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Old 04-14-2018, 05:14 PM   #1
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One thing you wish you knew?

I know this forum is full of awesome wisdom, but what is one thing you wish you knew when you first started RVing? Our TT will be parked so I am not so worried about towing as I am learning about operating, repairing, or maintaining the camper itself. It will be a Laredo 331BH TT. Thanks!
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Old 04-14-2018, 05:42 PM   #2
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That after a couple of years, we would want a bigger one..
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Old 04-14-2018, 06:27 PM   #3
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6 years, 3 trailers. All bigger than the last one. First one was a good learning unit, 24 ft. and no slides. Next was 30 ft. 1 slide and a bit more comfortable than the first. #3 is 37 ft. long, 3 slides and we think we have found our perfect trailer for us, a Laredo 334 RE.

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Old 04-14-2018, 07:40 PM   #4
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I wish I knew that once I bought my first fiver, I couldnít imagine life without one.
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Old 04-15-2018, 02:23 AM   #5
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There exists a veritable myriad of things which would have made life easier had we known about them on the front end. Probably the first would be knowing how bad trailer tires can be and the dangers behind them. Geico also wishes I had known about the tires. Geico also wishes I had a better perspective on low hanging cables in RV parks. Just a little Sunday humor....
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Old 04-15-2018, 02:24 AM   #6
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That after a couple of years, we would want a bigger one..
Didnít take us that long. Started with a 28í TT. Very next year moved up to a 38í 5er. I could live in the 5er full time but DW loves our house. 😉
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Old 04-15-2018, 03:33 AM   #7
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It took us 2 TT, a slide in truck camper and three 5ers to decide what we wanted when we finally 'got there'. Even this current 5er has had literally thousands of dollars of changes so will be around for a while longer. But with that said these are the main 'gotchas', all of which have been corrected by that money noted below:

- I wish I knew that China bomb tires were so bad($600)
- I wish I knew that the miserable magnet brakes were the same as the 30' 1974 5er($1500 + the suspension upgrade below)
- I wish I knew that this 5er had 5200 axles ($250)
- I wish I knew that a blow up sofa bed was so uncomfortable ($1000)
- I wish I knew that the recliners were so uncomfortable ($1100)
- I wish I knew that a 38 foot 5er needed a second a/c ($750)

plus many other upgrades, additions and comfort items

- I DID know that the supplied bed was so uncomfortabe

The joys of owning an RV is accepting that a pretty face really doesn't give you a clue as to the real identity of your new BFF but that you can make changes
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Old 04-15-2018, 04:23 AM   #8
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I wish I knew how much fun we were going to have. I would have started years sooner
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:01 AM   #9
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I wish I had known how easy "one thing leads to another".....

Buy a trailer, then buy a cover to keep it safe.
Realize the cover doesn't work, build a pole barn.
Realize the pole barn isn't big enough for the next trailer, build another pole barn
Realize the trailer for the new pole barn isn't the one DW wants, buy a bigger trailer and
Realize it's too big for the pole barn, so enlarge the pole barn.
Realize there's not enough room for the new "toys" to drag behind the trailer, so build another addition onto the pole barn (strictly for the toys, mind you)....

I shoulda listened to the contractor the first time and built the biggest pole barn my property would allow. Can you spell "sports arena" ?????
Yeah, a bit of exaggeration, but not much......
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:10 AM   #10
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As with others, theres far more than one thing looking back. A few of the big ones though would be....
1) Learning all the correct order, procedure, tips and trick for blackwater. It can be a really painless simple chore...until you screw up. Then it becomes a gross task.
2)Command strips. Walked by them in the hardware store for years. They are all over our rig now. This forum turned me onto them.
3) I always retract my awning when not in camp. Weather changes quickly sometimes and I have seen awnings forcibly removed. Seems like it always happens when you out riding your bike or fishing on the other side of the lake.
Congrats on the new trailer. Hanging around here will save from learning the hard way on some stuff. Other times its just going to hapoen and you will learn. Have fun.
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:13 AM   #11
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I wish I knew how expensive it would be to get (or keep) the truck I want as a tow vehicle. lol
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:18 AM   #12
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I wish I would have known I was going to live this long. Would have taken better care of myself and my money.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:28 AM   #13
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I wish I knew a way me and the wife could retire early, travel more, and full time it.
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:49 AM   #14
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Wish I knew that after relaxing for a week I had to put everything back in and go home and clean it.
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:59 AM   #15
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Wish I knew the winning Lottery numbers, sure would help help with the "need a bigger (insert your choice - boat, RV, truck, house, dog, television, computer, diamonds on the DW's jewelry...) syndrome I have suffered lo these many years.
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:15 PM   #16
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Wish I knew the winning Lottery numbers, sure would help help with the "need a bigger (insert your choice - boat, RV, truck, house, dog, television, computer, diamonds on the DW's jewelry...) syndrome I have suffered lo these many years.
Flybouy, you couldn't stand to have that many friends and relatives.
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:57 PM   #17
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Old 04-18-2018, 06:32 PM   #18
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I wished I knew my dealer at holiday world Las cruces nm are a bums and can't fix what sell .Lol nothing sticks like a bum dealer passing the buck off to different departments .
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Old 04-18-2018, 07:34 PM   #19
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Well, as I read the last few comments, let me insert this and then

I wish I knew how GOOD my CW dealership would be to me at this point in time. After starting off with where we were, about to step out in the lot to settle things, I've got them taking care of me......exceptionally. Having read all the horror stories of dealing with RV dealerships, and experiencing that right off the bat, I was worried. Now, it's a joy. I will say, you HAVE to go toe to toe, eyeball to eyeball, to get those ground rules in place.

And, I wish I knew that all those stories from members that say....you need a bigger truck, the trailer's too big etc.......were all true. Now, I'm one of those folks. So folks, take that into account; it's not just rhetoric....it's real.
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Old 04-21-2018, 03:26 AM   #20
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Thanks everyone! I am starting with a Laredo 331BH that is 37’11” so i got size thing covered out the gate. I looked at 5th wheels, but we have decided for now not to even try and buy a truck to pull it. We looked at a used GMC 3500 Denali with 50,000 miles for $44k. Monthly payments with insurance would have been $750 a month. We have a favorite campground we mostly just wanted to park it at anyway. For the one or two trips we might have taken it somewhere else, it just didn’t add up. I will just pay for someone to move it and store it over winter near the campground. Honestly, this all started because our fave campgrounds has a two dog limit in their cabins and then I got puppy fever and got another one in October so now we have three. There is no limit if you have your own camper. So we just wanted something up there we could all enjoy together. The bunkhouse will be the dog room. Lol.
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