teacher.


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Old 03-24-2016, 01:38 PM   #28
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If you haven't seen it yet (or even if you have, see it again as it's a classic!), get "The Long Long Trailer" and watch the part where Nickie is trying to jack the trailer up to level during the rain storm on the old logging road. You'll consider yourself Einstein after seeing what he went through

For what it's worth, we've all been through about everything they did in that movie to some degree....live and learn.

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