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Old 04-28-2011, 01:11 PM   #1
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Set up when camping??

I just got my first TT and I have some silly questions ( forgot when the dealer gave me the demo )
When I get to the place I will be camping I connect the sewer hose and then the water connection? How do I star to use the toilet?
Can I use the toilet if I'm in the road w/o water connection?
Then when I'm ready to leave the camp site : should I drain everything right?

The chemicals for toilet/ tank : should I add it to toilet before and after the trip?

The fridge can not be on while driving right?
Are the sewer connections standard ?
Any hose will fit or I do need an adapter?
Should I drain the water(grey and black) plus any clean water I got in the trailer if is going to be few weeks store before the next camping trip ?
What else would I need ( beside sewer hose and water pressure regulator)

Sorry so many questions but a trailer has more maintenance than a house

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When I get to the place I will be camping I connect the sewer hose and then the water connection?
Either order works
How do I start to use the toilet?
If no shore water, put some ater in the tank, start the water pump, addd chemicals and about 2 or 3 gallons of water.
Can I use the toilet if I'm in the road w/o water connection?
Use the water pump and tank
Then when I'm ready to leave the camp site : should I drain everything right?
I don;y drain the black tank unless I have above 1/3 to 1/2 tank of black water. Drai nit first and use the gray to rinse the stinky slinky. I close the gray valve the evening before we leave to have some water in that tank.

The chemicals for toilet/ tank : should I add it to toilet before and after the trip?
We always add 2 or 3 gallons of water to then blank tank with the chemicals after draining.

The fridge can not be on while driving right?
Absolutely, I like the beer cold and ice cream frozen.
Are the sewer connections standard ?
Normally yes and I carry a rubber sewer dount.
Any hose will fit or I do need an adapter?
You need an RV sewer hose.
Should I drain the water(grey and black) plus any clean water I got in the trailer if is going to be few weeks store before the next camping trip ?
I leave 2 or 3 gallons in the black tank. We never use the fresh fro drinking, so we will usually leave it with about 1/4 tank.
What else would I need ( beside sewer hose and water pressure regulator)
Sewer adapter, extra sewer hose, extra 25' of power cord, leveling blocks and wheel chocks.


Now go camping ....

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~I also have one of those 90 degree elbows for the sewer hose where it goes into the ground.

~I carry a 25 fresh water hose, but also have a extra 50 footer just in case.

~I like the lynx levelers (10 pak) A 10 pak gets ya 3" of lift for your tt.

~A leveling bubble of some sort

~ A nice expandable brush for cleaning the awning and the roof. They sell a nice one at Walmart. It extends to about 8 feet. When I'm closing up the awning, I'll wrap a terry cloth towel around the brush head to wipe any dew off the awning before I retract it.
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:14 PM   #4
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Thank you for the tips
About the fridge they told me when I got the trailer that it has to be level, the dealer said if not level it could break
But when I'm towing the TT is not going to be level right?
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Your trailer should be fairly level when towing. The rocking and bouncing while traveling will not harm it and will allow for a slight off-level attitude. If you park it off-level, shut down the frig and restart when back on the road.

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Refer on when in motion is not a problem. What happens is that if the refer is off level when parked and running you can get a bubble in the cooling unit. This kills the refer. When in motion with all the movement of the trailer the chances of a bubble (air lock) is reduced to zero.
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I have used the same water in the fresh water tank for drinking purposes for three weeks at a time no problem. -- I will drain and fill every three to four weeks Make sure you sanitize the system before you start out for the season or some
How to Sanitize Your RV Fresh Water System

I also use a whole house filter I added inline to the water hose that I use and a filter that removes 1 micron level particles cysts, mercury etc.... They are expensive and around 30 bucks a pop but worth it IMO

somthing like this at Home Deopt or lowes.
GE 1-Micron Drinking Water Carbon Replacement Filter

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Something that we did that may help you also. We made a list of things that need to be done & in the correct order as we thought they should be done. Items such as leveling rv first then hooking up water/sewer/electric, then open slides, connecting tv cable or finding sat signal and raising antenna. Making sure the refrig is on auto for electric or propane, making sure propane shutoff valve is fully open, ect, ect. We also made a list of the things to do when getting ready to break camp.
You can always set things up after you are camping & realize you forgot something, but if you forget it when you are ready to pull out of your camping spot you will likely do some damage. We used the list for a couple of years & still have it, it is in our little storage compartment above the entry door. I have read on here in the past that there is a similiar list under the search for this forum, but I tried & failled to come up with anything.
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Welcome to the forum. Be sure to lower the TV antenae. Hang something on the crank handle to remind you.
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Old 05-01-2011, 01:07 AM   #10
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Thank you for all the tips
One more question, I was inspecting the TT the other day after a heavy rain and I saw some water on the floor, in the area where the side comes out, or extend ( I forgot the right name)
Is this normal or I have something wrong here?
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You probably have a leak in the seal that goes around the slide - The water probably came in around the top and wicked around the sides to the floor. You can test this by aiming a hose at the slide and have someone on the inside look for where the water is coming in. You could also pay a repair shop to do a positive pressure test where they put a fan in the doorway, close all the windows and pressurize the interior - sometimes they inject theater smoke and watch the TT for where it escapes - other systems use a soapy water solution on the outside and look for bubbles (like looking for a hole in a tire).
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I would definitely take it back to the dealer about the leak and have them fix it, especially if this is a new unit.

Also, regarding all the sewer hose talk, depending on where you camp, some states have requirements to have an airtight connection and have the sewer hose off the ground via a sewer support.

The donut and elbow adapter mentioned will work (again there are a lot out there, links are just for example)
Elbow: Amazon.com: Camco 39144 RV Easy Slip Elbow and 4 in 1 Adapter: Automotive
Donut: Amazon.com: Camco 39313 RV 4" x 3" Sewer Hose Seal: Automotive

Here is an example of the sewer support (they come in different sizes just like the sewer hoses do)
Amazon.com: Camco 43051 RV 20' Sidewinder Plastic Sewer Hose Support: Automotive

Don't forget the disposable gloves for when you're ready to dump your tanks (black first, then gray). As well as the hand sanitizer. If you have a local Walmart nearby, they may have a lot, if not all, of this on-site in the store.

Hope this helps!
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We have a 22foot travel trailer and we always drive with the fridge propane ON. On a long 8 hour day, how else can you keep your food cold?!
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First time I took mine out I forgot to bring coax cable. Got to the CG and could only watch DVD's... Dow!
Now I have 25' and 50' cables and lots of cable connectors.
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