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Old 05-27-2017, 09:40 AM   #1
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Anything else I need to do after the initial purchase???

We just purchased a new Rockwood last weekend. There were 2 warranty cards to fill out for components. We did that. Anything else other than set up some insurance? Going to call Rockwood and make sure all the warranty paperwork has been turned in by the dealer.
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You might want to get the 2nd yr extended warranty for $150. If the dealer didn't give you the paperwork, you can find it in the Library here on the forum.
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Old 05-27-2017, 12:45 PM   #3
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You might want to get the 2nd yr extended warranty for $150. If the dealer didn't give you the paperwork, you can find it in the Library here on the forum.
Get the 2nd year of warranty.

Go camping for a night or two in the driveway, or a nearby park. Try everything you can to make sure it works.

If you are like most people, you will need mattress toppers to be able to sleep at night. With the top down, try to get an idea of how much space you have between the bed and the ceiling. This will limit the thickness of the mattress topper.

The other mod you will want soon is a battery disconnect. Even a pop-up has a surprising amount of parasitic loads that will drain and ruin your battery in a couple of weeks while it sits waiting for you to go camping. When you store the pup between trips, throwing the disconnect is a lot easier than unbolting the battery cable. I learned the need for a disconnect the hard way - it cost me a replacement battery after the first winter.

At a very minimum, you will want a hose and fittings that connects your sink drain on the outside of the camper to a bucket underneath the camper. Many people use something more fancy. Never mind if you have a model with a gray water tank.

Other things you will need (hopefully included in a "dealer accessory package"):

- assuming you have a 30 amp shore cable, adapters to plug into 15/20 amp and 50 amp outlets
- a hose to connect to city water and/or fill your water tank
- pressure regulator for when you hook up to city water
- depending on toilet type (I'm assuming a porta-potty), toilet chemicals
- unless you plan on using wood blocks from home, a set of the orange Leveler (Lego) blocks to level the camper side to side is the cheapest and lightest method
- some kind of level to level to - I use a stick-on level mounted to the front of the camper for side-to-side, and use a carpenter's level on the roof for fore-and-aft.
- 4 wheel chocks. I use the plastic variety from Walmart for my A-frame pop-up.
- socket, long enough wrench handle or breaker bar to fit your camper lug nuts. Also a jack that will fit under the camper and lift enough to change a tire (my minivan scissors jack is adequate in my case).
- tire pressure gauge. I inflate my tires to full sidewall pressure before each trip.

Depending on the state, you will have to register and get a license plate for the PUP. A trip to DMV with the title and/or dealer paperwork is usually required.

That's really the minimum to get started. Make lists of what you really want or need, but don't have for the first year. Also, keep track of what breaks or doesn't work for your warranty. Finally, after a couple of trips, take out stuff you don't use on a trip. For us, we removed the RV-Que and mount (I don't like BBQing against the side of the camper, and I can find much better portable table-top grills) and the porta-potty (we just use campground facilities).

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you might need a trailer plate as well?

and start shopping! Budget about 1-2k for trailer/camping accessories.
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Old 05-29-2017, 12:44 PM   #5
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Check your coach batteries for proper water levels. Batteries are not covered under your warranty. I bought brand new forester 3051S and our batteries were not holding a charge for long. I opened up the caps and I could see metal no water almost bone dry . had to buy new batteries. Dealer said user maintenance
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Go camping.
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Old 05-29-2017, 01:58 PM   #7
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Check your coach batteries for proper water levels. Batteries are not covered under your warranty. I bought brand new forester 3051S and our batteries were not holding a charge for long. I opened up the caps and I could see metal no water almost bone dry . had to buy new batteries. Dealer said user maintenance
Batteries are covered under warranty.. usually the battery mfg.. Just got new batteries for my 2017 Rockwood under warranty.. Interstate batteries both failed in a few months.. Switched to 6 volt golf cart batteries.(wire them in series).. much better option.
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Ideas that save money and stress!

No matter how well you believe you were walked through everything, it is always too fast! Make the person walk through a second time before you take it home! Have a list of questions with you! Go through your own set up and close by yourself on the lot to make sure all is really working!
Take out a solid extended warranty and make sure it will be honored by your dealer's service department!
Happy Camping!
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Old 05-29-2017, 04:47 PM   #10
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Keep a pocket full of money for accessories and start saving for your next unit. ��
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Old 05-29-2017, 07:14 PM   #11
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I you just got a pop up . Remember to go as light as possible don't Carry any more than you have to. Only take what you need.
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yes 1 more thing read the complete manual front to back,also look around o/l to see if anymore lit avail for your rig
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I you just got a pop up . Remember to go as light as possible don't Carry any more than you have to. Only take what you need.

2 pair of dities, an extra pair of socks, a couple tee shirts and a pair of pants. 1/2 roll of TP (single ply only) and a used bar of soap (used bars are lighter).
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You might want to get the 2nd yr extended warranty for $150. If the dealer didn't give you the paperwork, you can find it in the Library here on the forum.
Might be the times or the price of our rig, but 12 months ago on 6-1-16 our second year warranty was about $225..

After several warranty fixes, I have come to the conclusion that anything short of structural repair, you are better off to do it yourself and have it right the first time and save having to do it twice, but still just incase of something big that I am not equipped to do it is $225 worth of comfort for my next 12 months to have that factory backup.
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2 pair of dities, an extra pair of socks, a couple tee shirts and a pair of pants. 1/2 roll of TP (single ply only) and a used bar of soap (used bars are lighter).
AND a tube of Dicor, a roll of eternabond tape, duct tape. Oh hell and BEER.
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Since the OP owns a popup and posted it in the Popup sub-forum, none of the 2nd year warranty costs posted are correct.

The cost for Popups and A-frames is only $100.
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Keys, keys, keys

I'm not sure what the dealer gave you, but I would have three sets of keys. Keep one set at home permanently as a master set. Keep one set in your TV, and the third set as the set you use while camping. You'll be surprised how many times you feel fort them in your pocket only to realize they're hanging in a storage door lock or on the ground.
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Thanks guys or gals. I've done a lot of the stuff noted. Boy I probably have a grand in secondary costs. We slept on the mattresses and they are good. Still have to purchase a bike rack. Ouch! In 5 weeks we will be taking the pop up from CA to Colorado for 2 weeks. I have a second battery and I probably have a disconnect Switch somewhere. I also have a few old and unused solar panels and would just need the converter. The hardest part is arranging the camper items.
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I thought about making my second set hidden under the camper but a third set is a good idea.
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I you just got a pop up . Remember to go as light as possible don't Carry any more than you have to. Only take what you need.
Maybe I could have you talk to my wife! I will be traveling light!
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