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2012-07-01 11:07:15 AM
Yo, Dawg! I heard you like homes.
 
2012-07-01 11:09:25 AM
As a 33-year-old about to move his RV today, I'm not getting a kick...
 
2012-07-01 11:12:09 AM
Perhaps the shiatter was full?
 
2012-07-01 11:13:09 AM

RottNDude: Perhaps the shiatter was full?


indeed
 
2012-07-01 11:13:27 AM
I can't even imagine how you would even DO that.
 
2012-07-01 11:14:34 AM
Since everyone over 35 is too old to be driving them, they should be banned altogether.
 
2012-07-01 11:18:19 AM
I think the point was it wasn't a 75 yr old retiree that shouldn't be driving a scooter, let alone a vehicle that size actually driving. And I am glad the article also clarified it wasn't a woman driver. Heaven forbid that reference also be excluded.
 
2012-07-01 11:19:39 AM
I have an infrequently recurring dream, where I'm driving an RV down an extremely steep hill, and the brakes go out. More of a nightmare, actually.
 
2012-07-01 11:19:50 AM
And a new FAIL meme pic was born.
 
2012-07-01 11:21:00 AM
www.empowernetwork.com
 
2012-07-01 11:21:57 AM

Atypical Person Reading Fark: Since everyone over 35 is too old to be driving them, they should be banned altogether.


There is a multi-billion dollar industry in the US alone marketed to older people. There will never be any real regulations on RV's to make the people driving them more responsible.
 
2012-07-01 11:30:34 AM
parentpreviews.com
 
2012-07-01 11:32:34 AM

Satanic_Hamster: I can't even imagine how you would even DO that.


Yeah no joke.

The only thing I could come up with, was that he pulled into the driveway (Article said it wasn't his home) to turn the RV around and head back to the dealership, or wherever he got it from. Either the brakes went out, or he didn't understand how RV's work (Which I'll gladly plead ignorance on also) and started rolling down the hill. It looks like a steep drop off behind that house, so he decided to save his life by turning into the house itself.

Again, just speculation.

OR

That is a safehouse of his and he tried to steal the RV by pulling into the garage to stash it and just didn't have the clearance to make it.
 
2012-07-01 11:34:12 AM

jaflasvegas: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Since everyone over 35 is too old to be driving them, they should be banned altogether.

There is a multi-billion dollar industry in the US alone marketed to older people. There will never be any real regulations on RV's to make the people driving them more responsible.


licensed drivers in registered vehicles with insurance coverage. what more could a girl ask for? besides with today's cost of gas we are probably seeing less mileage being put on RV's every year. lots of white trash buy them but can't afford to propel them.
 
2012-07-01 11:34:29 AM
I don't think I'd want to drive around the country in an RV. It doesn't seem like a relaxing way to travel - too stressful. Wherever you go, people are irritated with you. Because you're driving a farking house.
 
2012-07-01 11:37:30 AM

vudukungfu: Yo, Dawg! I heard you like homes.


...
the stupidest shiat makes me laugh.
 
2012-07-01 11:43:20 AM

CasperImproved: 75 yr old retiree that shouldn't be driving a scooter, let alone a vehicle that size


I do that Junior plus I fly an airplane.

/sometimes go to Michigan
//use caution
 
2012-07-01 11:43:21 AM
I can see renting an RV, but they seem like a complete pain in the butt to own, especially for 2 weeks of use a year.
 
2012-07-01 11:46:21 AM

TheGreatGazoo: I can see renting an RV, but they seem like a complete pain in the butt to own, especially for 2 weeks of use a year.


My parents bought 2 RVs... turned out to be nothing but very expensive lawn ornaments
 
2012-07-01 11:46:41 AM
Beware of suicidal motorhomes
 
2012-07-01 11:49:47 AM
Ahhh, yes, the RV. A buddy of mine and I drove all over the country in a 34-footer back in the summer of '06. Countless tales of debauchery, foolish risk-taking, and near-death experiences. I'm still surprised we didn't get searched crossing the US-Canadian border either time. We had an incredible time in PEI for both Canada Day and Fourth of July.

Lowlights: tearing exhaust and muffler off of RV in Lake Placid, NY, when going into parking lot.
Me putting a golf ball through a side window with a driver.
Near brake failure coming down from Estes Park. We were scared to death. I actually was considering jumping out of the RV.
Getting boxed in by super-aggro truck drivers on I-95 in South Carolina at 3 in the morning.

