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Theoriginal 10-26-2020 08:08 PM

Long time dreamers, first time owners
 
Howdy, I almost feel guilty for joining the surge of new RV owners during the pandemic but I will not apologize for pursuing our dream of RV ownership. We are thrilled and pinch ourselves each time we wake up and see out TT in our driveway. I have been in "RV school" for over 4 months while our trailer was being built. Watching every video I could get my hands on. The Surveyor Legend 19BHLE checked off all the boxes for our needs. We have 3 grandkids and a dog that we hope to bring with us on every excursion.

dalford 10-26-2020 08:17 PM

Congrats on the new RV and welcome to forum from Florida. Have fun..:trink39:

Reverse_snowbird 10-26-2020 08:34 PM

No guilt allowed here. That looks like a beautiful rig that you and the grandkids can enjoy. If it's not already included, you might want to look into a spring tension rod and a set of curtains for privacy.
Congratulations on your new rig and welcome to the forum from Texas:signhavefun:!

Fun finders 10-27-2020 06:08 AM

Welcome to the forum from Winnipeg Manitoba

JohnAmi 10-27-2020 06:28 AM

Welcome! We just bought our first one too. Pick it up in a few weeks. ��

aceinspp 10-27-2020 07:20 AM

Welcome to the forum and the world of RVing. Congrats on your purchase of a Surveyor Legend 19BHLE. Enjoy and :signhavefun: Later RJD

Wiscampsin 10-27-2020 09:05 AM

Welcome from Wisconsin. Congrats and enjoy your Surveyor Legend 19BHLE.

dmurphynj 11-02-2020 12:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Theoriginal (Post 2440471)
Howdy, I almost feel guilty for joining the surge of new RV owners during the pandemic but I will not apologize for pursuing our dream of RV ownership. We are thrilled and pinch ourselves each time we wake up and see out TT in our driveway. I have been in "RV school" for over 4 months while our trailer was being built. Watching every video I could get my hands on. The Surveyor Legend 19BHLE checked off all the boxes for our needs. We have 3 grandkids and a dog that we hope to bring with us on every excursion.

Congratulations on your purchase! We're in a similar boat - ordered our first camper - a 19BHLE in September; just waiting for it to be built & delivered. Studying all we can and stockpiling upgrades and parts and supplies and all sorts of good stuff.

Can't wait to start this adventure! Going to live vicariously through you, if that's OK. :-)

Growing up, my parents had a 1968 Norris travel trailer; loved that thing to death (and my parents wish they could find another! Lost that one in a flood...) So I'm familiar with ownership & operations (Which, surprisingly, haven't changed *that* much ...) - but this will be the first for "my" family. Glad to be finally making the jump; we've talked about it for years, but finally putting pencil to paper and making it happen.

U.S.ArmyVeteran 11-02-2020 01:28 PM

Welcome and Congratulations!!!!!!!!

IMHO the very first upgrade is a Tire Pressure Monitor for the trailer. Safety first.

:signhavefun:

Theoriginal 11-02-2020 04:01 PM

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Originally Posted by dmurphynj (Post 2444291)
Congratulations on your purchase! We're in a similar boat - ordered our first camper - a 19BHLE in September; just waiting for it to be built & delivered. Studying all we can and stockpiling upgrades and parts and supplies and all sorts of good stuff.

Can't wait to start this adventure! Going to live vicariously through you, if that's OK. :-)

Growing up, my parents had a 1968 Norris travel trailer; loved that thing to death (and my parents wish they could find another! Lost that one in a flood...) So I'm familiar with ownership & operations (Which, surprisingly, haven't changed *that* much ...) - but this will be the first for "my" family. Glad to be finally making the jump; we've talked about it for years, but finally putting pencil to paper and making it happen.

Ha! Yeah, I did the same thing for the 6 weeks leading up to our delivery. I was in "Trailer school" youtubing marathons and creating purchase lists for items. Many items have been knocked off the list and I have already done several upgrades/modifications. We love it and are already going out on another weekend adventure in it. Excited for you

Theoriginal 11-02-2020 04:05 PM

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Originally Posted by U.S.ArmyVeteran (Post 2444327)
Welcome and Congratulations!!!!!!!!

