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Old 07-21-2018, 01:51 PM   #21
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My biggest "learning experience" so far came when I got in a hurry to move my Burro "only a short distance." Write this down; "Any distance is too far to move a Burro when the stabilizers off the back bumper are extended!" I've tried to drive off over wheel chocks too, but that wasn't quite as traumatic.

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Old 07-21-2018, 04:09 PM   #22
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With luck like that, I would have hot-footed it to the nearest casino and kept playing my lucky streak!!!
Especially if you can find a slot machine with RV parts on the wheels instead of fruit.

I wonder what the payoff would be for 3 dump valves!
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Old 07-21-2018, 04:18 PM   #23
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The mans prayer

Originally Posted by madjack View Post
If you aren't making mistakes you aren't learning...and none of us know everything....
Iím a man,
But I can change,
If I have to,
I guess.
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Old 07-25-2018, 12:36 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by Kai in Seattle View Post
"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...

Thank you! Besides OUR sweet Escape 21’, I personally now have a Scamp 13 (some women have a personal trainer, I have a personal trailer...yay!). So this is a good reminder about the chocks! Sometimes, I have unhooked before putting the chocks down. Yes, what a stupid move.
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Old 07-25-2018, 01:26 PM   #25
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Carla Jean,

You go, girl! How super to have your own trailer!

and, thanks.

Semper ubi sub ubi.
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Old 07-29-2018, 07:40 PM   #26
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O. K. here goes ... back in the 1990s we had a 28 foot Coleman 5th wheel ( I bet you can guess what's coming ) got it all hooked up ready to go , I thought , but hadn't actually got far enough back in the hitch ... so when I latched it down the latch was behind the pin and as I drove off the fifth wheel fell onto the side rails of the truck. Luckily back in the 90s Chevy was still putting heavy duty steel in the truck bed so very little noticeable damage and none to the fifth wheel. Solution was to paint the front of the hitch jaws bright yellow which made it easier to see that all was well when hitching up. Usually sign off Lee and Norma but Norma gets no credit for my mistake this time Lee
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:42 PM   #27
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If it wasn't for stupid moments the emergency rooms would be empty and the economy and employment would drop by 25%. Just think of it as a down payment on society.
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Old 07-30-2018, 07:37 PM   #28
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One more thing about a little stupidity, or just not thinking. Recently, at a Sisters-in-the-Fly get together, I was getting ready to get on the road to go home in my Scamp. I hooked up fine, but I forgot to ‘set’ the hitch as you do when anchoring a boat. I drove off in the RV park, and, even though the pin was engaged, trailer ball was not in the hitch, and down went the front of the trailer. (Two great helpers came to my rescue). Embarrassing! but no damage.
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