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Old 07-16-2012, 10:40 PM   #29
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Don't know if this is helpful but it's what I do. Each time I hook up, right before I pull out, I walk around the trailer/TV and double check everything. Each time I stop for fuel, potty breaks or whatever, I do a walk around. I check my hitch, bars, saftey chains etc... at each stop. Never found a problem yet but I feel better doing it. Good habit to have in my opinion.
I do the same thing except I also feel each tire for high temps. Some people think that using a tire "thumper" helps, it doesn't. One trucker mag did a test and found only two out of 50 could tell if a tire was dangerously (20%) low.
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We have a list inside a cabinet door with all the things to check before leaving. Each item is something we've forgotten to do once, and the urgency we felt when adding to the list can be seen by the size of the letters and the number of underlines and exclamation points!
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:57 AM   #31
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Don't know if this is helpful but it's what I do. Each time I hook up, right before I pull out, I walk around the trailer/TV and double check everything. Each time I stop for fuel, potty breaks or whatever, I do a walk around. I check my hitch, bars, saftey chains etc... at each stop. Never found a problem yet but I feel better doing it. Good habit to have in my opinion.
Yep me too. I drove a truck for 10 years and every time I got in I checked it out to make sure nothing was tampered with, hit, stolen etc and every time I got out to make sure nothing happened while traveling. Great one!
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Something else nobody told me was about what kind of water hose to buy and use. I got the right one but on my first trip out, of course it was too short. So keep 2 25ft hoses onboard now and I'm going to buy a single 50 foot so I will have 100 feet if needed. Do far I have never needed more than 50 feet but at the last cg I was at one of the spots would have to use at least 75-100 feet.
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Note to other newbies...make sure you only use TV/Marine type toilet paper (as the owner's manual tells us) as well as flushing plenty of water down the toilet after use. Also, do not empty your black tank until it's about 2/3rds full. On our first outing at a great place on the Gulf with complete facilities, electricity, water, cable tv, wireless internet service, and, our own personal dump site, we hooked up everything and opened ALL the tanks. Wanting to be good environmentalists, we only used a little water when flushing. Second day we were there, toilet wouldn't flush. Nothing would go down. Three reasons: #1--letting the black tank stuff flow on out (didn't) #2--Wrong toilet paper. #3--Not enough water when flushing. Spent 2 hours with a length of hose jabbing it into the comode. Finally broke loose. Big sighs of relief. Re-read the manual. More learning stories later. Jim, St. Louis
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Something else nobody told me was about what kind of water hose to buy and use. I got the right one but on my first trip out, of course it was too short. So keep 2 25ft hoses onboard now and I'm going to buy a single 50 foot so I will have 100 feet if needed. Do far I have never needed more than 50 feet but at the last cg I was at one of the spots would have to use at least 75-100 feet.
I didn't buy the right kind of hose and it sprung a leak. Fortunately, a neighbor had an extra which he gave me a very good deal on, and told me to buy a water pressure regulator. A what?? He explained. Another lesson learned. Jim
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I didn't buy the right kind of hose and it sprung a leak. Fortunately, a neighbor had an extra which he gave me a very good deal on, and told me to buy a water pressure regulator. A what?? He explained. Another lesson learned. Jim
Yea, nobody told me about the pressure regulator either, not even the dealer.
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Note to other newbies...make sure you only use TV/Marine type toilet paper (as the owner's manual tells us) as well as flushing plenty of water down the toilet after use. Also, do not empty your black tank until it's about 2/3rds full. On our first outing at a great place on the Gulf with complete facilities, electricity, water, cable tv, wireless internet service, and, our own personal dump site, we hooked up everything and opened ALL the tanks. Wanting to be good environmentalists, we only used a little water when flushing. Second day we were there, toilet wouldn't flush. Nothing would go down. Three reasons: #1--letting the black tank stuff flow on out (didn't) #2--Wrong toilet paper. #3--Not enough water when flushing. Spent 2 hours with a length of hose jabbing it into the comode. Finally broke loose. Big sighs of relief. Re-read the manual. More learning stories later. Jim, St. Louis
Our dealer told us that as long as the TP said "septic system safe" that it would be fine and there was no reason to buy the expensive RV paper(that he sells). Have I been mislead? So far we have had no problems. We just got home from our 4th trip.
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Our dealer told us that as long as the TP said "septic system safe" that it would be fine and there was no reason to buy the expensive RV paper(that he sells). Have I been mislead? So far we have had no problems. We just got home from our 4th trip.
We've always used Scott 2-ply and have never had problems. YMMV.
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Do a search for toilet paper for a months worth of reading, including test results of different brands of TP.
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I did the to search, WOW! You were right! Pages and pages. My conclusion, don't waste your $ on the RV stuff, use plenty of water. One idea I also liked was wiping and throwing the TP in a trash can (for the girls). Only throw the #2 TP down the toilet. Sure are a lot of great replies on this thread, thanks everybody !
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Something else nobody has really taught/told us is about etiquette. Aside from the obvious does anyone have anything to say on that? Only a month in and I have just about everyone in the camping world to be very friendly and courteous, much like the motorcycling world.

The only issue we've had is people not observing quiet hours or getting up at 5 am to go fishing and not even trying to let others sleep. Other than that we've really not had a problem.
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Something else nobody has really taught/told us is about etiquette. Aside from the obvious does anyone have anything to say on that? Only a month in and I have just about everyone in the camping world to be very friendly and courteous, much like the motorcycling world.

The only issue we've had is people not observing quiet hours or getting up at 5 am to go fishing and not even trying to let others sleep. Other than that we've really not had a problem.
Ditto on the friendliness and helpfulness. But we have been kept awake by folks who stay up partying loudly past "quiet hours" time. Suggestions on handling that?
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