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Old 01-28-2012, 06:43 PM   #1
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Just purchased 2012 1207 camper

We pulled the trigger last week and pick it up next weekend. So excited. We have been tent campers for the past 30+ and looking to getting off the ground. We really took our time wondering if we would really use it much since we only took a couple tent camping trips each year.
It's just the two of us and we both retire this summer. We justified it as a way to travel more without breaking the bank. We kept telling ourselves last summer "wouldn't it be great to head to the mountains when they forecast 100 heat for a week".
Now just trying to keep my head from swimming after reading this and other forums about dry camping, 12v dc, reflectix, pop up gizmos, omega 8 heaters, voltmeters, battery meters, BAL levelers, awning mats, mattress toppers, lugaloos, LEDs, battery tenders, mice, hitch locks, golf cart batteries, solar, generators, trailer brakes...Whew!
Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-28-2012, 08:33 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! Don't worry about all those omega 12v reflectix volt-tometers if you don't want to! Go enjoy yourself and you will figure out all that stuff in time!

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Old 01-28-2012, 10:01 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum. Retirement is a good thing.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:32 AM   #4
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Welcome aboard and congrats on new toy. As far as what you "need", pretty much what you "needed" to go tent camping, except the tent, everything else is decided by your wants for all the "creature comforts". When you get a chance, go camping in your backyard, your back will tell you quickly if a mattress topper is in the near future. If you really want to splurge, take it to your nearest campground and go camping there, but the biggest thing is to enjoy it.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:15 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum Ksolsberg and congrats on your 1207. There is a learning curve with towed campers, we've all been thru it. Don't worry, you'll be a pro in no time. Use Camp Driveway for your first outing and see what you really need and what would be nice to have. Your needs & wants will change as time goes on and you can acquire those things then. Just have fun!!!
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:34 AM   #6
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Like the previous post. You will figure out what you need as time goes on. There are a lot of Walmarts around to purchase those things as needed.

Basic things are a few tools for fixing things. adjustable wrench, pliers, screw driver etc. Nothing major until needed. I have a $12 VOM from Walmart. If you haven't used a VOM before it is a good learning experience and you can pick up tips as you go along. Other than that, have fun.
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:19 AM   #7
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Welcome and enjoy al of it. We never camped or trailered until last summer.

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Old 01-29-2012, 10:17 AM   #8
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Welcome! I understand the overwhelming feeling going from a tent to a camper! After reading the manual once (I will read it again!) I am still worried about messing something up!

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Welcome to the forum! Part of the fun along the journey is figuring out what you need and what you do not for your particular style of camping, as well as what toys and mods you may want.

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Welcome to the forum, I also have a 1207 and love it. Plenty of room for my DW and two DS's. This forum is a great place to ask questions, everyone is helpful.

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