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Posted: 08/11/19 05:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

stupid things are gonna happen we,ve all done it ,just smile and move on.

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What is your past "camping" experience? Starting off with a 31' TT without knowing what any of that stuff is, kinda... Well... I don't know!

Great advise from everyone so far and telling you what you showed in the pics are, so I guess you just have to take the bull by the horns and take the thing out and go from there?

No one or any youtube vid is gonna show you how to use your rig over the interweb, so I'd say, try camping in it in your driveway, if that's where it is now, and go from there..

We all had to learn along the way.. Some of us were lucky enough to learn as a kid and grow up with this stuff, but other's just want to jump into the deep end and enjoy, but do just fine! ha, ha... Not sure where you fall in there, but just so you know, I've been RV'g since I was a kid and just got a new 2019 Rockwood 2511 travel trailer and it's all new to me too!!

Gonna have a huge learning curve on this rig myself, and I consider myself a "seasoned" Rv'er.. ha, ha!!

Good luck, as we all start and end somewhere!

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Underoath1842 wrote:

Thank you so much for the help. Any other advice for a first timer?


Surge Protector!! Do not RV without one. Without one, you could destroy electrical components and appliances. You always hook up the surge protector to the shoreline electrical box at the RV park. Do not hook your electrical cord to your trailer until your surge protector indicates that your RV electrical shore box has no electrical problems. It is a dangerous assumption to assume all RV park managers maintain all the RV park systems on a regular basis.

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I suggest you go to some RV shows and dealers and walk around a few campgrounds visiting with people before taking yours out. You're really starting from zero and there's a lot to learn. Also, go through the manual that comes with the unit and if it doesn't have one, get one.


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MarkTwain wrote:

Underoath1842 wrote:

Thank you so much for the help. Any other advice for a first timer?


Surge Protector!! Do not RV without one. Without one, you could destroy electrical components and appliances. You always hook up the surge protector to the shoreline electrical box at the RV park. Do not hook your electrical cord to your trailer until your surge protector indicates that your RV electrical shore box has no electrical problems. It is a dangerous assumption to assume all RV park managers maintain all the RV park systems on a regular basis.


Or spend more money (and it is a bit of a difference) and get a built in surge protector, like a Progressive Industries one. Only downside is the cost. No question of it being plugged in and protecting your unit, and it does a better job.

There is an even pricier unit that maintains voltage in the unit if there is a drop in the pole. I couldn't justify the price increase.

Also, with the item in the first picture (pressure regulator) be sure to attach it to the water supply and then run your hose from it to the trailer. Otherwise high park pressure can split the hose itself. Oh, and when it starts to fail (water pressure drops to much) think about an adjustable one with a gauge on it.


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Thanks, yeah that one looked kind of ancient

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surge protectors and water pressure regulators are a must. Not having both exposes you to major repairs should a failure occur. IMHO

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smarty wrote:

surge protectors and water pressure regulators are a must. Not having both exposes you to major repairs should a failure occur. IMHO


Agreed, water pressure regulator costs almost nothing and will potentially stop a flood that will ruin the whole RV, very cheap insurance. The surge protector gets a little bit more complicated but since an RV AC unit alone costs >$1k installed it seems like a good value proposition. The nice thing is that they are pretty easy to install and uninstall if you're handy so you can continue to enjoy them for many years (Progressive Industries has a lifetime warranty), if you're not handy the portable ones provide the same protection in a slightly less convenient package.


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Try this for your photos

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Dick_B wrote:

Instead of grease on the ball we use several layers of wax paper. Don't have to clean it off your pants...


Use white lithium instead of grease. Go to Amazon and look for trailer ball covers.

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