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Old 07-01-2015, 07:29 PM   #29
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"Here's one that is obvious now but wasn't 2 years ago. Check side to side level BEFORE unhitching"
On rear sloping campsites, you might find that your tongue won't go down far enough to level without adding leveling blocks under the wheels on both sides. Figure that one out before you unhitch, as well.


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Old 07-01-2015, 09:02 PM   #30
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On that note, always chock your wheels.


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Old 07-01-2015, 09:05 PM   #31
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On rear sloping campsites, you might find that your tongue won't go down far enough to level without adding leveling blocks under the wheels on both sides. Figure that one out before you unhitch, as well.


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Old 07-01-2015, 10:50 PM   #32
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What? The awning has four notches?
Yes four, but don't lose count or go looking for a fifth notch or you'll end up trying to put the arm back together while you support the awning. That was an AHA moment for me!
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:18 AM   #33
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How to Setup and Take Down Your Awning - Airstream

Here is a link for setting up the awning. I thought I knew what "the caravan position" was, but I did not until I watched this newer video. AHA
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:36 AM   #34
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Here is a link for setting up the awning. I thought I knew what "the caravan position" was, but I did not until I watched this newer video. AHA

Ditto! That will be very helpful at one of the sites we like that's right side to side! Never knew that before!
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:26 AM   #35
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How to Setup and Take Down Your Awning - Airstream

Here is a link for setting up the awning. I thought I knew what "the caravan position" was, but I did not until I watched this newer video. AHA
Thank you for that link. Definetly had a couple of aha moments while watching. I was so inspired I had to run right out to the trailer and play with the awning. Amazing how much easier some jobs are when done the correct way.
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:45 AM   #36
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When your co-pilot brings something to your attention while they are behind the wheel that you had not noticed.......it's worth a thorough investigation.

"...I don't know, it just feels different than when I drove before"

Right WD Hensley jack set for heavy load.....left not so much.

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Not exactly the same, but it reminded me of something that happened a few weeks ago: We were eating lunch in our Airstream at a rest area, and an SOB pulled in next to us. The driver was looking at our hitch, and after we finished we went outside and started chatting with him. Turned out he was looking at our friction sway bar.

If I understood the story correctly, his wife had hooked up the trailer, and she had these pins left over, and neither of them were sure what they were for. They lost the sway bar somewhere because they never put in the cotter pins.

Moral: Extra parts when hooking up? NOT NORMAL!

Second story: We pulled out of a campsite over the weekend, but we were off our game because it had rained hard, so our blocks and chocks were all wet, and we didn't want them in the back of the trailer (we threw them into the back of the truck instead). Probably 15 miles down the road, a guy passes me, and he starts gesturing. I realized exactly what he was telling me, so I pulled off, walked back, and sure enough, the back hatch was wide open, a bag and a block sitting on the open door (rough roads, curves, hills, and we didn't lose anything). As we were leaving the campground, my wife had said we should stop and check the camper, but I thought she was referring to the tires, and with a bit of an S-turn I could see all four in the mirror and they were fine... She wanted to do a walkaround since we were off our routine. It would have been a good idea. So I guess the moral is listen to your wife.
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:35 AM   #37
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Good idea about the antenna monkey. I also need an antenna switch monkey of some kind or another. Sometimes several days later I'll notice that the antenna is still switched on. Not much of a power drain, I'm sure, but a steady 24/7 leak as long as you leave it on. Only important if you're trying to subsist away from shore power, of course.

I need a tattoo on the back of my hand or something that says "Review the checklist before you drive off, dummy!" I was packing up from an archery tournament and drove off with the tongue jack mostly extended. Seems impossible; must have been distracted by something when I was raising it. As I drove off, I was thinking, "I don't remember this field being this bumpy on the way in." The bumps I felt was the bottom of the tongue jack scraping the tops off the bumps in the field. Fortunately, someone noticed it before I got too far and ran out in front of me waiving his arms, and I was able to fully retract it before any permanent damage was done (I hope).


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Old 07-02-2015, 11:30 AM   #38
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The tide. I was new to Oregon and went to Cannon Beach to see the sandcastle festival. Parked on the beach where the sheriff directed me. With wife and 2 little ones walked, ate lunch, strolled, came back and saw our Chevy pickup was about 300 yards out in the ocean. Fortunately it was only up to the rockers. A guy with a 4wd Ford pulled me out (I only had 2wd) and his only price was I had to endure a lecture about why I should have bought a Ford

Oh god, I just shed a tear reading this! Thank you for sharing!!

One of my past times is sitting out at pacific city and watching people get stranded getting on/off the beach. There are always people there to help. I pack rescue straps now incase I can help
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Old 07-02-2015, 01:06 PM   #39
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Seems like all of my AHA moments are repeats so this would be good as a sticky to help others in the future.

But I do have one. Wet trailer brakes, first thing taking off, practically put us through the windshield. The first time it rained at night when I hooked up in the morning and took off, I test the brakes just using my brake pedal. The trailer brakes grabbed and we came to an abrupt stop. I have since learned to use the manual braking lever to gently apply the trailer brakes until they dry out a bit.

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Old 07-02-2015, 06:13 PM   #40
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Always have Channel Lock pliers for this:
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My arthritic hands can't get it tight enough otherwise.
Always have a Y adapter or 2 so you can hook up city water, black tank flush, and have a free faucet for hand/foot washing.
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Always have some O-rings/gaskets to stop a leaky hose fitting.
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Always have teflon tape, too. It is hard to get the water heater plug to not leak without it.
You can never have too many flashlights or batteries.
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I think you're like me in that not only are the hands old, but that I forget I own something and go out to purchase yet another. (Which at this point sounds better than admitting I'm not willing to unload the bed of the truck to find a $17 item).

I'd say any tool which extends leverage is a good idea. Same for mechanical grabber and magnet on flex extension.
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