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Old 08-23-2009, 02:58 PM   #1
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2nd shake down trip

We just returned form our #2 camping trip (very short, less than l hour away) to test our do's, dont's and skills. We have the 23TT Kodiak by Skamper, is a little work intensive to set up and take down, but we did it. This trip was the perfect test for the fold out canvas sides - ONE HECK OF A RAIN STORM for about 5 hours. NO LEAKS!! Luckily no rain while setting up or taking down.

A few hard lessons: 1. Open drains if using full Hook ups
2. Unlatch outdoor range hood vent 3. Be sure to get refrigerator cold BEFORE leaving on trip, and use propane function while traveling
4. If wanting to watch TV you MUST have outdoor cable wire
5. Last but not least - LIGHT the hot water heater ASAP

Best of all the Friday night Martini's were PERFECT! We slept like babies

I would like to interject that we set up camp in a KOA in Wade, NC and were very impressed. Well maintained, polite service, quiet, full hook ups and good sites. A couple of sites had cement patio's with wrought iron furniture, outdoor lighting, firepots and the usual 3 ft. high outdoor charcoal grill.

Next trip we are thinking of going to Wilmington, NC, about 2.5 to 3 hrs from Pinehurst, NC in late September. We would like to find a campsite on the beach with full hook ups, is this possible??? Any suggetions on a good place in that immediate area would be welcomed.

Cyndee & Bruce

PS. Isn't I-95 the pits - traffic is terrible!!!
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1. Open drains if using full Hook ups
I hope you didn't mean, open black tank drain.

I'm sure you will learn more on each trip. Enjoy
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:19 PM   #3
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A few hard lessons: 1. Open drains if using full Hook ups
2. Unlatch outdoor range hood vent 3. Be sure to get refrigerator cold BEFORE leaving on trip, and use propane function while traveling
4. If wanting to watch TV you MUST have outdoor cable wire
5. Last but not least - LIGHT the hot water heater ASAP

Hooboy! As to #1. NO NO NO NO NO.

Do not open gate valves until they are full or you are ready to leave, and then ONLY if there is enough in the black tank to ensure satisfactory drainage. In our experiences, if you are 1-2 people, wait until you have ag least 2 days load before dumping. If only one day, pump water until at least 1/2 full by visual inspection,, not gauges.

OH, and drain the black tank first and follow up with the gray.
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Big Mistake ??

We left the drains open the entire time we camped. Flushed system then packed up and left CG. Please enlighten us. Not sure I understand why!!

Maybe I should change name from viewmaster to clueless

Thanks for your help, this forum is great.

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If you leave valves open the solids will NOT drain with a normal single flush of water. By leaving valves CLOSED there will more time for solids to dissolve. We let black water(solids) build up to at least 1/2 half, better yet 3/4 before dumping. Dump black before gray, and the gray water will flush the black water residue out of the sewer hose. It will then take less fresh water to finish cleaning the sewer hose.
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Thanks Plot4, that all makes perfect sense.

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