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Old 09-15-2013, 01:03 PM   #1
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First Trip Jitters

Tomorrow I head to a local campground for my maiden voyage. Have to admit that I'm a little nervous. Sure hope I don't mess anything up. Worried about getting it backed into the spot since I'll be by myself. I'm hoping not to have an audience...that would make me really nervous on my first trip out.
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Old 09-15-2013, 01:29 PM   #2
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Wish you well. Hopefully you have been studying/reading up on things. Just take it slow and easy. It'll get easier with time and experience.

The only advice I can offer at this point is to make ABSOLUTELY sure you chock (front and back) your trailer tires BEFORE you unhook from the tow vehicle.

You should do fine, and feel free to ask about anything you may have doubts or concerns here.
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Old 09-15-2013, 01:44 PM   #3
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Tomorrow I head to a local campground for my maiden voyage. Have to admit that I'm a little nervous. Sure hope I don't mess anything up. Worried about getting it backed into the spot since I'll be by myself. I'm hoping not to have an audience...that would make me really nervous on my first trip out.
Don't be shy about accepting help from neighboring campers with that back-in!

WMTire can suggest a great back-up camera set up for ya as well.

There are links here to great check lists for hooking up, and unooking as well.

Even though we've done this a few times now, we almost screwed up in TN....we didn't like the position of our RV and decided to move it forward in the space a bit. I checked and every thing looked like it had plenty of slack.... and thankfully I stood there to watch as he inched forward....

Good thing DH is quick on the STOP NOW! pedal....dang near pulled the fresh water hose out of the side of the TT.

(haven't confessed to this until now....so *hush* WMTire!) I can hear you laughing from here....
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Old 09-15-2013, 01:47 PM   #4
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Tomorrow I head to a local campground for my maiden voyage. Have to admit that I'm a little nervous. Sure hope I don't mess anything up. Worried about getting it backed into the spot since I'll be by myself. I'm hoping not to have an audience...that would make me really nervous on my first trip out.
Perhaps you will have some people on the side line that will help you with the backing in if you ask for their help.

Scout out your spot by walking it before you start your backing up and stop if you're not sure of your clearance.

Remember that probably each audience member who may be watching you has been in your position themselves the first time and if they are like most of your fellow RVers, they will be understanding. And who knows, you might shoe horn your unit in the spot the first time.

What CG are you going to?
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Old 09-15-2013, 02:06 PM   #5
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Local campground - good.

Backup - can always practice at a big empty parking lot on the way.

2304S - sized like my first, much easier for beginner, remember slide needs room bottom and top

Audience - don't let others distract you

Make a check-list as you have fun learning what to do, slow/enjoy
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Ditto on what B47 said. Get out and take a look around. Take it extra slow and see if you do need help. Other campers can be great with helping so don't be afraid to ask.

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Old 09-15-2013, 02:11 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I've downloaded some checklists that I'm about to print out. If I can't get it backed in on the first couple of tries and there is someone willing to help I think I'll take them up on it.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I've downloaded some checklists that I'm about to print out. If I can't get it backed in on the first couple of tries and there is someone willing to help I think I'll take them up on it.
Let us know how it goes.
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Two years ago, I was like jtintx, heading out for my first trip by myself.

Although the campers were good intentioned backup helpers, the variety of hand and voice signals confused me, so I thanked and said I wanted to get used to doing it by myself.

Took me longer, and I 'B47' scouted my site high and low, over and over, as I backed up a bit at a time. Each of us is different. That worked for me, and has since as a solo camper.

The best general advise I can give is 'take your time' both backing and setting-up/taking-down. Most of my mistakes over the last two years came from either rushing or distractions.
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Just load up as best you think and go.

Each time you go out you'll get a little bit more savvy and forget a few less things.

Everyone has a "first time"....
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