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Old 03-23-2016, 09:47 PM   #1
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Ready For Our First Night Camping!

Hi All,

First, my apologies regarding my recent forum negligence. I have been out of town doing work stuff, busy at work, and when I have been home, we have been making final Casita preparations for camping season.

OK, keep in mind that as of this moment Laura and I have never RVed a night in our lives. . .

Here is a quick rundown:

1. I am now on a first name basis with the folks at Harbor Freight and Camping World (Oh, and don't forget Amazon!) in an attempt to figure out what gear and tools are needed to be an RVer!

2. Interior of the Casita cleaned. Check!

3. Anode rod replaced and water heater flushed. Works on both propane and electric. Water pump works. Cold and hot water at all designated faucets. Check!

4. Freshwater tank sanitized. A whopping 10 gallon freshwater tank is full. White hose with pressure valve and water filter are ready. City water connected to the house. I even practiced draining my gray tank into a 5 gallon bucket. Check!

5. Stove works. Check!

6. BAL Leveler is in place. Check!

7. Lubricated and deployed stabilizer jacks. Check!

8. Replaced 12 y/o RV Propane Gas Detector, which required connectors and a crimping tool. Check!

9. Started AC. It works. Used the cube heater all winter when hanging out in the Casita in the driveway, so I knew it worked. Check!

10. Refrigerator works on AC. Left it on all night. Fridge was 26 degrees and freezer -5. Love the digital thermometer we bought to monitor fridge/freezer temperatures. Had it on the coldest setting, so can adjust. I don’t know if it works on 12v yet. Can’t get it work on propane. I think the pilot is probably dirty. Will work on that later. Kinda check!

11. OK, for the really big news. . .DRUM ROLL. . .I just put 2.5 gallons of water in the black tank and dropped a deodorant packet. YES, I officially christened the Casita! ��

Given the above, as well as other preparations the last few weeks and months (buying the new-to-us Casita in November, the Borrego in December, installing a brake controller, reworking the hitch to match the Casita/Borrego, practicing backing up in the drive way (I need more practice), doing a 53 mile loop to see how it tows, extending the awning (cleaning it), hitching/unhitching just for the sake of hitching/unhitching, we have decided this is the big weekend.

Laura purchased a 4″ memory foam pad to go on top of the dinette cushions along with a pillow top cover, so the bed is ready. Check! (Like most folks with the Freedom Deluxe floorplan, the 4 person dinette will be used as a “permanent” bed, while we will use our 2 person side dinette for eating & hanging out).

1. Driveway Camping TONIGHT! I am taking off work Thursday and Friday. Weather is going to be bad Thursday night, so tonight is the OFFICIAL driveway camp out.

2. Friday night we are going to the local KOA 3 miles from our house to camp!

3. Home Saturday afternoon.

4. Easter Sunday with the parents.

5. Leave for Dallas on Monday (work related, no camping).

Will try to do some other local camping before traveling to the Townsend, TN KOA in mid April for the 9th Annual Eggscursion Rally in the Smokys!

Can ya tell we are a little excited???

I promise to catch up on forum posts soon!!!


Laura & Dean | '05 Casita 17' FD | '09 Kia Borrego Limited V8 2WD
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:57 PM   #2
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Congrats! Are you excited? Happy travels! Rallys are fun and our first was the Townsend Eggscursion back before we got our Bigfoot. Lots of great people.

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Old 03-23-2016, 10:10 PM   #3
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Yay for driveway camping!!! Have a super night and good job on getting ready!
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Old 03-24-2016, 04:09 AM   #4
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Watch out for the bears . Raz
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:04 AM   #5
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Dean, what site will y'all be in at Townsend? We won't have our Escape yet, but will be renting a cabin in the area, and will be around on Saturday. Would love to drop by and say hey.
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Old 03-24-2016, 05:20 PM   #6
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You sure sound excited! Good for you! I hope you have a wonderful time, and thanks for posting your informal check list. Wife and I are considering a Casita next year, so we hope you'll let everybody know how things go on your first trip. Best to you!
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Old 03-24-2016, 07:03 PM   #7
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Dean, A few more things to check off, if you haven't already. Tire pressure (including spare)? Wheel bearings greased? Total weight of camper and how much of that (percent) is on the ball hitch of the tow vehicle (sway control)? Wheel chocks? Hitch lock? Extra RV toilet paper? Flashlights? Champagne and long-stem glasses?
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Old 03-25-2016, 06:04 AM   #8
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First Casita Adventure


We went through the same exact process last year. We love our little 2007 Casita SD and have planned several outings for this year.

We have started adding mods to our Casita, we added a Winegard Razar Automatic antenna, vent cover, flag mount, storage tube, front stabilizer jacks and bought a custom mattress, all in the first year.

Good Luck with your adventures!

Jim & Sheri
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:00 AM   #9
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Wow, that's great planning! When we got our first RV the technician went over everything. We the hitched it up and took off. We then asked ourselves , what did we just do! Stopped at McKinney Fall State Park in Texas and camped for the first time in an RV. Then we realized everything that was told to us by the tech was forgotten! We couldn't figure out how to take the awning out, took a bath in cold water, the stove wouldn't light ( gas was on, but their was air in the line). Tried to level out the trailer with the stabilization jacks, I couldn't figure out why the screws on the jacks were so hard to turn. Haha!
We ended up with some great campfire stories.
Happy Camping!
Marky and Norma

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Old 03-26-2016, 09:08 AM   #10
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Loved reading your post. You are probably the best prepared first-time campers I've ever heard about! Don't overthink it all and just have fun!
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:22 AM   #11
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Happy trails!! We loved our 2005 FD, made lots of great memories with it, we know you will too!

"I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to." M K Rawlings

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Old 03-26-2016, 10:18 AM   #12
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Damn! That checklist sure excites the trailer and camping mind.

We were all set to take the Boler to our daughter's property for a big Easter weekend with family. Then she sent us photos of her kids playing in 2 feet of snow yesterday.

(She's only a 2-hour drive away and we have flowers up -- a few thousand feet in altitude can make such a difference).

My wife says skipping Easter dinner and fiddling with the Boler is not an option.
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Old 03-27-2016, 12:18 PM   #13
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So glad to share in your excitement ! We all share the excitement each year as the camping season rolls around. Now take a little extra cash to purchase those things we all , regardless of experience or planning or list , forget..... er honey do you know where the spatula is ? I can find the skillet but where is the pan for heating water ? We currently own more spatulas than most kitchen stores have in stock. lee
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Old 03-27-2016, 01:07 PM   #14
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Camping season is about 6 to 8 weeks away for us so I am envious
of you . We bought a small spiral notebook to keep track of issues that come up and what we did to solve them . I am at the age where I forget things from one camping season to the next. If you have a problem don't be afraid to ask another camper . Most people enjoy helping a fellow camper. I hope you have as much or more fun than we have with our Casita . Three years and almost 20,000 miles later
we still enjoy camping in our Casita . GOOD LUCK and take pictures.

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