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Old 03-24-2016, 02:31 PM   #29
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Gotta say, if we had hitched up and then deployed the stabilizers afterward, we would definitely have tried to drive off the next morning with the stabilizers down. So, overall you did great.
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Old 03-24-2016, 03:02 PM   #30
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When parked on an incline, always leave the emergency brake cable hooked to your tow vehicle until you've finished undocking.
If you forget to chock the wheels and the trailer starts to roll down the hill and you're running away from it at full speed you'll be glad you left that little cable hooked up.
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Old 03-24-2016, 03:22 PM   #31
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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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One thing that I haven't experienced from that movie, is to pull into an RV park and have them park my trailer and landscape my site. Those were the days!
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Old 03-24-2016, 03:59 PM   #32
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Hi from AZ. . . welcome to the 'idiots RV forum'. . .we have ALL done something like that ! I drove from ANC to Wasilla with the TV antenna up. . . and I thought all those folks waving & pointing were just damned friendly. . . (only bent it slightly) so both of us got away with one. . . as they say 'rather be lucky than good, somedays. . . be safe out there, Craig
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Old 03-24-2016, 04:45 PM   #33
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When parked on an incline, always leave the emergency brake cable hooked to your tow vehicle until you've finished undocking.
If you forget to chock the wheels and the trailer starts to roll down the hill and you're running away from it at full speed you'll be glad you left that little cable hooked up.

Yes. Just in case, last year we started leaving safety chains and emergency brake connected to our TV until after the trailer was un-hitched and it was clear she wasn't going anywhere without us. When I was a kid, I actually saw some unfortunate tent camper's car roll away from a campsite and into the woods as they were setting up. They were understandably quite upset.
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I've had simple mistakes/oversights when I'm doing something out of context/sequence, which is what it sounds like you did.

If you were doing your usual hitch-up and go sequence, I doubt you'd ever encounter the issue.
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Old 03-24-2016, 04:55 PM   #35
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One more thought: Checklists!

Maybe a special one for when you want to hitch up the night before that has the remaining tasks separated out for the following morning vs. the usual one list for when you're actually leaving that morning.

I'll show you mine (the ones I have, anyway): http://www.casarocinante.com/Blog/Special-Topics
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Old 03-24-2016, 05:17 PM   #36
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Been there before.... That was (after the fact) a certain WTF moment!
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:03 PM   #37
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I can't remember the title of the thread but there's one in here somewhere about real deusies! Oh to have a memory and a good search capability 😀
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Don't feel bad, we all do stupid crap. I was in upstate NY recently and I couldn't figure out how to turn on the heat because the damn on/off switch was so tight..
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:01 AM   #39
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The thread I was thinking about is something like "what's the worst thing that ever happened to you while camping" or something like that. I remembered writing about this experience but it was linked from that thread to one called "let's go up THAT road". Ahhh, sweet memories! 😳😂

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f382...ml#post1579386
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I am not sure about using the stabilizers. since we started serious camping (before AS) we had a '80's Class C. Did not have stabilizers. Got used to the minor movement. At this state in the game I would be afraid of leaving them down, so ever once and awhile I grease them up and move down and up till the next maintenance. Too each their own.

I will interject one thought here. One observation regarding hooking up your trailer to your tow vehicle. It seems that you are just in the middle of this important activity and someone comes along wanting to be nice and CHAT! Well let's table that Chat for later, shall we, you do know what I mean. One thing at a time!! Safe travels to all.
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I will interject one thought here. One observation regarding hooking up your trailer to your tow vehicle. It seems that you are just in the middle of this important activity and someone comes along wanting to be nice and CHAT! Well let's table that Chat for later, shall we, you do know what I mean. One thing at a time!! Safe travels to all.

This is what will cause me to lose tract of where I am in the set up and pack up process. I hate to put off people, but there ought to be a written camp rule about let people finish setting/breaking camp before engaging in conversation.


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We are never too old to learn. Glad it turned out that no damage was done, other than that little spat with your honey. I have done some really dumb things in my life and felt like a total fool afterward.
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