IMHO the very first upgrade is a Tire Pressure Monitor for the trailer. Safety first.

:signhavefun:

Which one do you have? I have added a lock box on the front tongue to secure my lithium battery and tools, swapped out all the storage bay locks and front door lock, built shelves in the dinette seats...having fun

U.S.ArmyVeteran 11-02-2020 04:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Theoriginal (Post 2444418)
Which one do you have? I have added a lock box on the front tongue to secure my lithium battery and tools, swapped out all the storage bay locks and front door lock, built shelves in the dinette seats...having fun

Sounds like fun indeed!

I just recently bought the TST.
https://tsttruck.com/shop.html
Woot had a great price on it, I could not resist for $236.00 with the FlowThru Sensors.

For the last three years I was using an el-cheapo from Amazon $69. But it worked fine no issues except it was hard to see.

Good Luck and have MORE FUN!

dmurphynj 11-02-2020 08:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Theoriginal (Post 2444414)
Ha! Yeah, I did the same thing for the 6 weeks leading up to our delivery. I was in "Trailer school" youtubing marathons and creating purchase lists for items. Many items have been knocked off the list and I have already done several upgrades/modifications. We love it and are already going out on another weekend adventure in it. Excited for you

Awesome! So what upgrades have you done so far? What kinda stuff have you been adding on? I need Xmas ideas for the family!! hahaha.

Congrats - post some pics when you get a chance and make me totally jealous -- I hope you have an amazing time with it ... I'm sure you will. Whereabouts are you headed?

I really think the 19BHLE is about as good as it comes in the <5000GVWR arena. I must've looked at 50 different models from every manufacturer you can think of, and can't find anything we like better!

dmurphynj 11-03-2020 07:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Theoriginal (Post 2444418)
Which one do you have? I have added a lock box on the front tongue to secure my lithium battery and tools, swapped out all the storage bay locks and front door lock, built shelves in the dinette seats...having fun

Which lithium battery did you choose? I’m thinking about the Ohmmu battery - ideally two of them, but that gets pricy!

And while I’m asking - why swap the locks? Is there something “less than good” about the factory ones? I was thinking about putting one of the “passcode” locks on the main door, but I really like the handle-style lock Surveyor is using. Can’t find that with a passcode entry.

U.S.ArmyVeteran 11-03-2020 11:38 AM

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Originally Posted by dmurphynj (Post 2444721)

And while I’m asking - why swap the locks? Is there something “less than good” about the factory ones? ry.

The vast majority of exterior storage locks are keyed the same.
No really. You can walk around the campground and open everyone's storage compartment :-)

JMike.VA 11-15-2020 12:21 PM

Hey "Theoriginal",
Great to see another newbie like us. We just purchased our 18RB a few weeks ago and have been practicing in the driveway.
Our maiden voyage starts Jan 3rd. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures.
I have to agree with the above about a Tire Monitoring System as one of the first big purchases. We just bought one for our camper along with a rear camera as well.
Take care, ")

U.S.ArmyVeteran 11-15-2020 04:08 PM

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Originally Posted by JMike.VA (Post 2451079)
Hey "Theoriginal",
Great to see another newbie like us. We just purchased our 18RB a few weeks ago and have been practicing in the driveway.
Our maiden voyage starts Jan 3rd. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures.
I have to agree with the above about a Tire Monitoring System as one of the first big purchases. We just bought one for our camper along with a rear camera as well.
Take care, ")

Congratulations!

One thing about "maiden voyages". Keep them very close to home and or the dealer you bought it from. Way too many horror stories about first trips. Driving or towing a new rig can bring out the issues that a driveway can not.

Best of luck and have fun!!!!!!

CurtPutnam 11-15-2020 04:28 PM

Welcome from Southern California!
Have you had your maiden voyage yet? If so, please tell us how it went for you.
:signhavefun:

JMike.VA 11-15-2020 05:11 PM

Well, the Maiden Voyage is from Mineral Va- Naples Fl.
Then heading towards Oklahoma then Texas.
Rounding that up with heading up through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, then back to Virginia.
It will be a good shake down voyage wouldn’t you say.

JMike.VA 11-15-2020 05:16 PM

Maiden Voyage
 
Planning to pull out January 3rd.


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