Well mine isn't the most expensive, but I've got a good one.
Date: May 2004
Event: East Tennessee HRC AKC Hunt Test
Location: Sweetwater, TN
It was hotter than blue blazes and I was worried about my dog overheating while waiting to run. Luckily I had a plan. My F-150 extended cab allowed me to put my dogs crate in the back seat. My truck had heavy duty everything (cooling system, battery, alternator, etc.). I could run that thing all day in park and it wouldn't run hot and the A/C would fog up the windows. So I left it running with the A/C on full blast while waiting for my dog's turn. I locked it of course, counting on my remote control to open the door when needed. When it was time to get my dog out of the truck and get him ready for the holding blind I find out a critical piece of information: On a 1998 F-150 the remote control will not unlock the doors if the engine is running. I DID NOT KNOW THAT. That would have been a handy little piece of information to have. Well the closest spare key was about 4 1/2 hours away. I didn't know any locals. I didn't know how to reach a locksmith in Sweetwater TN on a Saturday afternoon. If I did call a locksmith, I didn't know how to tell them to find me on a friggin' dairy farm AND it was time for my dog to run. Sonofa.....
So I calmly decided to bust out a window...but which one? Well the little sliding part of the back window was clearly the smallest piece of glass in the truck that I could fit through. It also wasn't curved or attached to any electronics (like the electric side windows). IT HAD TO BE THE CHEAPEST AND EASIEST WINDOW TO REPLACE RIGHT??? So I bust it out, climb through, get my dog out and head to the line. Then people start asking me why I'm bleeding. Well, I received a minor cut that I didn't even feel, but I bled like a stuck pig. My dog also had a "no bird" and should have had another.
I later find that you cannot replace just the sliding part of a sliding rear window. It is all one assembly and it is the most expensive window in the whole darn truck! It cost $463 to replace...but at least my dog passed.
After this lesson, I continued to lock my dog in the A/C in instances like this one, but I had an extra key on me because I knew the remote wouldn't work.
Just gimme' my ribbon and a bandage regards,