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Hi Everyone, new forum member and new to RVing as well. We just bought a small pop up and are looking forward to getting out and traveling. I hope to get some info to any questions I run into from you experienced owners. Take care and hope to see you out on the road.
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Hi Everyone, new forum member and new to RVing as well. We just bought a small pop up and are looking forward to getting out and traveling. I hope to get some info to any questions I run into from you experienced owners. Take care and hope to see you out on the road.
Welcome aboard. I am very familiar with PUPs as I have owned two of them. My current RV is a 2016 Flagstaff HW27 S/C pup. What is yours?

I love the ease of towability they offer while providing all the creature comforts you just can't get with a tent.

Things to watch out for include carefully folding the canvas when packing up. Try to keep the canvas off the bed rails to prevent wear and rear during transit.
Make sure everything inside is disassembled property and the furnace thermostat is set to the lowest temperature setting. The faucet neck got me a few times and only once was the thermostat left on. Fortunately I caught it when I pulled up to a dump station at the campground and realized what was happening. Now it's the first thing I turn off when breaking down the pup.
Check your tire pressures religiously. I carry a portable air compressor and tire gauge and air up before I hitch up both at home and when leaving the campsite.
Check to make sure everything is working before you set out on a trip. I only forgot this once and due to a leaky toilet valve I couldn't use the water pump this rendering our sink, shower and toilet useless.
Winterize your water system properly. I thought you could drain the water and everything would be fine. Thus the broken toilet valve. Apparently the that traps water by design so unless you want to remove your toilet every winter just fill the water lines with the non-toxic antifreeze and save your pup's vulnerable plumbing. Just remember to remove the water filter first.
Pack the bearings annually.
Realize a pup is as 3 season RV. I stop camping if the temperature drops below 40F at night because the furnace can't keep up and will stay on all night killing your battery and LP supply.
Finally, don't try to set up in the rain. It almost always ends up with wet mattresses, cushions or floors. Best to wait it out if possible.

These are all lessons I have learned the hard way and seem universal to both my pups. Hopefully there is something here that helps you enjoy many adventures with your pup hassle free.
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Thanks for the tips, we just bought a 1999 StarCraft Meteor. In very good condition but going to repack the bearings and install new tires (they're right at 5 years old) before we take a trip. I've had experience with boat trailers for years so I know those are important items. Looking forward to getting out soon, thanks again for the good tips.
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