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Old 06-12-2013, 06:25 PM   #11
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Regarding water at the site: 1. Ask what the CG pressure is. If it's 40 lbs., you don't necessarily need your pressure regulator - you do have one, right?
2. Run the water through your hose, filter included, for a solid minute before connecting. Hold the male end up when turning the faucet off for connection to rig. This all but eliminates air in your lines.
3. If your rig has a filter of its own, then use one or the other. Or you'll have LOW pressure.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:49 PM   #12
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Regarding water at the site: 1. Ask what the CG pressure is. If it's 40 lbs., you don't necessarily need your pressure regulator - you do have one, right?
2. Run the water through your hose, filter included, for a solid minute before connecting. Hold the male end up when turning the faucet off for connection to rig. This all but eliminates air in your lines.
3. If your rig has a filter of its own, then use one or the other. Or you'll have LOW pressure.
All good stuff here.
One thing on the hoses - I like to keep mine stowed with the ends connected so nothing gets into them. That way I know they are clean inside.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:35 AM   #13
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Have a great time . and dont feel bad about forgetting things, been camping a long time and still forget things...
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:04 AM   #14
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I always recommend doing your first camping in your own driveway. Should anything go wrong that would make your stay a bitter disappointment the house is there. If you forgot something you do not need to drive somewhere to get it.

If you are not going to driveway camp then do somewhere not too far from home and interesting enough. You will find that most of that first trip is just learning how to use your gear. If you find out you needed some kind of tool, hopefully there will be a store close by or home is not that far away.

We usually always travel with at least 10 gallons of water on board. That is more than enough to run the toilet and sink which can be a real Godsend on the road. If your refer can handle it a big bag of ice in the freezer is a heck of a convenience.

Since we take our RT to Cowboy Action Shooting matches frequently, besides storing a lot of period wear in the RT, we also stash a few days worth of clothes. All to frequently we will forget a few things and having those extra clothes means we do not have to head to Wally World.

Speaking of Wally Worlds, they are nice places to overnight as you travel to your real destination. Not all WWs will let you stay in their lots, but it is amazing the ones that do. There are web sites for proper etiquette at WW.

Also find out where the dump stations are and the procedure for dumping the tanks. Some places charge, and others do not. RV parks will either let you dump at the site, or have station somewhere on the property.

If this is your first RT, take about an hour at a parking lot to get familiar with manuvering your rig.

Another handy thing are smartphones. We use an app called YP to find gas stations for us. Since our phone has GoogleMaps, you feed in the location to Google and then use satellite or street view to see if we are going to have difficulty getting to the gas pumps.

Hope this helps...
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:24 AM   #15
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Great advice here from folks who have been through their maiden voyage and are still around to tell about it...

I was so proud of myself when we first went out. Backed the trailer in nice and straight; followed the checklist to the 'T' and thought to myself: 'This ain't so hard!'

Then we packed up to leave with folks behind us watching and DUH; I couldn't raise the entry steps. I tried, then looked at 'em and thought, 'well dang it all, this is probably the simplest step in the process and folks are watching me'... Musta looked like a real idiot as I continued to try when finally the nice campers behind me came over and simply lifted them correctly, then smiled and stated "Hey, we've all been there'. It was then we realized how much help you have around you.

I'm now able to help when others ask and it is a nice feeling as I remember our early experiences...

Take your time and have some fun!
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:24 AM   #16
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We bought a TT in February and this is what we have found out.

1. Take your time.
2. Make a check list and use it. We have are still making changes to our check.
3. Most important...HAVE FUN!!!
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:38 AM   #17
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Our next "TT"

I agree, staying close to home - in the driveway - is a good idea for the 1st time. When we take delivery of our CC in July, we're going to stay at the Lazydays dealership for two nights. Then it's off to Goshen! Prior to that, in our other firsts, we stayed closeby as well.

Carrying at least 1/3 tank of fresh water is a must, I agree. We also carry food so we can stop at roadside rests or in large parking lots - out of the way.

We have enrolled in "All Stays" and have downloaded the app to our iPad. This service tells you where you may park safely and legally overnight for free. Sometimes, on people's private prop.

There's one more item we carry that I've yet to see mentioned - flares.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:41 AM   #18
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Thanks for the tips! I told the hubby about the wheel chocks, he didn't believe me at first so i had to show him all the posts on here about putting them in first before unhooking
Years ago I forgot to chock the wheels before unhooking. It made me a real believer in the effectiveness of safety chains. I would suggest chocking the wheels and also leaving the chains connected (just in case) when taking the trailer off the hitch.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:49 AM   #19
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The first time we backed in to our spot, camper was all perfectly level, exactly where we wanted it.

Chocked wheels, unhooked and pulled a few feet away.

I hooked up the power and the DW got in to push the slide out while I put down the stabilizers. Just happened to be putting down the back driver side when I looked and saw the slide was about to push into the power poll.

Well we had to put everything back in/up re-hook and pull forward a few feet.

I know look there first!
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:06 PM   #20
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EDIT: Added a step 0 to note awning pole position

Another setup item...be careful with your awning. My first time or two I did not do things in the right order (didn't remember the demo as well as I should have), resulting in a lot of stress at the awning mount points at the top, so much so that I could see the brackets flexing the screws!

Here's my procedure now (btw, I have a 23SS w/ a manual awning...if yours is power, you can stop reading now):

Definition:
vertical awning pole = the large pole that connects at the bottom of the camper frame. I call this vertical because you can detach this from your camper, and set it up vertical from the awning down to the ground (or you can leave it attached, in which case it's more of a 45 degree angle)
horizontal awning pole = the thinner pole that, when the awning is set up, extends from the top of the camper straight out to the awning. It is the piece that has the tension knob.

0. take note of the vertical arm position so you know where to return it when you take your awning down; if necessary move the stop pin to the hole closest to the vertical pole (see picture here)
1. get your awning hook out and ready near the pull strap
2. unscrew (loosen, do not remove) the tension knobs on each horizontal awning pole
3. click the two locking tabs to free the vertical awning pole from the horizontal poles
4. using the awning hook, flip over the lever on the top right side to allow the awning to be pulled out
5. using the awning hook, grab the strap and pull the awning all the way out
6. slide the horizontal arms up until the click in securely at the top of the vertical awning poles (do not yet tighten the round knobs)
7. on each side, release and extend the vertical arms to raise the awning up to the height you want (2 people is best here)
8. now go back and tighten up the knobs, so that the top bars are tight and support the awning from retracting or flexing. This is very important!
9. Leave a slight angle so water can drain, if rain is expected

Reverse these steps to return the awning to travel position.

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