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Old 05-17-2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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Getting ready for the camping season

Hello All,

I have had my 122BH winterized during the cold weather and we are ready to get it prepared for the camping season. I have charged my battery, but I am a complete newbie regarding the other tasks needed to get my camper ready for the road. Could anyone post a list of things to be done and a short description of how to do them when required. I need to know how to properly fill the camper with water making sure that the water heater is filled and all of the valves are in their proper positions. I also need to know how to test the water heater, water pump, etc. prior to hitting the road. Also, do I need to grease the wheel bearings for the season?
Many thanks in advance for your help with this information!

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Old 05-17-2013, 04:26 PM   #2
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The first thing I would do is hook the water up to the city water and open all the faucets and get all the pink anti freeze out. Then I am sure you by passed your water heater so turn the valves back in the summer position so you can fill hot water tank. Then open the pressure relief valve on your hot water tank to get all the air out when filling the tank by opening a hot water faucet in the camper.. Then once water is coming out close the valve and let the tank fill. Then turn on propane and purge out lines by turning on the stove till you get it to light and then light your hot water heater let it warm up a bit and check for hot water at faucets.

Yes putting some grease in the wheel bearings wouldn't be a bad idea.

Good luck!!
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:36 PM   #3
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Many Thanks wyo700!!!

That's just the information I was looking for! I appreciate your taking the time to help out.

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Old 05-17-2013, 05:56 PM   #4
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Don't put TOO much grease in the bearings, it's possible you could blow out the grease seals in the hub. Grease will then migrate into the brake drum and bye-bye brakes. Don't ask me how I know (ok, I'll tell: lost brakes in mountains in Alaska last summer, repair shop in Anchorage said too much grease in the hub blew the seals, and they see that a lot with campers that have the hubs like ours). Just a squirt or two should do it.
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Old 05-19-2013, 02:35 AM   #5
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Many Thanks thehamguy1,

That is good information and I will follow your hard earned wisdom. We are heading up to southwest Colorado over the Memorial Day weekend to visit one of my absolute favorite camping spots just east of Durango near the Vallecito reservoir. Very pretty country for sure.

Thanks for the advice!

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Oh man, Kix, I wish we were going along! We've had many happy camping experiences in Colorado and New Mexico, though not in the area you're headed for. Please have so much fun that you have extra to give away!
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Going to dewinterize.

This is how I do the plumbing...
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Many Thanks to all for the great advice! I have completed my de-winterizing procedure and everything looks good! I have my camper plugged in to power in my driveway and everything is working great...water system, water heater, faucets, shower, drains, lights, A/C and Heat systems, stove and grill, microwave, radio, furnace, leak check on the roof, greased wheel bearings (lightly), lubed and checked hitch and associated equipment, brakes and brake lights work well. Nw...if I could only get my refrigerator to work!!! AAARRRGGGHH!!! I can't seem to get it to work no matter what I do. Plugged in to 110 power it should start to work pretty quickly, right? Any suggestions?

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I'll post some pictures from this weekend if I can. SW Colorado is truly beautiful!
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Plugged in to 110 power it should start to work pretty quickly, right? Any suggestions?
"Pretty quickly" --- Not.

Using shore power, it could take from 8 - 12 hours to cool an empty fridge.

I put bag ice in the freezer, and turn it on the night before I plan on loading it.

FYI - Propane is a more efficient heat source so if you are cramped for time, switch it to "gas only."
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if I could only get my refrigerator to work!!! AAARRRGGGHH!!! I can't seem to get it to work no matter what I do. Plugged in to 110 power it should start to work pretty quickly, right? Any suggestions?
I had a problem like that and I found out that the power outlet to the fridge was dead by connecting a power drill to it. All I had to do was to reset the GFCI outlet. I hope that is the case...

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