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Old 03-19-2018, 11:51 AM   #1
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New Camper tips/things to know

Hello friends. With our recent Salem 27DBK purchase Ive spent some time going around these threads trying to learn as much as I can. I came across one saying you should run the furnace of a new camper with the windows open for a few hours to avoid the smoke alarm going off from the oil left in the new furnace. I was wondering if there is anything else to know? Anything I should do or have, any tips at all to ensure that were ready to go? Thanks.
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Old 03-19-2018, 12:13 PM   #2
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After you have everything ready to pull away from home or your campsite, have both of you walk around the trailer to be sure the slides are in, awning in, water and electric are unhooked, stabilizers up, hooked up correctly, including safety chains, jack up, stair handle pulled in, stairs up, lights on, bikes and other similar things tied on correctly, chocks out, etc. Also, make sure you have a spotter out if you are near any trees or branches or other obstacles to be sure your corners do not hit. And yes, we have missed a few of these things, despite having both of us look closely. Some use a check off sheet, which might be a good idea.
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Old 03-19-2018, 12:23 PM   #3
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Maybe this will help:
http://learntorv.com/newbie-first-trip-essentials/
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People refer to "camp driveway" to suggest a trial run either at your house or incredibly close by. This is a good way to find out the basic needs: blankets, bedding, pillows, toothbrush, cookware, pots, pans, etc. Basically, when you try to live a day in the RV, your misses will become apparent. And, because you're at home, it's no big deal.

You will also have to do some leveling, even at home. So, it will force you to do that. And, if you need to trim up some lumber, you can walk over to your garage and pull out the chop saw.

If you have all the stuff in the trailer to live, eat, and be comfortable, and if you have all the stuff you need to level your trailer, then you are set.

You'll build out the rest with experience.

The other stuff is safety of you and your equipment. You need to build a cadence of set-up and tear-down. Even silly stuff, like chock the wheels before you unhitch your trailer, can get you. Yes, that happens. My buddy did it, but he was in a tiny pop-up, so we quickly just grabbed it before it rolled away.

For those things, you can build a checklist sheet, I suppose, but it's going to be trailer-specific (e.g., do you have a slide? an awning?). Best just to do a thorough walk-around each time before you set up, before you tear down, and after you tear down (before you drive away).

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Old 03-19-2018, 02:39 PM   #6
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Congrats on the purchase. My wife and I picked up the same unit about 5 weeks ago, going camping this weekend for our first official trip.

No real suggestions from me as I am kind of in the same boat. Looking through threads here has me feeling pretty good, but, I am sure there will be a learning curve.
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Have you sanitized the water system?
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Have you sanitized the water system?


I have not, what am I looking to do for that?
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I have not, what am I looking to do for that?
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Eww, stinky water! Sanitizing the fresh water system. | Learn To RV
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Be sure there is water in your water heater before you power it up with electric. The heating element will die in a few seconds without water.
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