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Old 04-05-2015, 02:20 PM   #11
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What the heck were you doing at Taco Bell !!!??
After eating there, I'm not really sure. Maybe we were looking for authentic Mex/Cal food. Maybe not.

Just realized I jack-knifed this thread. Feels good. Much better than cross-threading it. See I fixed it. Back on topic.
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Old 04-05-2015, 04:22 PM   #12
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After eating there, I'm not really sure. Maybe we were looking for authentic Mex/Cal food. Maybe not.

Just realized I jack-knifed this thread. Feels good. Much better than cross-threading it. See I fixed it. Back on topic.
I don't think you jackknifed the thread. After all the thread it titled. "Feel like an idiot"

Dave. Thanks for posting. Knowing that people screw up from time to time will help me to stay calm and recover when I pull an idiot move.

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Old 04-05-2015, 06:20 PM   #13
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I never call them an idiot move. I call them Lessons Learned and so far I have a PhD.
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Old 04-05-2015, 06:24 PM   #14
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on my 19' it feels like i have to have the rod pointed slightly upward to get it threaded. otherwise it just spins and never catches.
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Old 04-05-2015, 06:32 PM   #15
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on my 19' it feels like i have to have the rod pointed slightly upward to get it threaded. otherwise it just spins and never catches.
I second this. The heater is elevated in the back (looking at it on the inside of the trailer) which makes angling the anode up slightly important to get it seated ( at least it does for me).
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Old 04-05-2015, 06:35 PM   #16
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You got all the good tips and advice there are when it comes to starting the anode rod and apparently there was a combination that worked. I have experirnced the same frustration. The amazing thing is that the next time it will spin right in there and you'll think you're doing something wrong because it's too easy. One of my foremen never referred to them as problems, they were always opportunities. I always liked that attitude. He retired and inherited about 3 million bucks, wish I would have treated him better at Christmas.
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:04 PM   #17
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Good for Vicki. She persevered and got it. When working on something and it isn't going, I never try to force it. This can result in doing damage and your problem just got bigger. Also just like getting stuck in the mud or snow with a vehicle. The first impulse is to rev it and you just dig yourself a deeper hole. I plan on carrying a wheel for the hitch with me because sooner or later a person just might find himself in a situation where the only choice is to unhook and swing the tongue over. And I hope it is not on soft ground. It might not be a bad idea to carry a small piece of 3/4 in. plywood just in case. You know, better to have and not need than need and not have. With the room in the pickup box and the storage box on the trailer, I plan to travel pretty well equipped. And if I don't need it, I might be able to help out my fellow camper. Loren
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