I level, wheel chock, unhitch, connect utilities (power-water-sewer), extend awning, set up camp chairs, install dog run/leash---hookup dog, sit down and reach out for first cocktail to be handed to me.
That is my routine......yours can be anyway that works for you.
My only suggestion------wheel chocks FIRST ON>>>>>>>LAST OFF
Chocks!!! In fact, keep them in your tow vehicle, so you can grab them right after you back in, before you forget!!!
I've bought and sold all of my RVs on Craigslist. When selling, I post the maximum number of photos allowed (24 on CL). My description of my RVs have been detailed and honest. At the end of the description I add a NOTE: Please, no commercial brokers, etc.
They email me via CL's anonymous address which is then forwarded to my own email address. Usually serious private buyers will email their phone number and ask me to all them, which I do.
We then arrange a place to meet. I never give them my residential address. I usually arrange our meeting in a public / active parking lot... bank, city park, etc.
Usually after meeting a potential buyer, one usually gets a Spidey sense of who they, what they're up to, but, either way, I play it safe as a sort of relief for myself, and it usually relieves the buyer as well.
If they're still interested, I arrange to meet them at my bank where the teller can validate their account and if the amount of purchase is available in their account, etc.
This is the smart way to do it. Don't forget to transfer, or take your license plate. Remain as anonymous, (address, phone, e-mail) as possible, until you have a sure buyer. Remind them, that they will need valid insurance at time of sale. Make sure whatever you're selling is clean-don't leave any receipts, or anything with personal info in it.
My 2 cents on stoves, washers, and dryers. The older models were made to be repaired. The new stuff, with all the bells and whistles are disposable.
Buy older appliances on Craig's list, garage sales, or get them off the curb, (before the metal scrappers grab them). Look on ehow, or YouTube. You will get superb instructions for trouble-shooting and repairing the most common problems. It's even cost-effective to Frankenstein the parts from an extra non-functional appliance.
A lot of the older televisions are an easy fix, too.
Start at the beginning with something this big.
Do you have enough truck to pull it? You'll need a special hitch.
Does someone feel comfortable driving/backing the truck hitched to the fifth wheel?
Do you have a spot to store it when not in use?
Know what you can spend. Count the truck, maintenance, fuel, storage, insurance, etc.
So sorry for your loss. My husband died suddenly on Labor Day. I was physically and financially unable to manage the TT/TV. I traded them for a small car.
I'm glad that my family is close by. I've been going to bereavement support meetings. It's been one day, sometimes one hour at a time. God Bless you.
Reverse this process?
1. Go to start
2. In the search box write: Device Manager
3. Open it, and under Keyboards, find the keyboard you want to disable
Make sure you have connected the other keyboard you want to use… (If the disable button doesn’t appear, then uninstall it!)
The same process goes for the touchpad! (Under mouse disable the laptop mouse (keyboard) )
We have always camped with dogs. Lucy, our pit bull is SOOO smart. She knew when we were hitching up to go for inspection or storage- no big deal. She knew when we were starting to load up to go camping. The key for her was when I set the timer on the living room lamp. I learned to save that for the last minute, because when she saw that, zoom, off she would go to get in the TV!
We never had a problem getting home, everyone was glad to get back to their nice bed, yard and television!
Today will be a rough day. The van will be hitched to the trailer for the last time in our possession. The dealership is coming to pick them up, and I'm trading on a car. DH passed on Labor Day. Lucy is too old for camping anymore, and I will hang up the keys.
I have many wonderful, funny memories of camping. Enough to last.
I think you would be a zillion times more upset, if you would have bought it and came home to realize you got ripped off.
Be glad you dodged a bullet!
Just remember: As with RV shopping and Mafia hits, don't take it personal, it's only business.
OP here. Well, It's early and I'm checking my RV net forum family. Vicariously enjoying your camping stories.
Anyhow, after DH's death, I am unable to physically manage hitching/driving my 25 ft TT with our TV. Family is unable to use it for now, and I made the decision to let it go. I was able to find a local car dealer that would take the whole deal in trade for a car-they were even nice enough to come pick it up!
Well, the new car won't be here for a couple of weeks, so the TT is still in the driveway. It hurts to have to walk by it every day. I started thinking about the suggestions to get a small Aliner trailer.
As it so happens, the car that I'm buying is a Subaru Crosstrek. I was checking online and found some videos(link isn't working for me this morning) of the Crosstrek towing Little Guy, Tab trailers. That gave me a little jolt of excitement.
The RV show is in January. I was thinking last month that I would never be able to enjoy the show again, but maybe I would like to look at the small trailers?
I agree that getting a shower with a built-in seat, handrails, and a moveable shower head would be better. Those walk-in tubs take a lot of water, and weigh a lot when full. You may have to reinforce the floor.
Plus, from a medical stand point, soaking in a hot tub of water can be bad for cardiac patients, interfere with healing wounds, contribute to yeast infections, and over dry skin. Plus, bending over to clean it can be dangerous.
I would also think a walk-in tub would be a negative selling point, unless someone had a real need for one.
I rarely use cash for anything, and I can't remember the last time I wrote a check. I use my bank card for purchases, and online banking to pay my bills. My online checking account is set up, so that every month- $200 is automatically transferred into my money market account.
That is my home grown Christmas/Fun money account.
I want to thank all of you for your comforting words. I sincerely believe in the power of faith and prayer. I am blessed to have a wonderful family by my side. I know that time will help me heal. I've already had to do plenty of things that I didn't think I could. Cleaning out the camper was really hard, I had to stop many times, to wipe away tears.
The dogs keep me company. They seem to know, they always do. I just have to remember not to say, 'Daddy'.
I will always love camping and the outdoors. I was almost tempted to have a little campfire in the fire pit tonight. Maybe someday, I will be able to enjoy it, as much as before.
Again, I really appreciate your good thoughts and prayers. Please, everyone be careful and stay safe. Sue
I'm posting here because this is where I've posted the most, over the years.
What a year it's been. Our one trip in August was our last, but we didn't know it.
We had gotten our favorite spot, in our favorite campground. The weather was great.
My dear sweet 12 year old pit bull, did not do well. Lucy has been on every camping trip with us since we got her. This time, her arthritic legs bothered her, she didn't want to walk or swim. She hardly ate, couldn't get comfortable. We have always taken great measures to make our dogs comfortable on these trips. I couldn't believe that this dog, who had loved camping more than anything, wanted to be home.
She got back to her normal, shortly after we got home. We didn't think she had any more camping trips in her.
Then, my 55 year old, DH died suddenly on Labor Day.
None of my grown kids have the room or time for the TV/TT. Last year, our borough made us put the TT in storage. It's too much of an expense for me, now. I can't hitch nor tow it myself. I don't think anyone wants to see a broken-hearted woman struggling to set up at a campground, anyway.
So, I found a dealer that will take both of them in trade. I will get a nice, small reliable car.
My sister said, that if I want to camp in the future-I could get a 'camper cabin' or use a tent. Good point.
Many changes ahead. No one knows what is around the corner. Thank you all for your advice and camaraderie over the years.Sue
I understand what you are feeling. I lost my first wife in 2009. She loved to camp and we had a pop up camper at the time. I loved the camping but disliked the time spent packing, setting up, tearing down and unpacking. I bought a small TT for myself in 2010 and remarried in 2011. My new wife and I are on our second TT and looking at upgrading to a fifth-wheel.
I've told others in similar situations as ours that life will never be the same again but it can still be good. Continue to love others and let them love you! God Bless!
Mike, that's a story that I really needed to hear, this morning. Thank you.