Highlights: PEI, as mentioned above -- just beautiful.
National parks in Utah.
Staying at the KOA at Circus Circus in Vegas LMAO
 
2012-07-01 11:50:13 AM

wutchamacallem: CasperImproved: 75 yr old retiree that shouldn't be driving a scooter, let alone a vehicle that size

I do that Junior plus I fly an airplane.

/sometimes go to Michigan
//use caution


You get tired, you parasail?

img.hiphop.gr
 
2012-07-01 11:51:25 AM
The biggest fail was the "Try The New Refreshed MySpace.com" ad that loaded before the article.
 
2012-07-01 11:51:59 AM

wutchamacallem: CasperImproved: 75 yr old retiree that shouldn't be driving a scooter, let alone a vehicle that size

I do that Junior plus I fly an airplane.

/sometimes go to Michigan
//use caution


LOL.... I wasn't referring to *all* seniors. Just the ones that aren't checked annually because of the size of their voter block to be farmer's market safe.

/you could be 90, and if all your marbles and reflexes are intact, I'm all for you flying fighter jets.
 
2012-07-01 11:58:27 AM
As a guy who used to deliver motor homes cross country when I was in my early twenties, I'm getting a kick out of this...

The only time I farked up was once when delivering one in Florida. I stopped for breakfast at a restaurant on Tennessee Street in Tallahassee one morning and parked a 20' motor home out front. I know I put it in park, but apparently didn't set the parking brake. As I was reading the menu , I heard the waitress scream, "OMG! The...the...TRUCK!" and looked up to see the motor home rolling in reverse onto Tennessee Street.

I ran out and tried t open the door, but I had thoughtfuly locked it. So, I fumbled for the keys, got it open while it was rolling and jumped in. I got it stopped, started it up and pulled it back into the parking lot, made sure it was in park and set the parking brake and, for good measure, grabbed a loose brick from the planter in front of the restaurant and chocked one of the wheels. I was damn fortunate there was no traffic that early in the morning on Tennessee.
 
2012-07-01 12:07:47 PM
Jaflasvegas:

"There is a multi-billion dollar industry in the US alone marketed to older people. There will never be any real regulations on RV's to make the people driving them more responsible."

I dont see the lack of responsibility you are crying about. With one or two minor exceptions they are subject to the same laws and regulations as other vehicles. Accident statistics point to their owners/drivers being much more responsible than other drivers. The accident rate for RVs is a small fraction of that of cars/suvs.
 
2012-07-01 12:09:43 PM
Aulus
As a guy who used to deliver motor homes cross country when I was in my early twenties, I'm getting a kick out of this...

when i was living full time in a rv and workamping what i also heard from people who claimed to have moved new motorhomes is the receiving dealer would hold up the driver for hours or days by not signing the paperwork. when the frustrated driver left with the paperwork incomplete the dealer would claim all kinds of damages caused by the driver. the driver could be royaly screwed if the manufacturer or the driver's insurance company did not back him up. were you driving new units or something like running snowbirds to/from florida?
 
GBB [TotalFark]
2012-07-01 12:13:14 PM
34 year-old test drives motorhome, promptly implants it into side of home causing massive gas leak that evacuates neighborhood. That's the Federal Way.
 
2012-07-01 12:19:50 PM

starlost: Aulus
As a guy who used to deliver motor homes cross country when I was in my early twenties, I'm getting a kick out of this...

when i was living full time in a rv and workamping what i also heard from people who claimed to have moved new motorhomes is the receiving dealer would hold up the driver for hours or days by not signing the paperwork. when the frustrated driver left with the paperwork incomplete the dealer would claim all kinds of damages caused by the driver. the driver could be royaly screwed if the manufacturer or the driver's insurance company did not back him up. were you driving new units or something like running snowbirds to/from florida?


New units. It was kind of scary at times as the spedometer/odometer was not hooked up so the miles from the delivery would not show up. However, that meant you also had no accurate idea how fast you were going. Somehow, I managed to never get a ticket.

I never had a dealer pull that stunt on me but one did try to claim I delivered it with a turd floating in the toilet once. If there was one, it was from one of the assembly line guys. After that, I always checked before I left the plant.
 
