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Old 12-19-2015, 03:43 AM   #1
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First TT Trip Ever, wish me luck at the Oregon Coast!

We just bought a Cherokee 264L at the RV show. I have spent the last two weeks learning, preparing, upgrading and practicing. I have hitched up and driven every day. We took a drive over a small pass in a small storm to make sure my TV would hold up. I had no issues but added a sway control arm and readjusted the hitch and bars so I am riding level fully loaded.

We are only going 150 miles so this will be a good ice breaker. We are going to use an RV park to get started so we have access to supplies, propane and internet until we understand how fast we will use our fuel and water in 35 degree weather.

Doing two days in Astoria and two days in Lincoln City, Oregon. We will let you know how it goes.


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Old 12-19-2015, 05:22 AM   #2
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Did you get the Optional Sky light in the slide? Youroo!!

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Old 12-19-2015, 07:03 AM   #3
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Good luck and have fun. Be patient and take your time. Double check and the check again when setting up and breaking down. Have another set of eyes to check also. You can do it!
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:50 AM   #4
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Good luck I bet it's beautiful out there!
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Old 12-19-2015, 09:00 AM   #5
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A few suggestions:

While at home in a nice dry warm place, write out your set up and break down process step by step. This may prevent a mistake if you end up setting up in the rain or after dark. It will not go to waste as it is a plus when it comes time to sell and upgrade. After a few trips you will not need it.

Make sure to take an pen and note pad to make a " We need to get this list"

Most importantly have fun that's why you bought it.

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Old 12-19-2015, 09:08 AM   #6
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Enjoy the coast!! We are heading out tomorrow for Ft Stevens State Park just outside of Astoria! Spending the week through Christmas. It's beautiful, and you should enjoy your time.

Have fun!!

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Old 12-19-2015, 12:41 PM   #7
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Don't stop in Lincoln City.......come down here...Quartzsite, Arizona! KOA in Lincoln City is kinda out of the way, state park is right close to everything....Have a good/fun time!
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Old 12-19-2015, 12:58 PM   #8
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Have fun and enjoy your new camper!
x2 on writing down ahead of time for directions on setting up & breaking camp.
x2 for notebook on dotting down notes.
Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

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Old 12-19-2015, 01:05 PM   #9
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First trip

We use a small electric space heater to conserve fuel, just turn it off when you need to use another appliance to keep from tripping a breaker. Hope you enjoy
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Old 12-19-2015, 01:14 PM   #10
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Have fun.....don't panic when you see Highway 101 between Astoria and Lincoln City. Just go slow, especially north of Tillamook. We spent the summber in Gold Beach south of where you're going and we loved Turtle Rock RV Park there. A great couple run that park if you're looking for a place to rest for a night or so.

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