Mistakes We Made During Our Three Thousand Mile Road Trip! RV Boo Boos!

Okay, we are RV newbies still in the infant stage!  We just returned home from a three thousand mile journey (about three thousand miles round trip).  We watched numerous YouTube videos, received counsel from family and friends and still we made several mistakes.

First things first, we had a great time along the way and during our stay in Kansas visiting our son.  We got to experience a whole new world out on the road enjoying the scenery and visiting with campers.  The trip was well worth it!

Where did we mess up?  Well, let’s see……….

The first thing I recall happening was when we decided to drop anchor in Iowa at a small campground we found online and thought we had the fifth wheel hitch disengaged so we could pull away from the RV.  Not so fast!!!!

As I pulled away, I dragged our home about six feet while hearing the screams from my wife and son.  Stop, Stop, Stop!  What happened?  I pulled the back landing gears out of alignment since I had put them down already.  Don’t do that!  I should have lowered the front landing jacks first.  Our son was gracious enough to get on his back and pull and kick the rear landing gears back into alignment and after a few stops now, they’re okay.  Whew!  Major expense avoided!!!

On the same trip before we even tried to park, we should have checked the quality of the water.  You might want to do this first so you don’t have brown goo coming out of the spigot.  It was nasty!  Fortunately for us, we received a full refund from a very understanding and sympathetic owner.

On our way home on the last day, we stopped for gas.  As I pulled away after filling the tank, I was dragging the RV because the brakes on it were locked.  What happened there?  I remembered that when I climbed into the bed of the truck to wash the bugs off of the RV that I tripped.  When I looked at the hitched, I had apparently jerked the safety pin  out of the RV causing the brakes to lock.  Yep, that’s what it was alright.  Always do an inspection of everything before pulling away from the pump and your campground.  Oh yeah, the morning before, I almost pulled away from the campground with my 50 amp power cord still attached.  That would have been a disaster.  The ADHD almost took over.

When we finally got back home we noticed that somewhere between the Virginia state line and home, I apparently side swiped something down the driver’s side slide out.  Now we have a nice gash to admire and appreciate.  Okay, I don’t know how this happened but once again, inspect after every stop.  Some barrier at some gas station has a nice shade of brown on it as a reminder of our visit.

Should I get training wheels at this point in our Newbie adventure?  The good news is I have had many supportive comments reassuring me that we are not alone.

The moral of the story is this.  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again!  RVs were not meant for the punishment we put them through…..Sorry Columbus, we’ll treat you better next time!



  1. Laura Hebard

    September 9, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Lord knows, the first trips out are rarely mistake free! A+ for getting back out there. Our first trip out we got to learn at every rest stop how batteries work with fridges and how sensitive electricals are. We also wound up down a twist bendy, curvy road in the middle Missouri… Let’s just say… The trees had not been trimmed by 5th wheels before us. Whoops. All in all things happen :). Sounds like you guys had a good trip outside of it? Safe Travels guys!

    1. Greg & Gina Dane

      September 10, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Thank you Laura! Glad you guys got your rig back! Now your journey begins again, right?

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