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Old 05-16-2014, 08:21 AM   #1
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I Wish I'd Known on My First Trip

Hi All,

We are traveling to get our new Alto in less than a month and are just a wee bit excited.

I'm wondering if any of you have advice to share about things you wish you had known before you took your first trip.

Thanks!
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:44 AM   #2
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Watch your bearing temperatures. Especially at first. I bring an infrared laser thermometer, but if you are brave, your fingers work. Check at 15 minuets, one hour, and at every gas stop after. Warm is OK, HOT, not so much.
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:58 AM   #3
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Smoke followed by a wheel passing you on the highway is a good indicator also. That happened to me once.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:27 PM   #4
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Watch your bearing temperatures. Especially at first. I bring an infrared laser thermometer, but if you are brave, your fingers work. Check at 15 minuets, one hour, and at every gas stop after. Warm is OK, HOT, not so much.
What temps are considered warm and hot?
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:52 PM   #5
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Smoke followed by a wheel passing you on the highway is a good indicator also. That happened to me once.
Couldn't have been going too fast if the wheel passed you. If the smoke caught up you were real slow!
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Old 05-16-2014, 01:20 PM   #6
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Chock the trailer wheels BEFORE you unhitch.
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Old 05-16-2014, 01:29 PM   #7
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What temps are considered warm and hot?
Hot hurts. If smoking, no need to feel. It's hot.

If you are using a laser thermometer, about 100C (212F) or higher.
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Old 05-16-2014, 02:31 PM   #8
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Pre think getting in and out of the gas stations, look it over before it's too late.
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Old 05-16-2014, 02:41 PM   #9
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torque the lugnuts before you leave then 10 miles down the road then again in about 50 miles. do this until you dont have to retorque them the second time. Sometimes new lug nuts and wheels take a little bit before they properly seat together. I recheck my lugnut torque just before every trip.
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Old 05-16-2014, 02:54 PM   #10
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Have a few:
1) Always put a pressure regulator on the water hose before connecting to the trailer.
2) Have enough levelling blocks
3) Chock the wheels of the trailer before disconnecting.
4) Have a 12V plug in battery monitor
5) Put a levelling block under the tongue wheel when parked on gravel or soft ground before dropping it down to stop it from sinking into the ground.
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A second on torquing the lug nuts. We do our TV & TT before each road trip and also after arriving in camp.
& on chocking the rig before unhitching.


Remember to pack your favorite soul food I left my dark chocolate covered almonds at home last trip...the views weren't quite as serene.
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And yes you do need the stabilized jacks front and back before 2 of you hop in bed!
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What temps are considered warm and hot?
If its to warm to comfortable put your hand over it, its hot!
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Hmmmmm, since I've been rv-ing in some form of "rv" since I was four the one thing I learned early on! Chill, sh!t happens! It's an rv.

No seriously . First and for most, take it slow! Excitement, schedules, traffic, etc can over take anyone. So until you get your bearing, take it slow.

Don't fall into the trap that you have to do every mod known to rv'ers! I say wait till you have rv'ed for a while, to make your rv......... YOURS!

Personally this is a biggie for me, It's camping! You don't have to shove every appliance, gadget, tools, etc etc etc into your rv. Having owned a rv park, That is one thing I saw, thousands of OVER STUFFED RV's! Really? If you have to have 40 bins/organizers in your rv, than your carrying way too much stuff!

Last but not least, it's suppose to be fun! Enjoy it..............
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