Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-02-2014, 05:20 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
mlangdn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Western Kentucky
Posts: 268
I've had camp neighbors that will willingly give up their last beer, and some that will barely say hello back and disappear.

My only "bad" experience was two years ago. I was loading firewood on the TV when I was bitten by a garter snake. I thought it was a king cobra at first!

Then I had a blowout on the TV. After that - golden.
__________________

__________________
mlangdn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2014, 07:57 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
WrongWayRandall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Posts: 115
Quote:
Originally Posted by maccve View Post
....my wife thought we were among giants as were were surrounded by huge travel trailers and motor homes...
I know the feeling - we have an A-frame popup and a vintage VW camper and we are ~always~ dwarfed by our neighbors.



- Randy
__________________

__________________
1975 Westfalia (VW)
2014 Rockwood A122
WrongWayRandall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2014, 07:14 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 204
My first camper was a pop-up Palomino. My son was 2 1/2 and we had a bun in the oven. No bells or whistles on this trailer! Woke up in the middle of the nite to one heck of a storm. The trailer was rocking. My boy and DW slept through the whole thing. I stood there with my arms in the air waiting for the roof to fall in. The next day we saw tents mangled and debris all over the place. It turns out a tornado hit the next town over about 4 miles down the road. I will never forget that night!
__________________
David 01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 01:13 AM   #14
Member
 
loobdyloo5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: covina california
Posts: 47
Gosh I can't wait to use my new pop up. But won't b going camping for a few months. I am writing down tips from your stories tho. So far a drill and jumper cables! Any one have any must have tips?
__________________
loobdyloo5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 01:18 AM   #15
Member
 
maccve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 95
Quote:
Originally Posted by loobdyloo5 View Post
Gosh I can't wait to use my new pop up. But won't b going camping for a few months. I am writing down tips from your stories tho. So far a drill and jumper cables! Any one have any must have tips?
Don't forget spare fuses! Look in your little fuse cabinet if you have one...and see what fuses you have and get some spares...turns our that is what happened to mine...the battery got too low and when it does, they said it is common for the 20 amp fuse to blow... Have fun!
__________________
maccve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 01:32 AM   #16
Member
 
loobdyloo5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: covina california
Posts: 47
Ok I'll check, we won't b using the hookups on r first trip. Just battery I guess. So thank u. How long should I expect to have power, b 4 the battery goes dead? We just purchased the 2014 Forest R 282TXR Model. Never had a pop up b 4. So lots to learn!! Does anyone know about the little table that hooks on the outside of the popup kind of next to the grill? It shows that on the DVD and papers. But I did not get it, along with the hanging pantry.
__________________
loobdyloo5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 09:08 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
WrongWayRandall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Posts: 115
Battery life depends completely on how much you draw on it. Keep the lights off when you don't need them (and convert them to LED bulbs when you can), the same goes for anything else 12v electric - the less you use the longer the battery will provide power. After a time you will get the hang of how long you can run things on a single battery and decide if you need/want an upgrade. True deep cycle batteries will give more 'run time', multiple batteries will give still more, but you have to consider whether you need more or not, whether the cost + weight are worth it, etc.

I would also get a multi-meter to check the battery. If you prevent the battery from dropping below 12v it will last a lot longer and perform better over it's lifetime. As a battery is used it loses capacity, even when properly cared for - the more deeply it is discharged the faster it will lose capacity, and if you really drain it hard it can 'die' quickly and need to be replaced. Most batteries provided with your camper at time of purchase are not that great (about 50 amp hours usable, perhaps less), so be careful the first time out and monitor the battery voltage.

The table in mine was under one of the bench seats, but the dealer went though everything with me at the time of pickup and made sure that I was happy with everything, that everything was there, etc. If you don't have the other items you might want to check with the dealer to be sure that they were not removed, or are hiding in some storage compartment or under a cushion somewhere.

- Randy
__________________
1975 Westfalia (VW)
2014 Rockwood A122
WrongWayRandall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 01:34 PM   #18
Moderators' Assistant
 
bikendan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 13,295
Quote:
Originally Posted by loobdyloo5 View Post
Just battery I guess. So thank u. How long should I expect to have power, b 4 the battery goes dead?

if you use the furnace all nite, it could be dead by morning or later the 2nd day. very few can get two nites of furnace use, out of one battery.

that's why most of us that dry camp or boondock, go with a two battery setup and a generator or solar system.
__________________
Dan-Retired Firefighter/EMT
Shawn-Musician/Entrepreneur/Wine Expert
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
2016 PrimeTime TracerAIR 255, pushing a 2014 Ford F150 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost w/Max Tow Package
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC
bikendan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 01:51 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
BamaBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Whereever our Berkshire is Parked!
Posts: 6,987
Quote:
Originally Posted by maccve View Post
This is our camper all set up on our site....my wife thought we were among giants as were were surrounded by huge travel trailers and motor homes...
Your Pop-up looks to be the same design as ours was...nice rig and a perfect camper when the kids are younger.

Hope you make many memories!
__________________
Bob & Anne-Marie [BamaBob & 6 Actual]
| 2017 Berkshire XLT 43A with Ultrasteer Tag | Blue Ox Avail + KarGard II |
| SMI AF-1 Air Brake | 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland TOAD | Pedego Bikes |
Nights Camped: 2013 - 24 2014 - 42 2015 - 56 Jul 2016 - Fulltime
BamaBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 02:01 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Orland Park, IL
Posts: 413
We spent 15 years in popups before we moved up to our hybrid. Believe me you won't look back. Enjoy the family time. My kids have many great memories of family camping trips!
__________________

__________________
2015 Rockwood Roo 23IKSS
2015 GMC Sierra 1500
Archicamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
camping, pop up, reflection

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:28 PM.