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Old 03-27-2012, 10:40 PM   #71
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Exactly my point. But I was trying to be as helpful as possible on our first outing. When we were finally relaxing by the fire, I reassured him that we would 'smooth out' the set-up process. Especially since our 3 year-old had the job of setting the landing gear.
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:25 AM   #72
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Still in the restoring phase of the Airstream, but a lesson learned in our SOB has already reminded me to get an extra set of keys...

We are camping in our 19 ft SOB with our four children during super soaker weekend at Yogi Bear. I had reminded hubby hundreds of times that weekend to grab his keys (I have OCD)and he finally had enough and told me he wasn't stupid. We decided prior to super soaker time we would go to the pool so we dressed and headed out with the kids. Kids didn't want to miss the water gun fun so we headed back to the camper, when I noticed the hubby's face. All I got was "Don't even say it" I tried hard not to laugh all the way back to the camper while he fumed. The only way we can figure to get in is through the little outside access door and it is also locked. Hubby is able to break the lock in order to remove the door but no one fits through the hole, well except the three year old who is crying because it is dark in there. To make matters worse we are now fully into super soaker time and the rule is no fuddy duddies allowed. Don't want to get wet, stay in your camper. We are trying to talk the little one into crawling through the cave like Dora the Explorer while other children and grown men and our own children are hosing us down. The little one finally decides to go in if she has a flashlight so we tell her there in the drawer, in the camper. She says "OK Mommy" and heads through the dark hole and out the inside door under the couch to get a flashlight that she needed to crawl through the hole! Dad and I were pushing our way to the door getting doused all the while trying to get her to unlock the door. She says "Wait I gotta find the flashlight mommy!" since that day, an extra set of keys stay in the tow vehicle which has the touchpad lock on the door. Now to never forget the code!
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:26 PM   #73
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What is your favorite 'oops' story?

