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Old 09-18-2015, 05:17 AM   #1
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Set up routine??

Picking up new TT today. We have been pop up campers for years. Have not used the gas/water/tanks etc. Etc. When you pull in campsite do you have a set-up routine? what's first thing.... level? Then what? Water? Electric? All seems little overwhelming. Hope to have a thorough PDI. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 09-18-2015, 05:28 AM   #2
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Electric check first. If the surge protector doesn't like the electric change sites. Then level, slides, and unpack. DH does outside while I do inside. Unless we are traveling with a lot of extra stuff, it takes about 15 minutes and then we are ready to relax. Have fun!

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Old 09-18-2015, 05:33 AM   #3
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Have been at a season spot now for 4 years and my set up time has been cut in half but we did set up and tear down every weekend before going to seasonal spot.

Process I used and may vary considerably by person:

1) getting the trailer level and stable within the campground spot before unhooking.
2) plug the trailer into cg electric.
3) hooking up city water hose and turning on the water
4) turning the electric water heater button on if you have one.
5) hooking up sewer hoses.
6) deploy slides if you have them
7) unpacking the tow vehicle and moving stuff to the trailer.
7) deploy awning
8) set up chair
9) grab a cold beer and relax for the weekend

Now that I'm seasonal at a campground

1) turn on water
2) turn on water heater button
3) unpack tow vehicle
4) deploy awning
5) fold out chair
6) grab beer and enjoy the weekend.

Having a dedicated spot at campground allows me to keep everything set up which has become less stressful and painful with the setting up and tearing down every weekend. I did that for 3 years and its a lot of work. Love the Seasonal spot we have now and is much more convienent.

Just my 2 cents. Once you do it a few times it won't be so overwhelming. Repetition is key.... Don't let it get overwhelming and if you have help it makes it even easier..

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Old 09-18-2015, 05:37 AM   #4
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You will find what works best for you. There is no exact routine for us after leveling, wheel chocks & unhitching. Electric and water / & sewer hose. Turn on the gas. If it is summer turn on AC if Cold turn on the heat. After you make sure water / is on and filled the water heater turn it on. DW puts out the slide & starts inside I do the outside. Put the stabilizers down. After the trailer is set, then the mats / chairs etc........... Once you do every thing a couple times it becomes second nature............... If we come after dark we just do what we need to to avoid disturbing the neighbors like leaving the sewer hose til the next day.

Then we get out the golf car....... DW & I often Laugh & say its a lot of work to go camping to relax...........

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Old 09-18-2015, 06:24 AM   #5
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IMHO the setup is less stressful than the tear down. If you get level and safe...the rest can be done with ease. The tear down is more critical to me, because you have to ensure everything is done before you leave. I have certain things I take care one else knows anyway. Level. Chocking. Truck stuff. Sewer/water/electric. Antenna. Safety. DW handles a lot of the inside stuff. Kids are good with packing more than setup. I spend most of my time cooking and cleaning...or so it seems.

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Old 09-18-2015, 06:43 AM   #6
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Everybody will tell you their way but you'll find your own, mine goes, level side to side, electric,get fridge going, chock tires, start unhooking, level front to back, hook up water or fill tank,open awning and slides have a beer go inside start ac and set up inside, move all outside furniture out.
Think about things before you do them make life easier not harder.
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Old 09-18-2015, 07:20 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by MCTroy View Post
Electric check first. If the surge protector doesn't like the electric change sites.
This is a real good first step before you go ahead and do anything else, including leveling. Lot of CGs have electric issues they don't necessariliy even know about.
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Old 09-18-2015, 07:30 AM   #8
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One thing that no one has mentioned is, make sure that you have room to extend your slides and awnings. We have more than once got, everything set up only to find that there is a post or tree that won't allow us to extend our slides.
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Old 09-18-2015, 07:31 AM   #9
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Make sure your water heater has water in it before turning on the gas or electric heating features. If no water you can burn it up quickly. When I hook up the water or turn on the pump; wait a bit to make sure everything (lines and tank on you water heater) fills up. Check at the pressure relief valve on the hot water heater before turn on your heating source.

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Old 09-18-2015, 09:15 AM   #10
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OP if you notice just about everybody does it the same after you have the trailer level, wheels chocked and un-hooked from your tow vehicle. Most husband wife teams will have the guy do all the outside stuff, electric connection first, water second, sewer if available third but no hurry on that. Other side of the trailer you'll be putting out the awning (maybe with DW help), setting up patio mat, tables, chairs etc. Once your "camp" is set then move to any un-loading of the TV such as firewood, groceries etc. The Mrs. should have everything stowed and tidy inside by now. When you raise the TV antennae you want to have some kind of reminder that it is up. Some folks tie different color ribbons or such to their steering wheel of the tow vehicle for things to remember like the antennae is up, up-plug electric etc. before pulling away. I tie a long red sash to the antennae crank handle as a reminder. I also do the same on roof top vents to remind me or my wife to shut, and again on my awning arm (mines electric) as a reminder that I have the tension screw tightened. What ever system you develop make sure you and the wife do. it the exact same way each time you camp. This way the repetition of setting up will become second nature. The same is true with breaking camp. Develop a routine of order that you stow things, take in the awning, un-hook the water and the electric (which is what I do last). Sewer and dumping will depend again on whether or not you have it at the campsite or you are going to a dump station. Always always have both you and your wife, separately, do a final walk around before jumping into the truck to leave. Enjoy the new rig, you'll have a blast!

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