In this new column, we share some of the not-so-brilliant things we, the RVtravel.com staff, and you, our readers, have done while RVing. Last week I shared a few of the dumb things I have done. We hope that in addition to a chuckle or two, we can learn from others’ RVing mistakes and not make them ourselves!
Please leave a comment in the form below with your own RVing mistakes and “oops” moments. There have to be many among both our seasoned and newbie RVers…
Lasso those branches!
Shannon P. wrote about their experience with low branches. “We drove into a pull-through site at Field Springs State Park and didn’t even notice the low branches until we were already committed. The driveway dipped on the way in so backing up was going to be nearly impossible. In the end, we were able to leave by lassoing the branches with some rope and pulling them clear so we could drive out. Fortunately, pine branches are very flexible.”
Trailer on the loose!
Mark H. had a runaway trailer and the trailer survived! He writes, “Unhooked the trailer from the hitch with nothing but a piece of 2×6 wood behind one of the tires. As soon as the hitch popped off the ball, the trailer rolled over the piece of wood and slid down a moderate slope about 20 feet. The only thing that stopped the trailer was the tongue jack and some loose gravel. If that hadn’t stopped the trailer, it would have gone over a bank and landed in a mess of blackberry vines.”
Goodbye air conditioner
James J. wrote to us about scraping his RV’s A/C right off the roof. He shares, “While driving in rural Virginia I got off the interstate to get gas. As I drove towards a train overpass I never thought of the height. At 30 mph my A/C unit was torn completely off. That was awful. I now have my RV’s height taped to the dash.”
Followed the GPS and smelled like a winery for days
Donna P. didn’t read the fine print at the end of their RV park reservation and followed the GPS instead. She wrote, “We were in Michigan looking for our campground. We followed GPS coordinates, which was our first mistake, I guess. We were told to turn right but it was a dirt road so we passed it up. Turned around and went back and GPS said this was the road to take. It ended up NOT being the road as it was a snowmobile road. We found a place to turn around and after unhooking, backing up and going forward close to nine times, we got on our way back. Ever see those signs about a tumbling truck on exit ramps? That was my DH in the RV while I followed in our tow. Finally got to the campground and was told we shouldn’t have followed GPS, but the instructions were on the last page of their website at the bottom. Thank you—that was very helpful. :-/ We lost several bottles of wine, broken dishes, and glasses. Cupboards flew open. We smelled like a winery for days. After cleaning up, we went out for dinner at a local mom-and-pop diner—it was the highlight of our day!”
Wiggling around a gas station
Jim J. reported about his gas station problems. “Too tight turn into a station gas lane. 21′ TT with a crossover SUV. I left room for traffic to pass while waiting with my turn signal on to turn into a gas lane when it opened. No less than three youngish drivers (college town) paid no attention and zipped into that lane. In frustration, I saw I could enter another lane. I KNEW it would be a tight turn, but I could do it—until another car cut me off forcing the turn even tighter. No damage, but I had to blind back out of the lane with literally three inches of wiggle room. Fortunately, a middle-aged guy who understood trailers helped me pause the ‘kids’ and do the forth and back wiggle without hitting anything.”
Please share your RVing “oops” mistake story
Humor can be the best medicine and mistakes the best lesson! Have you had some unfortunate “oops” mistakes during your RVing adventures? We would love to hear them. Please fill out the form below and include a photo if you have one. Thank you!