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Old 07-27-2021, 01:18 AM   #21
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I saw your location is NE Louisiana. Iím south central Arkansas and planning on going to Lake Darbonne On our first public outing which is about 25 mins away. I will definitely check out the link. Thanks
Lake D'arbonne State park is my favorite and the one our group stays at the most.

I haven't been in awhile (pre Covid) but there is a Dutch Oven group that meets there (or did pre-covid) at the pavilion in the campground area once a month. If you plan your visit during their meeting, you can get Dutch oven tips as well as sample foods they cook (and are excellent).

EDIT Yes they are still meeting:


https://www.facebook.com/groups/Darb...tchvenCookers/


https://tourunionparish.org/destinat...-oven-cookers/

Louisiana Dutch Oven Society - Home


Copied this from their facebook page and recent July meeting. How come I'm hungry now?
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Old 07-27-2021, 04:41 AM   #22
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Great advice to use driveway. Also our 1st trip was an hour away, keeping it close, with all the needed stores around . Haha. Lowes, lowes and did I mention lowes. Welcome and good luck
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Old 07-27-2021, 06:35 AM   #23
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Welcome to the forum. Looks like you got a lot of good advice already. Enjoy and Later RJD
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Old 07-27-2021, 07:01 AM   #24
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I am seeing anything from 3900# and UP depending on the model which I did not see in your post.
It is a 177BH or 177BHX (not sure what the difference is)

https://forestriverinc.com/rvs/trave...fsx/177BH/4583

The specifications state the hitch weight is 405 lb, the UVW is 3,074 lb, the CCC is 831 lb, so the GVWR is 3905 lb.

Itís a really nice camper, but the only thing that really sucks is it has a 12VDC refrigerator. A camper like this deserves an LP/electric refrigerator.

Hitordie, make sure you spend a lot of time here researching 12 volt RV refrigerators and battery usage before you take it out for more than a day without electric hookups. Hopefully you already have a generator so you can keep your refrigerator working.

Congratulations on your win and welcome to the forum and the RV life!

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Welcome from Wisconsin. Lots of friendly, knowledgeable and helpful people on this forum. Take advantage of that and don't be afraid to ask questions. Congrats and enjoy making memories!
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This is very exciting! Congratulations! I have an "RVing basics" article that may be of assistance:

https://learntorv.com/basics-of-rving/

Feel free to reach out directly if you have any questions.
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Old 07-27-2021, 10:40 AM   #27
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Look out for state and county parks. Many have campgrounds with full hookups, some with just electric, some electric and water with a dump station. Some with no hookups, that’s called boondocking.
Never hurts to have extra length of hoses, water and sewer, and cable for those odd built lots. The bigger the gage and shorter the electric cable lessens voltage loss so all electric items can work. Low voltage can damage electrical control systems and electronics. Remember, with a 30amp system, air conditioning, electric hot water heater, microwave, toaster, electric heater. Pick TWO to run at a time and turn the others off. I run the electric water heater so I shut off the AirCon while using the microwave or toaster for breakfast. Get adapters to plug the 30 amp into 20 amp household outlets. Even just using two of the heavy electrical draw items at a time is borderline with the 20 amp supply. 15 amp outlet, just one item.
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Welcome to the Forum. You found the right place to learn and ask questions. Since you paid the sales tax, you should have the invoice (which you said was about half retail). Use that invoice for tax purposes and you'll be fine. Looks like you're getting a decent travel trailer for about 1/6 the retail plus tax. Depending upon your SALT (State and Local Taxes), you may be able to deduct the sales tax you paid on the TT.

Enjoy the TT and the best of luck to you!
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And.... you should look into a Weight Distribution Hitch with Sway Control, and be sure to trailer with a Brake Controller. Both of these are required for safety.
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Keep in mind that when you wire the 30 amp service it is 110 not 220.....there are a lot of posts on this forum about this issue.....a lot of them not ending well

I just noticed that wmtire's post addressed this issue
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Congrats to you and welcome in the Forest River family! Can't say you never won anything anymore. Best advice, you should do your first trip not far away from home.
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Best advice, you should do your first trip not far away from home.
But you should do your first camping in your driveway or backyard.

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Old 07-27-2021, 03:27 PM   #34
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I saw your location is NE Louisiana. Iím south central Arkansas and planning on going to Lake Darbonne On our first public outing which is about 25 mins away. I will definitely check out the link. Thanks
Welcome to the forum! Weíre also in south central Arkansas, about your same distance from Lake Darbonne.
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Old 07-27-2021, 03:38 PM   #35
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Like rsdata said, camp in your driveway for a day or two. We also talked to a campground host about 30 miles away and close to a community with resources. Told the host we were new and asked to be put close to an experienced camper. They did and the knowledge shared is still used today.
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This forum is great for help, also most campers are more then willing to help if asked. I will never offer help as I have had some bad experiences when it wasn't wanted but I am more then willing to talk or help if asked.
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Iím a member of an association/non profit organization. It was a free entry prize and they didnít require me to sign anything when I left. Hooked up and drove it home. But Iím on the board so they may just get it from me later. I do have to pay the taxes on it. Luckily I know what they purchased it for which was for nearly half the price of retail so I wonít have to pay too much on it thankfully.
Great!!! Get a copy of that half of retail price documentation and keep it for your taxes on the trailer. Also it may lower your tag tax when you title and tag it. It depends on how your state does taxes on vehicles/trailers though.
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congrad all i ever one was a 1000. on froggy payroll.if they make you pay taxes dont be surprise if it isnt 30 % of the value
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Congrats!!! You will find all the advise you need on the forums, as said first trip try it out in your yard or driveway. Enjoy!
X2 good advice. And congrats.
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When I got mine the dealer sent me home with an adapter plug so I could plug it into an extension cord. Kept popping breakers until I realized I plugged it into a 20A circuit. Once I moved to a 30A circuit all was good. The plugs are available at most camper stores.
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