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Old 10-27-2013, 08:17 AM   #29
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Fear of Failure

Many people never act because they fear failure. For me the description of what's possible, the decription of an accomplishment, is in encouragement, an opportunity to grow, to develop new skills.

When I see what someone else has accomplished it tells me it can be done.

Of course I recognize that I must be the responsible party, that I must add new skills, information and tools. To me this is the excitement of life.

If my first attempt doesn't work, I just try anew.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:13 AM   #30
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I think people need to be honest with themselves before they do anything. Im fairly handy and can do alot of things myself...watch a video read up on the sbject matter, ask questions, hundreds of google searches reading more and more. Some people just shouldn't touch a tool.

Coming from the boating world, Ive seen photo's of things people have done to their boats that compromised safety that you couldnt pay me to go for a boat ride with them lol. Every job I look at and decide is this something I can safely do? Is this something that is beyond my skillset? Is this just better off being done by a professional who would take responsibility if its done wrong? And some things its just easier to pay and have done. Back in the early spring I took my Rav4 in for some recall notices and had an oil change and they noticed my rear brakes were low...I let them do it because it was too cold to sit outside and do it since I dont have a garage and had a coupon so the price wasnt horrible and the dealership gave me a rental car for the afternoon for free...was worth it to me... sometimes like for example paying a $100 for a 12 volt plug to be installed in my caravan...I will do that myself and save that money for something more important.

But people need to be honest with themselves and even though your caravan/automobile/house whatever makes a thump thump sound and I have the exact samething and made a similar sound my fix might not be the solution to your problem...so take all advise with a grain of salt!
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:39 AM   #31
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The difference between parts bought at a whole sale house dealing with contractors and the local home improvement store is that the parts from the home improvement stores
come with instructions often written by lawyers.. Owning tools and knowing how to properly use them are two different things. The first page of the NEC Art 90 states that the code book is NOT an instructional manual for untrained individuals . I fully believe that I can not learn brain surgery through WIKI or any forum and do not plan on trying
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:11 PM   #32
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Jumping in head first will allow you to sink or swim but check the water depth before the jump. In other words - do your research!

Always remember that good judgement comes with experience but some of that experience comes from bad judgement.

BTW - I've seen the results of some of that "experience." It is usually seen as a basket case, technician special or partly renovated item on Craigslist.

Remember Donna's caveat - YMMV
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:13 PM   #33
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. I fully believe that I can not learn brain surgery through WIKI or any forum and do not plan on trying

YaBut....
Fixing an RV isn't brain surgery, it isn't even rocket science, heck it's hardly even shoe repair (sorry Gepetto & other cobblers of the world, no harm intended) There is almost nothing in our FGRV's that wasn't in common use 50+ years ago.

This isn't to say you can learn everything in a day on-line. What is important, is be able to recognize what you don't know how to do properly & safely and to know when to ask for help.
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Old 10-27-2013, 04:35 PM   #34
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You just have to know your limitations.

If you don't know GAS, stay alive and get an expert.
If you are clueless about high voltage, get an electrician.
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:43 AM   #35
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It is worth noting that much of the advice given is not along the lines of "you should do this" but guidance in what you might want to have done or looked at by a professional. Or this is what I did or the product I used.

Big difference in terms of liability between offering up opinion, information, or a suggestion and doing the work for someone. If there wasn't I would have been totally sued for all the people told the solution to their attitude problem was for them to go play jacks on the freeway. :-)

Pretty sure "I read it on the internet so I did it" would give the lawyers and judge a good chuckle as the case was dismissed.
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Old 06-03-2016, 05:33 AM   #36
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So...I guess this means my tongue extension project using jb weld needs to be rethought. He said weld it and how was I to know jb wasn't a real welder?

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Old 08-30-2016, 10:36 PM   #37
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As a licensed tradesman, I also am learning trailers are not built like a house but it is fun to learn. Great site for information regarding your renovation
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Had to go back and read this old thread, if for no other reason than to find out what the title has to do with king pins and goose necks… interesting case of thread drift…

The early posts are worth reading. Great point and got my laugh for the day!

WARNING: Set your coffee down and swallow before reading!
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Old 08-31-2016, 09:36 AM   #39
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Had to go back and read this old thread, if for no other reason than to find out what the title has to do with king pins and goose necks… interesting case of thread drift…
I split the king pins/goose necks discussion into its own thread. For those who can/want to help with that, please check out the new Scamp 5th Wheel Hitch/Long Bed Truck thread, over in our Problem Solving forum.
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Old 08-31-2016, 12:47 PM   #40
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Scarecrow: I haven't got a brain... only straw.

Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?

Scarecrow: I don't know... But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking... don't they?

Dorothy: Yes, I guess you're right.

Poking fun at myself here gang. I'm NOT an expert, but I read a lot and try to point folks to appropriate posts that others have written. And I NEVER stay at a Holiday Inn because I have an all molded towable!

And then there's a quote from the Wizard, FOR the experts....

"Why, anybody can have a brain. That's a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain. Back where I come from, we have universities, seats of great learning, where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts and with no more brains than you have. But they have one thing you haven't got: a DIPLOMA.
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Hi: All... Remember the definition of "Ex Spurt"!!!
EX is a has been... and a Spurt is a drip under pressure.
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