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PostSubject: Rookie Mistakes   Sat Sep 27, 2014 2:02 pm

Just got back from a week surfing in Devon. As it's starting to get a bit cold of an evening we decided for the first time we will take a heater with us and get hookup. Being the hookup virgins that we are guess who drove away with the lead still connected cheers

This got me thinking of all the other rookie mistakes I've made, the ones I can think of are

Not bringing a mallet with me for pegging down the awning and using a large stone to hammer the pegs in.
Running out of gas for the burner.
No bottle opener.
Leaving the guy rope pouches open in the rain and getting them full of water.

Is it just me or have others made some simple rookie mistakes

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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Sat Sep 27, 2014 2:13 pm

@kiteman wrote:
Just got back from a week surfing in Devon. As it's starting to get a bit cold of an evening we decided for the first time we will take a heater with us and get hookup. Being the hookup virgins that we are guess who drove away with the lead still connected cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:12 pm

Thank god I wasn't the only one, done the driving away whilst still hooked up, first time I used the ramps to level up, left the hand brake off settled down to a cuppa, van rolled back, tea everywhere!
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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:43 pm

Could be worse KM saw a boat pull away from our jetty shore power still connected as he accelerated away pulled the electric box into the sea tripped half the marina out !!!. Tim
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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:20 am

I've lost count of the number of times I've driven away without latching the cupboards and cutlery drawer - 1st corner tins and cutlery flying everywhere, or not tied the curtains back behind the driver.

I now use this driveaway checklist which I keep in the glovebox.

Driveaway Checklist

1. Roof lowered and clips secure

2. Sun roof closed

3. Engine Compartment closed

4. Rear Hatch locked

5. Spare wheel locked in place

6. Gas Off at bottle

7. Cupboard doors latched

8. All loose crockery stowed

9. Table stowed and latched

10. Hook-up cable stowed

11. Buddy Seat latched in place

12. Curtains tied back

13. TV/DVD closed

14. Wing Mirrors Adjusted

15. Windows Closed

16. Fridge ON / OFF

17. Grill Pan padded

18. Waste Water Container disconnected

19. CHECK UNDER VAN

20. Rubbish bagged for disposal

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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:20 am

I flattened the waste water bottle once & we also tried to lower the pop-top with the mattress still up there. could not work out why we couldn't fasten the clips! Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Sun Sep 28, 2014 11:52 am

we have driven off with the pop top up, and both engine compartment and boot lid open !! luckily been spotted by people waving like mad and shouting at us!! we too are going to do a check list like on the plane !! All door compartments closed ... check!!
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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:25 pm

Blimey Dalesman, all that to pop out for a paper! ;0)

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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Sun Sep 28, 2014 2:54 pm

We have a laminated checklist that I make a point of showing to all hirers, we still use it too!

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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:19 pm

In our early days we once pitched and pegged our awning too far away from the bus to be attached. Embarassed Resolved this by going for a wee drive and then parking a bit closer to hat awning on our return!
Now we always check before pegging!
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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:43 pm

Nothing that I can remember in Sunny but just got back from DITF14 and jumped on my Triumph Thruxton and tried to ride off with the steering lock on. Bit of a shock as I veered off to the left!
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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:32 am

When we first had Dizzy, drove off without checking the spare wheel carrier was latched properly, first corner I came to, looked in the door mirror to see it swinging out trying to overtake me affraid luckily managed to come to a gradual stop without it bouncing into the rear quarter panel, or decapitating anyone.
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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:56 pm

keep forgetting the latch on the fridge door it usually lasts quite a while before the assorted pots of fruit shoots scatter around the van Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:26 pm

A week after picking up the van I parked it on a neighbour's drive which is quite steep while we were have some work done on our roof.  As I backed down slowly off said drive, the bike rack attachment on the tow bar dug itself into the concrete in the pavement and I was well and truly stuck.  Had to get the RAC out.  I had taken everything heavy out of the van, off the van (including the spare wheel) and Mr RAC man came along and just pumped up all the tyres to un-lower the van and raise him out of the tarmac!  The whole street was out giving advice.  Embarrassing or what! Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:52 pm

@greenjc90 wrote:
A week after picking up the van I parked it on a neighbour's drive which is quite steep while we were have some work done on our roof.  As I backed down slowly off said drive, the bike rack attachment on the tow bar dug itself into the concrete in the pavement and I was well and truly stuck.  Had to get the RAC out.  I had taken everything heavy out of the van, off the van (including the spare wheel) and Mr RAC man came along and just pumped up all the tyres to un-lower the van and raise him out of the tarmac!  The whole street was out giving advice.  Embarrassing or what! Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed

Nice. I wonder if using leveling ramps to reverse out of the drive would have helped?! Basketball

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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:12 pm

Leaving the wheel clamp on while trying to reverse off the drive Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:44 pm

Our first major trip 3 summers ago - Mrs H attempted to raise the roof before undoing the 2 rear catches. It ripped them both off and left some rather large holes. No
A quick trip to the local DIY shed and all was well again.
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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:52 pm

Can i point out that the mistake in the earlier post was made and written by the man of the house
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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:58 pm

We have a sticker "Lights, Fridge, Radio, Keys" which tells you what we have done or threatened to do. It is very easy to leave the first 3 on when you stop. We have a sensible system that when we are camping, we keep a key each. A walk in the Welsh hills was interrupted by the following:- "where are my keys? oh, I think I left them in the ignition." I had locked the doors, but she had left her keys in the ignition.
Anything to do with the roof and the fridge has great potential and we have done a few.
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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:56 pm

It all adds to the experience of ownership !!
1 driving off the drive without unplugging the mains hook up .... we've done that twice ! 2.... at the sleepover Tripped over guide rope of awning knocked one of the poles a drift and hit the side of the rear quarter - 1 week after it came out of the spray shop.
3 Forgot to ask Danbury where the reverse gear was upon collection - good fun trying to get fuel when I needed to reverse back into position.
4. spent over an hour trying to get the window handle off until dizzy came to the rescue - simple when you know how ! doh
5 parked too far back when affixing the awning apron to the gutter -opened the door and it ripped a triangle shaped hole in the apron .....various expletives were muttered !

just to mention a few
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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:11 am

@Feliz wrote:

parked too far back when affixing the awning apron to the gutter -opened the door and it ripped a triangle shaped hole in the apron .....various expletives were muttered !

Forgot about that one, done that several times as well. Now have a nice big repair patch on the Awning apron

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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:51 am

looks like we need a big red warning light on the dash for the mains hook up being connected Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:12 am

@RayC wrote:
looks like we need a big red warning light on the dash for the mains hook up being connected Smile

Fortunately we've never done it on a site, but I did move Tallulah off of our drive once with it still connected. No damage to T or the cable, it just pulled the plug out of its socket in the shed and through the (wooden) shed door!

We now have a useful access panel in our shed door. Basketball

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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:49 pm

@RayC wrote:
looks like we need a big red warning light on the dash for the mains hook up being connected Smile

In the pipe line. Ordered some parts and hopefully will soon have a warning buzzer if the ignition is turned on with the hookup lead still connected

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PostSubject: Re: Rookie Mistakes   Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:05 pm

What about 230vac relay that is energised when hookup connected and disconnects starter motor signal all kept together in engine bay. Tim
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