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Old 07-29-2021, 11:50 AM   #1
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Set-Up Time

I was reading one of those "5 things" articles for new RVers. One of the items was it takes time to set up camp.

I have a travel trailer. I think it takes me about 30 minutes realistically to get settled in.

Back in/pull in
Level side-to-side
Unhook & level front to back
Extend stabilizers
Turn on propane tank.
Hook up elect & water if there are hook-ups
Turn on fridge
Pick up all the trash from the previous camper
Put the big camping rug out & extend the awning
Shim the fold down steps so they are solid/stable
Set up the propane grill
Take out the folding chairs and side tables
In the meantime Mrs Ldubs does her thing to the inside.

How long does it take you guys to set up camp?
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Once backed up & level,,maybe 15 minutes.
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Old 07-29-2021, 12:17 PM   #3
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I was reading one of those "5 things" articles for new RVers. One of the items was it takes time to set up camp.

I have a travel trailer. I think it takes me about 30 minutes realistically to get settled in.

Back in/pull in
Level side-to-side
Unhook & level front to back
Extend stabilizers
Turn on propane tank. (Already on)
Hook up elect & water if there are hook-ups
Turn on fridge (Turned on prior/left on while traveling)
Pick up all the trash from the previous camper
Put the big camping rug out & extend the awning
Shim the fold down steps so they are solid/stable (our 5vr stairs are stable)
Set up the propane grill (Charcoal BBQ)
Take out the folding chairs and side tables
In the meantime Mrs Ldubs does her thing to the inside.

How long does it take you guys to set up camp?
Takes us roughly the same time....30 minutes
Me outside doing the same as you list except for propane/fridge...we travel with t on)
She opens the slides and sets up inside

By the time I have chairs/table set up under the awning she shows up with cocktails

Tear down....takes a few minutes longer cause we do not rush and prior to departure we both do a walk around ..me outside/she inside then repeat with me inside/she outside
Then it's Willie Nelson "On the road Again"



It's not a 'time trial'....take the time needed
And start over when neighbor interrupts
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Including drinking a beer at the end?
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I think were at about 20 minutes.
What's with the ONE beer?
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Once backed up & level,,maybe 15 minutes.
'Bout same here...
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Power up, get the A/C going is like right after backing in for me usually :]
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Old 07-29-2021, 06:20 PM   #8
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At RV parks, 15 mins.
Out dry camping 30 mins.
Both after backing in. Which could take 2 mins to 10 mins.
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Including drinking a beer at the end?
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I think were at about 20 minutes.
What's with the ONE beer?

I thought it obvious that beer is always automatically included.
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Takes us roughly the same time....30 minutes
Me outside doing the same as you list except for propane/fridge...we travel with t on)
She opens the slides and sets up inside

By the time I have chairs/table set up under the awning she shows up with cocktails

Tear down....takes a few minutes longer cause we do not rush and prior to departure we both do a walk around ..me outside/she inside then repeat with me inside/she outside
Then it's Willie Nelson "On the road Again"



It's not a 'time trial'....take the time needed
And start over when neighbor interrupts

Thanks OB. We have those fold down steps. The legs that contact the ground are adjustable but if the ground is uneven using some shims for fine tuning keeps them from racking side-to-side. Not really a safety issue so much as a concern over bending something.

I had an issue with the fridge burner blowing out while we were towing. I rec'd (and appreciate) the link you provided for the baffle kit to remedy that issue. Just haven't got around to it yet. Seems I have a long "to-do" list. Haha.
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About the same for us. It’s kind of nice that my wife and I have our own ‘jobs’ to take care of when we get there.

Pull up next to site, we both get out and plan where the trailer will go. DW stays out to watch as I back in, her only command is ‘stop’ no arm waiving, no cussing just back on in. DW sets up inside, water, electric and slides. I level and stabilize, park the truck, get the bikes out and bam, we’re done!
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BTW, I travel with the stabilizer jacks in the bed of my truck. Due to clearance issues at home I cannot leave them on the trailer. So I put "Save-A-Jack" brackets on the trailer. Not too difficult, but something I would prefer not to have to do. But, that is how it is for now.
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I used to stay in Florida 6 months. One winter I added a sun screen anchored with large screws things, runners to walk on from the truck to under the awning, a shelter logic, grill table, two camping rugs, lights under the awning, rope lights in the near by tree.

I would take days to set up over a week, then packing would also take a few things a day for over a week.
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Ditto 15 minutes set up time for us...I am a minimalist in that I don't do a rug, don't always set the awning out, don't put the charcoal BBQ out unless I use it, etc...I am systems oriented in that I try to do things like "set up, take down" with minimal wasted energy...
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