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Old 09-08-2016, 08:03 PM   #1
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Cool I convinced my husband to buy a Jay Flight SLX 174BH, now what?!

Hi everyone, it took some convincing, but I got my husband to agree to buy our first trailer Currently live in beautiful western Maryland. We are hikers and I used to camp with my dad as a kid, but together we are COMPLETE newbies.

I am a gadget junkie so I'm looking around here for your nice-to-haves. We also have 2 dogs and a 2 year old daughter. Kinda nervous about keeping her entertained, lol.

Looking forward to connecting with and learning from all of you.
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:11 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome. Read advice for newbs on here and make the advice fit your situation.

Relax, have fun and enjoy the journey.

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Old 09-08-2016, 08:25 PM   #3
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Welcome and congrats on the new rig!!!!

The biggest advice I would guess most will give is to make sure you have the proper tv (tow vehicle) for the trailer. Know that the tow rating is based on 2-150lb occupants and a 10% tw (tongue weight of loaded trailer) if based on the newer tow standard that came out a couple years ago. IF not based on the tow standard, then the tow rating has been based on a 150lb driver only. Make sure you tv has the payload capacity for all the occupants, any cargo (coolers, bikes, firewood, etc), the wdh (weight distribution hitch, if needed), and the tt tw (travel trailer tongue weight).

Good luck!
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:26 PM   #4
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Welcome to the group - Lots of great folks here. Congrats on the new camper - Happy camping!!
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:41 PM   #5
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Congratulations, my advice is to go out for the weekend somewhere close to home with a pencil and paper. The family will have fun checking out the trailer and if you absolutely need something that you forgot you can go home and get it.
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:41 PM   #6
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Welcome! You've found a wealth of knowledge here, if you don't see it just ask. Don't worry about the kiddo, my 3 yr old loves camping as much if not more than I do. I make everything a "project" that we do together and its "her camper" if you ask her.
We always take a tote that is hers for toys,books and games. She gets to pick what she takes as long as it fits in the tote.
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:49 PM   #7
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Congrats on the new TT. Your going to love it! We find camping very relaxing and enjoyable, even on just a two day weekend.

It is a lot easier when you get duplicate items for the TT. Cookware, hair dryers, towels etc. No fun to unload EVERYTHING when you get home.

When camping, keep a list of things you need (and things to leave home) is helpful. ENJOY!!
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Old 09-09-2016, 04:37 AM   #8
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congrats on the new tt.

It is a lot easier when you get duplicate items for the tt. Cookware, hair dryers, towels etc. No fun to unload everything when you get home
enjoy!!
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Welcome to the forum! You'll learn soon enough what have-to-haves you'll need. To me, that's the fun part of getting a new camper. And once you get all the necessities, you'll find yourself adding little "cool-to-haves". Just enjoy the experience and have fun!


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Looked at your profile and it looks like you already have the camper and plenty of tow vehicle. I suggest you finish up your signature section so you won't be getting advice on what to buy in a rig or tv if you already have it.

Welcome to JOF. Go out and enjoy it. Make it short weekends and learn the rig and what extras you need will become evident quickly. As others have stated, the less you have to cart back and forth, the more enjoyable packing and unpacking for a trip will be.
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