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Old 05-09-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
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"Pit Crew" ways to get your TT ready to leave to go camping.

Obviously safety is always first.

What kinds of things do you do to speed up hooking your TT to your TV or setting up once you get there?

I have ti whereas I just have to load clothes and food and we can go. Replaced the "eyelet' type safety chain connectors with big hooks with a "keeper"

I use a cordless drill raise / lower my jacks.

How about you?
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:14 PM   #2
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It may sound lazy but I sprang for several goodies to help out.

1. TV has a backup camera. I hit the hitch/pin alignment first time every time without bickering back and forth with the wife.

2. My TT has a rear mounted camera. I can park the TT without bickering back and forth with the wife.

3. I bought a flip jack foot for my electric tongue jack. Easy to raise and lower the back end of the truck to get my friction bars on and off and I don't have to remove the foot of the jack every time I head out or find it to unhook.

4. We have everything in the trailer at all times except daily clothes and the perishable food for the trip.

5. I have separate tubs for my potable water items (hose, filter, fittings) and for the sewer hoses/items. I pull the tubs out and have them right in front of me when I'm doing my business. Easy to pack away. We measured our pass through and bought tubs that packed in nice and tight. I have large tubs on the bottom with shorter ones that fit on top of the larger ones. Everything slides in and out nice and neat.

When we get ready to head out I just go grab the trailer from storage and we load it up the night before with food and clothes, fire up the fridge and that's about it. We can be ready in an hour!

As an example. When we were breaking camp last weekend at the same time as some friends I was hooked up and ready to go in about 20 minutes (including the black tank flushing routine) and he was still working at it, maybe half way done. He had his wife helping (and arguing) and my wife was off visiting another couple.

The extra purchases were definitely worth it. Not fun starting and ending a trip with bickering
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:21 AM   #3
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We have most of our "Camping Clothes" always on board and we always keep non parishable food as well. Like others, I turn on the fridge the day before. Load and go in less than an hour.

Camp breakdown to return home is easy as well and just like others here, tubs are located where I need them to make things quick and easy.

Couldn't agree more with purchasing anything that eliminates stress between the DW and myself. Best money ever spent.
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......I have ti whereas I just have to load clothes and food and we can go. Replaced the "eyelet' type safety chain connectors with big hooks with a "keeper"

I use a cordless drill raise / lower my jacks.

How about you?
We do almost exactly the same.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:48 PM   #6
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We keep everything but food and clothes in the trailer. Evey spring we buy new soap, shampoo, and ect. We have a couple jackets and hoodies that stay in the camper. I also have my outside storage organized so the items at the front are the ones needed right away. Wheel chocks, leveling boards, and boards to go under the jacks are the first things in my storage. At the site we have a pretty good system down. I taught her hand signals to prevent the yelling back and fourth and it prevents the confusion of did she say whoa or go. After we are on the site the wife and little man head to the playground. That allows me to setup with no one to trip over. In 20-30 minutes I have everything done and heading for a shower. Having everything oranized is the key. I have found that the plastic zip up bags the sheets and comforters come in work great to hold water hoses and extension cords in. They are clear so you can see whats inside and they squish down and take up less space than plastic tubs do.
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I don't have an elec. tounge jack YET
Curious as to what is a flip jack foot, and what does it do to make thing's easier?
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Keeping the trailer packed expect for food and clothes.

We have tubs and Army ammo cans which have been setup to contain
certain items, ie sewer in one, tools only in another, etc. This also helps
the storage are from items slipping and sliding in the under deck storage.

Each family member has their responsibility when we get to camp. Which helps the setup of camp quickly.

We lucky to have power front jack and electric stabilizers which helps us setup camp quickly.
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I don't have an elec. tounge jack YET
Curious as to what is a flip jack foot, and what does it do to make thing's easier?
You can find the info on it here:

Fastway Trailer Products - Fastway Flip Automatic Jack Foot
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:28 PM   #10
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I'm a little jealous as I don't have a electric jack or stabilizers. I'm about 30-40 min to set up. Have to take bikes off rear bumper prior to pulling out rear slide adds a few mins. We keep the trailer loaded as well minus some clothes, cold food and bikes. As others have said I try and keep things put away in the order they need to come out, beer in the front of the fridge

Looking forward to another season

And back up camera on TT
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