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Old 03-28-2016, 10:34 AM   #1
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Howdy from Texas

Have been viewing the forum for a month, but just registered today. I appreciate all the insight.
We are first time trailer owners. Picked up our new Jay Flight SLX 264BHW a few weeks ago. Had the dealer hook it up, and we drove to the camp site from there. Went to another spot this past weekend. So, we are learning as we go.
Some early lessons learned: (1) Make certain that the dump hose is on correctly before using it (luckily it was grey water), (2) the sway bar pins must face in (luckily it was a shorter trip on smooth roads, because there was effectively no sway bar when they popped off), (3) when at a rest stop for lunch on a windy day, just eat in the camper rather than holding two dogs, paper plates, and all food items from being blown away at a cement picnic table, (4) finding RV friendly gas stations is as important as finding the camping spot, (5) mistakenly buying hickory wood designed for smoking meat as campfire wood can be expensive but rewarding, (6) bacon burns very quickly over a fire, (7) don't miss a chance to ask an elder camper for advice (but prepare a code word for your spouse to excuse you from the conversation after your listening ability has been exhausted), (8) don't try to rearrange my wife's cabinet organization, (9) be patient about everything and check everything at least twice, (11) the heater is not broken - the on lever is just tight, and (11) whether you choose to camp facing the woods or facing the lake, you have made the right choice.
Still working on: (1) Reducing sway, especially when semis pass or the wind is heavy, (2) Storing fishing poles (there must be an easier way than the tangled mess that I create), and (3) placing the dog crate and kids' shoes in places within the camper that do not create a physical and certain hazards when walking through the trailer.

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Old 03-28-2016, 10:46 AM   #2
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Welcome to JOF. There is a lot a great advice on here.
You have some good lessons, I can definitely agree with number 8, I have made that mistake myself, ... more than once.... I guess I am a slow learner. Keep in mind when reducing sway; that is all you can really do; reduce it, you may get to a point where there is virtually no sway 99% of the time, but situations will arise and it will be there. watch your overall speed and be careful.
We have two dogs, one small one who insists on sleeping on the bed at DW's feet. The other is a larger Husky who is crate trained. I strap her crate in the bed of the truck and put her in there at night. It works on two levels, she is comfortable and alerts to things in and around the campsite.
When if comes to fishing poles, consider mounting a couple of 4-6 inch PVC pipes (cut to length) to the roof in your storage bay and carry the poles in there.

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Old 03-28-2016, 10:58 AM   #3
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Ahhh.... the joys of the 'first time.' You'll get there.

Regarding sway: That can be dangerous if your rig gets out of control. Be sure to inflate your trailer and tow vehicle tires to the maximum shown on the tire sidewalls. That stiffens the sidewalls and often helps a great deal.

In addition, your trailer should be level or slightly nose down.

Read your trailer hitch manual and be sure it is installed correctly. If your dealer installed it, double check their work. Reading on this forum you'll find they often get installations wrong.
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:59 AM   #4
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Welcome, thanks for sharing your lessons learned, all good, some familiar.
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:25 AM   #5
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NVGun40, using the pipes for the poles is a great idea. I will do that. We have two small furballs as dogs. I have been resisting letting them sleep on the beds, but I will likely need to either give up that fight or live with the crate obstacle at night. I appreciate the insight.
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:41 AM   #6
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oldmanAZ, the main issue is that I do not know if the sway is usual or not. Add to the fact that i typically drive a small sedan, which rides tight as compared to a bouncy SUV. So, it may be just a matter of me realizing a new norm.
It tries to pull to the left a bit just before a semi passes and wiggles a bit in 20+ mph cross wind gusts. So, I keep both hands on the steering wheel and tend to stress my shoulders a bit much after a wiggle until I remind myself to relax.
We have enough power, because we purchased a 2015 Expedition with HD towing package, and we added a stronger sway bar (more than necessary, per the dealer). So, we should be fine. However, that is good thought about checking the installation. I can be too trusting of "experts". For peace of mind, I will research it and go to another dealer for an inspection/second opinion. I appreciate the advice.
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Welcome to JOF TXCrew and thanks for the trip down memory lane . You'll soon discover memory lane is long long long . . . O for some of us, it never ends
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Another howdy from another Texan. Welcome to JOF. Looks like you are learning fast. NVGun40 has a great idea about the fishing poles. I used a 6" square tube that Home Depot sells for decorative fence posts. I also bought two endcaps and have solved the problem of the poles, but either one, square or round will work great. Happy camping....
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