At least you didn't have our luck on our first outing - had a deer run into the side of our trailer and cream the front corner. Thank God it didn't hit the truck! We were able to patch up with a lot of duct tape and limp it back home for repairs. On the second outing, we had a limb from a tree fall and peel back the rear panel. We had it repaired and sold it immediately - that trailer was just jinxed!
I am relieved that someone else is also going through this transition - I thought we might be the only ones. We are agonizing over the same issue ourselves. Our 2 daughters are out on their own now (no grand kids), and my wife and I are finding that we really went camping in our TT mainly for them. For just the 2 of us it hardly seems to be worth the time and effort of maintenance, insurance, etc. We really want to just be able to jump in the very-fuel-efficient car (hybrid) and spend a weekend together just enjoying an area's culture, shopping, and restaurants instead of just sitting around the trailer in a campground. We, too, will probably sell our camper and use that money for our vacation fund.
Good luck to you in your decision, and please keep us posted!
I have one of the testers shown above for the regular 15A, 120V receptacles, but is there a similar tester for the 30A outlets? Or does the 15A plug share the same wiring (and therefore the same potential problems) as the entire outlet box, 30A or 50A?? I don't know too much about electrical hook ups, but want to avoid the same problems and test the box like Tom does. (As my grandpa always said, "If you mess up the plumbing, you get wet; if you mess up the electricity, you get dead!")
Welcome to the great world of camping in a small trailer! I have enjoyed your posts and photos, and it sounds like you are having a wonderful time with your boys in the new trailer.
Just one thing: on the photo with your hook-ups, I saw a water filter on your hose, but I couldn't tell if you had a water pressure regulator also. If you don't, you might want to pick one up and put it on the water spigot before your hose. It will protect your plumbing lines from coming loose if you happen to get too much water pressure off of the spigot. They are under $10, and very good insurance to protect your water systems on that beautiful trailer.
Some of the more knowledgeable electrician members can chime in here if I'm wrong on any of this information, but this is the way my TT is hooked up. Having 2 batteries really extends your ability to go off the grid when boondocking, and I wouldn't go out with only one battery ever again. Also, you can search this forum and find a ton of information about hooking up and using batteries.
First, you will need to get the exact same type of battery as the one you already have. Then get some 3 ft. battery cables to hook them up in parallel - you can get those at any auto supply store or a Camping World or other RV store.
To hook up in parallel, run a 3 ft. cable (red) from positive on left battery to positive on right battery; run the 3 ft. cable (black) from negative to negative. Hook up the red positive cable coming from the trailer to the left battery's positive terminal, and the negative cable from the trailer to the right battery's negative terminal. If you hook both cables from the trailer to the same battery, it will run that battery down before the other, and you will end up replacing that first one constantly.