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Old 05-20-2016, 08:59 AM   #71
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Lot's of Great advice! Worth a read and reread!

I have a few, although they have been stated and restated.

1. "Don't hurry, better to be good than quick." (I load the day before because I always want to hurry)

2. "The goal is fun, not perfection." It is about the people you are camping with, not the stuff or the process.

3. "Be electronically simple." Unplug when you can and focus on people, not devices. I have three teens and this has been the best thing for us.

4. "Everyone brings something to the table." Everyone brings one thing they want/like to do so it's not just about doing my favorite things. They aren't camping with me, we're camping together.


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Old 06-04-2016, 06:25 PM   #72
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I'm still very new, only two trips but this stuff is a God sent.

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Old 06-12-2016, 07:56 AM   #73
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All great tips here.

Mine has been mentioned but make lists and double check each other can't be stressed enough.

Also, have fun and learn to laugh at yourself!

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Old 06-12-2016, 08:34 PM   #74
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Don't sweat the little things and don't worry about making mistakes you will not likely ever see you camping neighbor again or you may keep in touch.......... we have all been there done that.


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Old 06-12-2016, 08:42 PM   #75
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Life, and camping, have two rules.

1. Don't sweat the small stuff.

2. It's all small stuff.
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:30 PM   #76
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After setting up and before making a beer run while the wife is making dinner, always unhook the safety chains.
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Old 06-13-2016, 04:31 AM   #77
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Learned this past weekend:

1. When parking on a sandy slope, do not rely on traditional plastic chocks alone
2. Do not ever rely on the front stabilizers to support the trailer's weight or hold its position while retracting the tongue jack to put more blocks underneath (especially when the stabilizers are cheap and lightweight stamped-steel crap)
3. Raise the stabilizers fully when lowering the tongue
4. A tongue jack post with no foot can go pretty deep into a sandy site when it falls off the tongue jack block
5. Sufficient blocks can support the A-frame while the tongue jack is retracted from the sand to place wood underneath
6. An F150 jack is a good stand in for a stamped steel piece of crap that gets bent out of shape
7. A big bin full of square cut 2x6 pieces in slabs from 1.5 to 6 inches in height is a PITA to lug along but a wonderful thing to have on hand when you need it
8. A cold beer is a very nice thing to have on hand when stuff like this gets sorted out
9. A local dealer with a large parts stock that is open on Sunday afternoon is a wonderful thing when you are looking for replacement stabilizers
10. You can laugh about this stuff, but not right away. I'm laughing now.
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Old 06-13-2016, 10:59 AM   #78
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Don't stress, even when faced with serious issues, else you'll fall down to the dark side.
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Old 06-13-2016, 11:32 AM   #79
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1. Don't forget to pack your underwear ... oops.
2. Remember that you need lots of room to make right hand turns. We got stuck on a Stop sign in a parking lot once. Had to climb on RV roof and unbolt the sign so I could tuck my tail and run away!
3. Test the generator at home. Working on it on the picnic table when you need it is not the best use of your time.
4. Bring cash to purchase firewood (lot's of restrictions on bringing fire wood due to bugs).
5. While backing into a site, people seem to come out of the woodwork to help. I usually accept the offer but I listen to my wife before anyone else (unless a tree is involved).
6. Don't forget to pack the DW's beer ... a really big oops!
7. When you think you have enough beer packed in the camper ... sadly you don't.

The most important ... having fun while learning, or teaching, new ways to do things ... whatever they may be.
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Old 06-14-2016, 04:38 PM   #80
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In between camping trips remember to keep fridge door open, it needs to breath or else you get a bad smell.

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