Originally Posted by Bliss9273
I can definitely see the appeal of going that route, especially after stepping into a few of them and after our kind of scary first trip on the road from the dealership to home! I'll keep that in mind. Right now there just seems to be so much to think about for each phase of the camping process that it's a bit daunting.
What was scary about your trip home. We might be able to help rectify that.
Practice backing in an empty parking lot. Practice backing straight and practice backing into sites on both sides of you. Get walkie talkies and use them for guiding instead of hand signals. Use drivers side/passenger side instead of left right. This will save many arguments later.
Do not be afraid to ask or accept help. We were all new once. I hauled horse trailers since i was 16. I still needed help getting my old 30' tt into its site on the first trip. Got really good at that. Upgraded to a fiver and almost hit a tree backing into my site.
. Think of it this way, watching people back in is one of the great campground past-times. You are just providing entertainment for someone else.
Make a checklist for setup and take down. Stick to your list affront get distracted. Hang something from your antenna crank to remind you to lower it before leaving. Chock your wheels before disconnecting and don't undo your chains until after disconnected. This will help you if you forgot to chock your wheels. Also, don't get the cheap plastic chocks, get heavy duty ones like these.
and levelers like these
Don't forget to get a water pressure regulator
and a surge protector to keep your trailer safe. Finally remember to keep a sense of humor and laugh at yourself.