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Old 02-27-2014, 09:23 AM   #1
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Hello everyone! Were just getting started with the entire RV scene. My daughter and son in law purchased a Jayco TT last year and they had a blast with the Gkids. They hit spots all over the northwest. We did our shopping around and now were the proud owners of a new Surveyor Cadet sc226 . Seems like a very well built product and we really like the interior arrangement. Just got it home last weekend and I'm working on getting it set up for our first outing. Not totally sure what all we need to have with us so we will stay close for the first few trips. Any tips or suggestions for us newbies are appreciated.


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Old 02-27-2014, 10:16 AM   #2
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:19 AM   #3
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Hello and welcome. We are fairly new to the scene as well. You mentioned you "got it home" so I'm guessing your tow package is already together. Your dealer probably has a start up kit that was included with the purchase. If not, we found the #1 thing is to think about are the utilities, i.e. water, power and sewer. After that it's amenities like outdoor furniture, table, BBQ plus the indoor kitchen/bathroom needs and the like. Most here suggest a "driveway" camp out dry run just to find out how everything works so when you notice you forgot the can opener you can just go in the house and get one. This will happen multiple times trust me. And don't forget to make up a tool box. Even if nothing on your outfit breaks there will be someone who needs a little help. This forum really helped us get going and I'm sure there will be more than a few chime in with suggestions.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:54 AM   #4
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Welcome from Anacortes.

Initially(first two trips), we took bedding, crockery and cutlery from the house each time, but that got to be a real pain, so we bought stuff specifically for the MH, including a Weber Q100 grill.

Now it's just food and clothes to be transferred.
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Old 02-27-2014, 11:30 AM   #5
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welcome to FRF!!

first suggestion is to start at Camp Driveway. this will allow you to get familiar with everything and check all the systems out.

most equip theirs like they would a cottage. that way you only have to schlep food, everything else stays in the trailer.

by the way, we'll be retiring to Camano Island this year. the DW is from Skagit County and all her family are in Washington.
so, we hope to be visiting some new places this summer/fall up there.
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Old 02-27-2014, 11:32 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forums from SW Idaho.

One of these for those times when you will need both hands free.

A surplus poncho, it will keep you dry or give you something to lay down on fold it up for a knee pad.

A drill battery or corded, your call.

And a deep well socket that fits the lug nuts on your trailer and a 6 inch extension just in case.

I am guessing your trailer did not come with a jack so...

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Welcome... I think that the most fun your going to have is finding everything out, such as how it works and then say well look at that. Take basic stuff with you things that will you will have basics, After that you start to make your list of things that found that you needed and didn't bring it. After the first season you will have it pretty well down and you can always take a ride to the store when camping. The CG do not chain you down. Have fun and enjoy yourself. Things will work out. May I suggest that you get a road service from an RV company like Good Sams. I learned that when I had a flat and AARP road service sent a guy in a car without a jack to change my tire. Most of all have fun and enjoy your home away from home.....
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:31 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the helpfull tips. We will be enjoying the experience. Our first outing will be in our front yard. Maybe in mid march we will go to a nearby lake for the official tryout.

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