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Old 06-30-2010, 02:48 AM   #1
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My tip would be to be sure to buy and use a water pressure regulator. We were eating lunch outside our rig one day when we suddenly heard the sound of water running. The high pressure from the campsite had caused a hose to pop off. Luckily we were right there and there was no damage beyond sopping up some water. I shudder to think what would have happened had we been out for a walk.

Anyone else have a cautionary tale for the newest members of our club?

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Old 06-30-2010, 06:17 AM   #2
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After damaging some electrical equipment, I also carry a small, simple, voltage tester with three lights on it that tells me that the campground has the polarity and ground correct.
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Old 06-30-2010, 07:50 AM   #3
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Great thread---keep the tips coming--I'll be putting them in a notebook!

James--I had read about that tester in an RV book. I wondered how necessary it was---now I know!!!!!

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Old 06-30-2010, 08:19 AM   #4
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My tip for brand spanking molded fiberglass trailer owners, is to camp the first (and maybe second) night either in your driveway or someplace really close to home. You'll learn alot about your "needs" and what you forgot (your toothbrush) and it helps you to build your personal checklist. Nothing like being 2 hours away from home in the forest and find out your forgot to pack... socks or matches to light the stove.
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Old 06-30-2010, 12:00 PM   #5
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After damaging some electrical equipment, I also carry a small, simple, voltage tester with three lights on it that tells me that the campground has the polarity and ground correct.
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That is an excellent idea. Do they come for 30 Amp connectors?
Another electrical tip: turn off the power at the utility bush before plugging in.
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Old 06-30-2010, 12:07 PM   #6
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:55 PM   #7
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Safety chains!! If you buy used; replace the chains. When stored, do not let the hook and chain lie on the ground. When connected; the chains have to cross under the hitch. Do not twist the chains to take up slack; shorten them.
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I suggest reading Frederick's checklist:

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/files/checklist8.pdf

In leaving a campsite I recently hitched up and forgot to check that the coupler had fully dropped onto the ball and was locked. Several miles along something didn't feel right, so I stopped and corrected this error. This could have been serious!

There are a lot of little things that need to be done right!

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I recently learned this the hard way. If you have installed and engaged your stabilizer jacks, be sure to fully loosen them before you try to hitch up your trailer to your TV.
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Safety chains!! If you buy used; replace the chains. When stored, do not let the hook and chain lie on the ground. When connected; the chains have to cross under the hitch. Do not twist the chains to take up slack; shorten them.



Dave, my trailer service shop taught me to twist the chains to take up slack. What is the problem with that approach?
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Here is how to shorten your chain

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xh8...catalogId=10053
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Old 06-30-2010, 07:03 PM   #12
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I suggest reading [b]Frederick's checklist:

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/files/checklist8.pdf

There are a lot of little things that need to be done right!
I will be teaching a class at The Oregon Gathering:
<span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%">"How to Write Your Trailer's Operating Instructions: Deciding What Comes Next?" by Frederick S.
Create (or update) your own personalized checklist for setting up and breaking camp. </span>

I update mine after every modification I make to the trailer, and am now on version 9.0!
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My tip would be to always shut off your water pump and flush your toilet a couple times before heading down the rough dirt road.
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