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Old 09-25-2011, 04:54 PM   #1
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Question Newbie from Northeastern US

My name is Jewelee. We just purchased a used 30' 2000 Sportsman travel trailer with slider and hardtop awning that is situated in a park in Chautauqua Lake NY. We have elected to leave it in the park as a seasonal for the time being. To make a long story short, we purchased this unit for a very decent price (I think) 8 weeks ago. We never met the owners, and the park sold it on consignment. We are BRAND NEW travel trailer owners. We have paid the park to winterize our unit (since we are clueless). I have a number of questions if you could please help us>>>>
1.When we close up before the park comes in with the antifreeze should we put or slider in?
2.Also we do not know what a few switches are for. There is one in a cupboard in the main living area (above the entertaincenter)and one for the slider. If anyone has this model please advise us Also there is one in the bathroom medicine cabinet!
3.Also, we have gone through the brown tower of doom because being new we were unaware we needed to run water into our holding tank after emptying it (we have been using this sawdust looking bacteria stuff the try to disintergrate the toilet paper, solids are breaking up but they are not completely broken up. Will the tank be ok over winter with antifreeze in it?
4.Also we have a hard top awning and we are looking to replace our screens next season. Any advice on what to do> we presently have Coleman screenroom on it, and would like a little more solid of a screen Room framing. the size is 20x8.
5. Can we leave out hard top up in the winter (this area gets harsh winters (Chautauqua Lake is located in the snowbelt between Erie, PA and Buffalo NY)
5. Any other winterizing advice would be great!

We purchased this unit to see if we would like having a travel trailer. We are trying to learn as much as we can, but we need crash course advice an prepping for winter. This is going to be our unit for another 1-2 seasons then if things go well we are purchasing a brand new 5th wheel, travel trailer, or park model.

Thank you in advance for your advice!

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Old 09-25-2011, 06:53 PM   #2
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Hi Jewelee, and welcome to the party! We don't have a TT so can't be of help to you. I think you need to get the model number of the TT and post the questions over in the travel trailer section. I'm sure someone there will be able to help. It would really be good if you could find someone local that will spend some time with you on this. Good luck!

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Old 09-25-2011, 07:40 PM   #3
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I posted there! Thanks for the advice!
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Old 09-26-2011, 12:39 AM   #4
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I agree find someone local to go through the TT with you. Most RV'ers are always willing to share information and help out.
So much to learn when new and still some to learn after you have learned.
The people at the CG should be able to refer you to someone who can go through the trailer with you. I would assume if they are winterizing it for you they could be of assistance with your questions.
Congratulations on your purchase and I hope you have many great travels and memories.
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