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Old 10-01-2016, 11:43 AM   #11
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Ahhh the memories from first time setting up my camper....couldn't get latch up on hitch was raising my truck bumper off ground, finally got it off and as it starts slowly sliding backwards realized I forgot chocks! Thankfully stopped that, went mostly well after that except for running over and crushing cheap plastic chocks when leaving. Glad I didn't know any of those around me probably had a good laugh.

Got a class A now...backing up is a dream...towing truck is so simple. Not to highjack, but if your trailer ever becomes too much work check out a motorhome...simplifies life a lot for us with 4 young kids.
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.
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It is a lot of work and expense, but it is so worth it. Just enjoy.


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Old 10-02-2016, 03:53 PM   #13
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Awesome! Would love to hear how your first trip goes and if you have any good lessons learned to pass on. This camper was the first one I stepped into and though I know that is a no-no, I fell in love, it was EXACTLY what we were looking for. After I checked out the rest that fit our specs and price point there was just no question. I have heard such good things about Forest River campers which is reassuring. Have fun this weekend!

The weekend was great!! Camper preformed as advertised and we had so much more room than we are used to thanks to the slide! We did run a little short on water which has never happened but that could have been my fault even though I swear the gauge said full lol ! Rain held off after late Friday afternoon! We did find a few things like there is no light or lighting back by the bathroom door I am thinking I can run a wire down the frame and put one under steps and the awning supports hang a little lower then our other camper so we hit our heads a few time lol also going to upgrade the padding for the bunks!!!Click image for larger version

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The weekend was great!! Camper preformed as advertised and we had so much more room than we are used to thanks to the slide! We did run a little short on water which has never happened but that could have been my fault even though I swear the gauge said full lol ! Rain held off after late Friday afternoon! We did find a few things like there is no light or lighting back by the bathroom door I am thinking I can run a wire down the frame and put one under steps and the awning supports hang a little lower then our other camper so we hit our heads a few time lol also going to upgrade the padding for the bunks!!!Attachment 121954Attachment 121955
I'm glad that you got out and started enjoying your new camper. Some people use pool noodles to pad areas they tend to hit their heads on. Not sure if it would work with the bunks but thought I would mention it just in case.
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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.
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It was the fear that we were going to hit something every time we turned. Just not being familiar with towing anything in general. We've got our first trip and lots of back and forth to the storage lot under our belt so feeling better now. Though I'm 99% sure we hit the check out mail box on our way out of the campground this weekend!

This weekend our spot was right between two trees and we got there after dark! Thankfully there were some pros parked across from us that saved is and guided my husband into the spot. I probably would have gotten him stuck or damaged the trailer!

We have Camco leveling blocks but have already crushed one of the cheap plastic chocks

We almost forgot the regulator! I will definitely get a surge protector if you have any suggestions. Hopefully next time we are there early enough to sit back and watch other people back in

Thanks for the help!
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Welcome to the RV life! I hope you have many years of enjoyment with this, or your next RVs!
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