I made an overnight trip to the closest state park with the kids just to check everything out. We had full hookups. Overall, everything went smoothly, except we pack up everything in the rain the next day. I recommend that anyone with a new RV go somewhere close with FULL hookups for their first outing if they can't camp in their own driveway (like me).
The main purpose of this first trip was to test everything. I gave my kids jobs to do, and they excelled
. We tried out the microwave (popcorn), the oven (cookies) and the stovetop (eggs). The other stuff was cooked over a campfire.
The first night, I thought someone was pushing on the camper from the outside. It turns out, that my kid on the upper bunk in the back of the camper was shifting around and I could feel it in the front where I was sleeping. Yes, I did have the stabilizer jacks down.
I got my first experience of flushing out the black and gray tanks. No big deal, except for the adapter thingy that screws in to the dump tank got stuck. I was able to get it out by re-attaching the sewer hose and using it to wrench out the adapter.
We had one minor glitch with the camper. We assumed that our iPhones would work over the USB connection in the Jensen stereo. We were wrong. We tried an old iPod that I have hooked into my truck. Also, no joy. I read later that this stereo doesn't support any iPods/iPhones past a certain (old) date. Next time, I'll bring an AUX cable so we can listen to our tunes.
I did have a "feel good" moment (besides the fun of camping with my kids). It turns out that my camper came with some extras. I looked at the original sticker and found that I also got the 15K BTU AC upgrade.