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Old 01-07-2015, 04:17 PM   #11
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Drill with special socket for the stabilizers

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Old 01-07-2015, 07:40 PM   #12
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I carry a Dewalt power drill for the stabilizers, but I have the screw type stabs. It also has come in handy when the batteries went suddenly dead.

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Old 01-07-2015, 11:27 PM   #13
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Paper plates and cups- toss in the fire for easy cleaning!

1 inch felt pads- use on bathroom where panels touch each other when folded down & where the front door handle may touch ceiling if you eventually get mattress toppers.

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My design for adapting the grey tank to slinky- camco hose rinser and valterra 90 elbow. Just remove the valve from hose rinser, seal said valve hole with silicon and maybe trim a little inside plastic to improve flow. It's a must have.

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Old 01-08-2015, 01:56 AM   #14
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I keep a small bottle of propane with a Burnsamatic torch tip for starting fires. It's great! Don't need to bring paper just a box of starter wood.

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Old 01-08-2015, 08:33 PM   #15
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Hahaaaa! All I can say is you are one brave individual (and your spouse). Be sure to pack extra tylenol...or alcohol....

Seriously, these are great tips, we are setting up our new 276hw as well. Good choice!!

Take pictures and tell us how it goes! Safe travels.
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Old 01-11-2015, 11:39 AM   #16
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Thanks we are brave and maybe a little crazy but we like to be on the go and the kids are great travelers. Can't wait!
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Old 01-11-2015, 12:55 PM   #17
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We had our popup for 20 years with 2 kids. 1st one was 9mos old on first trip. After about 10 years, I saw a bunk storage shelf in a popup. I don't know if they still supply them as OEM, but I made my own. I don't have pics, but see attached PDF sketch.

I got some wire shelving at Home Depot. You need a piece that's longer than the distance between the upright tubes that hold up the canvas. You want to cut down the shelves, but leave the end wire long enough to go into holes you've drilled in the uprights. At the front of the shelf, cut it so the end wire sticks out a bit. Note that these shelves usually have a section at the front that bends down 90 degrees to provide stiffness to the shelf. Remember this.

Then you drill two holes in your uprights at the height above the bunk that you'd like the shelf, disconnect one of the uprights from the bunk, then slide the end wire of the shelf into the holes and reconnect the upright that you removed. The shelf will now swing up and down. Remember that section at the front that bends down 90 degrees? In my case, I installed the shelf with the 90 degree section pointing up, so that stuff on the shelf won't fall onto the bunk.

Get a couple pieces of wood or metal, drill a hole in one end, then cut them to a length that will make the shelf level. (These are shown in black in the PDF.) These are installed on the extra wire sticking out at the "front" of the shelf, and they go down along the side of the mattress and sit on top of the bunk. Note also that depending on whether you want the 90 degree section sticking up or down may influence which front wire you want to cut longer, either the one at the end of the 90 degree section or the one at the bend itself.

Works great for putting your clothing bags, etc up out of the way. I had mine about 18" above the bunk, but if you'll have 2 kids in the bunk, you may have to go higher.

The other concern is whether the bunk will still fold up with the shelf installed. In my case it did, but I won't guarantee it. Putting the 90 degree part down would help here as it can press into the bunk.

Two other comments: 1) Make sure you file down any sharp edges. They make plastic things you can stick over bare wires, too. Also, be careful you don't make holes in your tenting with the wires sticking out. I never had any trouble, but you never know. 2) The pieces that hold the shelf level can get kicked out by the kids pretty easily. I never did figure out how to prevent this. A nut on the end of the wire would work, but the wire's too thin to thread.

I installed one of these on each bunk.
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Old 01-11-2015, 04:11 PM   #18
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Have fun! We just started camping with our four year old and six month old. We're having a blast in our Flagstaff HW.
Our biggest challenge is breaking down camp while the baby is fussing and the four year wants us to play.
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Old 03-01-2015, 10:39 AM   #19
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I would take some kind of rubber mat for the kids to stand on while using the outside shower. There are some that are about 18' wide and maybe 4' long, and they might work for making a clean path to the door. (Sorry, don't have a URL for such, but they're easy to find, I think.)
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Old 03-22-2015, 11:56 PM   #20
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Cassette toilet question. Not sure how to post a question.
I heard that you can dump the cassette contents in your own home toilet if you can't get to a dumping station. Is that true? I don't want that solution you put in the cassette to cause plumbing issues. Does anyone know?

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