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Old 08-11-2010, 08:25 PM   #1
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First Shake Down trip with my new 5'er

Well we made it home after a great 4 days in Temecula California.
Total mileage about 750 mile round tirp.
Checked out everything before departure like wheels , brakes, tire pressure and started up the refrigerator on propane.

The trailer pulled very easy and was running about 65 mph on good highways until California when I have to drop down to 55 mph. Parked and leveled the trailer and powered everything up. Front legs as well as rear stabilizers worked flawlessly without any blown fuses. Slide worked great with no blown fuses. Oh power was a solid 118 volts. The 15,000 BTU upgrade AC worked like a champ but those stupid vents in the ceiling kept closing. ( SEE PIC) I just put a piece of rolled up toilet paper in all of them to keep them open. One morning the temp was a chilly 56 degrees so I decided to check out the heater. Started up and worked great.

I used to RVBBQ which was easy and cooked 3 meals on it. I still haven't cleaned it yet.

Lights, ZX700, LCD TV was great but I had to change a few wires do the ZX700 had the TV as an input. They had the TV hooked up to an output instead of the input. No big deal.

Had a chance to wax the rig and installed the eternabond tape on the roof and used exactly 49 ft of the 50 ft roll. The 1 ft that is left is my emergency repair.

All my grey and black water tanks were marked and hooked up properly.

Bottom line we had a great time!
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:33 PM   #2
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Outstanding John! Glad to hear all went well. Time to start planning the next trip.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:00 PM   #3
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Congrats on a great maiden voyage.

Glad all went well.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:41 PM   #4
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Outstanding John! Glad to hear all went well. Time to start planning the next trip.
2nd trip already planned. 1,400 miles RT to Sacramento CA. Probably in September. The only thing I dread is that 55 MPH speed limit in California for cars and trucks pulling trailers. The roads are really bad and hate the THUMP, THUMP of the concrete sections with expansion joints.


Thanks Mike. Any trip without a tire blowout is great!
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I hear ya John, we have those same stupid concrete panels on our roads, the constant thatump, thatump just rattles everything loose. Lower speed limit is probably not a bad idea under those conditions. Have a great trip.
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:14 PM   #6
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John, all I can say is I look forward to knowing lots of what you said. Just moved into my Sierra last month, don't even have a truck to pull it with. Reading something I don't even understand yet, has my fever rising. That truck is getting to be more impotant every day. But, maybe I need to understand things better before I roll. Thanks for sharing.
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Glad to hear you had a safe trip. We pick our 8286WS on Saturday and we cannot wait to take our maiden voyage.

Can you post pictures of your Eternabond installation especially the skylight to compare with the picture you posted in an earlier post?
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John, all I can say is I look forward to knowing lots of what you said. Just moved into my Sierra last month, don't even have a truck to pull it with. Reading something I don't even understand yet, has my fever rising. That truck is getting to be more impotant every day. But, maybe I need to understand things better before I roll. Thanks for sharing.
Dick you have a weath of experience here on this forum. This is not my first trailer but I do know what to check before I leave on any trip.

You need to try and check out all your equipment if possible before you head out.
Just carry a little water in your holding tank for emergencies on the way.

Make sure your battery is fully charged and filled with distilled water.

Make sure you know where all the hot water valves are located. Inlet,
Outlet and bypass valves.

Purge your water system and remove all air from both hot and cold water lines before turning on hot water heater. Make sure the hot water heater is not bypassed or you will burn up air and not water.

Make sure you know how to level your trailer. This is important when trying to get your refrigerator to work. Level front to back and side ways using a 6 or 8 inch bubble level inside the refrigerator.

These are a few tips.
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Glad to hear you had a safe trip. We pick our 8286WS on Saturday and we cannot wait to take our maiden voyage.

Can you post pictures of your Eternabond installation especially the skylight to compare with the picture you posted in an earlier post?

Here is my first one. A full 6" wide Eternobond across the rear seam.
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2nd trip already planned. 1,400 miles RT to Sacramento CA. Probably in September. . The roads are really bad and hate the THUMP, THUMP of the concrete sections with expansion joints.
We just got back from driving down I-15 to Anaheim (to visit Pooh Bear) and then up highway 1 To Monterey (breathtaking coastline albeit narrow road) and then over to I-5 to Sacramento to my absolute all time favorite Sushi - SAMAURI! YUM. It's right at the Hazel exit off Highway 50 (South East Corner). Well worth a major detour - absolutely fresh, inspired sauces and creative presentation for a reasonable price.
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