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Old 10-28-2009, 10:04 PM   #1
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The unbelieveable Ride of the Wrench

Before leaving for our trip to Minnesota and Colorado I took the vent covers off the roof vents of my 1984 Avion to check if the seams were sealed well. After returning from our 6000 mile trip I went back up on the roof to install a new T.V. antenna. I was shocked to find the ratchet and socket I used over a month ago still laying there where I set it down. It had survived a 6000 mile one month long trip through the twisters of the Colorado mountains without falling off the roof. I took a picture to show how I found it. I knew my Avion rode well but I wouldn't have believed that it was possible for that wrench to have survived the trip. This is one for Ripley's believe it or not.
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:15 PM   #2
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Are you sure that's not a tool that was dropped from the International Space Station? Maybe there's a 'burn spot' up there from the reentry heat... Maybe the Astro-nuts up there saw your AS on the road from space and decided to see if they could score a direct hit....
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:20 PM   #3
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That's impressive. MOR/ryde suspension I presume?

We have a 25' Avion Travelcader that rides pretty smooth, but I would never have thought......


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Old 10-28-2009, 10:20 PM   #4
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Yup.

Picking up my trailer, with shot axles and old bias ply tires, I drove 1200 miles with an empty liter sized water bottle (well okay it had a quarter inch of water left) sitting on the galley counter - gravel roads, New York mountains, getting lost in South side of Chicago, etc - and the bottle was within inches of where I left it.

The roof riding ratchet sure beats the water bottle trick
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:43 AM   #5
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I guess you have not read any of the posts
about towing with heavy duty trucks...dontcha' know they will beat the crap out of your camper from the rough ride!?

Had you ready any of these posts prior to your trip...the wrench never would have survived!

Great story...

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Old 10-29-2009, 09:53 AM   #6
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I was camped beside an SOB trailer a few weekends back. As the owners backed in, I noticed a broom on top of their trailer. They didn't know it was there, presumed to be thrown up their by their juvenile delinquents.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:05 AM   #7
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the other side of the story

(with apologies to P. Harvey) Ripley's Believe it or not-Allison Dubois was shown in a dream how she and her husband avoided being killed by an airborne ratchet and socket by the unseen hand of a guardian Angle. (sp intended). Sometimes we don't REALLY know how lucky finding a ratchet on top of our trailer was. Count your blessings-just be sure you see 'em all.
ol' bill the glass is full guy.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:21 AM   #8
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This makes me crazy. Really.

In contrast, the back bumper of my F250 is the "disappearium." Stuff I leave there (like, more than once...a lot more) generally doesn't make it three blocks. I think the mafia put Jimmy Hofa there, which means you will never find him.

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I think someone's messing with you. I know for a fact that items left on the roof of a vehicle don't make it out of the neighborhood.

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Wrench? I thought it was a wench.
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I think he is "cheating"...look at all that caulk up there.
He caulked it on!!!!
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I saw that wrench fall off the roof and I took it. I felt so guilty I waited until they returned from their trip and put it back.
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When I was a teenager, I left a tray of tools on the radiator when doing a tune-up. When finished, I took a quick test drive and heard horrible clattering coming from under the hood. And, I saw shiny things scattering all over the street, in the rear-view mirror.

It took me about an hour to recover most of my sockets and wrenches...

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Wrench? I thought it was a wench.
Me too. Imagine my disappointment at discovering the truth.
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