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Old 04-09-2015, 10:19 PM   #1
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I'm a first time RV owner; recently bought a new 2015 261BHXL. I've never been camping before, but my 8 year old son has been after me to buy one, so we dove right in and did so. Picked it up a couple weeks ago and been doing a few things to it here and there, just getting us ready to go to a state park in 2 weeks.

A few questions:
-Is there a Perko switch or a battery shut off? Over time, my battery seems to wear down, not sure what's pulling on it while stored, but once a week it goes dead.

-The black/gray water drain that angles down in the back left of the TT is extremely low to the ground; how much ground clearance is normal? I'm thinking mine has about 8" of ground clearance.

-What are some modifications you've made to your TT that you really like?

-What are some accessories that you'd recommend?

Thanks!
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Old 04-09-2015, 10:24 PM   #2
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Make sure no lights are left on inside or out, or in storage compartments and the radio isnt on. Also I would suggest you hook it up at home or close buy and turn everything on except the toilet to make sure it works b4 you go away to camp. Get your basics( leveler, toilet paper, toilet chemicals, wheel chicks, plug in, sewer hose, clean drinking water hose, etc. drain seems normal to me. Post a pic!
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Old 04-09-2015, 10:30 PM   #3
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I just bought the same trailer. More storage than I thought. Click image for larger version

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Old 04-09-2015, 10:34 PM   #4
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Hockeyzebra27 - Looks very similar, except mine says Wildwood X-Lite on front. Does your antenna stay at that height or does it go up/down? I can't seem to find a crank to raise/lower mine.

Arkguy29 - I'll post a pic soon...thanks for all the info!
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Old 04-09-2015, 10:37 PM   #5
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Carbon monoxide detector, smoke alarm, anything with led power lights can drain power. I don't have this TT but if it has a battery cutoff, they are usually very near the battery. Mods and accessories to consider.... Oxigenics shower head for more pressure and Mattress topper like 2" memory foam are things we really appreciate. Enjoy your TT and make list of things you have questions about. Lots of knowledge here.
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Old 04-09-2015, 11:17 PM   #6
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Unfortunately most all battery cutoff switches do not cut off the carbon dioxide / LP gas detector and that alone will drain the battery. You have 2 choices in this area: disconnect one of the wires at the battery or leave it plugged in and charging. Plugged in and charging is best in my opinion. Do you store your camper at home? If so plugging in should not be a problem.

Some not so good news is that it's not good to drain a battery close to zero, it will shorten it's run time. If you are going to go boondocking (which is running off of the battery only) and not plugging in, this battery will not run as long as if it was new. State parks almost always have power so you are good there no matter what condition the battery is in.

My water drain is also frighteningly low but in 2 seasons of camping every other weekend it hasn't hit anything yet.

If you haven't already, read up on treating and cleaning your black and gray water tank. Many here including me use the GEO Method of treating the black and gray water tank. You should also get a Flush King or similar device to back flush your black and grey tank when you pull out of the campground. This is very important for tank health.
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Old 04-10-2015, 09:14 AM   #7
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I can't figure out why it's called GEO method, but that's besides the point. It seems as though everyone has a different "recipe" for how they clean their tanks. Like I said, I'm a first timer, so I just bought the green liquid at the camper store that treats the black water tank. I'm assuming most people don't use that stuff from the posts I've read about GEO. What are some of yalls "recipes" & why?
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Old 04-10-2015, 09:48 AM   #8
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Congrats on your new 261BHXL Bunkie!
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Old 04-10-2015, 09:57 AM   #9
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Welcome to the forum and the camping lifestyle.

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-Is there a Perko switch or a battery shut off? Over time, my battery seems to wear down, not sure what's pulling on it while stored, but once a week it goes dead.
I installed a battery cut-off and it's the best bang for the buck mod you can do at under $20. When I arrive home if I'm going back out in a week or two I plug-in if not I flip the cut-off switch off and forget about it. When I'm ready to head out again I flip it back on before I tow. It's bad for the battery if you let it run dry so why risk it. I installed mine directly onto the front of the battery box. Works great.

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-The black/gray water drain that angles down in the back left of the TT is extremely low to the ground; how much ground clearance is normal? I'm thinking mine has about 8" of ground clearance.
The ground clearance on my trailer is very low as well but being close to the tire it's very hard to hit but not impossible. If the ground is uneven with roots or rocks you need to keep an eye on it expecially when backing in and out of your site.

Have fun!!!
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