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Old 04-29-2014, 12:27 PM   #1
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Your opinion please getting a new 233s

Hello fellow campers!!

my kids went camping last year and loved it so we said what the heck and purchased a 14 roo 233s (getting on may 16 -coming slow).

so my thinking is on 05/16 which is a friday we go and do the pdi in the morning-should I drive home leave it hooked up to the tahoe and load it up and go camping right away or pull it in the yard open it up and sleep in the back yard a night to get use to and take my time orgonizing things??

if you thing i should just go camping is there things i might need that doesn't come with camper? I have wheel chocks and I am ordering surge protect-will I need a 30 amp extension cord and adpaters? will the sew hose work good enough for now ?

man I got the bug.

p.s thanks to the vets here lots of great info and tips
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:36 PM   #2
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Going camping right away will really show you how much stuff you need and forgot to get. So, yes go camping...... but close to a restaurant and wallyworld
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:36 PM   #3
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Welcome and congrats on your new Roo!

I think driveway camping for a night is a great way to acclimate to the camper and figure out what you will need (keep a list and go to Wall-mart the next day for much of it and/or order through Amazon or your dealer).

If you decide to go to a campground, make it close to your house and close to a Wall-mart as you will need something crucial.

You may not need an extension cord right away, but eventually will so I think that's a good purchase. Adapters depend on your campground but I carry a bunch and have used all of them at one time or another. Get a new sewer hose as the one they give you for free is not very good. Rinoflex works well.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:42 PM   #4
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Camp in the yard! You'll have just as much fun that first night, and you can treat it like you really are away from home to figure out what you have & what you need. Plus you can't remember 100% of what they go through at the PDI, so you need some practice using all the systems and getting used to how everything works.

Even if there is nothing wrong with the trailer, its worth while to camp at home for a night first.

The 30 amp cord will come with it. On rare occassions, you may find the need for a longer cord. For sure, the freebie sewer hose they give you will be too short so that is probably worth an upgrade sooner rather than later.

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you didn't mention whether you have a WDH with sway control and a brake controller.
do you have them?
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Old 04-29-2014, 01:13 PM   #6
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yes I just put a p3 brake controller in and I am having the dealer install wdh- sway control.
The camp ground I was thinking is less than a hour from home and there is a wally world close by.
I will order a rhino hose and some stakes now.
my wife sayes relax take our time but I am ready to go.
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p.s I work for a chevy dealer in service so if there is any questions I can help you with feel free.
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Do the yard/driveway for the first night, will give you time to pack without hurrying, get some levelers, extra fuses. Just type in things I might need first time camping in the search bar.. I'm sure it will direct you to other posts that may help what you need...have fun!!
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Hello fellow campers!!

my kids went camping last year and loved it so we said what the heck and purchased a 14 roo 233s (getting on may 16 -coming slow).

so my thinking is on 05/16 which is a friday we go and do the pdi in the morning-should I drive home leave it hooked up to the tahoe and load it up and go camping right away or pull it in the yard open it up and sleep in the back yard a night to get use to and take my time orgonizing things??

if you thing i should just go camping is there things i might need that doesn't come with camper? I have wheel chocks and I am ordering surge protect-will I need a 30 amp extension cord and adpaters? will the sew hose work good enough for now ?

man I got the bug.

p.s thanks to the vets here lots of great info and tips
Congrats!! I know the "Hurry up and let's go camping" feeling!! I have it all year long! I just gets really bad about this time of the year because I have been cooped up all winter long!!

Camp in your driveway and make a list of all the things you find that you need. Make a "run" to the house to get the things that are available at your house and also to WW.

It is really fun to do this with the family because everyone finds things that they will remember and it helps when "really" going camping and loading up the camper. Keep this list going all year because as you get comfortable going camping you will no doubt find other things that you want to have with you!!

It also helps when getting ready and you have a check list to check off as you load!!

And above all........
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yes I just put a p3 brake controller in and I am having the dealer install wdh- sway control.
The camp ground I was thinking is less than a hour from home and there is a wally world close by.
I will order a rhino hose and some stakes now.
my wife sayes relax take our time but I am ready to go.
thanks agian
p.s I work for a chevy dealer in service so if there is any questions I can help you with feel free.
The Dealer will usually have an area that is like a 'store'. Give yourself a little more time to stroll through this area. Have paper and pencil to give you ideas of what to get 'now' and what to get later. Fight the urge to buy one of everything.... (the urge will never go away...but fight it for now) 'better' awning lights, better towels and dishes, better lawn chairs, better 's'more makers, are always around the corner to pick up later.... get the bare basics of what you need on your first trip or two and add from there.

There is no way to learn better than to do it..... go 'slow'.... Never trust your 'spotter' when backing into a site, until they know what they are doing... (left is right and right is left and 'someone' anit paying attention...) Never trust the nut behind the wheel (you) until you know what you are truly doing...ie. take your time and be aware of what is around you and what your need will be ('trust but verify') when going into and out of camping spots. (my spotter is still in training after 30 years , she does a great job.. it is me that I don't trust....)Keep the kids in vehicle with you until 'parked'. Yes they want to help and they will in the Future.... dad does not need the stress of wondering where they are and paying attention of getting into your 'site'. It will be great, go slow and have fun.
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:07 PM   #10
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I can say we did our driveway and I'm glad we did. It gave me time to organize the camper like I wanted and make minor modification that I couldn't have done at a campsite. The following day we went to store to pickup items needed.
Have fun!!!!! And Congrats!!
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