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Lwiddis

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Posted: 08/28/20 11:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another reason not to hookup to city water. Fill your tank and use the pump.


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Posted: 08/28/20 12:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

gbopp wrote:

He didn't have enough sense to turn the water off before he went looking for help?
He may be destined for more problems in the future.


Sometimes when things go wrong, you panic and don't stop and think things thru.

I remember as a kid, I finally convinced my Dad, I could handle the ridding lawnmower...10min later I found myself having run into a fence. I panicked. He was never going to let me use it again. I jumped off and ran to the house to get him. A few minutes later, he came out, the blades still going, the rear tires still spinning in place and he turned the key off to stop the blades. It never dawned on me until we were walking back out, that I could simply put it in reverse...which I sheepishly mentioned as the engine died. It's not like I didn't understand how reverse worked. I just wasn't focused on working out the problem. My Dad thought it was funny more than anything and put me back to work mowing the lawn.

I'm sure it was similar here. He was panicking because the toilet was overflowing like a bad comedy and didn't stop to troubleshoot why it happened. Doesn't mean he's dumb or doesn't have common sense, just got away from him.


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We were camping in Bryce Canyon and I noticed a couple a few campsites away continually adding charcoal lighter and sticks and leaves to get their campfire started. I think they use the whole can of charcoal lighter. After about 15 or 20 minutes in which they were completely frustrated that they could not get their campfire started I decide to walk over and give them a little help.

It was not a campfire they wanted started but a charcoal grill. They had never used charcoal before and they thought it burn like sticks and wood. I explained how charcoal worked and told them the charcoal would be a ready in about ½ an hour just wait until it turned white.


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We've all made mistakes through sheer inexperience, haven't we? If you think about it, isn't that what causes at least half of all mistakes, with the other half being caused by inattention?





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And that is why I try to teach my boys as much as possible about things that men should know. I think they're behind the curve, but based on many of their friends, they're the handiest kid in their group.
Did ya go back and help the feller clean up the next morning?
Tell him poo isn't poisonous. Clean 'er up and get back to vacationing!


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We were camping in Yellowstone years ago. A young couple with brand new everything,- brand new tent, (not seam sealed) brand new sleeping bags, brand new hiking boots, brand new everything.
As the guy tried to light his brand new Coleman LP stove. He opened the valve on the stove, lit the match and held it above the burner. Of course LP is heavier than air so the stove filled up with fumes and flowed out. When he lowered the match enough to get to the fumes, he had a huge fireball. He panicked and used a towel to fan the flames. I ran over and simple closed the lid on the stove and snuffed out the fire. I turned off the fuel and simply asked him to get the directions for the stove and I watched him light is correctly.
Later that night, the same guy was unpacking his brand new propane lantern. His wife was talking to him and pointing to me. He kept shaking his head and continued to put the lantern together. The wife came over and asked me if I would help him. I spent about a half hour going over most of their equipment and told him a very important thing. When the wife tells you to ask for help, ask for help.
The next morning, he came over again to ask that I watch him light his stove. His wife was very happy with him.


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schlep1967 wrote:

Hopefully it was truly "brand new" and the toilet hadn't been christened yet. Send him out to buy a shop vac and dry it up. Then some bleach water clean up.


Unfortunately my nose told me that was not the case.

This couple was super nice and it made me very sad that this happened. He was trying very hard to make a great vacation for his family. Much like the movie RV his heart was in the right place.

They were very great full for the small advice I gave them.

I hope it works out for the best for them.


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As Albert Einstein said:
The big difference between stupidity and genius is that there is no limit to stupidity.

As a corollary, there seen to be no amount of attention that people cannot pay.

I was very kind of those rendering assistance to the victims to do so.

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Couple of months back, someone on this very forum reported sewage running down the exterior walls of trailer.

Same scenario except path of least resistance was roof vent.

The interior spillage would not only ruin a vacation but ruin the RV.

I can't help but to display some empathy here as I could only imagine.

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Turtle n Peeps wrote:

He was trying very hard to make a great vacation for his family.


There's no reason they can't still have a great vacation. Years from now, they certainly will enjoy talking about how dad ruined the brand new RV by overflowing the toilet because he hooked up the fresh water hose to the wrong port.

Turtle n Peeps wrote:


Much like the movie RV his heart was in the right place.


Not to nit pick, but that's a bad comparison. The father in RV was deceiving his family, because he was to much of a wuss to stand up to his boss when his boss cancelled his vacation and he was too afraid to tell his family that his boss cancelled his vacation. He told his family he wanted to spend more time with them with a road trip, when in reality, he needed the time to still work while sending them on little excursions as they drove across the country to make it to a meeting. Still a great movie, but his intentions where not to give his family a great vacation. That's what he told them, but that wasn't the real reason.

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