I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to take the Scamp
out for the first time!
I have a few, what seem like, silly questions. Ok, here goes...
Do I fill up my water tank prior to leaving?
Should I dump water in the toilet prior to leaving and give it a rinse? (bought the scamp used)
It depends on where you are going camping. If you are going someplace that has water hook ups then the answer is no you dont need to fill the tanks at all- just hook up the water hose to the outside. If camping without water hook ups I dont add water to the tanks until the last possible location I can find water (often a gas station) as the added weight
of the water will not do you any favors in regards to gas mileage. If you havent checked your tanks or cleaned them out yet you may want to do that before you go to make sure that the tanks or the discharge valves dont leak.
If I use the lights, which use up battery how do I then charge the battery? I have a battery charger thingy under the cabinet and a generator. Which I don't know how to use either.
Well depending on how long you are camping for you may not need to recharge the battery. If the battery is in good condition and you are only using the lights
as really needed you should be able to get by for a few days without having to recharge. If you are going someplace that has electrical
hook up then you plug into power & the battery should recharge itself (assuming the thing you mentioned under the cabinet is a converter). I use a solar panel
to recharge my system every few days when camping without power so sorry to say I havent a clue as to how to do it using a generator
I have a hot water heater.. Do I just turn it on when I get there to always have hot water or turn it on and off?
Depends. I often dont turn mine on if the weather is hot as I find it tends to warm up the trailer. I just use the kettle for hot water for the dishes and if I need a shower I turn on the hot water tank an hour or so before I need it. In cooler weather I turn it on and just leave it on. Make sure though that when you filling up your water tanks that you open the bypass values (if you have any) to the hot water tank so the hot water tank fills up as well - you will also need to make sure the water pump is turned on in order for it to fill. You dont want to start it up without any water in it.
Hope that helps and have a fun trip.