Friends who travel with me, particularly those who have been through multiple expeditions, like to remind me that Murphy of Murphy's Law fame is my near constant companion . . . . sometimes it is more of an "oops" other times there just is not a good explanation . . . . . A few examples . . . . .
  • First major trip in 1995 with my '64 Overlander and 1995 Chevrolet K1500 Z71 Club Cab pickup . . . . towing Southbound out of Chicago on Interstate 57 on December 21 around Midnight just 30 minutes ahead of an approaching Winter Storm . . . . cruise set a 55 MPH . . . Cadillac DeVille kept passing with passengers waving . . . . after third pass, pulled off into rest area only to discover that the old A & E Travel Awn had come loose from its locks and awning material was making like a sail above the trailer.
  • Finally made it home to my family farm in far Southern Illinois about 5:00 AM the next morning . . . . was awakened about 7:30 AM by a neighbor ringing the doorbell with a pair of the Overlander's wheel covers . . . . it seems that the trailer had thrown both wheel covers on the passenger side and both had landed in this neighbor's driveway . . . the neighbor happened to be an Airstreamer and recognized the wheel covers and began searching the neighborhood looking for an Airstream missing its wheelcovers. . . .
  • I must admit that the Overlander was well trained as it always waited until it was within a mile or two of where it was to be parked for the night before it threw its wheel covers . . . . it became routine for the coach to randomly throw one (or more) of its wheel covers upon entering a campground . . . . wheel cover scavenger hunts became the norm until I made the switch to alloy wheels in 2009. The most hillarious was when between the campground registration desk and my assigned campsite . . . the Overlander threw two wheel covers and my Cadillac threw two wheel covers . . . all from the curbside . . . . . kind neighbors were walking to my site with Cadillac and Airstream wheel covers as I was backing the Overlander into its home for the night . . . .
  • While traveling the back roads of Iowa with some Airstreaming friends, we were all running low on fuel so it was decided to refill at this Shell station that had RV friendly islands . . . . the Overlander was just beginning to cross the drainage dip at the entry when a loud crash eminated from the rear of the Cadillac . . . . the shear pin on one of the Reese Trunions had broken and the weight distribution bar had dropped to the ground causing the rear left corner of the Cadillac's frame to hit the concrete apron of the gas station as the bar fell out of the receiver . . . made for a nice traffic block as nothing could move until the weight distribution bar was reinstalled so that the Cadillac's frame could clear the concrete apron. . . . . an hour and 26.7 gallons of premium fuel later (the tank only holds 27 gallons), the Cadillac was ready to leave the gas station along with three other Airstreamers who were stuck behind my temperamental combination.
  • Traveling through South Dakota always seems to call for strange attacks of Murphy's Law . . . . .
    • While caravanning to the WBCCI International Rally in Bismarck, ND; we were traveling along a comparatively quiet strech of secondary highway when good friends in the rig behind mine got on the CB and reported that something had just flown off the roof of my Overlander . . . or so it appearead . . . immediately slowed and began preparing to move to the shoulder . . . . just as we were pulling onto the shoulder, the word on the CB was that it wasn't something from the top of the trailer . . . rather, it was the spare tire and mounting from the rear of the trailer . . . it had departed from the coach whereupon the assembly bounced to the pavement immediately ahead of the Oldsmobile Cutlass that had been tailgating me for several miles . . . the entire assembly jumped over the little coupe bouncing back to the ground immediately behind its rear bumper at which time the entire assembly veered to the right and bounded off onto the shoulder where it was retrieved by friends who had first reported the unexpected departure . . . no harm was done to the spare, its wheel cover or the protective cover . . . nor was there any damage to the Oldsmobile that had been traveling within a few feet of the Overlander's rear bumper for many miles.
    • When caravanning home from that same International Rally, my friends were again traveling behind me on Interstate 90 when I had to get on the CB to report strange roughness in the ride of my tow vehicle . . . they were not experiencing the same rhythmic bumping that I was so we pulled to the shoulder where we discovered that the new electric tongue jack that I had installed prior to departing on this journey had developed a mind of its own and was extending until its foot contacted the pavement whereupon it would firmly bump and then begin retracting . . . . it was still doing this on the shoulder. Realized that the only sure cure was to cut its power cord . . . wasn't thinking and cut the cord when it was fully extended so had to use the little manual wrench to retract the jack post into travel position . . . . the Overlander remained mated to the Suburban until we reached Cedar Falls, Iowa three days later where the defective switch was replaced on the jack and the power cord was restored. . . . .
  • The only incident that actually caused any lasting damage was in 1998 when I had pulled into my home location in far Southern Illinois . . . the entrance to my side yard is located at a "T" intersection of two county roads with a high crown in the center of the intersection . . . it had been raining for 36 hours so I knew that the entrance would have muddy spots, but the Suburban traversed the muddy entrance with no problem . . . the Overlander hit the crown and as it crossed onto the mud it slipped about 18" to the left and the gatepost left a nice dent from the streetside livingroom windows to the galley window . . . . required replacement of the large flat side panel.
  • Returning from the above panel repair, that same high road crown decided to extract another toll . . . traffic was heavy and I had to traverse the entry more quickly than usual which resulted in rear bumper contact with the crown . . . . this contact completely severed the Thetford dump valve assembly from the blackwater tank . . . required replacement of the the blackwater tank and Thetford valve plumbing . . . . .
  • One of the most recent incidendts was in 2008 while traveling to the WBCCI International Rally in Bozeman, Montanna. The tow vehicle was the Cadillac Eldorado Convertible and the coach was the Minuet. The Cadillac must have thought that it was in one of the popular childhood fairytales . . . . it proceeded to leave a trail of parts from Illinois to Montana . . . . the only critical part was the alternator that burned out near Arcola, Illinois on the first day out . . . . after the alternator, it was a series of inconsequential losses . . . three of the four plastic fender extensions disintegrated dropping small bits and pieces from Iowa all of the way to Bozeman. To this day, the Cadillac is traveling with only one of its plastic fender extensions present . . . the plan is to replace the plastic extensions with modern fiberglass reproductions . . . it is now a case of saving for the required pieces to replace the lost bits. . . . .
  • Of course there have been the less obvious issues like geysers that errupted from the kitchen faucet when city water was connected prior to testing the system for leaks on the first trip out with the Overlander in 2002 . . . . blowing the pipes out with compressed air had removed all moisture except some in that faucet that had frozen and created an internal rupture in the faucet head allowing for the formation of the geyser . . .
  • Then there was the faulty graywater collection system employed at the WBCCI International Rally in Dayton, OH where my coach was perched on the lee side of a slight rise . . . during the first afternoon, I returned to my Overlander only to discover gray water had backed up into my bathtub and was threatening to overflow . . . my immediate reaction was to rush outside and disconnect my coach from the graywater collection system . . . this caused the pool in my bathtub to drain resulting a flood that moved down the slight slope flooding the patio areas of the three Airstreams parked below mine . . . the solution that was employed after reporting the situation to Wally Byam Control was the installation of a water pump to pump the graywater up to the main disposal drain . . . . after that experience, using the blue totes for graywater didn't seem like such an inconvenience . . . .
While some of my friends have trouble sitting back and laughing at such occurrences, I have learned to accept them as part of the unexpected charms of RVing in a Vintage Airstream . . .

