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Old 08-20-2015, 09:20 PM   #1
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First time TT owners and excited to join you all!

Hi there fellow Jayco owners!

I'm James and my wife is Crystal and we are thrilled to announce we are picking up our brand new 267 BHWS on Monday! First time TT'ers so we are looking for any and all help you can offer.

We are already pouring over the extensive information on this great forum. As we are new to this prestigious clan...and the TT world...what are your top lessons you wish you knew when you first started out?

Also, if anyone has ideas for great places to look at setting up over the winter months we would be especially interested in those recommendations. We are new and looking for any help you can offer.

Thanks in advance!

J and C

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Old 08-21-2015, 06:03 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your new camper and welcome to the forum. Lots of people here with a lot of experience, that can help with any questions.


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Old 08-21-2015, 06:09 AM   #3
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:14 AM   #4
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Top lessons we wish we knew.. HMMM.... Having been avid campers for many years we already had the basic camping part down. (supplies, food stock, cooking, etc.)

We started out with a used popup with very basic features so it was a quick and easy step up for us on that part.

When we decided to get serious about looking for a full fledged TT I found this forum. This was even before I decided to go with Jayco. The forum was just so full of help on many different levels and the members seemed so nice and helpful. It took us about 3 months of looking to decide on our TT and in the mean time I poured over every part of this forum. In the evenings we would sit on the couch and my wife would watch her cooking shows and I would sit for hours on my iPad reading posts. When we finally went to pick up our unit and do our walkthrough I ended up showing the rep how to do more things than he showed me...

I guess in the end, my advise to do what you have been doing.. Pour though the forums, ask questions and know that you guys are about to embark on a wonderful journey...

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Old 08-21-2015, 08:09 AM   #5
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Congratulations and welcome! We were in your shoes last year and found just taking things slow and steady, especially when towing was best. in my opinion, checklists are critical when starting out as you don't want to miss anything. As Tex noted too, spending time poring over the forum is also a great learning tool, and don't be afraid to ask questions.
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Old 08-21-2015, 08:26 AM   #6
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Go to a CAT scale on your first trip out and weigh everything and make sure your weight distribution hitch is setup properly.

Dump black tank first and then grey tank!

Make a big list of all the mods you want to do.


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Old 08-21-2015, 08:46 AM   #7
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Congrats & welcome!!

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Old 08-21-2015, 09:00 AM   #8
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The biggest thing I wish I'd known before we purchased: REAL capacities of our tow vehicle and hitch.

I spent hundreds of hours scouring the interwebs learning about trailers. I read every forum I could find, we went to RV shows, we toured dealerships and looked at several different brands. All in all I researched trailers for about 2 years before we finally bought one. I knew more about every trailer we looked at than any salesman did by a LONG way. What I failed to research enough was the capacities of our truck, and what hitch would be required or best for what we were towing with and how we would use it.

A year and a half after we bought the trailer, I upgraded my truck to one more appropriately matched to our trailer (cost me some money, but worth it to me in the end), and I'm looking to upgrade the weight distribution hitch as well; the one we purchased with the trailer is just barely adequate by specifications. If I had known better, I would have insisted on a more capable hitch. The new truck has helped a lot on that front, so the hitch replacement priority has decreased some, but it's still on my radar.

Spend some time researching the REAL capacities of your truck, not what the marketing documents say. If you can, go to a scale under mock conditions as close as you can get to how you'll actually travel so you can get a good idea of the ACTUAL weights you're working with. Don't look at this with rose colored glasses, be honest in your assessment. I THOUGHT I would be comfortable towing right at the limits of my equipment; turns out I wasn't and never fully enjoyed the journey for that first year.

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Congrats and welcome to the forum. Tons of great information and wisdom from a great camping group. I learn something new each time I get on this forum...
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Also, if anyone has ideas for great places to look at setting up over the winter months we would be especially interested in those recommendations. We are new and looking for any help you can offer.
Thanks in advance!

J and C
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