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Old 09-21-2012, 09:00 AM   #1
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Commonly Overlooked

For the benefit of all of us newbies:

What are some of the common things that are overlooked or mistakes that are made concerning Sunlines, towing, camping, etc.? What is the biggest "oops" you've created or have seen?

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Old 09-21-2012, 09:51 AM   #2
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The most common thing I see or read about is something forgotten during the break-down and hitch-up process, like leaving the TV antenna up.

A close second would be leaving the awning out in high winds.
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:08 PM   #3
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Wow, we all could write a book!
Black water valve open , in a full hook up. one must let the solids / paper time to break down, and have at least 2/3 tank to flush it out
If you leave valve shut while using a tank flush and flood unit.
Backing up without removing friction type saw control.
etc!!
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I love these! Hopefully If I ever do any of them, I'll be comforted knowing I'm not the first one.
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leaving your awning up @ any time while away from your trailer is asking for trouble
Winds change, I learned the hard way even w/ tie downs

Driving down a narrow rd well past the last turn around location w/o impeccable back up skills (or @ least a wheel attachment for your jackpost)
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Boy there are plenty of stories. I used leveling jacks on my old class C. Once I was cranking down one side and all the water that had pooled on the roof came across and the awning acted like a funnel to dump it down on me. After that I learned to crank and stand back!
Another tip on the dumping is black tank first, gray second. Hopefully the sink & bath water rinses most of the poop out of the hose.
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leaving your awning up @ any time while away from your trailer is asking for trouble Winds change, I learned the hard way even w/tie downs
Ditto- Had it tilted to one side and tied down. Major storm/tornado hit the area. Water built up behind the center rafter. Got back to the trailer just in time to watch the roller break in half.

The PDI instructions aren't always the best method!!!

When showing the unhitching, watching the salesperson lean the Equalizer WD bars against the a-frame while jacking up the trailer off the hitch........I'm unhitching in the dark and the bars slid against the front of the trailer. Let the nose down to level....result....two very nice square holes through the front diamond plate!!!

Leaving the low point drain valves open when winterizing is another favorite.....it amazing how big that pink puddle gets so quickly!!!

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Hey Dale

I've got a question for you .......

Hailing from Amarillo have you ever eaten one of those 72 oz steaks @ that steak house (Cattlemen's?) they advertise for miles along I-40 ?
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Forgetting to chock wheels before unhitching while on a slope away from TV.
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Leaving for the day and leaving an awning out not strapped, thinking it'll be there that evening. Been there done that, and seen it with others too many times.
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First time I winterized I wondered where that first gallon went since none came out the faucet ..... oh yes, ... I left the low point drains open.

Hitched up once and then couldn't get the trailer to move. After half an hour checking wheel chocks, brake controller, breakaway cable ..... OH, release the parking brake on the tow vehicle.
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LOLL! @ Gene.

I helped a friend tie his car to a tow dolly behind his big pusher motorhome. After putting straps on the tires fastening the vehicle to the dolly we said our goodbyes and Wifey and I stood back to watch them drive away from our house. I heard tires squeal, noticed black stripes on the road and the parking brake was still set. Waving arms frantically I finally got them stopped to correct the problem. It is funny how we get in a hurry to drive off into the sunset. Much like the time I pulled off without raising the jack foot all the way and wondered what that sudden stop was about.
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I've got a question for you .......

Hailing from Amarillo have you ever eaten one of those 72 oz steaks @ that steak house (Cattlemen's?) they advertise for miles along I-40 ?
Ain't no way! Maybe I could have come close when I was 17 or 18, but those days are long gone. It's called "The Big Texan".
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leaving your awning up @ any time while away from your trailer is asking for trouble
Winds change, I learned the hard way even w/ tie downs
Winds are a way of life here in the TX panhandle. Add to that, we can have all 4 seasons in a 24 hour period. I don't think I'll overlook that one.

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Driving down a narrow rd well past the last turn around location w/o impeccable back up skills (or @ least a wheel attachment for your jackpost)
I'm always thinking ahead for that possibility. It hasn't yet, but could nail me one day, though. Don't have a wheel on my tongue, so I'll have to do some serious backing if it ever happens.
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