Kevin
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:06 PM   #74
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Well, we did it! We rode it till the wheels fell off.
Just 5 days ago, we were rolling north on Interstate 5 heading to Oregon for a 5 night stay. I hear a noise and suddenly see rubber fly in my side view mirror. Instantly, cars swirve and Mr. Mod (sleeping in the backseat) wakes up.
Ok, we got a flat tire, I think. No problem, we have a spare. I look, but, OH! The whole flippin' wheel is gone! Mr. Mod walks back down I-5 and is gone for about 30 minutes.
Unbelievabely, Mr. Mod finds the wheel about 300 yards off the road on the other side of a creek. It had to hop 2 fences (and so did Mr. Mod) to get there. The wheel was in great condition, fully inflated and a little muddy.
ALso, this all happened in front of a rest stop where we were able to back into to make the repair safely.
I dropped the trailer and had to drive about 6 miles back to get a set of lug nuts. (Les Schwab was great!) We chased the stud threads with a die and reinstalled the wheel.
I am still in disbelief that the wheel flew off at about 60 M.P.H. and we literally put it back on and kept going.
We're still on this trip today. We're sitting at the bottom of magnificent Mt. Shasta and watching snow fall on the Airstream. People are waking by and taking pictures with our AS.
Tomorrow, we head home to Fresno. Cheers to a great trip that almost didn't happen.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:19 PM   #75
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All I can say is WOW! You guys are so lucky it didn't damage your trailer or worse a vehicle behind you. I think I'm going to go torque my lug nuts just to be sure there all good and tight.
Have a good trip and be safe!
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:53 AM   #76
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Glad all are safe. and no serious damage, inspect all the wheel studs
carefully, damaged threads...not good. I would replace them just to be sure.

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Old 04-05-2012, 05:12 AM   #77
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Glad all are safe. and no serious damage, inspect all the wheel studs
carefully, damaged threads...not good. I would replace them just to be sure.
Me too - it's just a matter of replacing the brake drum, right? It's easy and not terribly expensive...far cheaper than having a wheel come off and do some damage.

But, I'm glad you survived that without any damage! I'm going to recheck ours before our upcoming trip (I'd planned to do it anyway...this was a good reminder though).
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:34 AM   #78
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"oh, yeah, this trailer is 8' longer than my old one....I forgot..."

