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Old 01-12-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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Hi all, just purchased a new LaCrosse 318BHS and can't wait to use it! Dealer is going to deliver it to a seasonal site we have April - October. This will be our first experience setting up for a whole season. We had a Hybrid Jayco for the past couple of years, but time came for a larger unit and we found a camp ground we love. That said, can anyone provide me with some advice on this?

A few things come to mind:
  • Can we keep our fridge plugged in all season, or should I shut down/clean each week and plug in only when we stay?
  • Do I need to periodically turn the wheels so they're not in the same position supporting the trailer all season?
  • What should I use under the tires for leveling?
  • Should I use wood or cinder blocks under the jacks?
  • How often should I flush the tanks?
In addition to the above, if anything else comes to mind please share. THANKS!
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:28 PM   #2
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The fridge will run all season. If you keep much in it, leave on auto switchover, and a propane tank on. In case the campground lost power, the fridge would switch to propane, and when power was restored, it would switch back.
Wood under the tires will work. Many people buy the tire covers, to keep the sunlight form deteriorating the rubber in the tires. Wood will be fine under the jacks also. You will have a to make adjustments occasionally, as things settle in the ground.

As for the tanks, make sure they are dumped and clean, each time you leave. You don't want to come back and find an odor in the camper you don't like. Enjoy.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:48 PM   #3
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A good alternative to wood under the tires and jacks is the synthetic deck material. No rotting, doesn't absorb water, and no insects. You only need short pieces under the jacks, and I got my pieces just listening for the sound of a circular saw in the neighborhood, figuring out who was building a new deck, and wandering over with a couple of cold beers....
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Windrider pretty much sums up what we do. All I would add is to keep your tires inflated to max (or even a couple of lbs. higher) and spin the tires a bit twice a year. We do take ours on the road now and then which is good for it as well. Just thought of one more thing which is to turn off the city water connection before you go home for the week.
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wow great move while permant campsites are not for everyone we have loved this camping style we have had ours at our site for 6seasons the site in my photo is not our current one but ya treat it like you live there my wife and I live only 15 miles from ours so we do live at ours all summer have fun
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Thanks for replies, all! what should i expect for electric costs?
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Hi all, just purchased a new LaCrosse 318BHS and can't wait to use it! Dealer is going to deliver it to a seasonal site we have April - October. This will be our first experience setting up for a whole season. We had a Hybrid Jayco for the past couple of years, but time came for a larger unit and we found a camp ground we love. That said, can anyone provide me with some advice on this?




A few things come to mind:
  • Can we keep our fridge plugged in all season, or should I shut down/clean each week and plug in only when we stay?
  • Do I need to periodically turn the wheels so they're not in the same position supporting the trailer all season?
  • What should I use under the tires for leveling?
  • Should I use wood or cinder blocks under the jacks?
  • How often should I flush the tanks?
In addition to the above, if anything else comes to mind please share. THANKS!

Welcome and congratulations on the new camper!

Refrigerator - Years ago when still owned our first TT, one of the dealership owners told me that you double the life on a refrigerator by leaving it plugged and running 24/7.

Leveling - The Lynx Levelers work great. Too, they can be under the stabilizers. Walmart has them for $30.

Tanks - Do a search on this forum for the Geo-Method.


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