Reading through my blog you may come to the conclusion that I’m a pretty competent RVer and would never do something completely bone-headed. Hah! Even the best of us is going to have their moments. I count myself lucky that I haven’t done anything to cause injury or major financial cost, but I done some damage. Here are 5 Stupid Things I Have Done To Damage My RV. I’ll go hang my head in shame now while you read on.
Using the Awning as Water Barrel
This one kind of scared us a little when it happened. We had the RV about a week and loved the new power awning. Previously in our camper van we had the old manual deploying type. So I had been playing around with it and left it out on a bright sunny day and went inside to have some dinner. Halfway through the meal the skies opened up and a huge rain downpour started. We watched it out the windows of our new RV, all cozy and snug inside. Suddenly we hear a huge whooosh..splash! Followed by a terrible banging sound. The trailer rocked side to side and we looked at each other in shock! What the H E double hockey sticks was that! Running outside I looked around and saw what had happened, the awning had filled with water until the sheer weight of it eventually bent it down and emptied a ton of water in an instant. Lucky the awning suffered no damage and is fine, however when it sprang back it caused a couple hairline cracks in the trailer’s fiberglass wall.
Front Loading Jack Not Good as a Plough
As a extra safety step when hooking up the truck I always pull forward a bit to check the hitch engagement before retracting the loading jacks completely. That way if there were a problem and the trailer came loose it would fall back on the jacks and not the truck bed. One time in New Brunswick we were camped near the St John River, beautiful spot but the sites were all un level so the rain could run of quickly back in to the river during storms. Well I lifted the jacks 4 inches or so like normal and pulled forward a few feet and immediately could hear my wife screaming whoa whoa! Lucky we had a nice soft grassy site because I was using the trailer as a plough! Ack! I got away with that one. The jacks were a little sticky the next few times but loosened up and no long term damage done. Whew.
Chocks as Speed Bumps
I have a mental chock block. This became comical. I must have run over our first set of chocks 5-6 times and eventually lost one. With one squashed chock left I sheepishly had to head of the RV parts store and buy a couple more. Next time out I ran over them! Finally I came up with a system that works for me. I use the 2 new chocks to secure the trailer then place the squashed one on the dash board. Hey, whatever works?
The Bouncing Pizza Oven Stone
The RV oven in our rig tended to burn the bottom of the food. I read online if you place a pizza stone at the bottom just above the gas burner it will help the oven cook more evenly. You know what, it works great! Our baked food never tasted so good. Well one thing they didn’t mention, don’t leave it in the oven! They don’t bounce real well. It didn’t take to many rough roads to figure it out though.
Slide Room is a Great Carpet Cutter
Being the handy guy that I am when the dining table started to wobble I grabbed a nice big screwdriver and tightened that sucker down real well. i was proud of my great fix..for a while. Next time we deployed the slide room we were greeted to a nice rip in our new trailers carpet. Must have got a stone stuck in there I said to my wife until I explored the scene a little further and my face began to glow red. My fantastic screw tightening repair had cause the screw tips to poke through the bottom of the slide’s flooring and that caused the damage. Doh!!
I said 5 things but here is a little bonus of stupid, though this time I am not to blame. Before departing for a 1 year trip around North America I had our trusty old 94 F350 completely serviced and tuned up. One item on the list was a sticky brake cable. I guess the mechanic lost one of our metal lug nut covers because 1000 miles later coming out of Glacier National Park in Montana I found it!! Grrrrrrr.
Video Clip Explaining the Stupidity
There you go 5 Stupid Things I Have Done To Damage My RV plus some bonus stupidness. If you RV enough eventually you’re going to do some thing stupid. If you’ve had a doh! moment or two, let us know. Use the comment section below, maybe we can all get a good chuckle.
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