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Old 07-10-2007, 08:06 AM   #1
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Hello all: I'm not normally a forum person but after reading thru some of your threads I found all of you very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. My husband and I just bought the 2008 Grey Wolf 26BH and we pick it up this Saturday 7/14/07. The PDI info is great since we are upgrading from a Rockwood pop-up that has only a fresh water holding tank and although my husband is one of the handiest men alive, it will give him certain things to really look for. We will have our new camper for a couple of weeks before going for a week vacation and my husband is looking forward to getting it home to start modifying the inside with the comforts of home (nothing too big, just little things). My sister and her husband have a big fifth wheel and have already suggested that we go to a big empty parking lot and practice backing this big thing up between cones and I see we need to fill the fresh water tank up to see if we have any leaks. Does anyone have any other suggestions of what we should do to prep for this trip before we are so far from home? Thanks
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:28 AM   #2
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Make sure and do a thorough walk through. It will be easier than bringing it back because of a leak. I also have a 26BH. In my backyard currently we have it completely setup and I went through everything myself just like I did with the guy at the shop, so I could be sure and do it myself. One of the first things I have found I need to do is add a door to get into the front storage area on the opposite side of the door. If something rolls to the opposite side by the hot water tank I have to send my son in after it. So far everything is perfect. I have found no leaks or anything wrong with it.
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:59 AM   #3
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While new and in the back yard it's a good idea to use all the systems including heat and air, water heater, run the frige on all available sources (shore power, LP, and battery if equipped) all LP appliances, fill and sanitize the fresh water tank and test-dump the grey, galley (if equipped) and black tanks to be sure all valves are working and leak-free. If you do this while the grey and black tanks are new you can dump on the grass without causing a stink with your neighbors (pun intended!).
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Old 07-10-2007, 10:45 AM   #4
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You guys are great, I'll be sure and put that on my husbands checklist of things to do. Now, what do you use to sanitize the fresh water tank? Also, the chemical that is put into the black tank, are there some proven brands that I should try? Thanks bunches.
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Old 07-10-2007, 11:29 AM   #5
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I have found that the bigger ones are much easier to back up than the small ones. I can put my big Flagstaff right on the money where I want to but my little utility trailer, which is not much smaller than a pop up, is a real pain to back up.
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Old 07-10-2007, 11:35 AM   #6
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I use 1/4 cup of bleach per 10 gallons of water. Hook your fresh water hose to the house, pour the bleach in the hose, then use it to fill your fresh water tank to full. Run the bleached water through every faucet - hot and cold - and let it sit for a few hours. Run the faucets and toilet to fill the grey and black tanks until the fresh water tank is empty. Refill the fresh water tank with unbleached water and repeat running faucets and toilet to empty. Test dump the grey and black tanks (when they are new and unused - after using the black tank you will not be able to test dump at home without a sanitary hook up). Good to go!
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Old 07-10-2007, 11:49 AM   #7
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Lots of good suggestions here. I can only add that prayer also helps.
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Old 07-10-2007, 12:31 PM   #8
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Also, if your going long distance don't forget
to bring a extra spare tire along. (No pun intended)
Sometimes you can have more than one blow out on
a trip. I hear that the Carlsile tires that our Cherokee's
come with are not highly regarded.
Also, my daughter says to leave the "dougnuts" at home.

Three (3) different posters with the same
model travel trailer. Two of them in the last week.

If we keep up at this rate,
WE MIGHT CHANGE THE NAME
OF THIS FORUM TO:
FOREST RIVER CHEROKEE GREY WOLF 26 BH FORUMS!

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More than one blowout Nina??? Here you go again!
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Old 07-12-2007, 12:13 AM   #10
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Hello all! I just wanted to tell all of you that you have been a great help for encie63 and I with our adventure into "big rig" camping! We have been so excited to hear all the things all of you had said so we know what to look for and what to do while we are at the dealership. Being Encie63's "handy dandy fix it man" I know I will have my hands full, but all of you have been an awesome help as we embark on our new adventure in life and camping together! Thank you all so much!!

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