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Old 04-16-2015, 10:56 AM   #1
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Going on our first trip

We bought our 13' brand new scamp in November so since then it has been sitting in storage. Going to take it out this weekend for the first time. Only one night trip to test things. The gas has never been turned on. None of the appliances have been touched. The bed has not been slept on.

Any last minute tips to make sure it is a smooth first trip? Any tools or emergency things I should bring along?

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Old 04-16-2015, 11:27 AM   #2
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I would recommend doing a pre camping trip in your driveway before heading out. Hook up water and power and give all your appliances a go. Your fridge btw will need a number of hours to cool down to use anyways. I usually plug the trailer in and cool down the fridge the day before heading out.

At a minimum you should take along:

Water hose
Electrical cord
Wheel chocks
A few levelling blocks
A basic tool kit - that includes a roll of electrical and duct tape.
An assortment of fuses that your trailer uses.
A couple of hose clamps of various sizes
A tire iron - the one for your tug may not fit the trailer.
First Aid kit
Extra batteries for your flash lights.
A voltage meter.
Spare pre greased wheel bearing and a seal... never know where/when you will have a failure and it could happen in a location where the ones you need are not available.
A credit card!

There are a few old threads that will give you an good idea as to what all people carry with them.

Stocking Your First Trailer

Putting together a Tool Kit

What do you always keep in your egg?
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Old 04-16-2015, 12:15 PM   #3
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We just did our maiden voyage to a place close enough to bail for home if the rig turned out to have any issues. It was a great trip and everything more or less worked as expected


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Old 04-17-2015, 10:17 AM   #4
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Hard to add to Carols list. She takes more stuff than I do. Of course she has a bigger trailer too. You might find it useful to develop a before "hitting the road" check list. Are the stabilizers up, are all the lights working, is the hitch locked on the ball, etc. When we started out that's what we had. Now it's routine. Enjoy your trip, Raz
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Old 04-17-2015, 10:24 AM   #5
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Because it's "Never been used" I suggest that you stop at a local hardware store and pick up a bottle of leak detector and check all of the LP fittings for leaks before lighting anything. Even new ones have been known to have leakers.
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:23 PM   #6
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Hard to add to Carols list. She takes more stuff than I do. Of course she has a bigger trailer too.
actually it might surprise you as to how little stuff I have in my trailer. Actually have a hatch or two that still has a bit of room in it!

I clean the trailer out completely every year and anything that has made it through a year of camping without use gets removed. Although now that I have a tow vehicle with a lot more spare towing capacity than my previous I admit I have become a little bit more of a hoarder in the trailer. Although with emergency use items such as fuses, bearings and seals its hard to find a justification for removing them based on the not used rule, due to the ramifications of getting stuck out in the middle of no where without them

I know that if I took them out that i will have a wheel bearing although recently inspected and repacked, blow out in the middle of no place and be stuck for 2 days waiting for the right bearing to be UPS'd to the one and only repair shop in town..... don't laugh that happened to a girlfriend last summer.
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Get a jack and practice changing a flat tire so you know how and to confirm you have all the needed tools. Much easier at home than on the side of a busy road.

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Old 04-20-2015, 08:17 PM   #8
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Thanks all. Made it through our first trip, and it was great.

A POV I did. https://youtu.be/J8vTnsMqbUw
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Old 04-20-2015, 08:45 PM   #10
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Fun POV video. How what was the timing on the individual shots? My husband will want to know!
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Fun POV video. How what was the timing on the individual shots? My husband will want to know!
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