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Old 12-26-2013, 02:23 PM   #1
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Seasonal Camping 101

Hello all! Hubby and I have been camping for more than 15 years from tent to pop up to travel trailer to bigger better travel trailer. Money, gas, and the inablility to find gas stations our 40 footer will fit in have made our transient lifestyle more work than fun. So we're giving up. We've selected one of our favorite places to give seasonal camping a try for 2014. I am terrified. Other than wood under the tires, a better plan for sewer hose (although our double tanks...galley/bath...will make this a challenge), and the never ending debate about slides in or out what tips do you all have to make our transition a smooth one? What do you laugh at the first timers for not knowing? Remember, we've been camping a long time, but we're used to fighting traffic, not rodents.
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:15 PM   #2
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You move that much? A forty-footer is huge, but I'm presuming you are not on major freeways. I've seen lots of neat setups with class A rigs that are long term. You might want to search class A forums for ideas.
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:02 PM   #3
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We've been on a seasonal site for 6 years. Our slides go out April 15th and come in October 15th, never had a problem. Take a look at any RV lot, they leave the slides out until the unit sells. I keep the slide seals (top and sides) treated with Aerospace303 UV protectant. Here's a link to the seasonal camping thread which you might be interested in browsing through: http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ead-36009.html
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:00 PM   #4
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Sure hope there's a lot of responses here. Like kkhslh we're looking at a seasonal for 2014 after pulling the 35' Cardinal for 9 years and the 40' Cedar Creek 1 year.


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Old 12-31-2013, 01:17 AM   #5
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Seasonal Camping 101

Hello!! Don't see many seasonal posts on the forum yet. New to this whole thing. What do you folks use to stabilize your trailers? Just purchased a 35' Primetime still in storage. Going purchase items soon for start of season.Any advise is greatly appreciated. See everything from jacks to x-chocks, etc.
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:40 AM   #6
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fun4kidz - I'm not seasonal. I use a triangulation stabilizer like the Steadyfast system or JT's StrongArms and a between-the-wheel chock (I prefer RotoChocks). I still have a fair amount of movement. My next step is going to be scissor jacks just forward of the axles.

My sister was seasonal for a few years and her ex put 6 or 8 jacks under the camper (front, middle, rear) that they found at a yard sale. Made it pretty rock solid.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:41 AM   #7
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fun4kidz,

Wheel chocks and JT's StrongArms along with front & rear stabilizers work for us. I check them couple times a season for tightness.
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:34 PM   #8
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Are the Strong Arms hard to install and do you use any type of cribbing under your stabilizers?
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:46 PM   #9
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Are the Strong Arms hard to install and do you use any type of cribbing under your stabilizers?
Our dealer installed our Strong Arms. Others on this forum have installed their own so hopefully they will chime in, or you can do a search. Our site has a slight down slope where the camper is parked. I have a cement block under each rear stab.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:18 PM   #10
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Thanks for the input. I will search the installation of the strong arms. I'll let you know how the install goes if decide to ho that route. Our site is level.. Thought about the blocks under stabilizers. I was thinking about holding off on any additional equipment until the TT is on site. However, it is a warm dry environment and easy to work on now. What are your thoughts? Do all TT have bounce to them until sured up? Just purchased a Lacrosse 318bhs.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:46 PM   #11
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I have two campers on seasonal sites - one with two slides, one with no slides. There is gravel under each camper and the tires are on wood. I have the stabilizer jacks down and on cinderblocks. the tongue jacks are down and on cinderblocks. I have a few screw jacks in a couple of spots on the big camper.

We leave the slides out all season. We leave the water hooked up and I turn it off at the camper with a water hose shut off valve. I have an elbow installed on both campers as well. I leave the electricity on all season and run electric heaters when needed. At the beginning and end of the season, I leave the heaters on "frost watch" just in case. I turn off the hot water heater and the water each weekend when I leave. I winterize the big camper and just blow out the lines in the little one as I camp in it during the off season - camping tonight as a matter of fact.

You will want to find out about decks, sheds, and other site improvements. Per county ordinance, our decks have to be "moveable" so folks do a lot of sections. Sheds have to be approved by the management and have to be made of resin. The campground will pay 1/2 the cost of gravel.

