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Old 01-26-2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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From tent to trailer

After years of tenting we've given up the hard ground and moved into a new 11' Livin Lite aluminum TT. I look fwd to asking for support on how not to trash this beauty the first time out. Appreciate tips from anyone who's owned this brand. Enjoy the tips so far. Jan
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Hi and

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Old 01-26-2013, 04:58 PM   #3
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After years of tenting we've given up the hard ground and moved into a new 11' Livin Lite aluminum TT. I look fwd to asking for support on how not to trash this beauty the first time out. Appreciate tips from anyone who's owned this brand. Enjoy the tips so far. Jan
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:06 PM   #4
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OOOOOOHHHH- a Livin' Lite!

I don't own one but I've been drooling over them for a long time...

Pictures, please!
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:10 PM   #5
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Wow, those are neat little trailers. Hope you have many years of happy use.

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Old 01-27-2013, 09:32 AM   #6
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more on the Livin Lite

The Livin Lite is def more $$ than a tent, about $15K on sale, and has no bells & whistles but now we can go for more than 4 days w/o requiring chiropractor. We can pull it behind our SUV. We travel with two cats for cold nights. No pix as we haven't picked it up yet but Livin Lite website is good. Thanks for your replies. Esp appreciate info on places to camp/visit.
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Hi Janis! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure happy that you joined us!

Congrats on the new rig!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Hi Jan,

Congrats on the new trailer.

Tips on how not to trash it on your first time out.

1. When you pick it up from the dealer take a video camera and have the dealer explain how everything works and record it.

2. Before plugging the electrical cord in to the campground pedestal make sure the circuit breaker is off.

3. For your first few trips stay in local campgrounds around Santa Fe so that you can check everything out and get comfortable in the trailer.

4. If you need assistance do not be shy about asking for help from fellow campers. We have all needed help.

5. Aside from the basic accessories for the trailer wait until you actually decide you can't live without it before buying. You can find a lot of things at your local Lowe's, Home Depot or Walmart a lot cheaper, better quality and selection than camping stores.

6. What I consider must haves:
(a) Electrical surge protector
(b) Potable water hoses. I carry 2 25' ones.
(c) Water pressure regulator. I prefer the kind that I can set for the water pressure I want.
(d) Electrical plug in adaptors depending on what your trailer is. 50 amp to 30 amp or vice versa, 30 amp to 15 amp.
(e) Basic set of tools
(f) Duct Tape & Electrical tape
(g) Safety wire
(i) Tire pressure gauge
(j) Sewer hose and attachments

I will leave the kitchen items up to the ladies on the forum.

You will find that there are other things you require and I'm sure others will chip in with their must have items.

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Looks like a very well constructed unit.

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If at all possible have all your necessities for the unit as extra 'dedicated' stuff. In other words keep the stuff you need in the trailer and not have them go between the house and the trailer. Nothing like getting a bazillion miles from nowhere and find out the can opener got left at home in the kitchen.

Enjoy the lifestyle and safe travels.
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Congrats on joining the RV lifestyle!

Generally speaking, go slow. If something appears to not be working, you are probably doing it wrong. You should never have to "force" anything. These thing break fairly easy, so just be cautious. When towing, go the speed limit or below. Keep your tires inflated and check them every hour or so. Watch your turns. Get mirror extensions if your tow vehicle doesn't have big mirrors.

Things to get - make a small toolkit to keep in your trailers - just general fixit stuff, including duct tape. Get a water hose (dedicated for that purpose only), a general use water hose (for washing things off) and a short hose for flushing your poop tank and sewer line. NEVER use your drinking water hose for anything other than drinking water.

wheel chocks, jack pads, various electric plugs and a drop cord or two are essentials. I also like to have plastic storage bins to put in your outside compartment to organize and store all this "junk".

Everything you could possibly need for your new trailer can be found at Wal-mart, K-mart, Lowes or Home Depot.

Good luck and enjoy!
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dont leave the camper unattended with outside water from campground turned on. could leak while you are away and cause serious damage. if using in house pump, turn it off when you leave unattended for any length of time. if you sprung a leak it would flood your trailer and burn out your pump before you got back.
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