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Old 02-07-2016, 08:15 AM   #1
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OK, sitting here thinking about our Bigfoot Silver Cloud that we'll be picking up April 18 in Oregon. Many of you order trailers and wait several months for delivery. How do you spend the waiting time: Joining associated online clubs? Planning trips? Buying related stuff like hats, stickers, etc. with the trailer logo? As you can guess, I'm trying to make the time go faster!
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Old 02-07-2016, 11:19 AM   #2
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Old 02-07-2016, 11:34 AM   #3
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Planning trips.
Creating friendships on forums and facebook.
Learning more about the trailer and possible mods from those friends.

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Old 02-07-2016, 02:16 PM   #4
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Search the following websites and get an education on travel trailers and places to camp and tour.

rvtravel.com
rv.net
Do it yourself RV

Various state sites...search under campgrounds...most offer free campground directories just for the asking...also get state tourist information packets from any state you might visit.

Google RV Camping and start the journey in information land.
The time will fly while you are doing research.

When your travel trailer arrives you will be well informed and ready to roll.
Happy Camping !
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Old 02-07-2016, 03:02 PM   #5
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Always good to peruse the relevant brand forums for ideas, modifications, problem fixes, and campground comments. If you're picking up in Oregon in April you may want to make online campground reservations soon. They go fast here!

Campgrounds and Camping Reservations - ReserveAmerica
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Old 02-07-2016, 05:23 PM   #6
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While our renovations were underway my dining room table became staging area for supplies ( i try to think of everything)...then i joined escapees, scampers, fiberglassrv, got the geezer pass and studied lots of photos (had never seen a fiver with exactly my floorplan) and got ready to retire and snowbird. One month in we have added a state pass for TX which saves lots of $$$. Just an observation: state and national parks are more affordable and beautiful but independents serm to have a more gregarious clientel.
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Old 02-07-2016, 05:32 PM   #7
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Figure out how to watch Outlander while we travel!

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Old 02-08-2016, 08:15 AM   #8
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Shop Camping World. You may even want to go ahead and get yer membership. But they'll usually give you a $25 certificate for one night's free camping. May have to watch out for expiration dates...but you'll definitely want to visit and pay the membership for one year at least eventually. It's fun.

We also rode around and scouted a BUNCH of camp grounds. Most will let you ride through. It's fun to not only check out the CG's, but just look at all the campers there. We still do that occasionally if we're in a new area (unexplored ).

I still work...so I was very busy in the few months leading up to our Scamp purchase. We ordered it in Jan and picked up in April. Not too bad.
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Old 02-08-2016, 09:31 AM   #9
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I discovered that anything you find on Camping World's website can be obtained for a lot less on Amazon. If you don't shop Amazon check it out for camping supplies and even trailer repair parts...they have an amazing selection at the lowest prices anywhere.

For campground discounts consider a RV membership in AAA auto club...discounts on campgrounds plus towing if you breakdown...free campground directories...free maps...free trip routing services...all stuff we campers can use....worth the cost.
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Old 02-08-2016, 11:19 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the suggestions! We are both still working full time, so that does keep us occupied most of the time, but there are still those moments of "I wonder what else I can get for my new rig?" Of course, we know that it will need some interior updating from the 1980s decorations and colors, so my DW is planning for that while I look at sewer hoses, screen houses, etc. And I did make campground reservations for the trip back from Oregon to Illinois. There are KOAs along the road all the way (we like them!), so we know where we'll be staying and a general notion of the amenities. We plan on taking 4.5 days on the way home, but we won't have time to stop much for site-seeing this time. We'll get back out West in the coming years since retirement is only 4 years away!
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Old 02-08-2016, 11:43 PM   #11
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Kevin, I'd suggest you get your hands on an owner's manual or otherwise figure out the configuration of the electrical system (where the 110V AC breakers and 12V DC fuses are located and what does each control, etc.) and water system (where is the water heater and how does it work, where is the water pump located, how to fill, flush, disinfect, and drain everything, etc.). Then head to WalMart and buy an electrical adapter (30 amp to 10 amp, just in case) and an in-line charcoal water filter, water pressure regulator, 25' garden hose dedicated to potable water, a garden hose "Y" splitter so you can have both outside and inside water hooked up at the same time, etc. Then you'll probably want to go ahead and get some locks to secure your camper while hitched and locks to secure your camper while not hitched. Oh, and don't forget to pick up a few rolls of special RV toilet paper ahead of time and figure out some way to keep a roll of paper towels handy but out of the way and secured. Last, but not least, make sure you have a note pad and pen ahead of time, so when you go camping the first time, you can jot down all the things you forgot to get for your first trip. Maybe it's just us, but something we use a lot is an electric tea kettle to quickly make piping hot water for coffee/tea, instant hot breakfast cereals, instant soups, etc. So that might give you something else to check into while you wait - or not.... Dale
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All of the above and a good wine!
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One thing I am thinking about a lot is what to do with 2 campers. Do we get all new sets of pans, dishes, silverware, coffeepot or will they need to be changed between campers every time we take one or the other. That will be a real pain, since we have to store the Bigfoot away from home. I think for the time being, we will make do with some from the house, since I just bought all new for the house kitchen, and they are melmac to make things as light as possible for my hand disability. And, since my birthday is coming up (I will be 39 .), I will ask for the smallest Keurig, since coffee pots are getting to be heavy for my hands.

And I have plenty of wine openers

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Old 02-09-2016, 06:44 AM   #14
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Thanks, again! I have some of the suggested items already, but will need more. I also have a Bigfoot manual for a current 25', but can't seem to find one for the Silver Cloud. Maybe we'll be lucky and find one in a drawer in the trailer when we pick it up!
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