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Old 05-26-2019, 08:19 AM   #1
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1st trip in the books!

We were finally able to go to a campground with the new trailer.....some big learning curves, but most of concerns put to rest about how things function. 1st off campground was close to our home, so I did some recon prior to going to see where site was, where I was going to park, etc....nicely see that there is a water tap at the site, yay, Ontario parks don't have water hook-ups, this is new! Since I was going to be setting up myself as the DW wouldn't be arriving till later that night I wanted as much info as possible. So Scout and I arrive, she patiently awaits in the truck while I pull in, level up and get ready to go, we are pretty proud of ourselves...until I am standing at the tap with my fancy water pressure/filter hook-up dealy...only to realize that the tap isn't threaded and I don't have the fancy connector. So back in the truck Scout goes, button up the trailer, because now I have to go fill the water tank!
All filled up, we get a do over on setting up the trailer, practice makes perfect, right! Scout happily follows me around while I get it set-up...again. She felt that perhaps some supervision was in order this time.
DW shows up, questions Scout and I on some items we forgot to bring...but we set up alone, twice!
Tear down was seamless, first time dumping tanks caused a giggle as we both stood there watching the yuckies drain.
Still at rookie level, but learning everyday we are in it. So much fun to be had!
All in all an amazing weekend, will be better when the blackflies are gone.
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Old 05-26-2019, 08:22 AM   #2
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Ecellent!! your going to be a seasoned pro in no time
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Old 05-26-2019, 09:32 AM   #3
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Congratulations on your maiden voyage! It sounds like it was a great trip! All the little things that go wrong just add to the adventure.

You may want to pick up a water bandit. It will hook up to a hose bib that isnít threaded and let you connect your hose.

https://www.amazon.com/d/Plumbing-Ho...ces/B000EDOSKG
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Old 05-26-2019, 10:21 AM   #4
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Perfect! Thanks I'll pick one of those up!
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Old 05-26-2019, 11:41 AM   #5
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LPMT, glad it worked out for you! I always suspected our doxie ran and told my DW when I did stupid things....
About our third year in Florida we had a neighbor for a month who would dump his tanks every third day or so while we sat out under the canopy. I didn't have the heart to tell him that he didn't pick good times for that particular task.
He picked the same task one afternoon when we were hosting 'happy hour' and the other ten or twelve people immediately clued him in to his social faux pah. He was embarrassed to say the least, and it didn't happen anymore.
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Old 05-27-2019, 04:15 PM   #6
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LPMT - YOU my friend have the right attitude. Things WILL happen. I don't know how many members there are on this site but I'll bet each and every one of us has a story. You and Scout keep that attitude and you're going to be 'Happy Campin'.

In fact, if we all had the attitudes of the 'Scouts' out there, it'd be a great time.
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Old 05-28-2019, 06:15 AM   #7
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So glad your first trip was great. Everyone forgets things and having to set up twice alone is a good learning experience. Sounds like Scout is a great supervisor. You have a wonderful attitude. If my husband could not hook up to the water you would have heard a new camping language, he would have went to find the part he needed and then hooked up to the water. Luckily - MI State campgrounds (99% of them) do not have water on the site so you bring it from home or fill up when you get there, so we know in advance. Have a fantastic camping season. Enjoy
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Old 05-29-2019, 01:10 PM   #8
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Get a funnel

We had a similar experience with our first dry camping trip with our brand new trailer (Passport 2200).

I was expecting campground to have at least one tap that I could use to fill the fresh water tank from. Not a chance. This campground had only a single hand pump for the entire campground. We had to carry water back to our site in 5 gallon jugs and then pour it into the water tank by hand. Without a funnel or spout. It took forever to get tank one third full.

And then the batteries died and we couldn't use the water anyway. But that is another story.

We now have a simple $2 funnel included in the trailer supplies.
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Old 05-29-2019, 01:47 PM   #9
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Glad the trip went well. I'll second the water bandit. I made a simple funnel for filling our water tank when dry camping (using a 5 gallon jug to get the water back to the camper). I bought an inexpensive plastic funnel from a box store, warmed it up with a plumber's torch, and put a bit of a bend in it. A heat gun would work also. I put the funnel into the water fill and it stays put..... no holding needed.
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Old 05-29-2019, 01:55 PM   #10
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The funnel is an awesome idea, but the stupid plumbing in the Cougar rises above the fill spout before it drops in to tank. Re-route plumbing, I know and it will happen in time, but for now it needs to be under pressure coming in. I'd love to have a sit down with whoever designs these things, horribly messy and inefficient.
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