Tips for New Campers
Now that the wife and I have been campers for a year, I would like to post some tips and observations for the new campers joining us. I hope this will help to make their introduction into the camping life easier.
1. Buy your second camper first. When we purchased our 25KS, I thought this would be the ideal camper for two, and it is. But you will quickly learn that your family suddenly wants to spend more time with you once you buy a camper. After sleeping in a tent in the rain while my son, daughter-in-law and 4 week old grandson slept in our camper, we decided a larger camper would be needed. We pick it up next week.
2. The amount and severity of the rain is directly related to the number of people that have come to your site to eat with you. The rain will also start just as you finish setting the picnic table and sit down to eat. Last time I was the one standing in the corner while we ate. We pick up the larger camper next week.
3. Even though there is no one at the dump station when you start out, there will be six campers in line by the time you get your dump hose connected. They will be standing watching just to see if you make a mistake.
4. When dry camping, your wife, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters will quickly go through all the water in your tank as they fill up the waste tanks. In two nights we went through the 40 gallons in the tank and the 18 I carried and hand poured into the tank. Of course I also made two trips with the blue boy to the dump station.
5. Be prepared to buy wood at the campground as you can't haul enough wood in a 1/2 ton truck to keep a fire going the entire time you are camping. My wife and daughter-in-law seem to think a fire must be burning constantly.
6. If you have the "Create A Breeze" fan in your bathroom and you leave it on while flushing the commode it will do just as the name states, create a breeze through the black tank into the trailer. You'll probably only do this once.
7. If you have the corner shower with the glass doors, be sure to put on elbow pads before entering. The reason for this will become evident.
I hopes this helps newcomers quickly become experienced campers. If I can be of further help please let me know. Learn from the mistakes of others as you just don't have time to make them all yourself. You'll create many memories with you family as you camp. Did I mention we pick up the larger trailer next week?