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Old 08-26-2009, 01:23 PM   #1
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Happy stinkin' Dance!!!! I just bought the Perris Pacer in Show Low, AZ! Instead of heading east to NC on Monday, we'll be heading west to pick up our new "baby". The people seem incredibly nice--retired and he likes to do projects like this.

Have appt. tomorrow to have hitch and wiring done. Will call insurance now, and storage place.

OK, all you "old timers" any sage advice????? (Raya and Robin and Jeff have been great sources for me!) We have never towed anything, have been in a Scamp ONCE, and camped in a tent that connects to the back of the Element (which I will now sell--used ONCE.)

ALSO--the Perris Pacer has a Playcool Cooler on the top that needs a water pump. Couldn't find anything about this or where I'd get a pump. Any ideas?!?!?

Thanks for all you guys, Now I'll be meeting you sometime!

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Old 08-26-2009, 01:29 PM   #2
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Try to arrange a early weekday hour for the pickup. This will let you make sure every thing fits together and give you some time to adjust things if necessary. Congradulations
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:35 PM   #3
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Congrats, Vickie!

On the Playcool cooler, that's what's typically called a "swamp cooler," and it works by evaporation. So it's a neat thing in a dry climate, but in a muggy place it won't do you much good. And if my Mom's tales about how muggy Nebraska is are to be believed, it's muggy!

There have been a couple of threads in the past wherein people have chipped in really good advice on stuff to bring when picking up a trailer, so you might search them. One was started by Bryan L. and one by Lizbeth. I don't think Bryan's started out with a title that would be obvious, but it was when he was hunting for an egg.

I would get clear on what your state requires in the way of titling before you go. Sometimes there is a difference in states and you may need extra paperwork from the seller. No big deal usually if you know in advance. Also, find out if your state has a trip permit. Many have one you get get online that covers you for a few days for $5 or so.

In addition to other things, I like to have a roll of electrical tape, a bunch of zip ties, a can of fix-a-flat, an extra jack, some wheel chocks, a "floor type" bicycle pump (for tires), leather gloves, a four-arm (or something that fits the trailer lugs), two different balls (1-7/8" and 2") and a can of Kroil or Liquid wrench or the like.

Also some basic electrical stuff (wires, ties, maybe a meter).

Gotta run now, but....

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Congratulations! You'll be picking that up not far from where Gina D is the camp host. If you don't have to run right back you should book a site and visit with her and let her see what you got....
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:46 PM   #5
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See how smart she is!!
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Perfect, Greg!! This is our "vacation" so have a few days to piddle and learn to drive. I'll get in touch with Gina!
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Perfect, Greg!! This is our "vacation" so have a few days to piddle and learn to drive. I'll get in touch with Gina!
I think this is the campground link where she is managing.

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Old 08-26-2009, 02:56 PM   #8
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All good advice from Raya... and DON'T WORRY about towing... you new little fella will follow you whereever you go.

Just a few tips... until you get used to it, make WIDE turns and LOOK in your side mirrors to see WHERE the trailer wheels track. You will be surprised... it WILL cut the corner faster or shorter than the tug. Don't ask me HOW I first learned this. (curbs REALLY make a trailer jump!)

Don't worry needlessly about backing up... it will come with experience. Search for Backing up in the archives. If **I** can learn it...

If you have the time, I would even plan to spend the first nite in the town where you buy it... just in case you need to pick the previous owner's brain. We did that even with our new Scamp - stayed right outside Backus. Didn't NEED to go back to see them, but it was nice to know they were 5 miles down the road if we forgot something.

As far as the 1 7/8 or 2" ball, just ask the owner which he has. Saves buying a ball needlessly.

Take a clip board with YOUR questions. And when they explain something, WRITE IT DOWN, ##AND## have them show you , and then YOU do it once or twice. (don't ask me about having to figger out awning deployment... we were SO overwhelmed at the Scamp place... that one kind of slipped by us... when we FINALLY did want to deploy... ummmm... uhhhhh... geeeeee... HOW does this thing work??!!??)

Mostly, HAVE FUN and enjoy your new baby!!
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Good stuff, guys---keep it coming!

Now I'll really show my "duh?" Do I get this Trip Permit from AZ (where I'm buying it) or NE--where I'm going???

I did some searching, mistakenly called Trip Permits for Trucks, was told I might need one for every state, and would I be "loading it when I got there." UHHH--maybe with some paper plates and pepsis!! Crap, I didn't want to be this confused THIS soon!
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dang.. had an answer an lost the page... well here goes again...

First, call the sellers and see if the trailer is currently licensed.. if it IS, you are just generally less likely to get stopped between AZ and NE.

WHen we bought new in MN, THEY (Scamp) gave us a 30 day travel permit I nosed around the AZ DMV website and here are a couple of links.... the 2nd has telephone numbers... call - it is way cheaper than a ticket. ALSO check the NE DMV to be sure what you need when you get BACK and want to register it. Get a registration form, and make sure you have whatever it takes to check off each box.

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<span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%">https://servicearizona.com/webapp/permit30/start.do</span><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"> </span>

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https://servicearizona.com/webapp/pe...howInfoPage.do


B-T-W, California never asked to see the permit.


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Good stuff, guys---keep it coming!

Now I'll really show my "duh?" Do I get this Trip Permit from AZ (where I'm buying it) or NE--where I'm going???

I did some searching, mistakenly called Trip Permits for Trucks, was told I might need one for every state, and would I be "loading it when I got there." UHHH--maybe with some paper plates and pepsis!! Crap, I didn't want to be this confused THIS soon!
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Here's some good information from Arizona DOT.

That web site Alan provided is the easiest way to get a permit. You pay for it on-line and print it out. The seller will probably let you use his computer. The seller keeps the plates in AZ, so you must have this 30 day permit in case you're stopped. Tape it to the rear window.
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Gina left yesterday on a ten day vacation, so you'll probably miss her.
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:17 PM   #13
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Thanks Morgan and Alan, I'm not panicking as much!

Pooh, I'm bummed Gina won't be there.
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:25 PM   #14
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Vickie, I can't believe you bought it, or should I say, I can. You kept talking about it so I should have known. Still needing those depends? LOL.................... I am sooooooooo happy for you. You crack me up. Since you have gotten great advice on the paper work side of what to take. I will remind you that on your way home you will be towing your Hotel room behind you, so pillows, sleeping bag/sheets/blankets ( whatever works for you). If your thinking of camping along the way. A pot and pan, think easy for this trip. But it is nice to be able to make your self a sandwhich or a cup of coffee/tea. Bath towels. and any thing else you would want to keep you comfortable on your way home. Now if your coming thru Colorado, you can stop and stay in our driveway for a break, sorry no full hook up's but can plug you into electricty and get you some water. Plus, you can practice backing up with someone to help you. If my Mom is feeling better, she was great at helping me. But I am pretty good at it, so I guide you in.


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Hammer
Jack ( or your auto club card)
Screw driver
Pliers
Duct tape ( I grew up calling it 100 mile an hour tape) It will hold anything together up to a 100 miles an hour


Camera!!!!!!!! ( we need pic's)
A bottle of Champagne......................................... .....
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