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Old 07-27-2015, 02:31 PM   #11
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I am able to raise and lower the back bed by myself. The front one presents a challenge because of tanks, battery and towing stuff. I now think my friend can just support it a bit and we should be okay. We may need something to loosen the front bed in order to lower as it was a little sticky today, could be the heat.

Now I need to learn how to hitch it up. I'm okay driving. We may just go camping and not unhitch and enjoy the campground.

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Old 07-27-2015, 03:11 PM   #12
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hitching with a partner giving signals as they watch the ball approach the coupler works great...

tell them to point in the direction (left or right) that the ball needs to go in order to line up, then when you are backing to the coupler the helper can use both hands to indicate how far you need to go to back up, while continuing to point direction if something changes while backing... just keep backing slowly...

Your hubby will have to show you how to do the WDH hitch hookup as they are all different. Starting level helps, even if you have to use the electric lift to bring the rear of the TV higher AFTER you are hitched to the ball.

I used a permanent label maker to list things to do so I don't forget and fastened it to the hitch area... 1. chains hooked 2. trailer electric plug 3. hitch closed and pin in 4. lift mechanism up all the way 5. walk around trailer (safety check)

I use my backup camera mounted on my license plate to help if I am hitching alone for left/right alignment, but much easier with a helper... only in and out of the driver seat once instead of several times alone.

Pickup the aluminum 2 step stool with handle across the top from HDepot or others to help with bunk ends. The front bunk is the hardest with my side and rear bunk on my 183 very easy using the fan ON method.

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Old 07-27-2015, 08:25 PM   #13
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The fan method really works great. Just remember to release the pole holding up the tent ends before closing the door. I had our trailer fans going, closed the door while my DH was outside to close up the beds and the suction was so great I couldn't release the pole until I opened to door.
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:56 PM   #14
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I use a 6' tent pole to hold the bunk up at an angle while I tuck the canvas. It makes it easy to do by yourself.
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:31 PM   #15
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My DGF is Fun Sized (as she puts it) and she can raise and lower the side and rear of our 183. The front is a challenge for her.
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:27 PM   #16
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I'm 5'3" and I can open and close both bunks by myself, without any problems.

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Old 07-30-2015, 11:12 PM   #17
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Went to the storage place this afternoon to do some arranging in the trailer. I tried to open the front bed on our new 23IKSS. It was "stuck" to the point that I had to go inside and force the darn thing open. It seems the seals were simply "sticky" or something. The trailer was level. The slides were out. Everything was unlocked and released. I just couldn't pull it open. Is this normal?
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Old 07-31-2015, 05:32 AM   #18
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I know you can't count on it but I would sure be happy to help and I can't imagine many campers that wouldn't. Don't be afraid to ask a fellow camper if you find you are struggling. I really enjoy the setup/takedown and if you have fun with it you might find figuring out the hitching and everything becomes a memorable part of the adventure.
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Old 07-31-2015, 06:55 AM   #19
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RooVader, it's nice to know you would help others and I am sure there are others like you out there.

I now know I can raise and lower the ends alone, with the help of the exhaust fans, but just didn't try it sooner. Learning about using the exhaust fans was sure a big help even for two of us doing the job.

drhoo, sometimes our bunkends seem a little sticky but not where someone has to go in and push. Was the unit sitting for a long time in a warm place? How do they work after using again?
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Old 07-31-2015, 06:56 AM   #20
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Haven't had any stickiness issue on the ends. Before closing up our bunk ends, I always wipe the sealing surfaces off, especially after a rain. It's amazing how much stuff accumulates on those bunk edges. I think alot of it is off the trees.
I also use the slide out rubber seal treatment spray on the bunk end seals. I'll use it every month or so during the summer, more often if we're camping a lot.

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