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Old 07-19-2018, 01:34 AM   #1
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Suggestion - don't be stupid

I have a sloped driveway so I got some ramps for the trailer wheels so it could be level so the frig would work and not have to park it in the street. Happens the gray water dump line & valve just barely cleared the ramp when the trailer was empty. Guess what happened when I loaded the trailer for a trip and pulled it off the ramps? Oops. Click image for larger version

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Old 07-19-2018, 02:17 AM   #2
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I have a sloped driveway so I got some ramps for the trailer wheels so it could be level so the frig would work and not have to park it in the street. Happens the gray water dump line & valve just barely cleared the ramp when the trailer was empty. Guess what happened when I loaded the trailer for a trip and pulled it off the ramps? Oops. Attachment 122168
Bummer Doug, I thought I was the only one that fessed up to the oh sh** moments . I'm guessing the ramps where the store bought kind with a short ramp rise. Might want to make up a set of wooden ramps with a longer gradual slope or a set of heavy duty jacks .
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Old 07-19-2018, 06:44 AM   #3
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Sounds like something I would do. I hope you can get it back on the road and make your trip this summer.
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:07 AM   #4
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You can't tell me not to be stupid. I can be if I want.

Oh wait, it was just a suggestion.

Sorry this happened, but at least it is fixable. I have had many of these "stupid" incidents in my life, that's for certain.
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:24 AM   #5
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I drove off a board, forgot to move the 89.00 aluminum step stool out further, adjustable type, most expensive. Oooops. Carl
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:38 AM   #6
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I hope the tanks were empty.

One of the finer points of "Murphy's Law" is---
Knowledge gained is directly proportionate to the amount of equipment ruined.

Personally, I've learned a lot.
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:49 AM   #7
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I hope the tanks were empty.

One of the finer points of "Murphy's Law" is---
Knowledge gained is directly proportionate to the amount of equipment ruined.

Personally, I've learned a lot.
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Old 07-19-2018, 08:28 AM   #8
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Doing dumb things is part of life. Repeating the same dumb things is what's bad. Albert Einstein is broadly credited with exclaiming “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”.


Fortunately Doug, Scamp didn't manufacture any of those plumbing parts. They're readily available at just about any RV parts house. You may be back on the road in an hour.


Now, I'm adding THIS to someone else's "Lessons Learned."
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Old 07-19-2018, 09:29 AM   #9
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On the other hand, it was your really lucky day! The tank was empty and it happened at home so you could fix it.

It could have happen at an RV park with a full tank!! Now that would have ruined your day.

With luck like that, I would have hot-footed it to the nearest casino and kept playing my lucky streak!!!
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Old 07-19-2018, 09:36 AM   #10
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...Albert Einstein is broadly credited with exclaiming “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”....
Kind of like when I look in the mirror every morning and hope that I will be better looking than the day before. Never seems to work.


I do have my own experiences with doing dumb things. I swept the snow off the roof of my Escape a couple winters ago and broke both of the plumbing stack vent caps. Pretty sure that won't happen in the same way again.
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Old 07-19-2018, 09:51 AM   #11
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"Kind of like when I look in the mirror every morning and hope that I will be better looking than the day before. Never seems to work. " --Dave W (Icebreaker)

I DO look better in the mirror every morning...because my vision is worse!


Don't be stupid:

As a number have pointed out, it's all a matter of perspective...lessons have to be learned, but they can be easy, hard, or in-between.

We learned CHOCKS LAST! when Paul was first going to hook up Peanut by himself. He began to get it ready to be attached to the car by pulling the chocks away. The trailer began rolling toward the house, and we could not stop it. People muscle these things by hand, don't they? Some people? Some eggs? Well, we were helpless to influence the glide.

LUCKILY, we learned this the easy way. Our driveway has a very gentle slope, and Peanut was only a few feet from the house, so it gently touched and stopped. No damage to Peanut or house.

Had we done that in so many other places...

We have never forgotten, this thing ROLLS! NOW, chocks are the first thing down when parking and the last thing up when pulling out.


Don't be stupid-
-essentially, there are a few aspects to not knowing things. (This happens to be one of my hobbies.)

1. You don't know something. We've all been there and will be again. That's "ignorance." Surprisingly, being ignorant is no shame.

2. You can't learn something. Some learn the easy way...some learn the hard way, and some cannot learn at all. If we had repeated the chocks mistake, that would have been STUPID. If you truly cannot learn, there's no shame to that, either, but it would be helpful if you realized it and admitted it to yourself and others...when appropriate.

There's also willful ignorance and stupidity, but that's a matter of awareness and personal choice. It can "hurt" to learn things, but not learning them can hurt a lot worse, in my humble opinion.
And THERE's the shame. REFUSING to learn, making yourself stupid as a choice.

I bet no one here is willfully stupid...



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Kind of like when I look in the mirror every morning and hope that I will be better looking than the day before. Never seems to work.
I recently had a look in the mirror and this old guy was staring back at me. Weird, eh?
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Old 07-19-2018, 02:55 PM   #13
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Don't be " Oh S**t

I remember the aluminum step stool trick plus the flat tire fix well north of $100. But the best one was the rear leverler jack left at a KOA early one morning. Another "Oh s**t" moment.

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Old 07-19-2018, 04:18 PM   #14
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Let's face it. We all do stupid some days. It's part of being human , I guess.
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