Tuesday, September 26, 2023


RV boo-boos – Really high-centered 5er

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Yep, it’s that time of the year – the one where you wish you were a snowbird. We’re not sure how this one came about, but we’re sure it’ll be a long time before this guy forgets about his really high-centered 5er.

This is the first of an occasional feature where we’ll share “boo-boo” moments. It may be something like this poor high-centered 5er. Or we may show you do-it-yourself RV projects that should have never left the drawing board. Stay tuned, we’ll share them all.

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Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.


  1. Sorry Folks, just know I have done some very stupid things in my Life!! The Mirror keeps telling me. Applaud the people who sent these pictures; took a great deal wherewithal to send.!!

  2. The 5th wheel isn’t high centered, it’s low centered, and that happened before the snow as there are no truck tracks in the snow just footprints. This all goes back to, YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID!

  3. Sorry, no picture, but here’s the brief tale of why we created and follow a departure checklist and ALWAYS do a walk-around before departing.

    We finished packing up the RV and were leaving our campsite when a lady walking her dog began vigorously waving for us to stop, which we did. After exiting the RV and assessing the situation, I effusively thanked her for alertly stopping us. I had neglected to unplug the RV from the power pedestal. Thankfully, the power cord had unrolled from its spool as I pulled through our campsite, leaving thr pedestal undamaged. Further, the power cord was inches from being fully unrolled and potentially becoming detached from the RV. After flipping the breaker on the pedestal, unplugging our power cord, and rolling it onto its spool, we spent the balance of that trip, and all since then, doing our walk-around prior to exiting our campsite. Lesson learned, and thankfully the lesson was taught gently rather than harshly.

  4. That first pic of the bus in the side of a house is either photo shopped or was created as a gag. Look at the nice clean lines of the siding of the house where the bus entered the wall. A crash would have created a mess around the edges. Also the cement foundation looks to neat around the base of the bus. My guess is the homeowner cut an old bus in half & set it up against the house.
    The second pic, of a 5th wheel, is a driver who needs to be removed from the gene pool.


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