johnwen Posted April 4, 2022 Share Posted April 4, 2022 A very fast developing storm had us departing our campsite in minutes tonight. So many things done wrong... 60 mph winds, 1+ inch hailstones, and a tornado in the mix had us running to beat the storm. We took only what was necessary and left everything else behind. We took long enough to see that there was a clear path out of the storm's path so we decided to go. The storm was 2 counties away and we felt we could escape safely. Wendy was busy on her tablet and phone plotting out our path and watching the storm. We have talked about what we would do in a situation like this but never considered an immediate departure at night. I think we did the best we could under the circumstances but realize there is room for improvement. We full time and are many states away from familiar surroundings. Well, we safely evaded the storm. No hail or heavy rain was encountered. So, all went pretty well. Until we came back to the campground..... It's my first time driving at night with the camper and setting up. I pulled a real dumb-dumb. I figured to use the dump site on the way back into camp to save a trip later. I thought all was going well until I saw a recoil of some sort in the side view mirror as I pulled away. I just knew I returned the septic hose to it's place but I wasn't 101% sure so I stopped and looked around. The septic hose was all locked up safely in its compartment. But I had driven off with the water hose still attached to the black tank rinse spigot. The water hose stretched until it could stretch no more. I bent the water main over to a 45 degree angle and popped the campground hose end off. I had the water shut off and the water stand pipe, although bent, did not leak. I'll own up to the campground admin folks in the AM. The connection on the Oliver was bent sideways, but I was able to take off the water hose end that remained on the fitting. After hooking back up at our site, I straightened the trailer's hose hookup somewhat to make it a little easier to get my water hose end on and tested with water pressure. All seemed ok. No leaks that I could see and water was going into the black tank. The outside attachment point seemed ok. No cracks or leaks externally. If anyone has any experience with this sort of mishap, please let me know what else to check out. I plan to call OTT service tomorrow as a follow-up and give them a good laugh. First time in the dark made me realize I need to triple check everything I do. I think I'll stick to daylight ops! 6 1 Oliver II #996 "Bessie", 2019 Silverado LTZ 5.3, Veterans https://wenandjohnsadventure.com/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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