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Old 06-12-2013, 02:10 PM   #1
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First Time!

It will be our first time camping this weekend in our new TT! A little nervous about the setting up (never done it and forgot to tape the demo, OOPS!) so hopefully we will have some nice neighbors if we need a little help Any tips for first timers ( I am going through the board looking but not having a search on the app sure makes that hard) would be appreciated!!

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Old 06-12-2013, 02:44 PM   #2
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get into your spot, make sure you're level side to side, put wheel chocks at the wheels, unhook your trailer, level front to back, get your awning out, put out your chairs, get better half to get medication for you, have a sip....or two then continue to get your trailer in order. Wheel chocks...first thing to happen when setting up and last thing when ready to pull out. Make sure the power pedestal breakers are off before plugging in..prevents arching when you plug in. Have fun, stay safe & enjoy.
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:11 PM   #3
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Piperman pretty well nailed it- the 2 biggest pieces of advice I can give is:

A) take your time! there's no rush (just leave yourself twice or thrice as long as you think you need)

B) take your sense of humor!

Yes, other campers will come rescue you if things get in a bind or you look confused.

My first trip out with the fifth wheel, we tried 17 ways to Friday to get it backed into a site. An old guy happened to be walking by, smiled and said "if it were me, I'd pull forward a little more". So I did. A day or two later, I was out by my truck, my neighbor chatted me up and asked about the camper. Hearing it was brand new (literally taken to the campground on day 1), he asked if my dump handles were open or closed and recommended I needed to keep the black closed. I knew that already, but it was kind of him to ask. He even double-checked later when I was dumping gray- stated he'd never seen handles that stuck out so far. And finally, hitch up day- I had my iPad out with the B&W instructions PDF open. We were going uber slow and step by step (just the wife and I). A fellow 3 or 4 sites above us came down and remarked that we were going slow and wanted to make sure we were doing OK. I assured him we were following the book and he was content. He still stuck around for a bit, complimented us on the camper and welcomed us back (he was a seasonal).

Good stuff. On the flip side, now that I've done this for a little bit - I've spoken up to a person a time or two- especially if they look confused. Helped a lady check her tire pressure, little stuff.
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:11 PM   #4
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First time is great! Just take your time and don't rush. And yes make sure the wheels are chocked. Take your owners manual it will help.
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:26 PM   #5
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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
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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
I *heard* a trailer shift and fall once from about 8 sites away. That was enough for me!

I *never* not-chock. Even when I take the RV in for service and leave it on their lots, I chock it with my cheap plastic chocks. If they're lost while it's at service, then I replace them with new cheap plastic chocks (which are my backups).
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:41 PM   #7
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Consider when you hook up the water, just crack the valve and check the trailer to make sure there weren't any faucets left in the open position or your low level drains are closed. Once you are sure they are all closed, you can open the valve the rest of the way.

Consider that your hot water heater will need to be filled before lighting it so open a hot side water faucet to let the heater fill.

Oh and make sure the propane is turned on.
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It will be our first time camping this weekend in our new TT! A little nervous about the setting up (never done it and forgot to tape the demo, OOPS!) so hopefully we will have some nice neighbors if we need a little help Any tips for first timers ( I am going through the board looking but not having a search on the app sure makes that hard) would be appreciated!!

2 days!!!
Time's a little tight for you now, but a lot of your nerves would be soothed with a trial run setting up and taking down in your driveway one or two times.

Also, there are departure and arrival checklists that you can use, but I think the best lists are the ones you make yourself. So... bring a pen and paper this weekend and use this as an opportunity to begin writing down all of your steps for arrival at the campground and departure from the campground.

Other tips would be:

  • Start the fridge 24 hours ahead of time to allow it to pre-cool.
  • Make sure there is water in your water heater before starting it up.
  • Bleed your propane lines by lighting the stove top on arrival.
  • Bring your manuals.


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I am going through the board looking but not having a search on the app sure makes that hard
That's strange - There is a search on both the iPad and iPhone apps.
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That's strange - There is a search on both the iPad and iPhone apps.
On the iPhone, to get to the search - I have to perform the following steps:

1) Touch on the " . . . / More" button at the bottom
2) Touch the "Search" item in the list
3) Enter my search criteria
4) Touch the magnifying glass in the upper right corner (or touch "search" when the keyboard is open)

I assume the Android is similar, but I don't know how those second-class citizens function.
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:38 PM   #10
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Good luck BnD, finally getting ours out of the driveway this weekend,been years since we had a trailer, was running with a pop-up the last 12 years ,heading to Haas Lake to make sure everything works.
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