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Old 04-09-2016, 04:49 PM   #31
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Cadiz Couple, I have the same problem with the water filter. They possitioned it so you can not remove it with out spilling a good amount of the water in it. I have been advised to use the external filter that will screw right into the city water source available at any RV supply.
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Old 04-09-2016, 07:03 PM   #32
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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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Refrig.: The clips attach to the door. not too difficult once you keep trying it like fitting a puzzle piece. A dry towel draped over the top of the door will do the same thing as long as the door is slightly open.

Water filter: When winterizing, get rid of the old filter. Be sure to dry the threads on the canister and canister housing. When de-winterizing, put in a new filter. If you are concerned about breaking the filter, remove it or bypass it. Get a filter at the water source outside. The external filter solves your filling problems.

Thanks for your service as a Navy pilot!! Piloting a big rig is like flying an airplane. You assess the situation and plan you maneuvers. If you want to go to the Cracker Barrel, find a lot in proximity where you can maneuver. Just remember, with 35', you need to make wide turns and signal your moves well in advance.

Feel free to ask questions. We folks will give you plenty of ground support.
Welcome to the camping experience!
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Old 04-10-2016, 09:53 PM   #33
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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).
jkoenig,

That sounds like a good idea but not something that is around here.

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Old 04-10-2016, 09:55 PM   #34
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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.

Cadiz,

Thanks for the note. I am sure that we will work through it. We have our first real trip next weekend (Hatteras KOA). I am sure I will have more questions and some answers then!!

Marty
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Old 04-10-2016, 10:03 PM   #35
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Everyone has to start somewhere. Heck I forget to do things every time I go out. SWMBO always points this out to me!
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Old 04-10-2016, 11:17 PM   #36
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I agree with checklists. We have a checklist for almost every aspect of camping. We even have a packing list for clothing, bedding, and food.

We've gone camping and forgot to bring pillows. We've camped without blankets. We have almost always forgotten key food staples that required a trip out of the back country to hit a grocery store. We've forgotten to retract the rear stablizers when elevating the front of our fifth wheel. I could go on about things we've forgotten but that is now an issue of the past.

One thing I have learned is that rushing only leads to problems such as leaving roof vents open, leaving TV antenna extended, failing to lock storage doors, etc..etc...

Have fun learning. Take your mistakes in stride and shrug them off as learning experiences.
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:56 AM   #37
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Marty, check out Mark Polk's RV Education 101 - videos, DVDs, books, tips and information for RVers. Mark has a series of DVDs that cover most (if not all) of what you'd be taught in RV Boot Camp. I was able to borrow many of Mark's titles through my library system. I purchased other titles I wanted, that the library didn't have (approximately $10~$25 per topic). DVDs can be paused / replayed as often as needed. You don't get the experience of interacting with 200+ other newbies but, until you can get to an RV Boot Camp (which will be WELL worth the effort), the DVDs do provide valuable information.
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Old 04-11-2016, 02:17 PM   #38
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x2 on Mark Polk's RV education. I bought several of the DVD's last year (there was a buy 6 for $60 special - not sure if they still have it) and it was invaluable to a newbie like me. I was able to rewind and watch over (and over and over) any part that I didn't understand. Sure took a lot of the anxiety out of doing many of the things for the first time. And I can go back for a refresher course anytime I want. Cincia
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:30 PM   #39
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Amen on the checklists. I have 7 on my RVChecklist phone App. Pre departure/pack, Storage lot departure, CG arrival, CG departure, storage lot arrival, winterizing, and one I modify each time (Repair/replenish) so I can keep track of what broke and what supplies I need to restock before the next outing. For example, on Sunday I noted to replace the split wooden jack pad and tv remote batteries.
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