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...our brand new TT. We have a Keystone RV Summerland 2670BHGS...We are taking it to a close by statepark that we have camped at before with my parent's pop-up. Is there any advice you can give to new TT owners?...
Drive way camping is the best first trip. Everything is close at hand for that trip.

However, if your neighborhood does not allow such things what you are planning is the next best thing. Make a list of everything that goes wrong so you will avoid it next time.

The other advice I will give you, is don't set up at night on your first few trips. If you are new to backing in, make sure the person directing you knows to shout curbside or driver side, instead of left and right. They also should know to watch the top of trailer for hazards as well as where you are rolling (want to ask me how I know this?).

I keep a second set of keys in the glove box of the TV. You will never know when you will lose a set.

Get a cheap battery powered drill for the stabilizers. It really makes it easy to set up.

I usually travel with the hot water tank filled and at least a little water in the fresh water tank. When you are traveling down the highway you never know when you may want to wash your hands, or use the bathroom. It is also great when you are traveling with pets so you can fill their bowl.


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Just take your time while you get used to towing and setting up the new camper. Maje sure that your mirrors are adjusted so that you can see clearly. As others have said, bring pen and paper to keep track of needed items. Test all systems to ensure they are working properly. I would check for leaks in plubing under cabinets and under the camper, just in case. Where this is a brand new unit, you may have to "dewinterize" it. Does it have a hot water heater bypass valve? You may need to switch it back to its non-bypass position. You might want to bring a small level to help level the camper if it doesnt have levelers mounted on it. Best of luck and have fun and enjoy.

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Get a campsite thats easy to back into... unless you have backed a trailer before. Bring tools.

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Don't forget water pressure regulator and a filter. I recently upgraded from a PUP in January. I have been trying to get all the stuff that I might need together, never thought I would need all of it. I had a spare fresh water hose from my PUP days and a few other things. Get pencil and paper...and jot down things you might need. I have even finished putting together a spare fuse box. Yes, I have been driveway camping for awhile...call it the Happy Hollow Campground. We did go out last weekend for four days and nights...

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DON'T GO!

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I think just for the sake of it, I would pick a pull thru sight if there are any. That would be one thing out of the way. You will have enough to do setting up and getting organized. Next time you go, pick a back in sight, you will have already done the rest.

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Prior to heading to the state park, you might want to practise backing it into a site by going to a local empty parking lot and setting up some cones just to get the hang of backing in the larger trailer.

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Early on, we began writing up a master list of all of the items we pack for each trip. Don't fret about trying to list every item the first time, as it will take a few trips to make a complete list. When we get ready to go, we just print the list off from a computer file, check the items off, and we're pretty much assured of having everything along we want, now that we've fine-tuned the list over time. As we find additional items to add, we jot them down and update the list when we get home. For us, it takes stress out of getting packed and wondering what we might be forgetting. Relax, and have a great time!

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I too, just purchased a new TT and plan on going out in a few weeks for the "shakedown" trip. Good friends of ours and lifelong camping compadres, also bought new at the show the same day we did and will be joining us. We plan on camping at a local State Park about 30 minutes away (Yankee Springs-Gun Lake)

I set it up in the driveway. Go through all the systems. just familiarize yourself with the unit. Like what was posted before, you might have to dewinterize. After that, it wouldn't be a bad idea to sterilize the water system. Did your unit come with a sewer hose? Mine did not and that was one of the first things I purchased at the dealer when I went through my walk through. Practice setting up the awning. There is an order in which to do that. I have set my awning out twice and both times I went to put it back in I forgot a step.

It also might not be a bad idea to practice hooking up and unhooking to the trailer. Just like with my awning, the hitching/unhitching process with a TT compared to the PUP I had is a whole different animal.

And the one piece of advice I can give you is something that I learned on my very first camping trip ever when I bought my first PUP. Bring a power cord!!!! The one supplied with your trailer will most likely not be long enough.

Have fun and happy camping!!!


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Just PLAN on having fun and be ready to laugh when things go wrong.


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