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Old 01-05-2007, 07:57 PM   #29
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Never push your gas guage. Remember your milage goes down when towing, and that 1/8th a tank that takes you a few more miles under normal driving conditions may NOT take you to the next gas station when you leave camp.
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Old 01-05-2007, 08:26 PM   #30
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Here's a tidbit of advice.

When you purchase your trailer, you are just BEGINNING to spend money. It will need oodles and gobs of "other" things. Bedding, towels, storage boxes, insurance, (in our case) a gate cut into our fence and the curb cut in order to park the trailer in our backyard, hoses, trailer hitch, lights, brakes.

Oh my gosh, what else? I'm sure I'm forgetting some other things. Oh yes, special wax (like is used for boats), a cover (maybe, we're still not sure whether to cover or not - you can read the pros and cons about covers by searching on this site).

And so it goes .... even though you are spending some to get your trailer ready for camping, it is all worth it when you finally get your very own trailer home and start to plan your adventures!

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Old 01-05-2007, 09:42 PM   #31
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Never push your gas guage. Remember your milage goes down when towing, and that 1/8th a tank that takes you a few more miles under normal driving conditions may NOT take you to the next gas station when you leave camp.
And along that line, check your insurance and see if the towing insurance will also cover your trailer and if your trailer is insured when it is unhooked from your tow vehicle at the campground.
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Old 01-06-2007, 07:12 AM   #32
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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...
That reminds me... During your pre-setup site survey, there is usually evidence on the ground of where the water flows across the site during a rain storm. You probably don't want to set up right over that spot.

I suspect I've learned most of these lessons the hard way. Except for leaving the wife behind. But then, I wonder if I used to be married and left her behind somewhere?
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Old 01-06-2007, 07:51 AM   #33
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Maybe it's been said already, but do a walk around the parking site "prior" to pulling in/backing in just in case there are two big "fire ant" mounds where your wheels would rest.
And add to your stock list of things you carry in the trailer is "fire ant killer", heheh
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Old 01-06-2007, 10:02 AM   #34
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Maybe it's been said already, but do a walk around the parking site "prior" to pulling in/backing in just in case there are two big "fire ant" mounds where your wheels would rest.
And add to your stock list of things you carry in the trailer is "fire ant killer", heheh
I'll have to try and remember this when I plan a trip to fire ant country.
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Old 01-06-2007, 11:44 AM   #35
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Count qty of pets in car before getting underway.
Count number of humans in tow vehicle before leaving. This number should be the same as when arriving, not less and not more, as in "Yes, honey, I see that you've made a new friend. That's wonderful! But, no, he cannot come home with us. His parents will miss him. See the search party forming over there? "
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Old 01-09-2007, 01:01 PM   #36
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Okay, I didn't mean to kill this thread. Please add some more tips--they are great! I love learning from other people's mistakes--er, experiences.
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:18 PM   #37
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S'OK Debby...I'll be the dreaded thread killer Heading to Florida for three months on Friday and am really enjoying this thread Went out and bought a tub of Clorox wipes to disinfect the water hook-up after reading the posting on dogs and dirty rubber gloves...eeeeeeew .
We only ever drink bottled water on the road. Cost of doin' business. My wife worked for the nation-wide chain of softeners/water purifiers/ etc and we have horror stories of CGs on well systems that operate with non-functioning purification plants. Figger a holiday costing thousands need not be ruined with "stomach 'flu" for the sake of a fifty cent gallon of treated water.
That being said, I am a charter member of the DROP CLUB...en route to Scamp Camp in Sebring I let a nice young lad at a glass repair shop( where we had a pane replaced) hook me up to the tug. 1/4 mile down the road when TT bounced off the hitch, I realized he hooked me up with the safety latch ON TOP of the ball Little major damage but a big rise in the learning curve!
Happy trails, folks...Alistair
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Old 01-09-2007, 04:47 PM   #38
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Remember when deploying the awning to leave it a slight angle on one side - so the rain water will not collect on the awning - strains the equipment and possibly one's temper the next day when you take down the awning and are treated to an ice cold shower.
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Old 01-09-2007, 05:38 PM   #39
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If you travel with someone, walkie-talkies make backing a trailer a much less stressful experience.

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Old 01-09-2007, 06:26 PM   #40
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Backing hand signs...

I am always confused when someone who is "helping" me back wants to tell me to turn the wheels this way or that... or begins to look like their going to fly to New Jersey by flapping their arms... so... to alleviate that stress and make sure we have clear signals, I always tell my helpers just to point in the direction the rear of the trailer needs to go, and to stay where they can see my eyes in one of the side mirrors. I can figure out the rest and if they can see my eyes in the mirror, then I can see them.

The second helpful thing is once I'm within a few feet of where I need to be backing, I have them hold their arms up and open to about how much space is left to go, and then to close their hands as I back, correlating the amount of space they show to the amount of space I have left. When the get down to a foot or so, I know I'm close enough without hitting anything.

Those two things, merely pointing the direction the rear needs to go, and showing me how much room I have left make for a very quick and quiet backing experience.

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If you travel with someone, walkie-talkies make backing a trailer a much less stressful experience.

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What an incredibly good idea. Now why didn't I think of that (before my husband dented my 2005 van and cracked a water tank cap on the trailer all within ten minutes while backing into a campsite)?
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:09 PM   #42
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A couple of setup procedures that we use:

Hook the water supply hose to the faucet (after cleaning -- a good idea), and run water thru it until all the air is out. Hold the open end until you screw it into your supply inlet on the trailer. This really helps keeping the the faucet from spurting when you first turn it on.

Put two leveler bubbles on the trailer -- one you can see thru the back window when you're backing into a campsite. This will get you level off the bat, unless you have one of those wonky unleveled sites. The other, put on the side above the axel, and you can easily use your front jack to get level.
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