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stripit

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Your going to have a blast. As others have said, start slow and close to home for the first couple of trip, like a shake down trip. Our first trip was 20 miles to a state park. Took at least 20 minutes to back into a spot, but oh so much fun. Got some practice and learned how much we didn't know. Don't be afraid to ask the folks camped next to you, if you have a question. Never know, you 'might' just get a correct answer.....


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Congrats. If this is your first trailer then you will want to go to an empty parking lot somewhere (high school, community college, shopping center etc) and practice maneuvering and backing the rig. Try to start with a large area and keep making your goal smaller and smaller until it is 1 or 2 spots wide and you can hit it most of the time in 1 or2 tries. If you can't camp in camp driveway then camp near a Walmart or go for a very short 1-2 night trip that you can make do on minimal supplies and not suffer. You will want to stock your TT so that it is a mini version of your home... It's own linens, towels, dishes, pans, cleaning supplies and even toiletries and some spices. You can get a lot of this cheap at goodwill, thrift stores, yard sales. And if necessary Walmart or target. Don't get everything right away and make a list each trip of the things you want to add. Immediately you will want at least 20-25' of sewer hose, 2 25' white fresh water hoses, a clear elbow for the sewer hose, a water pressure regulator (cheap at Walmart), maybe an rv extension cord, dog bone adapters for 30/50 amp and 30/15 amp adapter. A good voltmeter also. We keep a basic set of tools too (hint a 3/4" socket and a cordless drill work wonders to drop your stab jacks). Most importantly don't forget your sense of humor for when you make a mistake.


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Congratulations on your new 5th wheel!!!! It sounds perfect for what you want to do. You will love it as we loved our 5th wheel. We share in your excitement. Enjoy, stay safe and we may see you down the road.


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Congratulations on your purchase and welcome to the family, consider making your first camping trip local to find out what ya need to make the future trips more pleasurable, and have at least 50ft of water hose, 50ft coax for a cable connection, and an extension cord for your 30amp connection. Ya will find out how wacky some campground hook-ups are. Happy trails

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You got it now go and have fun we started in a pup now pulling 32ft my wife is so much happer. Now the pup had a toilet and shower but she just wanted more goodluck and have fun


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Congrats! We bought our first travel trailer this past weekend. 19 footer, just the Mrs and I and our two pups. We started tent camping ages ago, then refurbed a 1965 popup that we used the last 3 years. But now with the kids gone and the dogs camping with us all the time we needed something solid-sided.
Sadly, it's an artic freeze here in Michigan, so we've got a few months of dreaming before we get to try it out.

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Whenn we got our first TT in '69 we found it could be towed with our car at the time. The TT was 4400# but we had a '69 Lincoln that didn't know it was back there. The days of pulling with a normal car are long gone with the demise of big V8s. We were all set until we forgot to put the pin in the refrigerator door. You have no idea what a jar of pickles with juice, a dozen eggs, gallon of milk and broken jar of mayo can do to a floor. It isn't just a step left out that can cause a problem.


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Congratulations on your brand new RV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have to be and should be proud of it. It sounds like it will be perfect for all of your desires in camping. Have fun and be safe. Hope to see you going down the road. ENJOY!!

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Android phones now have an RV checklist app on Google Play. Maybe apple does too. I have had an RV for 27 years and this would be a great way to get started on. Trust me. An antenna left up or a step left out can cause alot of misery. Hasn't happened to me but see and heard about them alot. Most important-- do a walk around the whole motorhome looking at tie downs water caps, anything out of the ordinary moving each time. Saves alot of troubles. Good luck on your RVing!!

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Congrats on the the new tt. Must be a real light one with the Sedona.


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