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Old 05-16-2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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Heading out this weekend for a shakedown run.....

Since we have a free weekend coming up, DW and I thought that it would be a good opportunity for a first time "shakedown" run to Hueston Woods State Park in SW Ohio this weekend. Its away from home, it gives us a couple of nights so get used to noises and movements etc.

The last system I am aware of that needs attention is the hydraulic levelers (Bigfoot, non automatic) which at this point are unresponsive to button input from the control panel. I have power at the panel and can hear clicking from underneath the coach, but I get no movement from the rams.... My plan for this weekend is to search our any remaining corroded grounding posts. cables, etc and clean them as I come across them. From what I have read, the trouble shooting guide says its most likely not enough amperage due to poor grounding, or battery connections. Lets hope....

Again, this coach has sat for 6+ years in a permanent site, so I know that things like this might need gentle persuasion, excessive lubricant, and a little bit of luck to start working again. So far, all the big systems have come back.... I hope this trend continues.

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Old 05-16-2013, 10:08 AM   #2
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Your home may not be conducive to this, but I like to do my first one or two shakedowns camping in my driveway for the weekend. This way, no new found problems are fatal to the "trip". Not all can do it for various reasons (HOA's, property, etc), but it does provide for a good weekend of learning.

Wish you well on your shakedown!!!
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:23 AM   #3
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With our pop-up campers from years ago, we could do that easily... With our last TT and now with the Class A..... not so much.

It's not really an HOA that prevents it, but there are "ordinances" in the township we live in, that are not conducive for "camp driveway" for our shakedowns.... DW is nervous enough letting it sit plugged into the house, on the street overnight.

Having said that, Hueston Woods is 30 minutes from our house so its away from home, but not by a long distance. We will be taking a separate vehicle as a lifeboat, and 'runabout car' because we do have a wedding to go to this weekend, but the itch to camp is so strong, we will be doing both.

Our site is right next to the playground, so DS will have some place close to play, and DD can stretch out in one of the zero recliners and text to her friends about how bored she is.....
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