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Old 05-23-2003, 08:15 PM   #1
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Tips for NEWBIES

Posted by Ron and Bernice, Member, Florida

OK Guys, What is your Ideals?

Everyone has things that helps make their trip more enjoyable. Most of them are easy, simple, and cheap. Lets share them with the NEWBIES.

I'll go first.


Save those small empty water bottles. Refill them about 7/8 full and freeze. When you're ready to go on a trip put them in the refrigarator to help keep it cold and to have fresh water from home when they thaw. We keep about a dozen.

OK who is next?

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Old 05-23-2003, 10:15 PM   #2
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Newbie Tips

Posted by Barbara Gardin, Member, West Grey, Ontario, Canada

This is a great idea. Please post lots, we can use all the help we can get.
Thanks

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Old 05-23-2003, 11:14 PM   #3
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refrozen water

Posted by Jay Herb, Member, So. Oregon

refrozen water
I start the refrigarator at least 6 hours before we leave, than we put frozen bottles of water with meat in and the refrigarator stays cold for 6 to 8 hours with out running it. Jay

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Old 05-23-2003, 11:22 PM   #4
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Posted by Chester Taje, Moderator, Hosmer, B.C. Canada

Hi All
I travel with fresh from home or store bought drinking water.This is because I once had a load of real bad water.My tank water is just for washing and toilet.Fresh for cooking.
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Old 05-24-2003, 08:07 AM   #5
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Pre-cooked food

Posted by Ron and Bernice, Member, Florida
Fix favorite food at home and freeze in individual size portions. Then just heat in microwave and serve. One of ours is sausage biscuits.

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Old 05-24-2003, 09:00 AM   #6
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Posted by Charles Watts, Member, Illinois

Instead of water in those water bottles ... freeze ice tea and lemonade ... that way when they melt, as you drive down the road or get to your destination, you'll have a good refreshing drink.

(Now, I'd like heavy sugar Lemonade shake-ups and Southern Sweet Tea ... but I never get it, because Pam always fills the bottles with Crystal Light and Artificial sweeten homebrewed tea.)

We also freeze at home a half-gallon plastic jug of Orange Juice (pour a little out to account for expansion) which we put in the refrigerator to thaw enroute (a couple of days) to the campground.

Instead of ice in your cooler in your tow vehicle, use frozen bottles of juice, tea or lemonade.
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Old 05-24-2003, 12:38 PM   #7
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Posted by Eric C, Member, Johnstown, NY

Southern Sweet Tea... my my my... is there any better beverage? I think not

Great tip in two words... Ziploc Bags. I put everything in 'em. You can get more leftovers in your fridge, more stuff in your drawers, and come in a bunch of sizes for different needs. There was a posting a while back about the versatility of these little gems... you might want to do a search and see the different uses they offer!

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Old 05-24-2003, 01:16 PM   #8
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Travel Light

Posted by Ron and Bernice, Member, Florida

Travel Light
Re-package large volume containers to the size you need for a few days. Only take enough of anything to last a few days or maybe a week.

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Old 05-24-2003, 03:00 PM   #9
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Posted by Rock MacRae, Member, Calgary, AB, Canada

My big tip is to make a list, mental or otherwise of all of the steps required
to hook up the trailer, and to try to do them in the same order all the time.
This seems pretty obvious, but having started out once without locking the ball,
and another time without attaching the safety chains, perhaps it can't be
overstated (at least to me)

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Old 05-24-2003, 10:13 PM   #10
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List Maker

Posted by Dene Weathersbee, Member, TX

List Maker
I have always been a list maker so I agree with Rock MacRae however my list is more extensive. I have a list for what we need to do before leaving home, a list of what we need to take and a food list. We do a check of RV and tow vehicle everytime so it is no longer written down for us but still a good idea. Lists take a lot of pressure off of me because I make the lists on the computer, print out one when I need it and can update or edit it as necessary. The list seems to bring order to what can be hectic when trying to remember it all. Don't wait until 2 days before you leave to start the list. If you do it now and keep adding/deleting you will have a pretty good list to work with by the time you go.
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Old 05-24-2003, 10:53 PM   #11
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another freezing idea

Posted by Lainey, Member, AB Canada
another freezing idea
I always freeze 1Litre tetrapaks to use as ice blocks. They stay frozen quite a long time because of their foil layer, and although I was skeptical at first, I've never had one burst.

This topic is a great idea!

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Posted by Mile T, Member, Pacific South West

Quote:
Orginally posted by Rock MacRae

My big tip is to make a list, mental or otherwise of all of the steps required
to hook up the trailer, and to try to do them in the same order all the time.
This seems pretty obvious, but having started out once without locking the ball,
and another time without attaching the safety chains, perhaps it can't be overstated (at least to me)
Rock, I took it one step further when we were new. I laminated the check list after dressing it up with camping pictures and a road map of North America and made 4 place mats.

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Thanks Folks!

Posted by Mark M., Member, So. Cal.
Thanks Folks!
I would like to thank all you folks for posting so much useful information.

I am a TT newbie, and this site has been of great assistance all the way along the line.

I was able to find a 1998 Casita Patriot 13’. I chose the Casita because of the great information on choosing a TT for your tow vehicle posted here. I have a 2001 Nisson 6 cylinder Desert Runner – so weight was a big factor. You folks provided enough info to keep me from buying too much TT.

The next thing to think about was a brake controller. I was able to select a Tekonsha Prodigy based on the info posted here. I decided to install it myself – soldering all the splices and using heat shrink tubing – based on info I found here. I was able to have the best, installed myself, for less than I could get a cheap controller professionally installed locally here in San Diego. I tested it in the local high school parking lot and adjusted the Prodigy with – you guessed it – info I found here.

Moving the thing around the drive way was a pain in the limited space I have – once again info posted here led me to the “Harbor Freight Heavy Duty Trailer Dolly”. I even knew to wait until it went on sale for $40 based on info I found here.

Thanks again – and I love the reconstruction photos. There is no such thing as too many photos when you are trying to understand all the components in these little eggs.

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Tools and spares

Posted by Ron and Bernice
Tools and spares
I keep a few tools just in case. They are; a 13 way ratchet screwdriver(from Home Depot), insulated log nose pliers, 6in adjustable wrench, 10 in adjustable wrench, swiss army knife, black electrician's tape, a box of misc. electrical connectors, pop rivet tool and pop rivets, WD40, spare fuses, pair of channel locks pliers, 1 1/16 in. socket tool, lug wrench, and a digital volt meter.

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