2012-07-01 12:21:23 PM
FTA: when a reported mechanical failure caused the driver to lose control

So, maybe not an issue with the driver... If it's verified, look for this guy to lawyer up for being turned loose to test drive a death-trap.

Also wondering who lets some clown take off solo for a test drive? Every car I've ever test driven has had the owner/dealer in the passenger seat, sometimes in the driver's seat to start with.
 
2012-07-01 12:21:51 PM
What more could possibly have gone wrong?
 
TWX
2012-07-01 12:23:56 PM
I've considered a Class-B RV like a Dodge B-series van-based vehicle like a Roadtrek 190 for use for touring the country and for towing my show car between shows, but the trailer towing capabilities just aren't quite enough. The fuel economy is poor, and the units, even well used, are pretty expensive. I wouldn't want to go bigger than a Class-B or maybe a very small Class-A, but I certainly wouldn't want a large Class-A or cabover. I had to drive an empty box truck towing a disabled car home from Vegas once. That was a white-knuckle experience that I don't want to repeat.
 
2012-07-01 12:25:25 PM

TheLads69: Ahhh, yes, the RV. A buddy of mine and I drove all over the country in a 34-footer back in the summer of '06. Countless tales of debauchery, foolish risk-taking, and near-death experiences. I'm still surprised we didn't get searched crossing the US-Canadian border either time. We had an incredible time in PEI for both Canada Day and Fourth of July.

Lowlights: tearing exhaust and muffler off of RV in Lake Placid, NY, when going into parking lot.
Me putting a golf ball through a side window with a driver.
Near brake failure coming down from Estes Park. We were scared to death. I actually was considering jumping out of the RV.
Getting boxed in by super-aggro truck drivers on I-95 in South Carolina at 3 in the morning.

Highlights: PEI, as mentioned above -- just beautiful.
National parks in Utah.
Staying at the KOA at Circus Circus in Vegas LMAO


As a Resident of Estes Park, I chuckle heartily at that.
 
2012-07-01 12:31:27 PM

TWX: I've considered a Class-B RV like a Dodge B-series van-based vehicle like a Roadtrek 190 for use for touring the country and for towing my show car between shows, but the trailer towing capabilities just aren't quite enough. The fuel economy is poor, and the units, even well used, are pretty expensive. I wouldn't want to go bigger than a Class-B or maybe a very small Class-A, but I certainly wouldn't want a large Class-A or cabover. I had to drive an empty box truck towing a disabled car home from Vegas once. That was a white-knuckle experience that I don't want to repeat.


For a *real* white knuckle experience? Try a week vacation on the Trent-Severn in Canada on a 25ft houseboat. Not only are the locks stressful, but much of the waterway supports only boats with a more shallow draft than yours.
 
2012-07-01 12:32:30 PM

Trance750: [parentpreviews.com image 300x250]


Possibly one the funnier movies Robin Williams did. I laughed my ass off it.
 
2012-07-01 12:55:48 PM

mephisto6: I don't think I'd want to drive around the country in an RV. It doesn't seem like a relaxing way to travel - too stressful. Wherever you go, people are irritated with you. Because you're driving a farking house.


Only if you're a douchebag that doesn't stay in the slow lane; doesn't use the turnouts to let the 20+ cars behind you pass you; and worst of all, on mountain roads, go 10 mph around all the turns then speed up to 75 mph when the passing lane appears.
 
TWX
2012-07-01 12:59:33 PM

CasperImproved: TWX: I've considered a Class-B RV like a Dodge B-series van-based vehicle like a Roadtrek 190 for use for touring the country and for towing my show car between shows, but the trailer towing capabilities just aren't quite enough. The fuel economy is poor, and the units, even well used, are pretty expensive. I wouldn't want to go bigger than a Class-B or maybe a very small Class-A, but I certainly wouldn't want a large Class-A or cabover. I had to drive an empty box truck towing a disabled car home from Vegas once. That was a white-knuckle experience that I don't want to repeat.

For a *real* white knuckle experience? Try a week vacation on the Trent-Severn in Canada on a 25ft houseboat. Not only are the locks stressful, but much of the waterway supports only boats with a more shallow draft than yours.


I can see that sucking... Though I did have 30+ mph crosswinds and couldn't cross at the Hoover Dam due to Homeland Security restrictions...
 
2012-07-01 01:03:36 PM

jaflasvegas: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Since everyone over 35 is too old to be driving them, they should be banned altogether.

