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Old 05-12-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Camping for the 1st Time!!!!

We had our maiden voyage in our Windjammer 2102w last weekend!!! We love it!!! The camper is very comfortable for two german shepherds & to two people. The weather was not great. Rain, hail, wind, a regular stormy weekend in MN. However, it gave us time to figure out all the fun things we can do with the camper!!! A few questions, Do we need to dump the grey & black tanks after every weekend? The usage is not heavy the tanks were only 1/3 full. Second, what do you use to mop up the floors? Alot of mud from the dogs
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Old 05-12-2012, 04:15 PM   #2
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Don't normally dump black till full but if your not going to use it for awhile dump them both and flush black and put gallon or two of water back in the black tank. Leave some water in the toilet too so the seal won't dry out. Hopefully your next trip will be sunny!! Not sure about mopping as that is not my department. Lol

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Old 05-12-2012, 04:36 PM   #3
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Sounds like you made the best of it.

As for the dog's muddy paws, we use a towel to wipe off his paws. On a related note, a good awning mat helps tp keep things neater. We carry a mop in the trailer.

We always dump after a trip, either ar the CG or at the next stop. You want to dump the BW when it's filled more than 1/3, though. If you dump now, the solids may not get flushed out of the tank. Fill with the water remaining in your FW tank.

Save some Fresh water to add to the BW tank after dumping.
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:35 AM   #4
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If necessary add extra water to the black tank to bring the level up to at lease 3/4 full before dumping. Ditto on adding water after dumping. I usually put in closer to 4 or 5 gallons.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:13 AM   #5
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I dump every time, after filling the black at the site with the left over water from the fresh tank, and add my choice of stuff back into the black tank with a couple gallons of water after returning home. Same for the gray. As far as the pooches, mine dont come back in without a wipe of the paws if it's raining. Maybe some of those designer pooch galoshes would work for you...?? :-) I think a Swiffer could keep you clean during the trip if you keep the paws pretty clean when your 4 legged family comes in.
We don't waste a lot of time keeping the camper pristine while we are out, but it gets a deep clean every time we return home. In fact, ours is (was) 5 years old, and we just traded it in on a new V-Lite. The dealer commented on how ours looked new, and wondered if we used it much. We do use our camper regularly, but just take real good care of it. It was worth it, we got top dollar on trade.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:00 AM   #6
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For cleaning, we installed a Dirt Devil built-in vac to get the "big stuff". Takes up very little space, and all that you get out to use it is the hose and whatever attachment(s) that you want - the unit is burried in an under-bench compartment, in the space behind a pull-out drawer.

After vacuuming, a couple of quick passes with a Swiffer does the trick. The Swiffer is great for the TT, as it's bucket-free, the pads are use and dispose, and most importanly, it does a great job! It's a little too expensive for every-day home use, IMHO, but for the TT, it's perfect!

Good to hear that your first trip was a sucess, in spite of the weather. We have a small cabinet full of board games & puzzles for those bad-weather weekends, plus we always carry a couple of DVD's that we haven't yet watched (or ones that we want to watch again).
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:59 AM   #7
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Triguy mentioned an awning mat. We use one of the 6 ft x15 ft solar screens that we've had grommets in to anchor it. Bought it at Lowe's for about $15 U.S. at the end of the summer season. Spring and fall the price is about $30 U.S. Makes a lightweight, easy to clean (hose off in driveway or in back yard) after camp outs and let air dry.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:34 AM   #8
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First, congratulations on your new TT and thanks for sharing the pics, we love pictures here!

The previous posts addressed all of your questions, but just a word of caution. In the middle picture it shows a pretty good downpour, keep an eye when storming like that and leaving the awning out without any kind of anchoring. Ugly things can happen!

In any case, enjoy your trailer!
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:41 AM   #9
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The Swifter mop sounds like a great idea for theTT.... Until now I would generally grab a Bounty towel, drop it on the floor and mop anything wet using my foot... Lazy but effective! Also carry a broom for the dry dirt.

More thorough cleaning saved for when return home as needed.

As for tanks, seems like we use more gray water than black. Probably b/c why do in yours what you do in someone elses? Generally use ours more for convenience and Bathouse at park if clean... Just my 2 cents.
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:12 PM   #10
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Thank you all for the info!!! The black & grey tanks are the newest thing for us. This weekend we are going with water in the tanks & no electric!!! Hopefully no rain.

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