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Old 08-29-2011, 06:46 PM   #1
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My wife and I recently retired and bought our first travel trailer...2011 Forest River Flagstaff 831FKBSS. We are looking for any kind of checklist for setting up on a site or getting ready for the road...any kind of info/advice for us rookies would be greatly appreciated...
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:08 PM   #2
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Hello, and

For your first trip it is recommended to camp in the driveway, or somewhere very close. Pack the camper, and vehicle, and go out in the driveway. Try not to go back in the house. See what you forgot, or what you need. We all have different views. I don't care about surround sound television, television, internet, or even cell phone service. Some have to have it. We cook on a fire, or on the table top grill, not inside, others differ. You have to figure out what you need and pack that, then if you have room pack what you want.

I've never read it on here about camping in the driveway, that I remember, but I suggest, if you do, once packed, pull the camper out a few miles, bring it back and set it up. Now you will have a better "feel" for the time and effort required at setting up at a campsite.

Good Luck, and enjoy. If looking at a busy campground, call or make reservations for holiday week-ends.
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:15 PM   #3
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Thanks - We have made a reservation for our first trip within 30 miles from the house. This will be our first test run...again, thanks for the input...
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:39 PM   #4
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New member here, just purchased our first TT. A Shasta Revere 21FBS LE
getting it on Thursday after we get the brake controller installed on our 2010 Ram with Hemi 4X4 Quad cab
also got the Reese Dual Cam WD/Sway control hitch
now looking for tow mirrors lol
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:40 PM   #5
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Is there a "must pack" list available you know of?
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:42 PM   #6
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Congrats to PJD2655 & boubou on your new trailers.
Driveway camping is a great way to not only check out the trailer, but yourselves as well.
For aftermarket mirrors, CIPA mirrors work pretty good.
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:47 PM   #7
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Is there a "must pack" list available you know of?
This website has alot of good info. Including check lists.
RV Basics .com - RV Information for RVers about RVing

Hope this helps.
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McKesh mirrors work great too. I have a set that I used for 3 weeks before we upsized our truck.
Holler if you are interested.
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After decades of camping I'm less worried about a packing list, and more concerned with a setup/teardown list.

Things like this short teardown list:
Tanks drained and chem added
Sewer hose cleaned and stowed
Slides in
Stabilization jacks retracted/stowed
Electrical cord stowed
Water hose stowed
Antenna down
Steps folded

Forgetting the milk is an inconvenience
Forgetting to disconnect the water hose prior to driving off will ruin your season.
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:51 PM   #10
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Mainly clean underwear, never know what might go wrong....lol. Food, water hose, power cord, sewer hose if you want to dump the tanks, RECOMMENDED HIGHLY, and your wife.

OK, some of that was joking, but depends on what you want to do. Are you going to stay in the campground? Are you hiking? Are you fishing? We take the minimum, as we are going to take the motorcycles and see the surrounding area. Some folks get bored, have to do something, better have television, books to read, etc. Firewood if you want a campfire. Adult beverage, we stay in several places where they aren't available. Spare tire, jack and lug wrench for the camper. Water if there is none, generator if you need/want it. (batteries only last a few days when camping without power, even less if you run the furnace). A lot depends on the type of camping you plan on doing, and whether you can be satisfied doing nothing at all.
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:53 PM   #11
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1) always make sure antenna is down on list.
2) wheel chocks are removed.
3) nothing is in the way of the slide outs going in or out .
4) power antenna is off
5) hot water heater is off !
6) awning is in !
7) fridge is set to auto ..... if you leave food in there either way
8) turn fridge on at least one day ahead of time to allow to cool.
9) make sure jacks are up !
some of my list that you wouldn't think you would need but you would be surprised .
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The best two things you can do on your maiden voyage are:

Take Notes! No kidding. Bring a pad of paper or two and make lists of what you forgot from home and what you'll buy for the next trip.

You are right to look for arrival and departure lists and there are lists on FR and other forums from which to borrow. Here's one site with more lists than you would care to use.

Eventually, you will want to make your own. Think like a pilot. There are plenty of stories by people who "wing it" and later regret it because they forgot something important. Its very easy to forget one of the many things you need to do when you are first starting out.

But mostly just have fun! Its all new to you so enjoy!
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mostly use it as a hotel room, sight seeing, hiking, biking, walking doggies.
We might stay in a bit read watch t.v
adult beverage are a must and water as well
pretty much the minimum
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