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Old 04-05-2016, 03:09 PM   #21
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Find and attend an RV Boot Camp. GREAT information for folks new to the RV lifestyle. Mistakes made with RVs are often expensive and, sometimes dangerous. The Escapees RV Club run an excellent Boot Camp, usually from Friday afternoon ~ Sunday noon before one of their big rallies. After Boot Camp, you WILL be a smarter and safer RVer! (RV Boot Camps are offered by other groups too).
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Old 04-05-2016, 03:47 PM   #22
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Very true. We made a sticky this year for one of these exact things:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...st-103381.html

This was an exceptional year for the hot water bypass valve! That was exactly what I was thinking of when I wrote my post!


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Old 04-05-2016, 04:12 PM   #23
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You (I) don't have to be a newbee for memorable moments. I had years of camping and towing a boat trailer. We stayed over a few days on a 4th holiday. We (I) drove the MH to boat launch and put the boat in. Huge parking lot and one other TV/boat trailer parked a safe distance in the lot. With great vigor, I backed into it. That takes pure talent. Even DW and the kids thought so.
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Old 04-05-2016, 04:58 PM   #24
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A "neighbor" watched me over half hour try to open my manual awning. I finally released the clips that hold the thing shut. That TT and awning didn't last long - got one with a push button. If you hold the button to open long enough the awning WILL wind up backward and close. My next awning WILL be totally automatic - push the button it goes out, push again it comes in, if it's too windy or starts to rain it comes in unlike its owner.
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Old 04-05-2016, 05:06 PM   #25
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....OP you take way to much responsibility! Always blame the wife / husband when things go wrong!
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Old 04-05-2016, 05:16 PM   #26
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I will easily win any contest of "stupid things done while boating or camping" and will come in at least second to any contest of "after having things explained 4 times, still have blank stare".

No room to type it all here. Come visit. It will take 5 cold ones. They're on me. You'll laugh. Trust me, everyone does!

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Old 04-05-2016, 05:16 PM   #27
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...got one with a push button. If you hold the button to open long enough the awning WILL wind up backward and close. My next awning WILL be totally automatic - push the button it goes out, push again it comes in, if it's too windy or starts to rain it comes in unlike its owner.
Your push button awning must of had a broken torsion spring in the other end, otherwise it should just stall out.
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Old 04-05-2016, 05:36 PM   #28
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Sounds like it's just starting since you're new. Just you wait, things will get a lot.........better.
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:58 AM   #29
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Marty---you and me---I'm also a brand new dumbass RV owner... just bought a 2014 Rockwood 8310 and am flailing around discovering on my own where components are hidden and how they work and bothering all of these nice Senior Members with stupid "what" and "how" questions. Just about the time I think that I about have most of it all figured out, new dumb questions arise. My current questions are how am I supposed to keep the refrigerator door open so mold won't grow, since the sliding room covers it? There are two small blue clips with the refrigerator but I can't figure out how they are to be used. Also, I'm not clear on exactly what point in the winterizing and de-winterizing procedure that I am supposed to remove/re-install the water filter...so as not to contaminate something with antifreeze, or whatever. That internal water filter scares me...I can just imagine what a flood it might create, if it somehow becomes loose or broken. I like someone's idea of bypassing the lines to it and relocating it externally, but then I have no idea how to run lines from both the water storage tank AND the city water connection into an externally-mounted filter....nor exactly how to bypass the three or so lines into its current internal location. I'm also a bit worried about hitting the road for the first time with this 35'monster, so that I don't end up where I can't turn it around...I'm guessing that I had better pre-plan on stopping only at large Pilot type truck stops and forgetting all about trying to park in little Cracker Barrel lots. I have written up 13 typed pages to describe...as best I know how...the various systems and do's and don't's. I'll be happy to e-mail them to you or a Senior Member or anyone else who might, themselves, learn from or correct/amplify to help me learn from---what has been written. PM me. Gordy...81-year old retired Navy pilot.
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My current questions are how am I supposed to keep the refrigerator door open so mold won't grow, since the sliding room covers it? There are two small blue clips with the refrigerator but I can't figure out how they are to be used.
Page 21 and 22 (depending on model) of the following link show how to use the "airing position cards".

http://www2.dometic.com/35569465-a18...beb18c67.fodoc

A member here also posted a great article with pics on using these, but I can't find it right now. Maybe someone else will link to it.
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