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Old 09-11-2016, 03:04 PM   #31
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Once I unhook from the truck it's about 10 more minutes to plug in and hook up water. I don't hook sewer until I need it. The camp sets itself up as things come up like chairs or a grill as needed.

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Old 09-11-2016, 03:59 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by tnmcouple View Post
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.
Yeah! For the win! Our set up takes a couple hours due to four wheeler unloading from the Octane and back of the truck. Now that we have been doing it a few years we are getting pretty good. Except that one time this summer when we set up before we realized we forgot to fill the fresh water...LOL It is more peaceful now too.
Now ask me about how long it takes to clean up after four wheeling in mud! The day it becomes more work than it is worth, we will find something new to do.

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Old 09-11-2016, 04:17 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by Snake Plissken View Post
You may be doing it wrong. I set up with a bourbon and coke in my hand. That also may be why it takes me 45 minutes to an hour to set up though but that's beds made...TV channels programmed...everything. I also set up by myself while my wife takes the son for a walk.
Your pretty close to me. We should meet in the middle somewhere and you can show me how it's done😛

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Old 09-11-2016, 05:00 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by Duke_26 View Post
One of the very many reasons we upgraded to a travel trailer this year from the pop up that we had for the last 11 years (tenting prior to that) was to reduce the set-up time once we arrived at the campsite.

Most of our camping trips are the typical "arrive Friday, leave Sunday".

With the pop-up it was consistently around two and a half hours to completely set up. Although we have collected many camping items over the years, we decided to have everything dedicated in the travel trailer, even clothes and bedding. We are a family of 4 and do not have any pets that we bring. Kids are younger, so they want to go..go..go.. as soon as we pull in to the site.

Our goal was to have set up time down to about a 1/2 hour with the new travel trailer to maximize our "leisure/family time". Both DW and I have specific tasks that we do once we arrive at the site to tag team the set up process.

OK, so how long does it take for you to set up camp??

I have never owned a pop up, so I can't really say, but the set up items listed seem to be everything except "popping up" the camper. So, however long it took you to get that portion done is how much time you would be saving, but I doubt it took 2 hours. I will give you that your set up list is quite detailed. Here is what my set up looks like in 2 scenarios:

-Once spotted in the site, level side to side, unhitch, level front to back, drop stabilizers.
-Hook up utilities, water, sewer, electric, and cable if we are going to watch "The Walking Dead".
-Extend awning, place patio mats, unload fire wood (daylight/weather permitting)
-Move picnic table, put up my "cooking" table and table top grill. (also daylight/weather permitting)

Scenario 1, left house on time, good commute, arrived in daylight, spotting travel trailer went well, DW and son listening and really helping out: About 30 minutes.

Scenario 2, left house way late, white knuckle commute, passengers spent last 60 minutes saying "I'm bored, are we there yet, or I'm hungry", arrived at dusk, finally spotted trailer, DW and son forgetting everything about RV setup. Setup is still about 30 minutes from the moment I advise them to "kindly" check out the campground, any part of it, EXCEPT the site I am currently standing in......... When the awning is out, it is "safe" to return

My son and I handle all the mechanical type things, the DW will handle the domestic things like covering the table and bench seats with plastic table cloths. My son handles the camping chairs and fire ring things. I just don't consider them set up as sometimes they are left for the next day if it is raining or dark out.

For me, every minute in the truck or setting up is a minute less in my comfy chair by the fire, so we try to get it done quickly and efficiently. The best is seeing my son take charge of his parts, helping me spot the unit, reading the level, adding blocks and directing me up on them, and dropping the stabilizers. Once the chores are done, just kick back and relax till Sun. (And I usually ask for a late check out then so I can putter around a bit longer)
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Old 09-19-2016, 12:26 PM   #35
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30 step setup

We don't do 18-22, 24,25,27,29,31-34, 36-38. Takes about 20 minutes if I I have an unlevel site with a 23RLSW.
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Old 09-19-2016, 12:36 PM   #36
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If we're there for a week, about a week.
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Old 09-19-2016, 12:37 PM   #37
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We average 30-45 minutes setup including all utilities, cable, matts, steps, plus interior set up. Once we are aligned and level, I take all the exterior duties and wife takes all the interior such as TV, slides, furniture arrangements, counter tops, adult beverages, etc.

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Old 09-19-2016, 12:47 PM   #38
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We average 30-45 minutes setup including all utilities, cable, matts, steps, plus interior set up. Once we are aligned and level, I take all the exterior duties and wife takes all the interior such as TV, slides, furniture arrangements, counter tops, adult beverages, etc.
Gotta get those priorities straight: Adult beverage is required before/during all those other things!!!

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Old 09-19-2016, 12:49 PM   #39
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For us, setup and takedown are around a day each.

Critical for me is the fridge. We travel with the propane off. So, the time from arrive at the campsite until the trailer is level and fridge is restarted is most important.

- Back into the spot (try and find someplace near level)
- Level left-to-right using Linx Levelers and driving the TT onto them
- Place the wheel chocks
- Disconnect
- Level front to back
- Deploy the stabilizers
- Put out the front stoop with boot brush
- Turn on propane
- Charge the lines by lighting the stove
- Restart the fridge

Those steps take about 15 minutes. Reverse is a bit less.

All the other unloading and setting up is done (maybe it won't) over then next couple of hours or days. Depending...

Packing up starts the previous afternoon. No hurrying, No stressing.

So in answer to the thread's question, I'm somewhere between "Not very long" and "Doesn't matter".
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Old 09-19-2016, 01:00 PM   #40
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Initial setup time for us at a 'normal' camp spot (with its own table, etc) is around 20 minutes. Most of that time is me screwing around with the equalizer hitch, blocks and trying to disconnect the camper from the ball before the back of my truck leaves the ground.

Only exception is when I do something stupid like I did last weekend and was getting ready to plug into shore power when my wife asked 'Did you remember to fill the water tank??' We were at an electric only with bone dry tanks.

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