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Old 07-20-2016, 12:31 PM   #1
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First time set up question

Tomorrow we head out for our shake down trip. Staying local, just wanting to see how everything works. Never having had a camper before, I'd appreciate you folks sharing with me the correct way to set up the trailer.

Once you back into your site, what are the correct steps (in order) to follow?

I have leveling blocks, X chocks, fresh water hoses, water filter, pressure regulator, black water hose, full propane tanks and a empty wallet.

Thanks again for all your help. I do appreciate it! JR
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:42 PM   #2
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1) Get camper generally where you want it in the camp spot
2) Level left to right by driving trailer tires onto boards/blocks
3) chock trailer tires
4) disconnect truck
5) level front to back using tongue jack
6) lower rear stabilizers to the point of "snug, plus a turn or two" (and front corners if you have those too) - these do not level your RV... They just minimize movement when disconnected from truck.
7) open slides
8) connect electrical cable (if detachable from RV) to the RV
9) open camp power pedestal and ensure that the main breaker is OFF
10) plug RV cord into camp power pedestal
11) turn ON camp power pedestal breaker.
12) open hot water heater pressure release valve till water comes out - creates bubble air space and ensures water is IN the heater
13) fill tank/turn on pump OR connect fresh water hose pressure regulator to spigot
14) drink beer
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:53 PM   #3
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Arriving at Camp Check List
1 Check in
2 Get guidance to location and check ease of parking
3 Look at sight, best way to get trailer in, clean for tires, nails, glass etc.
4 Walk sight for any problems, trees, pot holes, glass, nails, etc
5 Use a guide to park, note water, Pedestal, Cable location clearance for slide
6 Also check up high for tree's that might get in way
7 Put level in freezer section to see if trailer needs leveling
8 Before uncoupling, level the unit from side to side if needed
9 Put chocks on wheels
10 Disconnect from truck
11 Adjust front to back for level with tongue jack
12 Attach 30 amp Power, turn off power to outlet first
13 Put all jacks down before running slide out, check level again
14 Run out Slide
15 Turn on refrigerator, put on Auto if not already operating
16 Attach Fresh Water hose with regulator
17 Open stove vent if going to use
18 Put up TV Antenna, push button on Amplifier, check each channel
19 Or attach cable TV to inlet and make sure TV Amplifier is off.
20 Put out awning
21 Put out chairs, table and stool for back door step
22 Pull off hitch from truck and store in pass through
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Old 07-20-2016, 01:50 PM   #4
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Since you have X-chocks too I would add that after you have the trailer level side to side and front to back and your 4 stabilizer jacks down, install your x-chocks. At that point pick up on either list below. Have fun.
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Old 07-20-2016, 02:10 PM   #5
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You have received some comprehensive lists. If you are in a complicated site my wife and I use our cell phones to communicate while she tells me of things I can't see. I have hands free so I can just maneuver and talk.

Also, you did not mention a surge protector. If you don't have one you need to seriously consider one before you start camping a lot. I know the empty wallet feeling but our surge protector has more than paid for itself. The Progressive and Surge Guard brands are good and I would recommend the more expensive ones that show their line analysis.

Good luck on your trip and HAVE FUN.
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Old 07-20-2016, 02:38 PM   #6
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Buzzcop's list is TOTALLY INVALID......

No mention of beer!!
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Old 07-20-2016, 02:40 PM   #7
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There are also some good YouTube videos explaining setup.
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Old 07-20-2016, 02:46 PM   #8
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Buzzcop feels very sad about the omission and even sadder that I cannot partake of said beverage! 40 plus years of being dry, I consumed my fair share and more during High School and Collage and then body rebelled, became allergic to alcohol! Isn't that a pain!
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Old 07-20-2016, 02:47 PM   #9
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Just add Bourbon and Sweet Vermouth to the above advice.... you'll do fine!

Good Luck... Have FUN... You'll do great... let us know how it went!
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Old 07-20-2016, 02:56 PM   #10
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Buzzcop feels very sad about the omission and even sadder that I cannot partake of said beverage! 40 plus years of being dry, I consumed my fair share and more during High School and Collage and then body rebelled, became allergic to alcohol! Isn't that a pain!
Exception noted.
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Old 07-20-2016, 04:59 PM   #11
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Icemaker! Turn on ice maker!

Also, I like an inline water filter (the blue one from Walmart).
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Old 07-21-2016, 03:11 AM   #12
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Getting ready to load up and head out. First stop will be to weigh the trailer and the combined rig.

BTW, I did install a hard wired surge protector.

Thanks to all for your helping me. I'll let you know how the adventure went.

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Old 07-21-2016, 07:40 AM   #13
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Some good list and info here but everyone does it a little different and you will find what works for you, just be sure you are level front to back before unhooking.

I connect all utilities before open the slides, electric, water, cable and sewer. This way I do not have to crawl on the ground. Also I use the level on the floor just inside the door as it is easier and my refrigerator is already on when I arrive so it does not have to be turn on.

Enjoy your first trip.
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Old 07-21-2016, 08:20 AM   #14
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GaryWT:
Side to side should be level before un-hitching from truck, but if you are still attached to the tow vehicle when you adjust the trailer, front to back you may have a lot of pressure on the hitch which could make it hard to un-hitch.
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Old 07-22-2016, 07:52 AM   #15
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Thanks very much to all for the help. Thanks to your sage advice, all went quite well. Set up was relatively easy thanks to the step by step instructions you folks provided. When we arrived the trailer was HOT inside. Got a lesson on trying to run both the AC and the hot water tank at same time. I finally recalled something I read here about why that wouldn't work. Switched the tank from AC to gas and the AC was happy.

All in all it was a pleasant first experience.

Stopped on the way out and had the rig weighed. We're under the limits for both max trailer weight and GCWR.

Still concerned about the rear air suspension on the TV. Wish I could find someone who towed with one like ours (2005 GMC Envoy Denali).

Happy Camper Couple, JR
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Old 07-22-2016, 08:16 AM   #16
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In many ways, what is more important than the arrival setup is the walkaround prior to the tow out of the "campsite". TV antenna, steps, slide(s), interior secure, stabilizers, doors/hatches secure, hitch secure, water pump off, fridge on gas, lug nuts, tire pressure, etc. A good "preflight" is essential to a good trip. Occasionally, paranoia is justified.
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Glad it went well. Ditto on Desert185's comments. Go ahead and make a list on your smartphone you can check and edit as needed. This becomes especially important when other campers distract you in the middle of something. Don't forget if you have full hookups to dump and flush the black tank. Close the valve and then dump the gray tank. Close that valve before you disconnect the sewer hose.
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I didnt see "turn on the air conditioner" on any lists.

After leveling the trailer and unhitching, my first step is to plug in the electrical, then turn on the air conditioner. This way, after everything else is complete, hopefully the trailer is beginning to get cool enough that I can go in and cool off after everything is set up. I am in Texas though, so the A/C may be more important to me than it is most anyone else.
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I didnt see "turn on the air conditioner" on any lists.

After leveling the trailer and unhitching, my first step is to plug in the electrical, then turn on the air conditioner. This way, after everything else is complete, hopefully the trailer is beginning to get cool enough that I can go in and cool off after everything is set up. I am in Texas though, so the A/C may be more important to me than it is most anyone else.
x2^^ AC is important to us everywhere we go in the summer.
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Old 07-23-2016, 08:46 AM   #20
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I have my wife pull out the electrical cable as I move the truck (right after unhitching). I turn on the A/C and then finish leveling/stabilizer. In the Texas summer, A/C is a top priority.



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