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Old 05-17-2013, 11:22 PM   #21
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RV Companion free (iPhone app) has a leveler. Tells you how far you are off in inches so I is easy to get it right the first time. I use it frequently.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:24 PM   #22
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:34 PM   #23
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After all the good advice, try to pre-cool your frig the day or night before leaving. They usually take 12 - 24 hours to cool down, and as everyone else has said slow and steady. It's supposed to be fun, so enjoy.
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Old 05-18-2013, 12:01 PM   #24
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All good points! I will have a hard time relaxing until we get there and get set up, but I am SUPER excited. I wish I could leave a week early

I didn't think about the hook up, but I agree that I should send the wife and kids away while I hook it all up.

I am towing a Coachmen 292BHDS with a 2012 Nissan Armada

Any thoughts on the best way to level the TT once you arrive at your site? Level side to side before you unhook with blocks?? I assume I would use Lego blocks or 2x6s
Always leave a few feet to go up on blocks, blocks go on the low side. Then chock trailer BEFORE disconecting from TV. Then level front to back with tonge jack. Then put down stabilizers, I use blocks if the ground is soft and I might tighten them up a couple of times to help TT from rocking too much.
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Old 05-18-2013, 12:52 PM   #25
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Perfect! Thx for the advice
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:48 PM   #26
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Another quick question… How do I turn off all power, so that it does not draw from the battery?

Do I need to disconnect the battery when I am not using the camper or I am in route to a campsite?
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Another quick question… How do I turn off all power, so that it does not draw from the battery?

Do I need to disconnect the battery when I am not using the camper or I am in route to a campsite?
Disconnect battery only when not hooked to shore power.
You need your battery while traveling to run your emergency break away switch in case your camper dis lodges from your tv.

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Old 05-19-2013, 01:03 PM   #28
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Thanks Turbs!
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When I enter and leave the CG, I roll the windows down so I can heat stuff. Heard the rattling of chains leaving. Thought the grim reaper was getting a tat closes, just forgot to connect one of the safety chains.. Have fun.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:55 PM   #30
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Well...we are scheduled to depart for our first camping trip with the family next Friday. This will be our first camping trip in our first camper, so although I am excited, I am also NERVOUS as heck!

This weekend I need to bolt down my battery case, install a battery shut off, sanitize my fresh water system and thoroughly clean the camper.

I plan to take the fully loaded TT and TV across the scales on our way out of town to get all the numbers.

We have an RV setup check list on my iPhone, but wanted to ask if anyone has any words of wisdom...
Wow. I remember the first. White knuckles. It'll be fun. Smile a lot. Watch others in campgrounds. Ask em about things on your RV and their RV. (You'll meet some great folks.) Rest often when driving. I stop at least every 2 hours to stretch, restroom or snack. Walk around RV while gas is pumping. Kick tires for low pressure. Have other adult check behind you. Double check them. You'll find a routine and it'll seem easy on the back half of the trip. Enjoy.
Some basics before each morning start. Slides in. Awning in. Chocks up. Jacks up. Hitched up properly. Toilet bowl empty (it'll slosh). Antenna down. Water Hose, power and cable stored. Sewer hose stored. Cabinets & drawers closed. Roof vents closed. Stove and oven turned off. If you have 7 pin plug into truck, your RV battery will charge from trucks alternator while driving so keep 12vt battler power connected. Sounds like a lot, but you'll do fine. Have fun.
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