Something happened to us while full timing that only a few (and that is a good thing) will experience. We lost our brakes on our 14,000lbs 5th wheel in one of the steepest hills in British Columbia (Manning Park mines area. Some of you will know the spot) The front brakes on the truck (F350 Diesel) were smoking. So we let go and we took the runaway lane at the bottom! That worked perfectly. Cars behind us stopped and drove me to the top of the hill where I called BCAA on the cel phone. The tow truck was there within an hour and towed our rig to a camp site at Hope BC (Wild Rose camp ground). The next day a trailer repairman came and found the ground wire had come off on the electric brakes. Fixed it, and we were ready to go again. This is the kind of stuff that can happen! We took it all in stride and fell in love with Hope BC and stayed a week....such is full timing...... al
PS 1: We have a picture of our truck reflecting in the rear window of our 5th wheel while we followed behind, on the way to Hope. So we sent that to all our friends with a quote "that is our truck and that is our trailer. What is wrong with this picture?" :-)
PS 2: I dropped my 5th wheel on the back of my truck in Ottawa. Box buckled and kept the trailer from rolling back. Forgot the chocks! $7000 worth of damage. Insurance covered it.
PS 3: Cornered my rear window with my 5th wheel on Ile D'Orleans Quebec. Blew the window out. $700. Insurance covered it.
This is a true story. I swear!. An old man (about 90 years old) towing an Airstream saw all the damages to my truck in Hearst Ontario (broken glass, buckled box, punched out tail gate etc...). I explained to him all my accidents. A young man, standing by, started laughing. The old man asked him if any of this had ever happened to him. He replied "NO" The old man told him "You haven't RV'd long enough. So just wait" This is a totally true story. Him and his wife knew WB and that is when I decided I would own an Airstream someday (and I do). This was in 2007 and I can still see the old man and his 90 year old sweetheart walking and holding hands around the camp site....... That is what RV'ing and full timing means to me.........al