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Old 05-25-2015, 01:33 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I am a brand new "Vintage" travel trailer owner. I live in NM, but am from SC originally. As a kid my parents had a truck camper that we'd take out on weekends and longer vacations. We kids loved it and though we helped in preparing it my dad did most of the preparation and clean upon returning home.

I have wanted to take a cross country trip with an RV for several years to kinda relive some childhood memories. I am totally embracing that fact that I may hate it totally as my idea of "roughing it" in the wild is Holiday Inn. If this trip turns out to be something I never want to do again, I don't think selling the trailer in a few months will be difficult. If, however, I find that I enjoyed it and may want to do something similar again, then I'll either work toward "refreshing" the old trailer OR get something a bit newer.

My hobby of choice is old cars and I have a 1979 Lincoln Town Coupe that I wanted to couple the vintage trailer with. For my upcoming trip, however, I am using a Lincoln Blackwood to pull it.

So last week I found, looked over, did a test pull and purchased a 1971 Layton 20ft. It appears to be in good shape. With all the rain we have had in Albuquerque lately, I haven't found any leaks in it. It is self-contained (meaning stove, fridge, BR/Shower) and was presented very clean. A big selling point or me as most I saw were dusty/dirty in their pics.

My issue is I know NOTHING about RVs. That's why I was looking for an owners manual or information on what one does to get them ready for a trip. Surely new tires and working on the bearings are in order. I hope to clean up the outside with a good wash and repaint the metal bumper/tongue sections to make it a bit more pleasant to look at.

So any suggestions for for newbies like me would be greatly appreciated.

Tony in NM

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Welcome to IRV2 dTony! Well i'd hook it up to water and electric in your driveway and check for leaks and try to figure out all the systems and make sure they work. Fill the propane and get a water spray bottle with some detergent in it and check for leaks and try all the gas systems. Like you mentioned new tires and service the wheel bearings and brakes and you should be good to go. Take it slow and enjoy, you will figure it out! Bobby

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Old 05-25-2015, 06:37 AM   #3
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Hi Tony! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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For our first trip in our vintage TT we stayed in it for two days while camping in the driveway. We kept a pen and paper handy too keep track of all the things found was needed or a problem. It was a short trip to the house too retrieve the items and tools to repair problems. Next break in was a short trip to a local camp ground and have another dry run testing and practice setting up and the takedown process. Yup! we still forgot stuff In the end the practice runs paid off. We learned a lot about the TT and issues that made the longer trips more pleasant.

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