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Old 08-08-2017, 09:04 PM   #1
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My oh crap moment

While driving to FL last week, I had an oh crap moment..

Our last stop we used our antenna, when leaving I was 100% sure that I put it down..
we were going down 95 when someone in a pick up pulled along side me pointing to the roof..
My stomach dropped, i thougt I had the dredded roof bubble!!
Since we had our bike rack on, I could not access the ladder so I sent my kid up. I told her to go to the front of the trailer and look for a bubbles and or signs of the membrane flying in the air. She yelled down to me no everything's fine everything looks great ,,,, by the way why didn't you put the antenna down?
Turns out it was sticking, i crank it up and down a couple times and finally it went all the way down .. so the number one thing to do when I get home is to lube it up nicely ..
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Old 08-09-2017, 12:15 AM   #2
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Glad you didn't strike something low and tear the antenna and roof apart. Remove the black hex nut on the antenna base. Lube the gears and down the shaft hole with a good silicone spray. The Winegard manual specifically states not to use WD-40. WD-40 is not actually a lube but more of a penetrant. You might have to press down when re installing the black hex nut as if I remember correctly there is a spring in the stack somewhere.

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Old 08-09-2017, 03:37 AM   #3
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Joe,
Years ago when our MH was new (2006), our first trip out we stopped at a CG for the night and I knew there was gas station about 1 mile down the road so told Char we will go there in the morning.
Next morning pulled into the station and antenna was up and stairs still out since I had turned the switch off so not to retract when door was closed. No damage but felt pretty small.

Best part here is we can talk about them and laugh!!!!!!!

Let's here everyone's OH CRAP moments.... we all have them!

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Old 08-09-2017, 04:32 AM   #4
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More than once I've left my Trav'ler satellite antenna up on the Redwood. I pull the shoreline before it finishes. I'm sure just speed alone would have eventually ripped that dish off the roof.

I pulled out of the garage this spring and installed a Wally in the MH. Got done, powered it down and did my usual shutdown of inverter, etc. Bad idea, I fortunately saw the antenna sticking up in the shadow right before I started back in the door of the garage.
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My oh crap moment

I picked up my camper on its maiden trip drove to the campground about 35 miles away I must've made all left turns. When we were done Camping I went to pull out of the campground made my first right turn and yanked the emergency brake cord right out of the holder. It took a few minutes to figure out why the brakes were locked up.


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Old 08-09-2017, 04:59 AM   #6
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I picked up my camper on its maiden trip drove to the campground about 35 miles away I must've made all left turns. When we were done Camping I went to pull out of the campground made my first right turn and yanked the emergency brake cord right out of the holder. It took a few minutes to figure out why the brakes were looked up.


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I did that with my very first fiver... pulling into Hershey for our company picnic, I was last one to arrive and had just picked up our brand new camper that week.. pulling into the spot and it happened....... I was thinking I was trying yo crush a car or something....
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At least you didn't do any damage. Shortly after getting our '16 MB we were at the PA GoodSam Samboree and when leaveing were staying closer to the electric poles because of the sag in the wires and were concerned about catching them. Were waiting for someone else to pull out then took off making a right turn to get on the road, well tail swing caught the Electric Distribution box on the pole and took out our back side window and put some good scratches in the side. Talk about being Sick, as the RW was on just over a month old at that time.
Very stupid and expensive mistake and if I had only glanced in the Left Mirror I would have seen that we were to close. Oh well it all be fixed.
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Actually, the traveller will handle interstate speeds!
I found out on the redwood

Way back when we had the 26 gallon fuel tank in the ford pulling the redwood...
I'm pulling in to fuel up after 4 hour drive down to houston and JUST before I pull under the cover, a nice guy caught up to me and says your sat is up

Would have ripped it off for sure...
THEN, with no genny, had to go find a place to plug in to power it down !

we are like thinking back to how did we make it this far ?

but my REAL oh 'shucks' moment was hurrying to hook up at storage area in the rain and pulling out and the redwood drops on my tailgate ! no genny, no batteries (when we were all discovering that the disconnect did not disconnect)
how do I raise the 5'er ?!?! it was fun !
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Geez, I've never made a mistake...
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Like Johnboy - when we first had our Redwood and I had a short bed F350, we had a Super Slider Hitch. Hated that hitch as far as hooking up, never gave you that warm fuzzy feeling that it was locked. In any case, running late, starting to rain, trying to beat a thunderstorm. Backed in, heard the click, Tracy and I both glanced at it and thought hooked up. Pulled forward , it held during brake check, then as I pulled I watched the trailer slide back. Stopped but too late. Wanna know what a 2012 Tailgate costs ? I can tell you.

Now with the Dually and the Comfort Ride it's a non-issue. The locking pin in the Comfort Ride can't be inserted till it's closed and locked.
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