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Old 08-08-2009, 03:39 PM   #1
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Last week I took off on a three-day, 500 mile, trip around the Cascade Loop in Northern Washington State. Just my 2005 13-foot Scamp, my dog, and me. I’m a widower approaching 74 and have averaged 3,000 miles a summer in small travel trailers since I retired 10 years ago.
Like most old guys living alone, I have small “Senior Moments” but they’re seldom troublesome but last week …. well you decide.

When I checked in at the Lincoln Rock State Park on the Columbia River near Wenatchee, I backed into my site, and hooked up water and power. I didn’t bother to unhook the trailer from the car since I didn’t plan on going anywhere. I did put the front jack down to stabilize things.

The next morning I disconnected water and power, lifted the front jack and unhooked the safety chains and the 7 pin electrical connection. After a quick walk around I took off towards home, 180 miles away.

10 miles later as I was braking on a downhill stretch, I glanced down at the light on my electric brake to see that reddish color and, Nothing! No red light, no green light, no light at all. Oh crap! Why had I disconnected the 7-pin connection so I had no trailer brakes? And why was I driving 60 MPH in heavy traffic with no safety chains.

Now you see why I started thinking about Senior Moments. And then I realized that within the previous two days I had seen several examples that weren’t me. The old guy in a bulgemobile pulling out of the space next to me with his TV antenna still up. The nice lady who left dragging her power cord. And so on.

Have you had senior moments? Do they worry you? What should I do about them? Are my Scamping days over?

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Old 08-08-2009, 04:06 PM   #2
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Yeah, yeah, life goes on!
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Old 08-08-2009, 05:32 PM   #3
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Reality check! More than once, I've done some ridiculous things. Fortunately causing no harm. Each is a learning experience, not to be repeated.

Maybe it's time to put a Post-It note on the steering wheel for those "remember" things that are done out of the norm? I consider them cheat sheets and have them stuck everywhere. Typically on the front door when there's something I HAVE to remember as I go out.
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Old 08-08-2009, 05:33 PM   #4
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I am only 51 and have these moments all the time.
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This is the reason I created my Checklist(s) 8.0. I consult them whenever I setup and break camp. It creates a ritual to touch on, so I will no longer leave a compartment door open so it can blow off somewhere on the Interstate.
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Old 08-08-2009, 07:24 PM   #6
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When parking for the night while still hooked up, I normally unplug from the tow vehicle too. Guess I'm a bit paranoid about running the batteries down and being unable to start the tow vehicle.

Once when I was about 30 we left a brother-in-law's home in Los Angeles for San Diego. All the way I noticed the whole rig, a 26 ft Avion being towed by a 1/2 ton Chevy pickup, felt "mushy" when braking. Once we got parked safely in our spot new San Diego, I went to disconnect the electrics from the tow vehicle and noticed it was already disconnected.

Go figure!

Heh! Heh! Heh!
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:47 PM   #7
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I am in my 30s and these kinds of things happen to us all!! I call them blond moments, my husband calls them "me distracting him".....

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Hi Ron

My take on it is if no one knows about it it didn't happen.....
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:55 PM   #9
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I have them too. On my last trip out my wife and I made a list. She reads it out and I go check.
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Old 08-08-2009, 11:18 PM   #10
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We have a list too but I forgot where P put it. Go figure.

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Old 08-09-2009, 07:53 AM   #11
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Hey Ron...... now what the heck was I going to say???

Oh well, I forgot. Where am I? At least we meet new friends all the time.

You are fine, just enjoy life, my man!

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Old 08-09-2009, 08:06 AM   #12
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Ron, although it didn't happen to me I did witness the following in Las Vegas last week:

A young European family in a rental RVUSA C class was pulling away from their site (next to ours) as I approached our trailer finishing a morning walk. I noticed their 30 amp cord was still plugged in! Just as I was about to shout for them to stop, the driver noticed it in his left mirror and stopped moving forward with such force (foot to the floor) I can only imagine the carnage inside from falling cupboard debris. Anyhoo he was all of 30.....feel better now? I can only imagine the $$ consequence of ripping the guts out of a rental unit....
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The first thing on my departure checklist is to turn on the TV parking lights and hazard warning lights. This checks the RV running lights, tail lights and turn signals.

And of course, that the unbilical is connected.

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Forgetting things is also something i do all the time.... so much that i asked a doctor and he said forgetting where you put your keys is no problem...... forgetting what to do with them is
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