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Old 07-07-2020, 07:35 AM   #1
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What are some valuable tips for new buyers that have never owned a camper before...we are very excited and nervous at the same time. Former tent campers.

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Old 07-07-2020, 08:40 AM   #2
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Welcome and congrats on your GeoPro FBS19. Don't be nervous and take your time. There are two ways to learn, 1) make mistakes and 2) ask questions so you avoid making mistakes. Make double sure your tow vehicle can safely tow your loaded camper. Tow your camper to an unused parking lot and practice backing up. This time of year school parking lots are pretty empty. Read the manuals and understand how all systems operate. If you can use Camp Driveway the first couple nights to get used to things. Since you've tent camped you have a solid idea of certain needed items but trailers require a bit more. Don't buy a bunch of stuff you don't need.
At a minimum there are however some things that are necessities:

wheel chocks
leveling boards or blocks
water pressure regulator
potable drinking water hose
inline water filter if your GeoPro doesn't have an onboard one
good quality dump hose
clear end attachment for above so you can see when water runs clear when dumping
disposable gloves for use when dumping
chemicals for black tank
check to see what fuses you have and bring extras
step rugs will help keep dirt/pebbles outside
sense of humor

Although not cheap I suggest an EMS unit to protect all your onboard electronics.

I'm sure I'm forgetting some things but this will give you a start. Plenty of you tube videos you can watch.

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Old 07-07-2020, 05:20 PM   #3
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Thank you soooooo much.

Roger and Cindy
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Old 07-07-2020, 05:47 PM   #4
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Old 07-07-2020, 06:21 PM   #5
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Take it from one who did not - ensure your tow vehicle can safely handle the trailer. Do NOT take the sales person's word for this. Look at the driver's door pillar - there will be a sticker there that says something to the effect of: cargo and occupants may not exceed xxx lbs. Calculate 15% of your trailer's GVW and subtract that from the number on the pillar. The result is the total remaining weight for people, dogs, and gear.

When you pick up the trailer, video tape the demonstration of every piece of gear and system. Do not give them any money until everything works to your satisfaction. Otherwise they have no incentive to make things right and you could wait months to get things right.

Make sure that everything that is supposed to run off batteries actually does. Have them disconnect the power line and run the water pump, lights, fans and furnace.
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Old 07-07-2020, 08:32 PM   #6
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Thanks...those are all great tips and I will make sure and do them at the pickup on Monday.

Roger and Cindy
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Old 07-07-2020, 10:55 PM   #7
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Add to the list a cheap pair of handheld two way radios. Invaluable for backing into campsites. Also BBQ lighter. Your RV stove probably does not have the push button type ignitors. What is your tow vehicle? If it doesn't have wide towing mirrors, at the very least get a pair of strap-on or clip on towing mirrors.

When you get to a campground, do not be afraid, ashamed, or embarrassed to ask your neighbors for anything from help backing in, forgotten items, setting up, tearing down, just about anything other than babysitting your kids, and my wife would probably do that for you too! 90% of us love to get to know and help others.
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Old 07-07-2020, 11:58 PM   #8
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What is your tow vehicle? All too often a salesman will tell a customer that their vehicle can tow the trailer they want to buy. Only after leaving the dealership do they find out they have way too much trailer for their tow vehicle.

Also, stay away from ripoff dealerships, like Camper World.

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