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Crazy4gsds

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Looks like we won't get much camping in for 2012. Just found out DH is leaving next week for a year long rotation overseas. He'll be home for 21 days at some point so we'll use the TT then. Otherwise, I'll check on it every few weeks at our storage facility and leave it winterized. Anything else I should do or look for? The tires and tongue jack are covered. How often should I check the roof? It was just inspected when we purchased it new in October, 2011 and again when we winterized it in December, 2011.

We contemplated selling it because it's really quite sad to think of it sitting in storage for a year not being used. However, due to the time constraint of him leaving in less than 5 days that doesn't look like a viable option. I have zero interest in selling it without him here and showing it to people alone.

We'll just look forward to the camping season in 2013


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First off, Thank You to you and your DH for his service and sacrifice.
No reason why you can not hook up the trailer and go. Especially if you have kids. Otherwise, check up on it whenever you get the time.


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Crazy4gsds, Being retired military I know there's not much time before a deployment, but if you could fit it in, where your DW just stands there and ensures you can hook and unhook the TT with no problem, go for it this summer. If you run into any problem at a campground I'm sure you'll get help from the 1st person you ask.

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Thank you to you both for the sacrifices you both make for his service. My SIL has served overseas on year long deployment, it sure was difficult for my daughter.
I think it would be awesome for you to try a short distance camp-out with the trailer...close to home. I took our motorhome out for the first time last summer all by myself and it built my confidence tremendously! I am sure someone can give you step-by-step hook up directions if you don't already know how.

You would lose too much to sell it so quickly after buying last fall. If you are going to leave it in storage-just go give it a walk around every month.


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You have some really nice state parks and COE parks not too far from you. It's not that hard to learn how to hook up and tow (I learned). Enjoy it and think of DH often.

And thank you both for your sacrifice.


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During our AF career the DW use to take the kids camping by herself several times. We also had other service members we/her would camp with. It's not only good for you to learn how to hook up, tow, and set up but it'll be great for the kids to get away also.





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I don't live too far from you here in Calhoun. If you and the kids would like to take it out to one of the local CG's my wife and I would be glad to help you with that or if you wanted help getting it ready for his leave we would be glad to help with that also.
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I'll join in to say THANK YOU to you and DH for your service and sacrifice. There are some awfully wonderful people here on this forum willing to help your family continue to camp. It may be just what you and your children need during DH's time away! My DH and I will be praying for you and DH as well as all our military. God Bless.

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Another suggestion is to ask a friend to teach you how to hook up and tow the TT once the nicer weather is here. When I was gone for Military duty my friend towed my TT to and from the CG for my wife and kis to enjoy a couple of times. My wife used a CG near by and invited him and his family to stay with them as a thank you.


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Another option is to find a campground that will store it for you and tow it to your site and all you do is lower jacks, hook up power cord, hook up water line and sewer line and you're good to go. No backing and no towing. You're already paying storage, so why not also include towing to campsite that campgrounds will do for you? Many campgrounds offer fairly inexpensive storage fees. With the price of fuel, many owners are turning to this and actually saving money and going camping more.


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