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Old 04-05-2012, 09:06 AM   #79
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All I can say is WOW! You guys are so lucky it didn't damage your trailer or worse a vehicle behind you. I think I'm going to go torque my lug nuts just to be sure there all good and tight.
Have a good trip and be safe!
Yes, I think we are going to be 'over-checkers' from now on. The wheels were off a few weeks ago when we had the brake system redone. One wheels stud broke so I think that started a wobble.
And yes, we are very luck that there was no real damage.
BUT! even more lucky that the flying wheel didn't hot anyone else on the road. What a disaster is could have been!
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:19 PM   #80
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Well, we did it! We rode it till the wheels fell off.
Just 5 days ago, we were rolling north on Interstate 5 heading to Oregon for a 5 night stay. I hear a noise and suddenly see rubber fly in my side view mirror. Instantly, cars swirve and Mr. Mod (sleeping in the backseat) wakes up.
Ok, we got a flat tire, I think. No problem, we have a spare. I look, but, OH! The whole flippin' wheel is gone! Mr. Mod walks back down I-5 and is gone for about 30 minutes.
Unbelievabely, Mr. Mod finds the wheel about 300 yards off the road on the other side of a creek. It had to hop 2 fences (and so did Mr. Mod) to get there. The wheel was in great condition, fully inflated and a little muddy.
ALso, this all happened in front of a rest stop where we were able to back into to make the repair safely.
I dropped the trailer and had to drive about 6 miles back to get a set of lug nuts. (Les Schwab was great!) We chased the stud threads with a die and reinstalled the wheel.
I am still in disbelief that the wheel flew off at about 60 M.P.H. and we literally put it back on and kept going.
We're still on this trip today. We're sitting at the bottom of magnificent Mt. Shasta and watching snow fall on the Airstream. People are waking by and taking pictures with our AS.
Tomorrow, we head home to Fresno. Cheers to a great trip that almost didn't happen.
OH!!! What a story!!! Glad everything worked out okay! Enjoy Mt Shasta in the snow. Beautiful
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Never let them take a picture.

So my oops also came on our first adventure. We had just inherited a '92 from a dear family friend who in her late 80's decided it was time to get it back on the road. It had been in storage for the past 10 years and we knew it needed lots of work. but how can you pass up free? We traveled to South Carolina to meet the wonderful new addition to the family. With all the excitement we decided it would be a good idea to set up and take a family photo with the AS in the background to send along with a thank you note to the previous owner.
We were given the trailer with all the contents and the understanding that once we got the trailer back to NC the previous owner would look through to see if there was anything she wanted to keep. We were having great fun discovering all the hidden treasures. When I found the patio lights and the small step stool, I knew I had to add them to the picture to show we were camping in style. After having a neighboring camper show us how to unroll the ZipDee, I began stringing the lights. My daughter always the cautious one opened the bathroom window to remind me to be careful on the latter. I am a bit accident prone and have already had two back surgeries. I assured her that this was not much more than a step stool so I would be fine. About that time I moved the step a few more feet to the right and grabbed the end of the light string and started up.
Wham!
I raised up just as I turned around and caught the edge of the open window across the bridge of my nose pealing about 3/4 of an inch of skin off. Fortunately my glasses did not shatter and they stopped the gouge from going further.

We then began to search the camper to see if there was a first aid kit available.

There was much reminding that I had just been told to be careful.

Well we did take the picture, and we did send the note to the PO. We are just fortunate that her eyesight was not good enough to pick up the big band-aid across my face.

That was October and I still have a nice scar to remind me how sharp the open edge of the windows can be. The nice part of my oops, I will heal, aluminum does not heal as easily.
We have this photo hanging in the trailer in a nice frame the DW picked up on that first trip to always serve as a reminder.

Lets just hope that our luck/ knowledge improves from here.
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Nice looking unit Jonathan.
Just to note that, I have had some similar experiences and I bleed easily too.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:31 AM   #83
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Oh! I think this would make me sick if I did this! Sorry!
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:11 PM   #84
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Oh! I think this would make me sick if I did this! Sorry!
All better. Insurance paid and it was repaired at the Mothership. They did a great job.
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