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Old 04-14-2015, 11:43 AM   #11
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Old 04-14-2015, 11:57 AM   #12
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Create a set up and tear down check list either by reading manuals or by a test setup at home. Add to / modify it as you find new things. After a while you will not need it, but keep it. It is a refresher when you start a new season, guide if you ever have a new person helping and certainly a plus when you sell the unit. Saving the electric element in the water heater by accidentally turning it on empty is worth the effort. Also operate the burners on the stove to clear the lines. The pilot light does not use propane fast enough.
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Old 04-14-2015, 01:32 PM   #13
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Wow! There is so much great information here. Us noobs are so lucky to have all this experience at our finger tips (errr... keyboard. lol) What a great forum this is!!!

A sincere thank you to all who posted here to help! I learn something new (or at least get something reinforced) every time I read a thread.
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Old 04-14-2015, 01:44 PM   #14
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Also, don't forget that there is a YouTube video for pretty much everything and anything you want to do or know about. Not saying don't ask questions here but sometimes it helps to see how this stuff is done if you have any trepidations.
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Old 04-14-2015, 02:12 PM   #15
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Yep, our first winter trip last year we learned real quick that a small electric heater is WAY better than using the furnace that used up our propane pronto over the course of a few days!

Sometimes, you learn letter from your own experience but it's nice when you get helpful tips from others
A little lessons-learned from us concerning space heaters.

Some can stay on fan (blowing) and will turn the heater on/off as it gets cooler/warmer. But some only have the option of turning all the way off and on. Our first one was like this and the sound difference kept waking us up all night long...making us grumpy campers the next day. Our new one is much better and we, also, place it was far from the bedroom as we can. (Our trailer furnace is also pretty loud when it comes on so we try to only use the space heater.)
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Old 04-14-2015, 02:22 PM   #16
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Every first trip of the season, we do something silly, or forget something we 'always' remember. Checklists are your friends - even throughout the season - for set-up and take-down. We have a list in our TV that we do a quick "Yup" check before we leave:
All vents closed
All windows closed
Antenna down
Stabilizers up
Stairs up
Electric cord away
Chains on
Sway bar on
Turn signal/brake light check
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Old 04-14-2015, 02:44 PM   #17
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One thing we've learned in our short time of driveway camping this spring is that the inside temp seems to be more easily regulated by a small electric heater than by the TT heater. When the TT heater is on, it's warm/hot. When it's off, it gets chilly quickly. Regardless of what setting we have the heater on. An additional plus is that when at the CG, you're using their electricity rather than your propane.
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Old 04-14-2015, 02:50 PM   #18
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I actually camped in mine several times without hot water, (or any water) and did not use the stove or furnace. After wintering over in FL in Jan and Feb, we still do not use the furnace preferring to use a small electric heater which is all that we have needed.

The point is, you can grow into using all of the extras built into your camper as you are ready to take them on.
Still is a good idea to figure out how everything works even if you don't use them every time. Plus you will be able to help out someone should they have a question you could answer.
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My tips for newbies.
#2 keep a pad and pencil by the door on your first few trip. Anytime you have a "We should have brought a..." moment, write that thing down so you remember to get one.
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Old 04-14-2015, 07:13 PM   #20
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The people my wife and I have camped with are good sources of information. We have found that they are more than willing to add a helping hand. We have been RVing for three years now. One thing that really helped me was keeping a folder on how to do things. That way if I forgot all I had to do was refer to my notes.
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