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Old 09-15-2014, 10:46 AM   #1
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Set Up & Take Down

My Dealer told us it takes about 20 min. to set up and 20 min. t take down. I have done this in my back yard 5 or 6 times and I can not do it in les than 30 min. What is the amount fo time people out there take to do this?
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:01 AM   #2
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Dealer is probably just blocking, leveling, unhooking and connecting sewer, water and power. Don't worry about it, sometimes it take me 30 minutes and sometimes 2 days to get everything out like: awning, awning sunscreens, patio rug, lawn chairs, tv, grill, campfire and small table.
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:09 AM   #3
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If it's straight up level, sewer, water, cable, power and slides I can easily do it under 20 minutes. Start with the awnings, tables, outside games, rugs and grilles you may be looking 30-40 minutes. Usually with the exception of the rug and chairs I don't take things out until I need them.


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Old 09-15-2014, 11:19 AM   #4
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I use the setup as time to unwind from the trip. I take my time and relax.
The day before we head back I begin packing up all the items we don't need (nice and easy) and it gives me a chance to straighten everything out so the day we leave I can enjoy a nice breakfast with only a few things left to do. Been doing it that way for 45 years and it works for us.


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Old 09-15-2014, 11:21 AM   #5
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I only ever boondock camp so usually always some leveling is involved. I try not to hurry because their really is no reason to. Usually takes me 30-45 minutes to get set up. And then seems their is always something I forget to do. Just take your time and get all the important stuff done first and you'll be surprised once you do it a few times how little of time it actually take. You will get into a pattern every time and it goes quick.


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Old 09-15-2014, 11:24 AM   #6
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For me the set up and take down time is directly related to the length stay. If I am staying one night during travel it may only be front jacks down and have a good night (5min). A couple nights maybe full hook ups and a few chairs (30min). Extended stay I don't believe set up or take down ever stops, I am always changing something for a variety of different reasons. Any how you get the picture. Just take your time and enjoy, it is not a race.
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:55 AM   #7
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I often find it takes me at least a couple of days to do it all. Since we still work, we're often rolling in later on Friday nights, so my setup is whatever it takes to get the kids in bed. I deal with the rest later.

Actually, I did cover this in another thread:

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Preferred method:

1) Use levelling blocks/boards to level side to side.
2) chock with wedges.
3) Unhook from truck, level front to back.
4) Install X-chocks
5) Put out slide
6) Reconfirm everything level, tweak as necessary
7) Put down stabilizers
8) Hookup power, water, sewer.
9) Turn on HW
10) Put out awning, outdoor carpet, get out camp chairs.
11) Relax with cold brew.

Usual method

1) Screw it, it's level enough, chock with wedges
2) Unhook from truck, get front to back close enough.
3) Put out slide so DW can get kids ready for bed.
4) Hook up power/ water so kids can get ready for bed.
5) Pull out chairs, carpet etc... so bunk can be folded down so kids can go to bed. Chairs get dumped in a pile.
6) put down stabilizers in response to DW complaining the trailers too shaky. Stabs throw level off even further but slows down shake.
7) run and hide from wife on backside of trailer doing "that dang outdoor stuff." I.e. The rest of the hookups.
8) Install X-chocks cramped under slide out in the dark, and of course in the mud puddle, though it's been a drought for 3 weeks.
9) go inside, go to bed.
10) get up from bed, go back outside and turn on HW.
11) take dog for walk "since I'm up anyways" though I'd rather just crawl back into bed.
12) crash in bed
13) get up in morning and fix it all.
Doesn't seem to matter if I'm only there for 2 nights, or a whole week. The few times I can really get everything setup the night we arrive is if I take a day off and go early, and the wife brings the kids later after work/school.
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What's interesting is that most (all?) of the responders so far aren't using a pop-up and are still taking the same amount of time. skirk55, if you can do it in 30 minutes, then I think you're doing just fine. I found that it took us longer because we'd take time to make beds, adjust things for the kitchen, setup bathroom, etc.

In 20 minutes, I could get the bare minimum setup- but I'd still have a lot of little things like the other folks have mentioned. Like OldCoot, with my fifth wheel- I can have a bare minimum setup in about 10-20 minutes (or even a little less if it's an overnight stop and I'm literally parking for the night). And sometimes, 3-4 days in, I'm still lolligagging getting things set up.

There's no timelimit- enjoy yourself.
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Old 09-15-2014, 12:02 PM   #9
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I use the setup as time to unwind from the trip. I take my time and relax. The day before we head back I begin packing up all the items we don't need (nice and easy) and it gives me a chance to straighten everything out so the day we leave I can enjoy a nice breakfast with only a few things left to do. Been doing it that way for 45 years and it works for us.
Same here. Being retired, we never get in a hurry anymore. Did the hurry, hurry, hurry bit from 128Aug960 to 01Aug05, NO MORE, unless it's raining and then we just wait it out.
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Old 09-15-2014, 12:25 PM   #10
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This makes me feel better! My son was at out house Sunday when I told him he told me no way! I have my leveling boards painted. I keep everything in one spot. Everything is wiped down before it hoses and wire is put back. I just am fussy and the pop up is more fun than I ever thought. we took a month off and are going from Pa. to Calf. this way we can take out time. I just thought I was just slow!!
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