There is a multi-billion dollar industry in the US alone marketed to older people. There will never be any real regulations on RV's to make the people driving them more responsible.


Buzzkiller.
 
2012-07-01 01:06:44 PM

Snargi: mephisto6: I don't think I'd want to drive around the country in an RV. It doesn't seem like a relaxing way to travel - too stressful. Wherever you go, people are irritated with you. Because you're driving a farking house.

Only if you're a douchebag that doesn't stay in the slow lane; doesn't use the turnouts to let the 20+ cars behind you pass you; and worst of all, on mountain roads, go 10 mph around all the turns then speed up to 75 mph when the passing lane appears.


Which would be just about all of them. There was one in the next-to-slow lane on my way to work the other day when it decide it should get into the slow lane. Unfortunately, there was already a car there. The RVer managed to swerve completely off the road into some trees. Man, was there a lot of stuff in that RV. It took a few dozen meters for it to completely stop, but once the top was shorn off by the trees, and before it tipped over on the embankment, it was amazing to see - like confetti made of kitchen utensils, shoes, and knickknacks.

No one was hurt badly. Half of their crap is still on the road, though.
 
2012-07-01 01:13:22 PM

KrispyKritter: jaflasvegas: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Since everyone over 35 is too old to be driving them, they should be banned altogether.

There is a multi-billion dollar industry in the US alone marketed to older people. There will never be any real regulations on RV's to make the people driving them more responsible.

licensed drivers in registered vehicles with insurance coverage. what more could a girl ask for? besides with today's cost of gas we are probably seeing less mileage being put on RV's every year. lots of white trash buy them but can't afford to propel them.


THIS. We have a series of them surrounding our house (inexplicably while you can't build a wall higher than 3 feet in your front yard, you can park a 14 foot tall RV anywhere you want on your property - including the front yard). AND THEY GO NOWHERE. Maybe once a year, one of these old farts drives to the beach 10 miles away and sits there for a week.

And in each case, their own kids are struggling to buy houses, make ends meet, have a full adult life - and there sits the $40,000 or more down payment to a house, rotting (and worth less than half that the minute it's driven off the lot). At first, they all liked going around to sit in each other's RV's, but the bragging and comparisons ruined their friendships and now no one even does that.

How long will it take for the tires to rot on an RV that just sits unmoving for a few years? Anyone know? Or are those tires made of superspecial something?
 
2012-07-01 01:35:23 PM
www.unwinnable.com

Mr. White? Did something go wrong?
 
2012-07-01 01:35:53 PM

Snargi: mephisto6: I don't think I'd want to drive around the country in an RV. It doesn't seem like a relaxing way to travel - too stressful. Wherever you go, people are irritated with you. Because you're driving a farking house.

Only if you're a douchebag that doesn't stay in the slow lane; doesn't use the turnouts to let the 20+ cars behind you pass you; and worst of all, on mountain roads, go 10 mph around all the turns then speed up to 75 mph when the passing lane appears.


Or taking too long to get going on a left-turn arrow, pulling into a gas station, merging on to a freeway at 35 mph.
Wherever you go, you are in front of somebody. And that person hates you.
Not relaxing.
Yeah, i'll just use the $100k on some plane tickets.
 
2012-07-01 01:57:37 PM
Update:

The house was high on meth and bath salts. It was trying to eat the RV.
 
2012-07-01 02:03:25 PM
I got my Class B CDL 15years ago, and then my 'A' five years later. Getting a kick, is an understatement :-)

Wouldn't it be nice if owning/driving an RV carried the same training requirements that I had to pass before I could drive a School Bus? Ah Dreamland...
 
2012-07-01 02:04:34 PM
At least the colors match.
 
2012-07-01 02:10:23 PM
i877.photobucket.com

Wasn't the first time he had a bad time with an RV
 
2012-07-01 02:16:19 PM
I want the smallest RV with a shower and toilet.
 
2012-07-01 02:40:33 PM

santadog: I want the smallest RV with a shower and toilet.


Done. Link
 
2012-07-01 02:47:27 PM

Monongahela Misfit: santadog: I want the smallest RV with a shower and toilet.

Done. Link


Or: Done. Link
 
2012-07-01 02:48:30 PM
I never feel young anymore. I'm 32. Yay...I'm too young to drive an RV! :)
 
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