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Old 07-30-2014, 12:00 PM   #1
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What does first time owner need? 195BH

I've just purchased the 2014 Salem Cruse Lite 195BH and picking up in a couple days. This will be our first TT and I need some advice on what I need to get or stock up on. While this is a 2014 I'm buying it from an individual who has had it for 6 months but needs to get rid of it, so I'm not getting all the dealer training. They are however including all the manuals, hoses, hitch and sway bars, propane tank filled, battery, and a trailer cover.
Can anyone offer suggestions on items I need as well as knowledge for use?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-30-2014, 12:08 PM   #2
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Patience and a sense of humor!

Take a short weekend get away, close to home. Real close to home. There is no sense running to Walmart when what you forgot is sitting at home. Even spend the weekend at home in your trailer. What do you feel you need? What can you live without?

Then, be ready to laugh at yourself when you do something really dumb...ohh and don't forget to post it here. Life lessons for all!

Happy Camping and Good Luck!

Relax and enjoy your investment. If something is wrong, take a deep breath and look at all the options. Seek help, this forum is great place to start.
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Old 07-30-2014, 12:10 PM   #3
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There's a guy on this site (ependydad) that runs a "Learn to RV" website. He's got a pretty easy to understand list of what you need to start out here:

Learn To RV: Newbie - First Trip Essentials

Other than that, if you have specific questions about how certain items work, we'll be glad to help.

1st tip: Don't turn the HW tank on electric unless it's got water in it.
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:07 PM   #4
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If the guy "needs to get rid of it" it sounds fishy. Make sure it wasnt flooded. If it was me i would be very curious purchasing a used rv. I bought one at a deal. Two months later had half of the floor soft. Ended up selling it for half price "as is". Two things ill never buy used, rvs and atvs
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:18 PM   #5
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X2 what Kuba said - check it out well!

X2 what Kaadk said.

Tip: Unless the sewer hose is a Rhinoflex, trash it and buy a Rhinoflex. Trust me on this.
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:24 PM   #6
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If the guy "needs to get rid of it" it sounds fishy. Make sure it wasnt flooded. If it was me i would be very curious purchasing a used rv. I bought one at a deal. Two months later had half of the floor soft. Ended up selling it for half price "as is". Two things ill never buy used, rvs and atvs

It's not an issue. Don't want to discuss their family details but it's all good.
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:31 PM   #7
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:33 PM   #8
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Btw..... I also own a Salem (26rks) and love it. Im seasonal, take it out twice a year and cant wait to get to it every week. Have fun!!!
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:51 PM   #9
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I also have a Salem. Take Kaadk's advice and check out ependydad's site. I would also suggest that the seller go through everything that he knows about the unit with you and it won't hurt to use your phone to take short movies as he explains things. Valve positions on the hot water heater lines during winterizing/summerizing comes to mind. You will forget things until you have done them a couple times. Have fun!
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Hi, and Good Camping, We've got a 282 RK Hemishpere and love it. Anyway, if the previous owner is up to it, have them go over the basic details, such as where is the water pump and heater, bypass valve, fuses/breakers, etc. There are some good posts on pdi's (pre delivery inspections) which can help point out what you need to know, or questions to ask.

Driveway camp the first night or two and make sure everything works and you know how to work it. That goes for stuff you may not need at this time of the year such as furnace, but make sure it works. Have the previous owner set it up and show you how every appliance operates.

As for what you need, the basics are wheel chocks, leveling blocks, stabilizing pads, white potable water hose, sewer hook up hoses, RV toilet paper and chemicals, electric cord and adaptors.

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