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Old 06-07-2015, 04:13 PM   #1
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Stupid move, paid the price

This weekend was supposed to be our first summer camp trip and first trip in a couple years due to busy times. In hindsight it was obvious that there was no way the trailer was going to make it down this short stretch of primitive road, but my eagerness blinded us and I wrecked the camper trying... No one was hurt, just my pride, and maybe it's time for a new camper. We'll see what insurance says. Bashed the front end in on a tree and sheared leaf spring mounts from the frame on the one side. If we are in the market for a new one, it will be much shorter to match our style of boondocking.
Enjoy the video of my misery...
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Old 06-07-2015, 04:24 PM   #2
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So sorry for your loss, what a story! But thanks for the timely reminder, ours is about the same size, and thanks for a great video!
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Old 06-07-2015, 05:42 PM   #3
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You forgot the subtitles in the video. (Before talkies)
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Old 06-07-2015, 06:02 PM   #4
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You don't have to go shorter...

You can build a set of steel "slides" for the very back of the trailer. Then if you start to drag, its on the steel slides not on the bottom of the trailer. That also allows the tires to come off the ground and help prevent spring damage.

Used to see them on trailers of all kinds...but not lately.

Its also good to have a "spotter" as you get closer to trees. My wife has accepted that position and is a great help!!

I'm also working on how to mount cameras to also me to see the top front corners and the front set of wheels so I know where I'm at!

Just a few thoughts,

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Old 06-07-2015, 06:29 PM   #5
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28' is too long to maneuver in tight quarters. The axles are flipped so dragging hasn't been an issue. The trailer frame does actually have protective brackets on the rear that do the dragging if it occurs.
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:48 PM   #6
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Great video, get yourself one of those large ass toy haulers and you won't EVEN think about primitive anything!


Primitive to the 5ers is 30 amps!
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:16 PM   #7
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UPDATE:
Dealer says its repairable, wrote me up a quote, and insurance is approving the claim. Only it is two claims since the axle damage and body damage did not occur in the exact same incident. So double deductible for me! But at least I have insurance to pay for most of it.
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:58 PM   #8
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Greetings from Kalispell, MT. We lived in Helena for about 3 years.
How about an update on your trailer? Did they get it fixed?
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Old 07-30-2015, 10:00 PM   #9
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It has been at the dealer for over a month, but on schedule for when they said they would work on it. I drove by today and see that it has been moved off the storage lot. So hopefully that means it's getting worked on.
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:48 PM   #10
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While not as bad as yours, I too did something stupid. I've had my unit for a few months, but have only used it three times locally. This is our first over the road journey (Chicago to Sturgis). Did a few dumb things. First, it took me an hour to figure out why my fridge only worked on AC and not propane while at a gas stop. Like an idiot, I forgot that I had shut the battery off. Duh! Before figuring out that dumb ass move, I thought maybe there was air in the propane lines. Turned gas on the oven for a bit with the door shut. Opened it and then hit "Ignite". Burned all the hair off my arms and almost wet myself. Wife still laughing. Then had a major issue at CW. Couldn't put air in my rear tires of my new dually, so I had them install braided valve extenders (no rivet gun so I couldn't do it). The rocket scientists ran the lines on the outside of my wheels instead of behind! A one hour job turned into a five hour ordeal. Then finally arriving at Katmandu Campground in Sturgis (Great place, highly recommended), I forgot to block my wheels before disconnecting my trailer. 5th wheel fell off the hitch and crushed my Voltage steps. Also put a 6" scratch under my nose cap. The good news is, the steps, which are a PITA, saved my bed rails from getting crushed. No damage to my new truck thankfully. Steps are trashed but I don't really care. Ended up with a few hundred dollars in body damage to the cap on the 5th wheel but could have been so, so, much worse. A lot of lessons to learn. Bottom line, sitting on the patio having a strawberry daquiri in the afternoon sun . Life is good. With all of your guys' help, I'll get this down yet.
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