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Old 01-05-2007, 04:14 PM   #15
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When you get to your camping spot, take time to get out and stretch your legs and look around before you unhook, especially if it is somewhere you have never been before. That nice hill behind you might conceal a railroad track along the top, or the hookups might be on a different side than you can conveniently use. Also, check into any common usage paths that may go through your campsite that others camped behind you might use frequently to access the facilities.

Just like all the regulars here, somethings are learned by experience
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Old 01-05-2007, 04:24 PM   #16
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Stabilizer jacks:

Yeah... I left a pair of stack jacks somewhere in Montana...

Backing Up...

To be honest, I'm still not very good at it. I figured that was one of the advantages of a small lightweight trailer. You can just get close, unhitch and then shove it wherever you want it to be. When we still had our Boler my two kids (then about 7 and 9) could push it through a rough dirt camping spot. I could easily lift the tounge up onto the hitch too, so hitching up was just a matter of backing up to get close then dragging and lifting the trailer onto the hitch.

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Old 01-05-2007, 04:25 PM   #17
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When backing into your campsite don't forget to look up. Many a newbie has forgotten to look up and snagged a branch with their a/c or entered a gate or parking garage that they were too high for. Sometimes just lifting a branch with a broom can let you back into spots that otherwise might cause problems.
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Old 01-05-2007, 05:04 PM   #18
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When connecting camper to provided services, water-electrical-sewage

1) Connect potable water "FIRST" and then run water out of "ALL" faucets

This to assure mainly the hot water tank is full.

This will save you from burning out a water heater electrical element.

(If you connect electrical first and had forgot to turn off electrical breaker to water heater last time you used it, by the time you connect the water to trailer the element in water heater will be burned up)
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Old 01-05-2007, 05:59 PM   #19
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (adamp @ Jan 5 2007, 07:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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[b]Close the windows and vents!
This has the makings of a good rule of thumb, but we'll have to flesh it out some. Before moving the trailer? Whenever you leave the trailer? Our fictional Newbie needs a little more direction...
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Close all of the windows and vents when you break camp, before you hitch up to leave.
Do this if you'd rather spend your time camping than vacuuming & dusting; or to prevent having to replace vent covers...
this also applies to storage compartment hatch covers too.
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Old 01-05-2007, 05:59 PM   #20
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Walk around the trailer at least 2 times 3 is better check high and low. Check that the ball mount is secured to hitch. Coupler is latched? Safety chains attached?

I use a locking pin for the ball mount and a locking pin on coupler latch. My list has me check that theyare both locked.

Everytime you stop for gas or a rest, walk around the trailer and check inside. I the closet door come open on one trip. When I made a rest stop I discoved it before it's banging around caused damage.

Use your list each and every time. You may think you know what's on the list, but ....

I printed my list on 3x5 cards. Notice I said cards. I printed several and keep them in the trailer. The list is catorgized by Inside, Outside, and Hitching.
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Make a list and check it each time before you pull out...
This is an especially good idea!

A written list of procedures for BOTH setting up camp, and breaking camp are good to have when you bring frends/family members along who want to help.
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Old 01-05-2007, 06:24 PM   #22
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Before pulling out:

put up the step!
Interior check: check the interior from the top down -- a/c, fan, fan cover, etc. (do a big circle with your eyes); then all the upper cupboards; then waist high (stove), then lower cupboards.
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Old 01-05-2007, 06:28 PM   #23
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Count qty of pets in car before getting underway.
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Old 01-05-2007, 07:00 PM   #24
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When travelling and you stop for fuel and wife goes to bathroom in service station, make sure she is back in vehicle before driving away
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Old 01-05-2007, 07:01 PM   #25
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When ready to leave your campsite. Pull the trailer forward at least one trailer length, then circle ckeck both vehicles. Mabee something inadvertantly had rolled underneath.
Hey! Not me! No NO
Why, I'd NEVER do that
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Old 01-05-2007, 07:06 PM   #26
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Packed up once. Caught the dog. Counted the kids. Saw wife in passenger seat. Hooked up and left. Ten minutes later went back and tied on the canoe. It was peacefully waiting under the tree for me. Felt sheepish as we left campground and waved to our hosts AGAIN.
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Do this if you'd rather spend your time camping than vacuuming & dusting;
and when was the last time YOU actually did that?

"What you mean "WE", Kimosabi?"
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Remove wheel chocks BEFORE driving out with trailer. I have a couple pair of squished ones. Your trailer will pull out much easier too. Oh, and that little wheel under the bottom of the jack isn't made to dolly the tongue behind the tow vehicle. Either remove it, or if you have a swing-up jack, put your jack up.


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