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« on: May 24, 2016, 04:55:34 PM »
This idea came from @Merlin in the [a href="http://www.livinlite-owners.com/thread/2058/owner-recommended-products-stop-shop?page=2"]Owner Recommended Products thread[/a] as a spin off for products that havent worked out. So lets hear about those times that a product has either been a let down that you don't want your fellow campers to have to go through.

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2016, 05:06:45 PM »
I'll start with my run in with something that I purchased knowing full well that is was in all reality going to be a terrible item. It was the As Seen On TV led lantern that is still available here: http://amzn.to/1TxJX5P
I found it on clearance somewhere for such a cheap price that I figured it was worth it just to try it out. I think I paid less that $5 bucks for it. Either way I knew it was going to be cheap and probably fall apart quickly, but I like the old oil hurricane lamps so I thought it would be cool to have a modern upgrade to one. It billed itself as having an adjustable brightness and 'Durable metal construction'. Well at this point I have used it a couple of times and the electronics are the primary issue. The dimming switch, or maybe the main board have a short in it somewhere so you have to get it set to just the right spot for it to turn on.

All in all it was worth the $5 bucks just to test it out but unless you are just looking for a story to tell save your money, this thing just isn't worth the time.

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2016, 05:33:47 PM »
Good idea for a thread!



My first is what I'll call the [font size="4"]"Folding Death Stool"[/font]...





this step stool can lead to a collapse! Be afraid -- stay clear of this design. It is sold under countless brand names --- likely to make the possibility of a class-action lawsuit more difficult. Somewhere in China a factory is likely turning out millions of these. Their other product? --- Very likely it is wheelchairs!

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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2016, 06:15:45 PM »
Command strips for me. They DO remove the lamination on Azdel under the right conditions. I attached a toilet paper holder using them. Just the pressure from the spring loaded tube caused, over several months, delamination of my wallpaper finished Azdel.

Forget towel racks and such applications with those and Azdel wallboard.


So, Sean, if you make this thread a sticky don't adhere it to the Azdel... ;)

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2016, 09:26:04 PM »
[quote source="/post/21474/thread" timestamp="1464120405" author="@admin"]I'll start with my run in with something that I purchased knowing full well that is was in all reality going to be a terrible item. It was the As Seen On TV led lantern that is still available here: http://amzn.to/1TxJX5P
I found it on clearance somewhere for such a cheap price that I figured it was worth it just to try it out. I think I paid less that $5 bucks for it. Either way I knew it was going to be cheap and probably fall apart quickly, but I like the old oil hurricane lamps so I thought it would be cool to have a modern upgrade to one. It billed itself as having an adjustable brightness and 'Durable metal construction'. Well at this point I have used it a couple of times and the electronics are the primary issue. The dimming switch, or maybe the main board have a short in it somewhere so you have to get it set to just the right spot for it to turn on.

All in all it was worth the $5 bucks just to test it out but unless you are just looking for a story to tell save your money, this thing just isn't worth the time.[/quote]I have the same lamp and have had the same experience. Too bad we didn't have this thread before I wasted my money  ;)

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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2016, 01:45:00 AM »
Quote from: @peislander" timestamp="1464122027" source="/post/21476/thread
Good idea for a thread!



My first is what I'll call the [font size="4"]"Folding Death Stool"[/font]...





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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2016, 06:03:44 AM »
Quote from: @pinstriper" timestamp="1464151500" source="/post/21490/thread
[quote source="/post/21476/thread" timestamp="1464122027" author="@peislander"]

[/quote]That suggests the one I had was a poor quality knock-off from another manufacturer. Same look but not equal.

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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2016, 07:47:56 AM »
I find PEIslander and Pinstriper's experiences interesting. Two totally different results for the same or similar products with the same or similar applications by users that are obviously in-the-know. It is one of the reasons things are tough to decide on without personal testing. Manufacturers count on that I'm sure.

I blame Ron Popeil for that. His "Pocket Fisherman" worked as intended. He was able to fish the money from my pocket just fine using it.

Here is a "Four Star" product that has let me down four times now. It is such a cool design for stowing, has good bristles, uses quality plastic and...wait for it...utilizes aluminum. Oh, so shiny! http://www.amazon.com/Camco-43623-Adjustable-Broom-Dustpan/dp/B000EDUUG2

I fully expect some on this board to think I'm nuts condemning this broom but this broom is more limp in the pivot than I am. And, at least I can go see a shrink for meds or coaching but there is no hope for repairing this product.


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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2016, 08:17:15 AM »
[quote timestamp="1464122027" author="@peislander" source="/post/21476/thread"]Good idea for a thread!



My first is what I'll call the [font size="4"]"Folding Death Stool"[/font]...






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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2016, 12:58:27 PM »
The Stromberg-Carlson step we have (model PA-100) has a dangerous defect in the design. After less than a year of normal use (meaning really only a few trips used as a second step to access our Camplite), 2 of the legs have become very loose. As you can see in the photos of one leg, both positions of the leg are “locked” with the ball in the detent. The original position is fully extended at an angle and results in a very stable step. However, with the looseness in 2 of the legs, it is possible now for a leg to be “locked” and move to an almost vertical position, which results in very unstable step. Even when you first make sure the leg is fully extended, if the ground is soft the leg can move back into the almost vertical position and the step can tip when you use it. That happened to me and I was lucky I didn’t break anything valuable on my body. We now use the step only for our dog to get into the car.
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« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2016, 12:04:22 AM »
[quote timestamp="1464167024" source="/post/21491/thread" author="@peislander"]
Quote from: @pinstriper" source="/post/21490/thread" timestamp="1464151500
That suggests the one I had was a poor quality knock-off from another manufacturer. Same look but not equal.[/quote]I think you might be right. I used one for years to help my 350 lb. 80 yr. old mother into cars or my jeep. She pivoted on it and it always supported her weight. I kept it in my trunk during cold PA winters and never had problems. My 2 yr. old granddaughter uses it currently to give "help" in the kitchen.

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