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Old 10-02-2016, 11:56 PM   #1
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Howdy! My family and I just bought our first trailer, a 2017 Freedom Express 257BHS. We've been camping for years in tents and cabins, and we bought a campground membership because we have dreamed of having our own trailer. As I'll be retiring in December, we decided now was the time to buy. There are four campers in my family (two daughters, ages 15 and 7, my wife, and me) plus our two dogs will be with us on most trips. We live on a farm in a small house so the trailer will double as a guest room as needed.

We're feeling a bit anxious about our first trip as all of the technical aspects of the trailer (electrical, etc) are new to us. We have a trial weekend trip planned in three weeks to a campground near home. Advice, tips, and tricks are welcome. We look forward to learning from the forum.
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Old 10-03-2016, 12:28 AM   #2
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nothing better than driveway camping to get the feel of a new camper, without having to risk being away from home... buy the adapter dogbone to be able to plug into 20A-120V house plug, and don't run the AC... well maybe you can try it if you do also plug into an extension cord 12 gauge or bigger
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Old 10-03-2016, 12:50 AM   #3
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Welcome to the world of RVing! x2 on doing some driveway or yard camping!! It's a great way to refresh your memory and to test the waters before departing on the first trip. And if you need help we are here to answer questions.
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:46 AM   #4
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We use a checklist for everything; packing, departure from home, arrival, setup, departure from campsite, storage...

It gives you a little piece of mind that your not forgetting something, or if you did, add it to the list!

On our very first trip with our 5th-wheel (upgrade from a pop-up : O
we 'pre-drove' our route (we chose a park nearby where we picked it up) just so there were no surprises in route - lol

Enjoy!!
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Welcome to the forum and the world of RVing. Enjoy and Later RJD
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Welcome from SW Ohio ! Enjoy your TT !
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Old 10-03-2016, 09:42 AM   #7
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Welcome from Wisconsin and congrats on your 2017 Freedom Express 257BHS.
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