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Old 09-16-2008, 04:31 AM   #1
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Hello from Indiana

We just bought a Montana Mountaineer 345DBQ. We traded in a Damon Hornet 305L 5th wheel that I accidently bought on E-bay this spring. You know, "I'll just put a lower than the buy it now price on this camper and see what happens." Well, nobody out bid me so it was mine.
Picked it up to find it had not been winterised and the water heater was busted and some of the pipes had been blown off the faucets.
Plus two roof leaks left me disappointed about my purchase so it was time to bail out of that one and buy a new one.
Our montana is a used 08 because the origonal owners traded it back in for a toy hauler.
So camping is all about making memorys so on to the next part of the story.
We took our old 5ver to the dealership to trade it in the Friday before Labor day to trade it in without any troubles.
Saturday we went back to pick up our new unit. After swaping everything over to the Montana we were on our way. The first turn the camper brakes were pulsing on and off so I was messing with the brake controller trying to figure what was going on. Then it just quit. So we continued home and the next right turn it did it again. I figured there had to be a problem in the camper wireing so we turned down this tiny little one lane country road to go back to the dealership. Finally found a tiny little cross road to turn around in. Got back to find that my brake lights do not work now.
The center pin on my 7 pin lighting connector had pushed through and must have went from the truck brake lights to ground which burned something up in the truck's steering collum wireing. Then it went from the turn signal to camper brakes on the right side so when I turned it on the camper brakes would pulse.
So the truck could not be fixed there so onword we would go without brake lights.
We were doing fine in the 95* summer heat when all of a sudden BOOM.
So I pulled over on highway 465 that goes around Indianapolis.
I looked down the drivers side not seeing anything wrong with the camper tires while I took my life into my own hands with the flying traffic. Passengers side looked the same too. Nothing wrong under the truck. So what????
Went back to the drivers side to see that the tread had blown completely off of the trucks back tire! They were real low mileage but about 3 years old. Not to mention that they are also 9.50 16.5 tires on my old 72 Dodge.
You will not find them on a Saturday evening labor day weekend. So luckly I did have a bauld, old, weather cracked spare tire I had not even looked at in 3 years under the truck. You never plain on using those things do you?
So after removing the camper, changing the tire, airing up the spare, re-attaching the camper we were back on our way. SLOWLY as to not blow out the junk spare.
Then it sounded like a truck or car without an exhaust on it was passing us by. But it was my new exhaust that had loosened up on the manifold and blew out causing it now to sound like a derby car under load.
But we finally got to our destination before the camp ground closed. Life is good!
But we not done with the down turn of luck yet...
My 10 year old son was showing his mom how he could ramp this cool ramp that the kids made = broken arm and a concussion.
Went to take him to the hospital with the derby car sounding truck when I got a glemps of our 4 year old daughter with down syndrome walking around. Where did she go? With the truck idling in drive she was standing in front of the truck with her head resting on the bumper. Still makes me sick to think about the what if's. God still had the situation under control no mater how bad it seemed.
So son gets a new cast. The next day he was sick and vomiting all day from the concussion. Next trip to the hospital for de-hydration. Then the rest of my week's vacation was tied to doctor visits and surgery to reset his arm.
But we survived our first week with our new camper. Does anybody know how to get a re-do for a bad vacation week? I am sure I could do better next time!
P.S I love this web site where I can safely surf without anybody getting hurt!
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Old 09-16-2008, 05:06 AM   #2
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Oh my! If you can handle that week you can handle anything! And still stay positive! Welcome to the forum and your new Montana. I thought the week I took vacation and had poision ivy from head to toe was a killer... that was a piece of cake compared to yours. When I went back to work and told my story they let me use my sick time in lien of vacation time as long as I had a doctors note. Not sure if that would work in your case but worth a thought. The 4 y/o on the bumper is a nightmare. Especially with all the confusion with your son going on. Whew.... the what if's can drive us crazy so just stay away from that train of thought. You are truly blessed and it makes us realize what is important in life. Enjoy your wonderful family and Montana. You will have many cherished memories. Someday you will laugh about this one. Just not yet! Enjoy!
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:22 AM   #3
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Welcome again mopar1 to the MOC Family.

In my years of RVing I have heard many trials and tribulations from our many members but you have had enough T&T's to last you a life time. I sincerely wish you have many many better days, weeks and yes years ahead of you and your family.

To answer your question "Does anybody know how to get a re-do for a bad vacation week? I am sure I could do better next time!"
Well you are only about 150 miles or so from Goshen and the Annual MOC Fally Rally. It's being held at the Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds in Goshen from Sept 24 to Oct 1. There's plenty of room left and you would be more than welcome to join in.
Get further info at...

BTW to your P.S. I know what you are refering to and you will find the MOC is not like that other forum. The MOC is just one big happy family. Like any family we do have some disagreements but we always keep a civil tongue

Again WELCOME!!!!!
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:29 PM   #4
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Welcome Mopar, we are just down the road a little ways in Brownsburg. Have had our unit since April of 06 so stay in touch. This is a great forum for you experiences and problems.
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Old 09-17-2008, 01:17 PM   #5
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quote:Originally posted by indy roadrunner

Welcome Mopar, we are just down the road a little ways in Brownsburg. Have had our unit since April of 06 so stay in touch. This is a great forum for you experiences and problems.
Thank you. We live in between Lebanon and Thorntown. We will be permanent campers out at Old mill run next year. We just got our spot last month.
An update:
I got the brake lights fixed on my truck today! The turn signal/ hazard light switch burned up. Now that I see how small the switch is and how small the wires are I'll be adding relays to make a new trailer wiring circuit that does not use the factory wiring.
That way if it ever happens again the fuse going to the relay will blow but the trucks lights will still work because they only energize the relays.
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:33 PM   #6
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And I thought I had problems. Even with Hurricane Ike I did not have what you had.

Stay safe.

God bless.
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