We have two sewage valves, so I installed some PVC pipe that connects the two lines. This has to be to county code, so I used plenty of purple primer. The health inspector actually comes each year to inspect the campground to make sure everyone is handling their sewer properly - make sure you are capped or connected at all times.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:53 PM   #12
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Great advise. Drawing up some plans for the portable deck already. Hopefully that will cut down on some dirt making its way into the trailer. Have 3 boys that love the outdoors rain or shine... Catch my drift. Lol
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We have a portable gazebo set up on a deck and another deck under our awning. We can seat 10 comfortably outside when it is raining as long as the rain isn't blowing and it is not 35F. When it is hot and my dad is with us, we set a fan up for him, pulling cool air from the woods.

I work full time and managed to camp over 100 nights this year because of having the seasonal site - I can leave work on Fridays at 5pm and I am unpacked and ready to relax by 8pm. You can't beat that!
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:53 PM   #14
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First of all I leave the factory steps in and made some out of treated lumber. Now we have a nice deck to entertain on. I stabilize my trailer by putting it up on cement blocks or boards. I try to extend the jacks as little as possible they tend to be more stable that way. I also did like the previous poster stated by putting jacks in the middle of the frame to reduce flexing.

We have been seasonal campers for about 6 years now and don't regret it a bit. Our camping costs have gone down significantly. We even pay our own electric but don't have fuel costs towing wear and tear on my truck. We do love the fact that when we get there we don't have to do any set up. Unlock the door and we are camping.

We leave our slides out all summer then retract them in the fall for winter. We leave out trailer right on our lot all winter. We use 100# tanks for propane and have full hookups too. We even don't use a lot of the stuff we needed when traveling and camping. We have made some great bonds with other campers in our campground and now that I am retired we live in our camper from june 1st until august 31st. We'd stay longer but my son still is in school.
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:28 AM   #15
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2014 will also be our first year on a seasonal site. Been reading here all I can for tips. Thank you to everyone that participated in the few threads about seasonal sites.

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Old 01-04-2014, 12:44 AM   #16
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We had a seasonal site for 16 years. Had 2 different trailers on it. I used cement blocks under it with some cedar shims to support it. I would put the slides in if you leave it there over the Winter. Why expose the roof on the slides any more than you need to? We got pretty tired of the cliques and politics after awhile and bought a fiver so we could hit the road. Much happier now..
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:32 AM   #17
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My family and I will be starting our 2nd season of permanent camping. I used cinder blocks and wood under the frame. The Passport we had used power stblzr jacks and I didn't care for how they worked. Blocking under the frame of the camper worked much better then using the jacks. We just purchased a Coachman TBS since I do not have to tow anymore, slides out all season. We had a blast last year and I don't miss the tow.
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:14 PM   #18
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there are also some campers that leave their slides extended year around and we camp in northern Mi. Myself i put mine in all winter. Also do not put any jacks or supports under your slides unless the manufacturer suggests to. My neighbor in the campground did this and had to pay to get his slide realigned after it jumped off of track.
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:26 AM   #19
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We landed in Tucson for the Winter. Our intent wasn't to stay put, but because of a health issue, we are till April 14th. Staying put this long allows us to not have to be in a GO mode - ensuring everything's stowed all the time. Our rig is stable with chocks since we're on a shallow stone site.
So far as getting fuel, we have an aux fuel tank that negates the need for refueling while towing our 36CKTS.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:45 AM   #20
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Here is a tip on the deck building make the sections 4x8' and they will fit in the bed of a pickup for easy moving. I bolted the sections of mine together with galvanized carriage bolts. I also set the deck up on cement blocks but some folks use posts and the concrete post bases. I also use the cheap .99 patio blocks to set the steps on so they don't sit directly on the ground. They are easier to level and I believe they keep the base of the steps from rotting. To keep the side rails on I also cut a notch half way through them and use carriage bolts to attach them for easy removal. I also use 2x6" lumber for the deck supports. When I built my deck my neighbor was removing his pool from his yard and had a large pool deck so I recycled the lumber into my campground deck. I built it in my driveway here in the spring before the campground opened and had it all ready to assemble when I hauled it up north on a trailer. I even predrilled the holes to attach the carriage bolts before attaching the deck boards. Then when I built it I left the two boards on each side of the frame rails off to attach the bolts when we got up there. Also since I used the used lumber the board were quite brittle and I had to predrill the holes for the deck screws so they wouldn't split. I also used the torx type screws they don't strip as easily as the phillips or square drive ones. I have made additions and removed pieces when i purchased my new camper and the torx screws were easy to remove and reuse.
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