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Old 04-02-2012, 01:27 PM   #1
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new to the travel trailer scene

We just purchased a 16' Salem TT it is awsome.. we are towing this with a 98 ford explorer... since we are new to this scene we are staying close to home for the first few times out.. I would like to know if there are any others out there with the same size trailer with any words of wisdom for me So far we have had no problems... but who knows...we purchased this used, moved up from a tent.. I would appricate any help from the experienced travelers... pulling a trailer we are getting used to
other wise we had a blast our 1st time out
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:19 PM   #2
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In general, I think the new TT owner would do best just spending some time reading about all of their trailer's operations and systems from the tongue to the tail.

Most of your systems and appliances are in other units as well. Although it would help if you can specify what model Salem you have so that others with that model can chime in.

You can do searches on this forum for more specific information or post related questions that you have. Common items of interest for the new TT owner seem to be some of the following:

  • Weight distribution hitch
  • Battery (DC) and shore-power (AC) including the converter, breakers and fuses
  • Water system (how to light hot water heater, how to fill and drain fresh water tank, how to pressurize the system)
  • Fridge and stove operation
  • A/C and heater
  • Dumping (how to dump the black water and gray water tanks)
  • Roof care and maintenance (how to check for leaks and caulking)
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:09 PM   #3
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Welcome to the site, you'll find all kinds of information here.

I agree with Triguy, read through all the manuals and get comfortable with them in your driveway. Although, your doing the exact same thing my family did when we got our first TT. Go camping close to home/town so if you forget something it's not too far to go get. After a couple trips like that you'll be ready to venture out further. GL and happy camping.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:34 PM   #4
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There is certainly a learning curve to owning a travel trailer. The best part is once you get past the curve and you feel confident with your rig and related equipment. You will carry an aire of confidence with you as you set-up your rig like a pro, with all the cool little gadgets that add to the experience. Later, you will be relaxing at your campsite when a newbee will pull up next to you with their rig and fumble around like they are lost, you can walk over and lend them a hand as they work through their own learning curve.
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X2 daddytwins! I have been both in my camping experience. Learning and helping others.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:17 PM   #6
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I pulled a 16 foot trailer ( a gypsy ) with a chevy citation all equipped for towing and I never had any problem. Make sure you have a anti sway bar because single axle trailers tend to sway quite a lot on heavy wiind and when being passed by 18 wheelers. Show us a picture of your rig if you can. Happy camping
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:09 PM   #7
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I was looking at another photo when I bought my 16 foot trailer at the dealer before we went for a test drive. This dealer was good enough to let us try the trailer before we bought it. The day after the trailer was in my driveway. The year of this event was 1988. It was the first time that I was pulling a real trailer with hard walls. Before we got it we were pop up owners. This 16 feet trailer had everything including the full bathroom with hot water and a sofa. The weight was 1830 lbs and during these years the cars were rated to pull 2000 lbs. Today almost all the cars even the big ones are rated for 1000 lbs.
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I was looking at another photo when I bought my 16 foot trailer at the dealer before we went for a test drive. This dealer was good enough to let us try the trailer before we bought it. The day after the trailer was in my driveway. The year of this event was 1988. It was the first time that I was pulling a real trailer with hard walls. Before we got it we were pop up owners. This 16 feet trailer had everything including the full bathroom with hot water and a sofa. The weight was 1830 lbs and during these years the cars were rated to pull 2000 lbs. Today almost all the cars even the big ones are rated for 1000 lbs.
Awesome!!! Love it!!

My wife hates Citations! Long story but it involved me, a jade coloured Citation and high school!!!!!!!

I thought it was a pretty cool car. I then upgraded to a 1978 Pontiac LeMans that was five different shades of blue!!

Yep she still married me!
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