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Old 05-16-2014, 10:23 AM   #1
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HW296 Maiden voyage

Greetings! After 25+ years as a committed tent camper, tomorrow I will bring home my HW296 and am very excited. Doing a dress rehearsal in my driveway over the weekend to hopefully work out the bugs and then taking it out for maiden voyage Memorial Day weekend. Have been reading through the other posts but wanted to extend a intro as I know I will be back with questions soon. My 9 and 13 year old sons will be my helpers so hoping to devise a set up/tear down check list that takes into consideration their abilities and gets us in and out as efficiently as possible.

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Old 05-16-2014, 10:58 AM   #2
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congrats and good luck, we also pick up our pop up tomorrow. But we are passing on the Memorial day weekend. Campgrounds are pretty crazy on memorial day weekend, and we've had some bad experiences with some rowdy neighbors . So we are shooting for the following weekend. Heck I am retired everyday is a weekend.

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Old 05-16-2014, 11:09 AM   #3
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Welcome and congrats on your HW296. Our kids had set up/take down assignments when we had our popup. Funny thing is the take down assignments always went a little slower as they never wanted to leave.
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:15 AM   #4
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Man, I envy you. That new, first night experience is incomparable. Enjoy

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Old 05-16-2014, 12:09 PM   #5
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Congratulations on your new pup. So exciting!!!! we also are extenters that went to a highwall pup and we have a wonderful time in our hw277. If your kids helped with setting up camp with a tent, they will do fine with the pup. Ours help with setting the bed braces, putting down the stabilizers, popping up the canvas supports, setting up the chairs, attaching the hanging pantry. They really like to operate the roof winch switch. One was 11 when we got the pup.
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Old 05-16-2014, 03:13 PM   #6
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All the best! I reported on my first time out in an earlier post. I've been wanting to get one for a decade now and finally did. They are great! The smile on my daughter's face is reward enough- her first question is when we are all going camping again. This forum is great for gleaning information on these puppies.
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Old 05-17-2014, 09:28 AM   #7
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Thanks,all! Campfire Joe, I long had an absolute aversion/ban on camping on holiday weekends because of those same kinds of experiences, but about five years ago we started spending holidays at a small family campground in South Haven, Michigan that has worked out fabulously. That being said, they tripled in size over the last year and as of this weekend are now a Jellystone. We have had such great times there but have to see if Jellystone is still a good fit for what we want. It's located right on the Kal-Haven which is a fabulous rail trail so we go out for long walks with the dogs and long bike rides with the kids. This year most of our camping will be in state parks in Indiana -- Dunes, Potato Creek and Brown County...Turkey Run in the fall.
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Old 05-17-2014, 09:42 PM   #8
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Congrats! We just picked up our HW276! Just did test run in driveway! Ready for next weekend.

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Old 05-18-2014, 12:22 PM   #9
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I hope you had a great weekend! My kids 1, 5, 8 all have jobs and like to show off a bit with the set up/down. Boys the age of yours might just have you relax while they set up soon. The only recommendation I might forward is the purchase of a BAL leveller. We just got one this spring and it's amazing. Makes levelling take seconds and 8 yr old boy does it. So much simpler than blocks and doubles as a wheel chock.
Have a great season.
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:12 AM   #10
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Wow, gettawaydriver. Thanks for the tip. I just checked that out online and looks like a perfect accessory. I have the chock that you can drive up to help level, but this looks like a much better option. Going to stop by local dealer to see if they have in stock!

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