Our first long distance trip staeted out with lotd of trouble. Our first trip was from nappenee indiana to Mount Rushmore. First i cut a corner too tight in a filling station and caught our dump values on a stand pipe and broke them off. Then when we got ready to stop for the night when we opened the trailer, the cabinets had come open and the dishes where busted up all over the place. The fridge came open and food out all over the place. So the trailer was unlivable. So I drove straight thru to our Custer SD found a repair shop who had to put our drain lines back together. Then on to our campground where we spent the next few hours cleaning up the mess in the trailer. Then finally after more hours awake than I can count I was finally able to take a shower and get some sleep. Now before we pull out again I have to figure out a way to better secure the cabinets. Sure do not want to have clean that mess up again.
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Sounds like a normal trip to me!
Things are bound to go better next time!
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so were your cabinets full?.. or were they where the dishes could slide around and against doors? Can you put some child locks on the pulls? I have never had a problem with cabinets coming open even having a rear kitchen.. I try to fill the cabinets, I use paper towel rolls and other bulky items to fill the rear cabinets. I also have put my plastic cups, bowls, etc in plastic sweater and/or shoe boxes.. several boxes against each other seems to keep the dishes from going everywhere so bad.
That is no fun, and we had a similar experiance with our cabinet doors our first trip years ago. It has only happened once (wood knocking).Since then we use baby proof cabinet locks all the time now like these locks on all the kitchen cabinets.
So far my drain valves are still intact
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I hate those baby proof cabinet locks, so when we had a troublesome cabinet in our old rig, we got double-sided velcro and strapped them together. And we, too, pack those cupboards really tight --- I use dishtowels to fill spaces.
Now -- my experience ---- how about a LARGE jar of sweet pickles on the floor -----broken..took me a year to get all that sweet out of the nooks and crannies!!!!! I put sweet pickles in plastic containers now.
Go with paper plates and cups. Make sure the doors are closed, bungee several together, so they play against each other. Screw in cup hooks and turn them to catch the doors and drawers so they don't open.
Check everything twice with a extra push to make sure they are closed. Then when all else fails. learn to dismount an re-assemble the doors and drawers using better glue.
Trust me you will get quite good at repairing stuff.
Have a fun trip go eat the steak in Hill City, at the old hotel on main street, you can't miss it. There will be a crowd.
Never lost anything on our travels. EVER! So I have to make some educated guesses. Driving erratically, swerving too fast, packing incorrectly, no shocks on the trailer, overinflated tires, too fast for road conditions. see there are a ton of answers to your symptoms. Pack everything heavy down on the floor, use the rubber dish spacers where necessary, and watch your driving habits.
I use non-skid material in the cabinets to keep dishes and stuff from sliding around and also use the childproof locks to secure cabinets when adjoining pulls are close enough together, small bungee cords when they're too far apart. Regardless of how careful I think I'm driving or how well I think I've packed things, I always open cabinet doors carefully after a trip, with one hand ready to catch stuff before it hits the floor.
Don't feel too bad about your sewer pipes. I misjudged a turn away from a fuel pump in Nebraska, the tail end of my 5er swung out and caught a yellow inverted U. Had to get emergency repairs there just to get roadworthy again, now waiting for full repairs, including fiberglass here in Tacoma.
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