Friday, October 19, 2012

Eating Crow

On a recent blog entry, (We Can Do It), I wrote about the learning curve required to adapt to the Rv lifestyle.  The next day I needed to move my trailer. While backing up the trailer, I backed up carefully and bumped the trailer receiver with the hitch... and you guessed I knocked it off the trailer block. While I raised it to the limit, it was not tall enough to raise onto the hitch.  As much as I hated to admit defeat I sought help from my neighbor who brought over a portable jack that would operate on the soft ground.  After a few moments the trailer was again safely on the hitch parked in the driveway.  No great tragedy, no damage done, just wounded pride.

On the learning curve for today, I learned that I should put a wheel attachment onto my hitch that will extend the height avoiding repeating this fiasco in the future.  I also learned I need to have a jack that I am familiar with, can access readily and can easily use.  (Even my neighbor was unfamiliar with my hitch and we wouldn't have been able to access my tire from under my truck had it been needed.)  The important lesson here is I need to be familiar enough to take care of these problems on my own.      

It does bring a question to mind.  What else don't I know?   What else will I screw up?   While I know that my problem solving skills are good,  how will I use those skills in unfamiliar territory?

Sorry no pictures today.  My pride wouldn't allow it!
I will admit my confidence is a bit shaken.   


  1. Good for you. You learned and you'll continue learning. Nothing shameful about that.

    Asking for help isn't the end of the world, either.

    You actually learned a lot today. We all make boo boo's.

    As another friend said to me, "Patience, Grasshopper."

    1. Ahhh, you found my weakness, patience with myself. Why oh why am I so hard on myself. Thanks for telling me what I needed to hear. Grasshopper, huh? Loved that movie!

  2. Hey, goof ups happen to all of us whether we're newbies or have been at it for some time. It's only been a year since I smooshed into a tree and one of those cement posts in a gas station all within 24 hours. Some days the stars are just aligned out of whack! :)

  3. Oh boy, there's a lot you don't know, a lot I don't know and a lot that a lot of us don't know! Teehee! We learn from doing, from experiences - both the "wow, I'm so cool for thinking of that," to "I can't believe I didn't think of that before I did THIS!" There is certainly no shame in asking for help. One of the really special thing about RVers is that we are all willing to step up and lend a hand to others. It's also a great way to meet new friends on the road. Carry on and have fun!

  4. Sounds like a good day to me. You learned a LOT and had help handy when you needed it. I'm my worst critic too and we both need to CUT IT OUT! ROTFL!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Life will always have lessons for us, no way around that. If you were perfect, just think how the rest of us would feel haha!! You learned something and you got the help you needed. It's a good day.

  6. Ok ladies, I feel better... I guess having a good laugh with your friends is worth the bruised ego. And I was thinking I would do enough research and do this RV thing perfectly! Ha

  7. That's a lot learned for one day. When the next thing happens, that'll be a lot learned that day, too. Well done!

  8. No such thing as perfect, just better. And that takes practice.