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Old 04-08-2011, 10:27 AM   #1
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Things To Do Before First Outing with a New Jayco

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Ok you guys/gals, here will be a "sticky" to help new owners know what to do after they bring their new Jayco home and before their maiden voyage.... post some ideas and we'll go from there. Thanks for your help!
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Camp driveway. Best place to spend the first night, anything forgotten is steps away.


Run the furnace an hour or so to burn off the new smell. Open the door and windows then light and burn the oven for 15 - 30 minutes to eliminate the new oven smoke that might set off your smoke alarm.

Give every other system and appliance a good tryout to make sure they function properly.This includes the fresh water system. Fill it with water, pressurize the system with the water pump and check for leaks.

Examine the underside of the trailer to look for loose, missing, or broken bolts and screws. I found one broken and three loose screws. Easier to fix while at home than on the road.

Spray silicone lubricant on the tv antenna gear on the roof. It helps when you crank it up and down.

Keep paper and a pen for the running list of "I forgot" items.

Think through everything you need in a "room by room" manner.

Bring 2 spatulas for the grill - as it seems I always loose one - not really sure how though....

Before you take off, do your walk around to make sure everything is stowed away, antenna down, steps up, everything is disconnected (water hose/electric cord). Inside, make sure everything is off the counter tops and tables.

Understand how the waste systems work on the unit so your first dumping attempt will be a snap.

Read your owners and appliance manuals and learn how things work so you can do as much maintenance and troubleshooting yourself as possible. This could save you some big bucks and possibly get you out of a jam someday.

If equipped with slide(s), find the manual slide retractor and learn how to operate it in the event of a power or slide motor failure.

Give every appliance and system a good tryout to make sure they are all functioning properly. This includes the fresh water system.

Inspect the entire unit for any cosmetic or mechanical issues/imperfections that may be missed in the PDI.

Read your owners and appliance manuals and learn how things work and how to do as much yourself as possible.

If equipped with slide(s) find the manual slide retractor and learn how to operate it so you can retract the slide in the event of power or slide motor failure.

Make sure WD system and brake controller are adjusted properly for your trailer and vehicle. If unsure ask dealer or another experienced camper.

Understand the capabilities/limitations of your tow vehicle.

Check tire pressure and lug nuts (spare tire too) before first run, and after every 50 miles for the first 200 miles or so.

Check the valve stem cores on the wheels to verify they are tight enough.

If new to towing, practice backing up in an empty parking lot to gain skills and confidence for backing into campsites, etc.

I few other suggestions is a small tool box of basic tools, duct tape, bungee cords, and making sure all lights are working on TT before leaving.

Have the essentials for first campout, fresh water hose, sewer hose and fittings,levels on trailer, wheel chocks, leveling blocks or boards to level your trailer in unlevel sites, side to side. Your tongue jack levels you front to back. Consider an electric tongue jack to make life easier, not a must but very nice to have.

Stock your kitchen, bathroom vanity and cabinets to your taste but IMO always be weight conscious in your decisions as to what items you put in the trailer. Weights can really add up.

Physically check the height of the rig - nothing scarier than seeing 13'2" and you are actually 13'6". And remember to include the air conditioner in your measurement!


If new to towing, practice backing up in an empty lot to gain skills and confidence for backing into campsites, etc..

Be sure your weight distribution system and brake controller are properly adjusted.

Understand the capabilities/limitations of tour tow vehicle. Be prepared for poor gas mileage in most towing situations.

Know the overall height of your unit and the clearances on any route you may be taking with the taller units.

Keep your computer logged on to the Jayco OwnersForum and ask us any other questions you may have!

New propane tanks need to be PURGED and then filled if it came from dealer EMPTY.

Make sure that your low point drain faucets are closed. Also make sure the settings in the water/tank drain box are set correctly other wise you will have a flood under the unit.


...And be sure to have some $$$ available for what I call "startup costs"- especially if this is your first RV. It's like furnishing another house as you'll be buying dishes, pots, pans, silverware, bedding items, patio rug, food, cleaning items/supplies, electrical cord extensions, outside lights, safety equipment and much, much more than what I've listed. Don't be surprised if you rack up costs well over $500.00. Back when I bought my TT, televisions weren't included, so I had to buy one of those too, along with a DVD/VCR player.

We gave up eating out and started cooking at home more. Saved us about $500 a month when you compare eating out vs. buying grocery's for our family of 4

If you tt requires a 7 pin electrical connector be sure all the wires are connected in the tv fuse box. Some tv mfg's don't connect the constant 12v conductor until it's going to be used. That is the one that charges your battery while in transit. ps be sure the battery is fully charged before leaving
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:38 PM   #2
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TTs do not come with tire changing jacks or lug nut wrenches. Make sure you have each and know how where to place the jack. FYI, not all lug nuts are the same size, the one in your TV may not work.


Take your first trip somewhere close to home (~30 miles), this will allow you to become more familiar with how the TT handles, and less stressed.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:07 AM   #3
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Camped the first night 15 minutes from the house, Ikea makes a great place for pots, and other basic supplies. Our iIkea pot held up well to a campfire.
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Before you leave for the first trip make sure the tank drains are closed. This was not done on mine. I was not a happy camper when I took the cap off the sewer pipe getting ready to hook up the hose. Still makes me sick when I think about it. I don't think I need to say anymore.
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These are all so helpful. hopefully we can have more ideas added from the seasoned campers!!
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Don't forget to start a checklist. You'll find many online and possibly at your dealer - start with those and adjust as you get seasoned. It should cover prearrival, predeparture, transit, and maintenance at the very least.

It's been a real help especially when you're arriving or leaving in a hurry. The checklist should be in sequential order as well. It's not the big things but the small ones that will make you smack your forehead. As a first time TT owner last year, it was a very steep learning curve.

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Make sure there is enough slack in the cord to the emergency trailer brake pull pin. Ours came too short and a sharp turn while backing in, pulled the pin causing the brakes to engage.

Check to be sure your dealer installed the filter in your water filter. Ours didn't.
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this is a great list thanks!
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I learned a long time ago to make a list of the essentials you need to bring for each outing. I check off each item as I put it in the camper. You would be surprised how helpful this is because there is no doubt that you will forget something. Keep it an active list and each time you think about something you should have had, add it to the list.
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TTs do not come with tire changing jacks or lug nut wrenches. Make sure you have each and know how where to place the jack. FYI, not all lug nuts are the same size, the one in your TV may not work.

Take your first trip somewhere close to home (~30 miles), this will allow you to become more familiar with how the TT handles, and less stressed.
Great advice. If you don't mind I will take it a step further. (Well, I guess whether you mind or not is now a moot point.)

All DIY types should buy a cross type lug wrench that fits. Even if your tow vehicle tv wrench fits, a proper cross (X style) wrench gives you much better/proper leverage with less chance of snapping off studs.

I know that it is a real pain in the arse, but take the time to actually jack up and change a forward and rear tire on your dual axles. It all seems great until you find that the jack you decided to carry with will not quite fit into where it needs to be or get into properly when the flat tire allows the trailer to settle down a bit lower to the ground. Grease up all the studs before re-assembly after your test run.

Lists????? My wife don't need no stinkin' lists. That's why my lists now include her required meds, fishing sun hat, long and short sleeved fishing shirt, her favorite pillow... you get the idea.

Wordpad or MS Word bullet lists are very easy to update and modify. As was mentioned, nothing gets struck off my list (I line out the items) until it is ACTUALLY aboard. I learned that just being in your way, or in the pile as you leave the door of your home is no guarantee that the item will be picked up and properly loaded. FWIW. vic
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