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Old 06-15-2011, 12:10 PM   #1
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233s Shakedown Cruise

A little late but that seems to be the story of my life.

Our shakedown cruise was over Memorial weekend and we had our share of issues but nothing show stopping.

· Our fridge didn't work so we did the ice in bags trick to keep food from spoiling. Local dealer (Restless Wheels, Manassas, VA) fixed the problem and all is well.
· Making the beds was difficult and never thought about making them from the outside until reading comments from others. It occurred to me after we got home that all the bunks have emergency zippers to open the tent as an escape route. From now on I will set up the bunks and have one of the kids unzip from the inside to make the beds.
· We learned that 30 gallon gray/black waste tanks fill very quickly when you don’t have the ability to dump at the site. Need to stress to the children not to let the water run while brushing teeth or washing hands. Dishes are difficult to wash in the sink so we purchased two utility tubs and fill with hot water and wash/rinse outside.
· We also took way too much stuff, “just in case”. After returning I emptied the TT and only put back what we actually need/used.
· We have the same type of hanging shelves as most in the wardrobe near the bathroom; (http://www.target.com/Whitmor-Hanging-Shoe-Shelves/dp/B002OENGDS/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&keywords=hanging%20shoe&searchS ize=30&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=1038576%7C128 7991011&searchPage=1&fromGsearch=true&sr=1-5&qid=1308153185&rh=&searchBinNameList=subjectbin% 2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin&searchRank=target104545&frombrowse=0)we stored the towels/washcloths in there and fortunately they stayed put.
· I added a grab bar on the screen door to keep the children’s fingers off the screen (http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/screen-door-cross-bar/35872). Still considering adding a lower screen protector (http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/product/screen-door-grill/4374) to keep the dogs from clawing their way out. Thankfully they are very relaxed as long as they can see us, all is good. They enjoy the A/C as much as we do and have no desire to exit into the heat/humidity unless nature calls.
· Added a hitch level to the trailer, very easy to install and works great. (http://www.hopkinstowingsolutions.com/products/levels/hitch_level.html)
· Considering getting a hanging basket for fruit (http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/180-9837679-6212614?asin=B00160LE7Q&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=B00 160LE7Q).
· Added Oxygenic heads to both inside and outside showers.
· I added an additional Oxygenics handheld wand holder to the outside corner between the rear and side bunks for the outside shower; high enough for us to take showers without having to hold the darn thing. Works great and keeps the inside bath from flooding. We place a wood shower deck (http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/portable-shower-deck/24478) on the ground to keep the mud off our feet. Obviously this will only work during the warmer times and bathing suits are a must unless you use a shower tent/enclosure or some type of screening (http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=735058&type=product&WT.tsrc= CSE&WT.mc_id=nextag&WT.z_mc_id1=735058&rid=40&mr:r eferralID=946f08e5-9762-11e0-be22-001b2166becc).
· Still haven’t figured out what should be stored where and probably never will.
· Must remember to bring a cooler for the drinks (soda/beer) and keep the fridge for food/milk.
· My wife and girls pack suit cases as if we are flying to the other side of the world. This is something that needs to be work on.
· My daughters pack makeup and curling irons just in case Justin Bieber happens to show up at our campsite. Another thing I need to work on.
o Note to self…pack shotgun and cleaning supplies.


· Why does it seem that camping was a lot more fun as a kid…I remember now, my parents did all the work while we went and played.

· And life continues………………………………until next time, have a great summer.




V/r,

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Old 06-15-2011, 12:27 PM   #2
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Sounds like things went well for you. On our first trip, the kitchen drawers fell out as the interior frames fell apart. Nothing like rebuilding the cabinet on your first trip.
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Old 06-15-2011, 12:29 PM   #3
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I use tubs to wash and rinse dishes. It's the best way I've found to conserve water. Too funny about Bieber, I'm lucky my girls aren't into him, I credit not having cable for that! LOL I am considering buying something like this for our longer camping trips.

Thanks for the report, I'm glad you guys had a great time!
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That's great. Sound like a good shakedown.

I also just installed the Oxygenics and the push bar. We'll see how our dog does before I put in the lower screen.
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I am considering buying something like this for our longer camping trips.
Where in, on or under the Roo do you think you'll store the tank in while trailering? I'm considering it, too, but don't want it in the camper if I can help it.
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I've been thinking about where I'd store it. Ideally under the camper, but not sure how.
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Where in, on or under the Roo do you think you'll store the tank in while trailering? I'm considering it, too, but don't want it in the camper if I can help it.
just a note. most use a portable tank for GRAY water, not black water, since gray tanks fill way faster than black tanks.
so, for me, i have no problem with my Barker inside.
i've never come close to filling my black tank and refuse to use my tote for it.

second, the Thetford linked above, has terrible reviews and the majority of RVers recommend the Barker.
do a search on RV.net and other forums on portable totes.
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Good points, bikendan.
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I hadn't researched brand, just linking to a tank. Thanks for the info though.
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You might be fighting a lossing battle with the girls and curling irons but could try limiting each person to 1 bag (with size limit). It would be up to each person what they do or do not bring. But then I'm not sure how tossing a duffle bag to each person and saying "here's your bag" would turn out for you.... It could work well or on the other hand not well at all.
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