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Old 10-23-2012, 01:55 PM   #1
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Purchased 2013 SP-295 - First Time RV'er

I've been researching travel trailers for the last 6 months and finally purchased the Surveyor SP-295 from Daves RV in Oklahoma about a month ago. We've had it out twice so far and love it! Family of four with two small kids (4 and 1).

A few newbie questions:

Should I flush the grey tank -before- I flush the black tank or vice-versa?

*Should I add the blue sanitizer fluid to the black tank -after- I flush it (while in storage). I obviously add it before each trip, as well.

Tire pressure is 45psi. Seems to ride fine but curious if I'd get better MPG's if I bump it up to 50psi.

I keep it in covered storage with available power. Should I keep the unit plugged in when in storage (to keep batter charged, etc.)? Will the inverter cause the battery water to evaporate or does it have a "trickle charge" mode?

Also, since I have it plugged in, I left the refrigerator on (nothing in it). Is their an advantage to keeping in on or off while in storage?

Thanks for all the help!

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Old 10-23-2012, 02:38 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum !!

RE your questions.

Always drain the black tank 1st, then the grey tank. The grey tank water will help flush the drain hose.

I don't add deodorizer until I am ready to go camping. I also add several gallons of water to the black tank before going on a trip.

Keep your tires at the maximum pressure indicated on the sidewalls. That is probalby 50 lbs. for your trailer.

If you have electricity available, you can keep it plugged in if you have a 3 stage charger...... check your literature and make sure you have that. Check the battery level every couple of weeks just to be sure.

I don't see any advantage on keeping your fridge on through winter, unless you are using it as a supplemental fridge for your house.
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Should I flush the grey tank -before- I flush the black tank or vice-versa?
Black first, then grey.

*Should I add the blue sanitizer fluid to the black tank -after- I flush it (while in storage). I obviously add it before each trip, as well.
Not necesary, but can't hurt. Research the GEO Method - far less chemicals to mess with.

Tire pressure is 45psi. Seems to ride fine but curious if I'd get better MPG's if I bump it up to 50psi.
TT Tires should be at MFGR;'s cold Max Pressure, as stated on the tire.

I keep it in covered storage with available power. Should I keep the unit plugged in when in storage (to keep batter charged, etc.)? Will the inverter cause the battery water to evaporate or does it have a "trickle charge" mode?
This will help keep the battery charged, but the "trickle charge" features of your converter depend on brand and model. You'll need to do some research on your converter to nkow this answer.

Also, since I have it plugged in, I left the refrigerator on (nothing in it). Is their an advantage to keeping in on or off while in storage?
It'll be ready to stock with supplies when you are ready to head out somewhere! It typically takes 12+ hours for an RV fridge to reach temp from start-up.
Hope these answers help!
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Welcome to the forum !!

RE your questions.

Always drain the black tank 1st, then the grey tank. The grey tank water will help flush the drain hose.

I don't add deodorizer until I am ready to go camping. I also add several gallons of water to the black tank before going on a trip.

Keep your tires at the maximum pressure indicated on the sidewalls. That is probalby 50 lbs. for your trailer.

If you have electricity available, you can keep it plugged in if you have a 3 stage charger...... check your literature and make sure you have that. Check the battery level every couple of weeks just to be sure.

I don't see any advantage on keeping your fridge on through winter, unless you are using it as a supplemental fridge for your house.
I like this idea - does it work better *fresh*?
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I like this idea - does it work better *fresh*?
I don't know. I usually keep my tank empty between trips, so I figure there is no use to adding deodorizer until I put some water in the tank.
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Just to add to the above posts. if you keep your refrigerator running remember to level your trailer to avoid problems with the refrig.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:50 PM   #7
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Just to add to the above posts. if you keep your refrigerator running remember to level your trailer to avoid problems with the refrig.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:23 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the replies! I def. think I'll try the GEO Method.

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Old 10-24-2012, 12:47 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the replies! I def. think I'll try the GEO Method.

Eric
I just wanted to say welcome and nice camper and tow vehicle! I think you made a typo on your sig line though, I am pretty sure you have a 5.7L motor!

We have 3 little ones and the layout is great. What we love the most by far is the outside kitchen. We couldnt live without it now. It is great when one of the little guys is napping and we dont have to go in the camper to cook or get something from the fridge. Even at night when they are sleeping we dont need to go inside and risk waking them up.
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Yep... 5.7L.

Love the outside kitchen for all the reasons you just stated. At first. I thought we may have bought too big, but now I'm so glad I didn't go smaller.

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I just wanted to say welcome and nice camper and tow vehicle! I think you made a typo on your sig line though, I am pretty sure you have a 5.7L motor!

We have 3 little ones and the layout is great. What we love the most by far is the outside kitchen. We couldnt live without it now. It is great when one of the little guys is napping and we dont have to go in the camper to cook or get something from the fridge. Even at night when they are sleeping we dont need to go inside and risk waking them up.
+ 1 on the outdoor kitchen....it's what sold us on our sp295 and would be a must on the next if we ever trade up. My only complaint on ours is that I wish the slide out was deeper so it gave more room and that the sofa sat more like a true sofa. Other than that I'd be 100% satisfied.
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