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Old 11-06-2013, 10:05 PM   #1
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Rate the hassle of set up & take down, please.

I'm a Wanna-Be total newbie who doesn't own an RV yet, and I'm interested in any input experienced Class A DP owners would give on rating the "Hassle" level of setting up in a campground and taking down to travel based on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being "so much fun that I love it" and 10 being "hate it and would rather not have to do it". I realize it's a necessary process with your home on wheels and that there are a great number of very important steps to perform each time, but is it something everyone gets used to and just "puts up with"? Details and pointers would be appreciated. Thanks. Jim

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Old 11-06-2013, 10:16 PM   #2
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1....takes about 10 minutes. Loading everything back into the stacker is another story.

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Old 11-06-2013, 10:16 PM   #3
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I usually allow 1/2 hour to slooooowly work my way around and get everything done before I leave a campground.

Set up usually only takes 10 minutes. Plug in electrical, connect to cable if available, then cook dinner, watch TV, have a beverage (I always try to stop at a park in the daylight - 95% of the time). Next day, I'll hook up water. After a week or two, I'll dump my tanks the morning I leave whatever park I'm at (always dump between 2/3 and full, helps remove solids better).

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Old 11-06-2013, 11:50 PM   #4
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Hi Jim,
Most important point is everyone in an RV was a newbie at one point in time. I hope you are a newbie soon.

Your question is subjective and therefore you will get a lot of different responses. One advantage a motorhome has over a trailer is ease of set up and take down. It is important to have a checklist to guide you if you are not comfortable with the procedure of set up and take down. Then methodically follow the steps, it is not rocket science I assure you.

The other area to consider is one's health and fitness. Some folks may find bending over to access a storage bay or secure a waste hose more problematic than others. Cold weather can make power cords and hoses stiff and unruly. These are just a few examples.

Either way Jim become that newbie. If you find the chore to be a 10 for you, just stay longer in each location. If you rate the job a 1 you are certainly welcome to help me the next time we are parked together :~).
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:10 AM   #5
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While set-up is not rated as a 1, it is not that hard either. Follow procedures in the manual for the slides and leveling. Do connections for water, electric and sewer and then relax until you need to leave. Getting ready is not that hard either. The DW takes care of getting the inside ready while I get the outside items done. It takes team work! Once you have done it a few dozen times it will be easy.
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Old 11-07-2013, 01:12 AM   #6
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Set-up and tear-down is easy. It's the packing and un-packing that gets the high numbers. Packing can take place over days, but I like to un-pack everything when I get home.
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:06 AM   #7
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:06 AM   #8
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Was 10 now 5, don't think anyone will claim 1. Your first trip will be a 10 and as number of trips completed grows you will find better ways. Example - on our first trips I stored power cable, coax and water hose in containers. Now I simply put most frequently used one on top. Set-a-bouts - you will have lots of them at first: box of kleenex, plants, salt and pepper etc. We left a couple of plants at home, found space between end of couch and credenza just a bit smaller than the box, press it in and it stays there till empty. You will get better, discover short-cuts and figure out how to eliminate some steps in the process. Enjoy!
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:25 AM   #9
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Usually about 10 minutes although sometimes I don't get in any hurry and just take longer.

Depends a lot on how long I've been in the same site. If I have a lot of stuff out it could take longer but in that situation I just start a day early. I don't like having a lot of work to do the morning I'm leaving.
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:44 AM   #10
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I do the outside and DW does the inside. First thing is to situate the coach in a spot where everything is reachable (electric, water, sewer, & cable TV). Next leveling and that includes putting jack blocks down when on gravel or dirt. Then the slides go out. If the weather is hot I will usually plug the electric as soon as the Jacks are down. Water and sewer is done after the slides are out. I sometimes wont put the sewer hose out until I need to empty the tanks. DW is unpacking all of her "stuff" that makes it home on the inside. I take out the lawn chairs and a patio mat (when needed). I would rate the setting up somewhere between a 2 and 3. It usually takes up to 30 minutes and that would include getting the satellite TV up and running.

Getting ready to leave is another story. Neatly storing stuff for travel takes a bit more time than taking it all out. I would rate that as maby a 4 or 5. We do start putting stuff away the day before we are to leave as has been mentioned.
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I'll chime in here. I'm a mere 46 yrs young so the physical aspect is a non issue with our DP. I do have a bad back though, and our last coach did not have slides in the basements and that did make it a little tough putting the heavy stuff under so if you have back issues I highly recommend basement slides.

Now, on setup and breakdown with a class a... It takes us 5-10 minutes to get in "sleep able" condition upon evening arrival at camp sites. By that I mean leveled, slides out, elec connected, curtains closed. Add 1 minute to put on your PJ's!!

Takes an additional 5 minutes to connect the water and sewer the next morning. Then 10-20 minutes to pull out chairs and cooking stuff for the outdoor kitchen.

The reverse process takes us longer but mainly because I WANT to go slow and methodical. I do not use a check list because I feel that takes the thought out of the process, but I appreciate that many will disagree with me. Instead, I start with one system and work my way around. I like to have an hour to break camp--without interruptions.

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Old 11-07-2013, 07:17 AM   #13
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3 had trailers before and MH is a lot easier. I'm slow and only take me time, so I don't have to get under slides after there out.
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:25 AM   #14
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For us it is different every time, as far as... arrival time..time we will be there ...where we are ...or, what we are going to be doing, etc etc.
The more you use your coach the more user friendly it gets. The more you take out, guess what ?? The more you have to put away !!!
As stated above, when we are "rolling up", I do the outside and DW takes care of the inside. Thank goodness, not much of a bed maker, or dish washer for that matter...lol.
I don't think any of it is rateable...to many variables. It is just what you do.

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