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Old 10-23-2015, 04:03 PM   #1
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camping mishaps you will never forget

I will start this off so others just starting in their new redwood will no what to look out for and what not to do in their new redwood.

To start off, Tuesday I finally got my trailer back from service late that day and headed for the ranch. It was getting late and I was in a hurry to set it up and get with my tasks before it got to dark on me. I accidentally hooked up my fresh water to my black flush outlet and left to fix a deer feeder our Russian boars nocked over and twisted up the legs. when I got back I had a water fall of water coming out under the trailer. I first thought I jarred pipes loose getting the trailer to my ranch not realizing I hooked up the water to the wrong location. Make sure to shut it all off including water, shore power, and main DC shutoff. Crawl underneath and punch holes in the underbelly were it is sagging so you can get all the water to drain out before hooking it back up and take it back for service to make sure nothing major was effected.

It was already past 10:30 that night so I packed it up and drove a couple of hours back home so the water can drain all out and call explore usa in the morning. Wednesday when I got it back to the dealership they had two techs on standby for me and when I opened up the door to the trailer I had glass all over the floor. Looked like the shower door in our unit had shattered because the clasp holding the doors open in travel opened up so remember to zip tie that during travel so it won't do that again.

During all that I found out both one way valves were bad and they were replaced, servpro came out and cleaned all the black tank overflow inside the toilet area and shower door was fixed as well. While I was their I told them I smelled batteries burning and of course they both were low and fried. REMEBER THIS !!!! if you have the residential package, make sure to check the fluids in your batteries at least once a month if not every 3 weeks because it is constantly charging those puppies when hooked up to shore power. So 2 new batteries and I was good to go by closing time.

I would recommend the gel cell batteries for the residential package and I will put them in on my one year anniversary for our trailer.

Very embarrassing to have this happen to you, but a learning curve to remember for a lifetime.
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Old 10-23-2015, 11:17 PM   #2
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The worst thing that happened to us with the RV actually happened in our driveway with the old 30ft bumper pull. I had decided to repack the wheel bearings and all 3 of my adult sons came over to help and drink a few beers. It was early spring on a gravel driveway, all 4 tires off and the trailer was on automotive stands. I went into the house and when I returned I saw one of my sons sitting partially under the trailer while working on the hub. I quickly grabbed him and advised that if the trailer fell he could be seriously pinned and hurt under that trailer.......not 10 seconds after I said that the soft ground gave way under the jacks and down she went. I quickly ran around the other side of the trailer to make sure everybody was safe while my heart about blew out of my chest.

We gathered out thoughts....scratched our heads and laughed a little. About an hour later we had it back up on jack stands and completed the job. Lesson taught and learned.
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Old 10-23-2015, 11:40 PM   #3
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Worst one here was a my hunting buddy and I bought a 1969 Red Dale pickup camper. Old, beat but great hunting rig. Had the old 4 corner crankup jacks that you used and long lever bar. Had to do each corner at a time. We were working on it and you know what happened from here. He had about 3 feet between him and the camper and a chain link fence, one corner gave way, he dove, the camper landed on the top of the fence, crushed it aways and he survived in the triangle created below

None the less, lots of stories got told in that camper, what is said in hunting camp.............
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Old 10-24-2015, 12:32 AM   #4
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Most interesting with the RW just happened about 3 weeks ago.
We pulled in to get fuel and then went off to the side to use the restroom in the RW. Myself first and then the wife.....well I got side tracked and when she came back to the truck and off we went. We were just pulling out onto a small secondary road and there is this guy waving like crazy at us. Hummmm, what's he want??
Just then I looked in my mirror and rear steps are still down and door wide open. OPPS!!!!
I won't do that again!

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Old 10-24-2015, 03:26 AM   #5
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Don't worry, Steve, I won't tell a soul.
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Old 10-24-2015, 04:45 AM   #6
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After a very long day of pulling our previous fiver, we pulled into an RV park and proceeded to unhook the truck. I put the chocks under the wheels, put down the front jacks and proceeded to pull out from under the fiver. Whoops, had not pulled the latch lever. Got out pulled the lever and the truck took off without me. I had left it in drive. Boy did I run fast and was able to catch it before it hit something. Lesson learned-be very careful after a long hard day.
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:03 AM   #7
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Summer of 2014 were in Spokane WA stopped at the KOA for the night. Went out to unhook the Toad so we could meet some friends for dinner that lived in the area. I unhooked one side and instead or walking around the car to unhook the other side. I stepped over the tow bar did not get leg high enough and down I went on the Gravel. Was that white sharp kind to. Never made it t dinner and wife had to take me to ER I was sure I broke a rib or two. but was only Sprained but hurt like hell. It was a tough couple days driving the MH being sore from the fall. Always walked around after that.
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Old 10-24-2015, 01:57 PM   #8
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After a very long day of pulling our previous fiver, we pulled into an RV park and proceeded to unhook the truck. I put the chocks under the wheels, put down the front jacks and proceeded to pull out from under the fiver. Whoops, had not pulled the latch lever. Got out pulled the lever and the truck took off without me. I had left it in drive. Boy did I run fast and was able to catch it before it hit something. Lesson learned-be very careful after a long hard day.

That is one of the reasons I don't like to do those "long hard days"!!
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Old 10-24-2015, 01:58 PM   #9
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We traded in our gooseneck Prowler 5th wheel for an Alpha that had the traditional hitch. No sweat hooking up to the B&W Companion. When I unhooked, I put the front legs down making sure they were solid. I then lowered the gate unhooked the truck and pulled out. My wife came running and my heart was racing when there was a VERY LOUD BANG! I forgot about the 'squat' on the truck and didn't raise the camper high enough. Only damage was the little hitch light under the camper, I broke the lens cover. No damage to camper or truck. WHEW! I will never make that mistake again.
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:03 PM   #10
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This story doesn't involve the fifth wheel but it could. Nonetheless, it's a "I'll never do that again" moment.

I had worked real hard one day replacing my kitchen sink. Finally, after several hours, the old cast iron sink was gone and in its place was a new stainless steel sink and a brand new faucet. I had just hooked up the water lines and just wanted to test the faucet for leaks. I turned on the water and just heard a clunk, but no water. Not thinking, I took off the handle, unscrewed the water valve and wow!!...............water shoots straight up to the ceiling. By this time I'm screaming "the water is still on!" I climb under the sink to shut the water off and realize that I haven't hooked up the drain lines yet so all the water going up is now coming down on top of me like a waterfall. The wife and I laugh about it now but not then!!!
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