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Old 09-10-2016, 12:18 PM   #11
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Isn't this the truth. I get giddy with excitement as soon as we pull out of our driveway.

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Old 09-10-2016, 12:24 PM   #12
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Just the basics for us at setup.

The tv can wait until time to turn it on. The sewer hose may not even come out for 3-4 days.

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Old 09-10-2016, 01:50 PM   #13
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Depending on how level the site is, around 20 minutes. 30 if Im tired. 5 if DW is in a crappy mood.
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Old 09-10-2016, 02:03 PM   #14
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Setup time is also affected by the planned stay. We don't do as much for a weekend outing as we do for a week or more. So setup ranges from about 1 hour to nearly 2 hours. We did setup for a one-night stayover in about 30 minutes! But we did not unhitch the TT, just leveled, hooked up the utilities and ran out the slide-out. It may have taken longer to pull out the next morning than it did to set up!


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Old 09-10-2016, 06:42 PM   #15
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Thank you all for the replies so far! Looking forward to hearing some more. So far I have learned some good ideas that may help to save some time.

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No insult or diss intended, but IMHO if we are in an area where there is TV and cellular reception, then we are not camping; our whole purpose to camping is to "get away" and "unplug" from the world for a few days so we can truly relax. We rarely (if ever) stay in a campground with hook ups.

None taken, I guess in our natural progression of camping (tenting>pop-up>travel trailer) we are appreciating the new amenities that we did not have previously. I would agree that it is probably closer to Glamping than camping . Up until we got the new TT this year, we had always stayed at State Parks where there are no hook ups at all and spotty cell service. Now that we have the new TT, we started venturing on to new places that we had never been before, and utilize the hookups that come with the TT, it is all new to us. Never had a television until this TT, figured it was prepped for one, why not?. We have had many times in the tents and pop up where we were cramped in it for the entire weekend do to bad weather, we were lucky if we had a lento site. We always carry decks of cards and board games with us too. We had never used tiki torches until this summer, we camped with some friends earlier in the season and they had some that they set up. I really appreciated the type of light they produce over the super bright factory awning LED strip or Coleman lanterns (which we don't even bring with us anymore).

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Duke, our set up is pretty much the same as yours, with the exception of the TV /cable, and bicycles. We put up lights on the awning track, replacing your tiki torch time. I've never timed setting up, but think we're in the 45 to 50 minute range. We don't rush, and make it as pleasant as possible, so it doesn't become stressful. It's part of the journey. The only time we hurry a little more is if it's pouring rain.

Set up is definately part of the journey, I agree. I actually don't mind it, cause I know it means a nice relaxing weekend. The part that is stressful for me is not being able to get to the site at check in... I work until at least 5pm and have a 20 minute commute home to get hooked up. It takes a little longer to get hooked up because the TT takes up the entire length of our driveway. So when I'm backed up to hook up, my truck is blocking the street. Of course this is when everyone seems to be coming down the street.... So I only hitch, hook up safety chains and power cord. Then I pull it out and park it on the side of the street in front of the house where I hook up the WDH and give everything a once over before taking off. Once this is done, travel time is usually 25 to 45 minutes to a campground. By time we get to the campground it is close to 6:30. Now add an hour of set up time, and it time to get dinner started. It seems like half the day is already gone. I have taken half vacation days on occasion to get a jump start, but that adds up quick when we camp almost every weekend throughout the summer. So I have to pick and choose when I do that. Usually do it when the travel time to camp is more than an hour. By time we're done with picking up after dinner, we are ready to sit by the fire and relax.

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Whether set up takes 1/2 hour or 6 hours. It's still better than sitting behind a desk or in traffic somewhere. I say just enjoy the whole process cause it still beats just about anything else that happens during the week.

I couldn't agree more. I sit behind a desk for 9-1/2 stressful hours a day.....

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Depending on how level the site is, around 20 minutes. 30 if Im tired. 5 if DW is in a crappy mood.

What is included in the 5 minute express set-up when DW is in a crappy mood? Bet the camper stays hitched just in case

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Old 09-10-2016, 07:28 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by rkresge View Post
So setup ranges from about 1 hour to nearly 2 hours.
This is more the norm. Anyone who says they can set up a travel trailer from backing in to functional in 30 minutes no matter how well prepared they are is full of crap.
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Old 09-10-2016, 08:45 PM   #17
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Similar family makeup. A couple of comments.

We stayed with the pup until the kids were older, 2nd child just entered University last week and we just moved up from the pup. Camping with kids was an outdoors adventure without electronics. But setup for us also ran about 2 hours. Now we are in a hybrid, and setup is (generally) cut in half. Longer for a long trip, pretty quick for a weekend only with DW and I. For our longer trips we have a lot of extras - big 15X15 Coleman shade, change tent etc.
Over time the kids took on more and more of the setup. By their teens that had about half your list assigned to them. DS is now 18, and he could probably take the TT out on his own now. Start educating the kids now so they know what to do later in life.

We are a little more casual about when we call "done" than you are. For a weekend trip, especially when kids aren't along, "done" is variable. I count done when everything we need in next few hours is in place. There is a lot of stuff we do on long trips that we don't need for an overnighter or weekend. Call it done when everything is in place for you to sleep and eat, anything else is extra.
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Old 09-10-2016, 09:58 PM   #18
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Your setup is an investment in your comfort! You shaved a considerable amount of time from the PuP. Congrats!

If you really want to save time as others have mentioned, clip some steps from your needs. Our needs are all unique, seems like you have found what makes your camping = happiness.

Our setup is very different than yours, 30 minutes tops. Sometimes it might not even happen for a couple of hours. A few times we have not even bothered to disconnect and were setup in 10 minutes. We are TV free, don't bother with tiki torches or outdoor grills, toss the hitch on the ground, we are signless (we prefer that people don't know our screaming kids that kept them up that night are unknown by name) and music free for the most part.
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Old 09-11-2016, 12:15 AM   #19
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I think it really breaks down to what you consider setup. For us setup is backing in, leveling and utilities. (gas, electric, water). Outdoor chairs are setup as needed. Grill is setup as needed. If we arrive early in the day then outside lights are not setup until dusk. But if I were forced to give a time from arriving to enjoying the site then I'd say 30 to 45min. max...

This is much the same for me too. As such, our setup inside and out takes about 30 minutes.
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Old 09-11-2016, 06:34 AM   #20
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As we got older, and valued our "relax" time more than our set-up, take-down time, this is why we progressed from pop-ups, to a hybrid, to a hard side, to our current self-leveling 5'er. Once I'm backed-in, I put down six blocks, hit the self-leveling button, wait 2 minutes, and then extend the slides.... After that, it's just a matter of setting up whatever outdoor chairs, etc. that we might want to use....

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