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Old 10-18-2017, 12:55 PM   #1
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Was I just a bone head?

There may be or not a thread on being or having "a bone head" moment. We have all had these moments I presume. Me I just laugh at myself, hopefully correct and move on. I would like to share my latest "bone head" moment. Hope others share theirs. On our recent trip (second outing w/our new AS) down the Oregon coast, pulled into site and started set up process. First mistake, did not have my glasses on. Second mistake, got distracted, not sure as to what it was. Third mistake, hooked the fresh water line up to the "clean out" and not fresh water connection. Turned the water on. It is important to note, drain values were closed. Next thing I know there is water pouring off the awning! Looked to the roof and there is water pouring out the roof vent. Running to shut the water off, got it off. I am thinking what is going on? After a few minutes of looking and thinking, put my glasses on, went through set up again. Sure enough found my "bone head" moment. We just both laughed.

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Old 10-18-2017, 12:58 PM   #2
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Well I guess you got your black tank flushed!

I drove a ways with my TV antenna up last spring.
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Old 10-18-2017, 03:26 PM   #3
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Hi

The list of similar "moments" is unfortunately a bit long. The most recent involved not *quite* getting the stinky slinky tight enough at the dump station .....

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Old 10-18-2017, 03:51 PM   #4
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I'm glad you can laugh about it.

You are not the first to make that mistake, not by a long shot.

Forum member Moosetags has an idea for preventing that: Get a pair of garden hose quick-connect fittings. Put one on your fresh water inlet and fresh water hose, but not on your black tank inlet or black-tank-flushing hose (or vice versa). Then you will have incompatible inlets.
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Old 10-18-2017, 04:03 PM   #5
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I've always wondered just what they were thinking when they put the black tank flush inlet right close to the fresh water inlet.....and they look very similar...
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Old 10-18-2017, 04:18 PM   #6
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I've always wondered just what they were thinking when they put the black tank flush inlet right close to the fresh water inlet.....and they look very similar...
I dunno......my black water flush hookup is...um, black.
And my "white water" hookup is white.

Maybe not all are color coded, but....jus' sayin'.
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Old 10-18-2017, 04:47 PM   #7
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Mine are both silver metal with a black connector. The only difference is that the fresh water inlet has a black tethered screw in cap that stays in, and the black tank flush has a black tethered press in cap that always falls out...That's going to get an aluminum screw-in cap that says "black flush" on it deeply engraved...before I screw up again.....
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Old 10-20-2017, 08:19 AM   #8
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Well, there was the time I tried to drive away with my electric jack stand still in the down position. That did not go well. I had just replaced it it too. Rangers had to cut the leg off with a sawz-all. Good thing I got a good deal on the electric jack because I got buy it twice. Pays not to get distracted while you are hitching or un-hitching for that matter.
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Old 10-20-2017, 08:48 AM   #9
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Too funny! Good thing no one needed to use the toilet before you found the mistake.
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Old 10-20-2017, 10:21 AM   #10
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I blame Airstream for hooking incoming water to the black tank rinse line. I had a 2007 and the black tank rinse was on the bottom. Got a 2016 and they have reversed the positions of incoming water and black tank inlets . Of course I just hook up the incoming water to the black tank rinse because that is the position I have been hooking to for years.

I have also left the electric jack down and started driving away...that I blame on the heavy rain at the time and rushing and not making a
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I've done the exact same thing. More than once. But I can claim event separation of a couple decades. Young and dumb, versus old and forgetful.
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Old 10-20-2017, 10:56 AM   #12
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Several times.... :(

Backing into winter storage and anxiously watching the mirrors to avoid hitting the sides....only to forget the overhang above and put a nice dent above the rear window...

Forgetting to secure a loose jack post, only to have it slowly unthread and getting longer until the next bump made it hit the road and bend....

Attempting to squeeze the ride on mower between the Airstream and a ladder, only to hit the ladder with the mower chute and helplessly watch it fall on the Airstream and crack the front window shade....

Sigh.....
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Third mistake, hooked the fresh water line up to the "clean out" and not fresh water connection. Turned the water on. It is important to note, drain values were closed. Next thing I know there is water pouring off the awning! Looked to the roof and there is water pouring out the roof vent.
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Rent/download/On Demand the video "RV" with Robin Williams. There are some good moments, especially the dump station scene. You really need to see that one. I think you experienced a smaller version of that.

So far, the only bonehead moments I've had are repeatedly forgetting to raise the stabilizers before raising the nose to hookup the tow vehicle. I was embarrassed by my non-mechanical wife who actually read the instructions for opening the Zip-Dee awning, so we could open the AS door without the awning blocking it.
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Old 10-20-2017, 11:47 AM   #14
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I just recalled a bonehead moment. We had accidentally left a back burner on the stove on, but not lit. It was barely on but we were buttoned up because of the cool weather. We kept smelling garlic and couldn't locate the source. It stayed this way overnight and i'm surprised the propane alarm didn't go off, but I usually keep a window cracked on my side of the bed. Maybe that saved us.

The next day I noticed the knob was slightly turned, not "off". I turned it off and aired out the AS; no more garlic smell. [Whew!]

We had been having ants coming out of the area between the stove and the counter for several days. After we had the "gas incident", no more ants. At least something good came out of the experience.
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