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Old 01-21-2012, 07:47 PM   #1
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New Salem 30KQBSS

Just bought a New Salem 30KQBSS I have not used it yet because they are holding it till the spring. I was wondering a few thinks if I may ask.

1. What the heck did I get into., this is our first TT and I hope it will be a blast.

2. Any think I need to know before out first outing. We are going to keep it close to the house in-case we need something.

3. I was thinking about getting the Honda Generators the 2000IE and companion with it. Will that have the watts I need to run the air ad the outside frig. at the same time. Or should I go with something else?

4. do I need to get any tool or equipment for the trailer inside or out.

thats about it for now any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:53 PM   #2
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Congrats...you will have fun..I do not believe 2000watts is enough to run the AC and frig...I would recommend 3500 minimum.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:15 PM   #3
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the OP plans on getting two Honda 2000w with one being the Companion model.
to run the a/c and the outside fridge, you'll need to run the both of them.
even just the a/c will require both.

but, if you don't need the a/c, then one 2000 will run everything else.

you'll need a WDH and stuff for the black tank. if it doesn't have a built-in tank flush device, then you could use an add-on one.
an electric tongue jack is a top choice.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:28 PM   #4
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Congrats on the Salem!

I would recommend upgrading some of the stuff in the starter kit like the water and sewer hoses. It would be a good idea to have some sort of tool kit for the RV. If you have a manual awning I recommend some sort of gloves to protect your hands. I got a rope burn the first time I rolled up the awning while holding onto the strap. With gloves on I can control the speed the awning rolls up before using the hook.

When I first brought my trailer I was overwhelmed and thought "What did I do?" I took things one step at a time. As a single female I have to find ways to make it work. It was several outings before I even attempted to use the awning or TV set.

Best advice:

1) I could give is to get out and talk to your campsite neighbors. RVers are known for being helpful and a great source of information. Most people will drop everything to help when they find out that you are a newbie.

2) Don't sweat the small stuff.

Try not to buy everything in sight until you know what you really need. LOL - didn't work for me either. With this said a lot of stuff you can get later on once you know what you really need or want.

It's going to be a long winter for you.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:59 PM   #5
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You really need to come to the Mini FROG Rally, that way we can all come over and check out your new outside kitchen. You are doing the cooking?
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What did you get into? A whole new outlook on life, nature, adventure and a lot of fun.
Explore your local mountains, big or small, go to national parks and see the sights, get out of the travel paradigm that suggests motels, hotels and cities as destinations and create your own destinations.
Watch the steam rise off a lake early in the morning, watch the wildlife drink from the same lake, explore the natural skies, full of more stars than ever before because they are not washed out by city lights.
Enjoy your travel, slow down and read the historical signs at the pullouts, don't worry about towing, just use caution and take your time. There is so much to see and do.
I relate traveling in an RV to the movie Cars, when Lightening McQueen is forced to see what the fast paced world has bypassed.
Most of all, use it and enjoy it.
That's what you have gotten yourself into
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What did you get into? A whole new outlook on life, nature, adventure and a lot of fun.
Explore your local mountains, big or small, go to national parks and see the sights, get out of the travel paradigm that suggests motels, hotels and cities as destinations and create your own destinations.
Watch the steam rise off a lake early in the morning, watch the wildlife drink from the same lake, explore the natural skies, full of more stars than ever before because they are not washed out by city lights.
Enjoy your travel, slow down and read the historical signs at the pullouts, don't worry about towing, just use caution and take your time. There is so much to see and do.
I relate traveling in an RV to the movie Cars, when Lightening McQueen is forced to see what the fast paced world has bypassed.
Most of all, use it and enjoy it.
That's what you have gotten yourself into
Flyrotor you nailed it I was just saying to some friends of mine that I have a trailer I Can go fishing again slow down and see some sites. Would you be a motivational speaker by chance. I mean that in a good way.That is some good stuff you said there.
by the way all I did pick up a generator today at the RV trade show in Dayton. Power House 2700 with companion. The manual says it will max 54KW and continuous 50KW. I think I will be happy when I finely install them on the TT and take them for a spin. My next task is to mount a carrier on the back of the TT to carry the generators on. The problem is that My BBG swings in and out from the center of the tail bumper. I only have about 48" before I will get in the way of BBG. I might just make a rack to mount the on just not as big as the one's in the store 5 or 6 ft.
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:13 PM   #8
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looks like I will be picking up the tt this monday and bring it home, I have way to mugh stuff in the garage waiting to fill the trailer up. I will check the new 2700 with a load by the weekend.
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DougP47 We have a Salem KQBSS and love it.It has the chocolate interior.The only trouble we have had so far was a small issue with the fridge fan not turning off and the bunk room pocket door popping off one slide.Hope you have many enjoyable trips with it.Happy camping.
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Welcome to the Salem club! One thing that is helping me (also my first TT) is to make up a "pre-flight" checklist of things to do before you move it. Things like "crank up the jacks," "lock all the outside compartments," crank down the TV antenna," "disconnect the electric/city water/cable/sewer hose," etc. I think it helps you to avoid making expensive mistakes until that list becomes second nature in your head.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:24 PM   #11
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I hope to try out the generators this weekend. Hope the weather holds out a little longer. I would like to put a small load on generators till I get them broke in.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:41 PM   #12
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all I can say is beautiful!!! and I want my new FW so that camping season can start!!!
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Whatcha towing it with?
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We tow ours with a Hemi as well.
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DougP47 We have a Salem KQBSS and love it.It has the chocolate interior.The only trouble we have had so far was a small issue with the fridge fan not turning off and the bunk room pocket door popping off one slide.Hope you have many enjoyable trips with it.Happy camping.
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We had a few small thinks so far this year.
The hot water went out at first try replaced the heating element. Good to go.
The divider for the cough/bench top rail popped off from the wall side. I tried to nail it back but, the next outing it popped up again. Where the vinyl cap screws screwed in to the frame had split. The wood was pretty soft, so I replaced that and all is well with that.
Went on an outing over the 4th July about 104 F. ouch I will never do that again. My gems parallel set up stop working so I had to run them one at a time. It worked for a little while. By the end of the 2nd day we was heading home both gens blow up with only 18 hours on them. They manufacture replaced them about 1 month later. the gens are working fine for now
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:09 PM   #17
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Congrats on your purchase. I highly recommend the Equalizer sway control hitch. Every spring we camp close to home. This way you can go get/buy anything that you forgot to pack. Also, make a check list of things that you need to pack or bring camping with you.
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Welcome to the family! I second the recommendation on the Equalizer--excellent piece of engineering that is super easy to use once it's installed and set up. Good luck with it!
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I took the gens for a ride on July 4th weekend. It was 104 at the camp site, can you say HOT. What was I thinking? The gens would not work on the parallel no voltage. I ran the tt on one and everything work till I switched to the other one and that one would shut down switch back to the other one and by the end of the day it had seized up. Took them back and got 2 new one and the parallel port works just fine. What a weekend
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I took the gens for a ride on July 4th weekend. It was 104 at the camp site, can you say HOT. What was I thinking? The gens would not work on the parallel no voltage. I ran the tt on one and everything work till I switched to the other one and that one would shut down switch back to the other one and by the end of the day it had seized up. Took them back and got 2 new one and the parallel port works just fine. What a weekend
I'm assuming gens=generators... Why do you have 2 generators? Why not just have 1 big one?
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