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Old 07-15-2010, 09:29 PM   #1
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First trip in the new unit!

We are taking our brand new camper out tomorrow for a "test" run. Just one night - local (across town). We have a big trip planned for 5 days in Mackinaw next week and we wanted to be totally comfy hauling, setting, using the camper.

EEK! I am very excited. I will take many photos and post when I can. Probably during naptime when I can jump onto Wi-Fi.
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:36 PM   #2
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:11 PM   #3
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Cool. We are heading out on our first trip as well. Two nights to about 30 minutes away. Doing last minute things like changing out the TV, loading food, and trying to remember everything else. We are excited too. Safe travels and enjoy the new unit. Cheers,
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:43 PM   #4
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:07 PM   #5
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Safe travel and have fun.....

Man, I remember those first camping days......I hardly got any sleep the night before just thinking about what I needed just in case...Family emergencies, flat tires, tools breakdowns, Maps, Gas....now it's just like coffee in the morning. you get up and go.
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Old 07-17-2010, 08:40 AM   #6
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Good morning. The first night went well. Everything seems to be working as it should. I love the fact that I can be camping in 100 degrees, watching the Open on digital tv. And cold beer. Man, I could get use to this....

I did arrive with a few things back at home. I left the pressure regulator on the faucet by the garage, miss place my level....had to borrow one , but found mine later on that night, forgot the coffee, but had everything else. Not to bad for a newbie.

Cooked breakfast on the grill this morning. Me are having a great time. Cheers,
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:41 AM   #7
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Good morning. The first night went well. Everything seems to be working as it should. I love the fact that I can be camping in 100 degrees, watching the Open on digital tv. And cold beer. Man, I could get use to this....

I did arrive with a few things back at home. I left the pressure regulator on the faucet by the garage, miss place my level....had to borrow one , but found mine later on that night, forgot the coffee, but had everything else. Not to bad for a newbie.

Cooked breakfast on the grill this morning. Me are having a great time. Cheers,
When we first got our Pop-up years ago our first trip was to Ramblin' Pines in Woodbine, about 40 minutes from home. We forgot a few things so going back home to get it wasn't too big an issue. We started a checklist after that and it worked out pretty well. When all else fails there's aways a WalMart not too far away.
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:42 AM   #8
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Charlie,
Looked at Rambling Pines on line. Not far at all from our house either. my checklist is now in place. tough waking up with out coffee....... at least the KOA had some to get me going. later,
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Charlie,
Looked at Rambling Pines on line. Not far at all from our house either. my checklist is now in place. tough waking up with out coffee....... at least the KOA had some to get me going. later,
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Looked at Rambling Pines on line. Not far at all from our house either. my checklist is now in place. tough waking up with out coffee....... at least the KOA had some to get me going. later,
We haven't been to RP since 1998. It was a good shake down place to go since it was close to home but Morris Meadows off Rte 83 is just as close and we like it over there.
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:51 AM   #11
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I will check it out. Any suggestions on a site near the beach?
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Old 07-17-2010, 11:19 AM   #12
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We usually get a site out in the Paramont Area because it's wide open and the satellite reception is excellent.
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:04 PM   #13
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Howdy!!! We are back and mostly unloaded from the trial run night. And it um....was interesting that is for sure. Thank goodness we aren't new haulers or new to camping! First thing right off the bat - there are 3 small holes in the canvas!!!!!!!!!!!! And when my husband got there, we noticed that a seam along the upper corner (exterior) was bent and pulled out of place allowing us to be able to see the wall edges. *sigh* I know you all say a brand new camper doesn't go without it's own issues but my husband was FIT to be tied. I kept saying: but my camper forum people say this is normal and it's ok! hahahahahaha

Already called the dealer and bringing it to them on Monday. They are going to address those issues to get us through the season and then when we bring it for the winterization/storage they are going to put it through for warranty to get a totally new canvas end put on and properly adjust that seam/seal. It was reassuring to know that they are at least taking care of us quickly...just hard to handle when it is brand stinking new.

Other than that - we needed a longer water hose, had plenty of electrical length. Loved the new outdoor carpet, loved the set up inside (as to where I had things stored, etc). Figured out that cooling the fridge off gas is super fast compared to electric. Need to install a handful of things (paper towel holder, toilet paper holder). Need to bring different bedding for kids, need a folding chair for the booster seat, need a small step stool, picked up a small rug for inside the doorway and we do need a small folding table (have it just need to bring it) for under the awning. Oh and a bit of newspaper to help start the dang fires....my husband took it out thinking I had mistakenly placed it there. Ended up having to start the fire with paperplates that I PAID FOR WITH REAL MONEY DUH?! lol

But all in all - it went great. I took a bunch of pics - gotta load them to photobucket. Kids had a blast, everyone slept well. I adore my new camper - it's so nice and very spacious compared to what we have had. I am going to work on my list tonight for our big 5 day trip next week far away from home. PS: our favorite fun feature was the outdoor speakers for the stereo. Fun to sit back and watch my 2 year old bust a move!
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