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Old 04-23-2011, 04:24 PM   #15
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My 2 cents: always double-check your coupler/ball connection (you can feel if it's locked on correctly just by running a finger under the coupler and feeling for the bracket), make sure you cross the safety chains and check trailer lights before rolling. I also run a padlock through the coupler latch to make sure it can't pop open during travel. Have fun and welcome!

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Old 04-23-2011, 07:38 PM   #16
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Make sure your fridge and cabinets are closed completely, and turn your water pump off before you roll. These could save you some BIG messes!

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Old 04-23-2011, 07:57 PM   #17
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Hi: Doug Arthurs...My recomendation is to get underneath with a ballpeen hammer and create some music. Make sure you listen for any sour notes!!! Look for visable cracks while you're down under and any spots that have already been repaired too. This isn't fool proof as any fool can do it, but usually doesn't.
After inspecting and rather than painting I used a large aerosol can of Krown rust control(10bucks) to coat the frame parts under the coach. You can get the Krown spray into places a paint brush can't go!!!
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How do you spray paint while you are lying under a trailer?
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:26 PM   #18
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Hi: Bobbie Mayer...I used "Undercoating" so I did it...UPSIDE DOWN!!!
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:51 PM   #19
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These are all such great tips! For a newbie, such as myself, these tips are invaluble! I'll be taking note of these for future.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:05 PM   #20
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How do you spray paint while you are lying under a trailer?

You don't lay under it - you simply turn the trailer over and paint it normally! (borrowed from one of those "insert favorite ethnic joke group here" lines)
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:30 PM   #21
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If your in question about something have somone you know look at it, double check the ball connection to make shure it is on right.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:03 PM   #22
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Hi Jude. My tip is to tell you to have FUN. You can get all tangled up with modifications and interior themes and buying and fretting. As long as your trailer is safe to go down the road and it's clean (your dirt is cleaner than their dirt) you can always consider it a hardsided tent... just get out and enjoy it and make memories! It doesn't have to be perfect, just perfect for you.

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Old 03-02-2012, 07:28 PM   #23
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I made very detailed step-by-step checklists. One for getting ready to tow, one for setting up at a campsite, one for leaving a campsite, and one arriving at home. As long as I carefully check the checklist everything goes very smoothly. If you would like a copy of my checklists I will be happy to send email it to you. Also, there are other checklists posted on the forums. You can start with a list and personalize it to make it work for you.

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Old 03-02-2012, 08:34 PM   #24
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When I was hooking up after a large family campout, I had at least 10 people helping. 100 yards later the hitch popped up off the ball and there was a lot of excitement.

Also, when backing in you'll sometimes find helpful folk who want to guide you into your spot. Ignore them.

(Lesson: Check out your hook up yourself, even if that means you hurt someone’s feelings.)

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Old 03-02-2012, 08:36 PM   #25
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Often the latches are not secure by themselves on the very bumpy road. In addition to closing all doors, icebox/fridge, etc. make sure they are secured by anchoring to stationary anchors with bungee cords.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:12 PM   #26
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Arrival and departure (mostly especially dragging up and departing): Have a checklist for both. If you have a mate (wife, child, uncle or other) divide up the chores. One person is house captain; other (usually the driver) handles the outside chores. Have two checklists. It doesn't matter much if you follow the checklist while you're doing your chores. But it does matter to have the other guy check the checklist to check that you did them. So the driver checks out that the interior is secured, turned off, closed; the inside man checks that everything outside needing unhooking or hooking up is indeed just that. This doesn't mean asking your wife if she closed a vent, retracted the doorstep, or locked the door. It means personal, sensory confirmation. And don't try to do two things at once; don't get distracted; finish what you start. For a very good example that no one ever mentions, a tongue jack half retracted will stop your progress in 10 feet if you notice the screech. If you don't you'll just put off your ojt in coldsetting steel until you arrive home or the next checkpoint. Two pairs of eyes are better than one set but they have to be used.

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Old 03-03-2012, 08:50 AM   #27
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First- Thanks for this thread, Jude! And welcome to FGRV!
Second - Thanks everybody for the fine ideas.

I like the idea of checklists and each person checking the other persons job with the checklist (in hand). That should keep fellings from getting hurt.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:31 AM   #28
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When hooking up, check it an extra time to make sure you did everything (socket is indeed all the way down on the ball, securing the tongue to the ball, attaching the wiring harness & chains). Failure to hook up properly is one of the most common errors.

The departure checklist is vital. Add to the list:
remove wheel chocks
close windows
raise or remove all support jacks
close roof vents

When backing up, for the first 100 times or so always have your partner get out and stand back there to look for obstacles and to guide you.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven... --Ecclesiastes 3
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