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Old 09-13-2016, 08:59 PM   #1
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New here with Jayco WH 25 BHS. Tell us what we need to know

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Old 09-14-2016, 04:54 AM   #2
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Welcome and congrats on the 25!!!

Is this your first trailer ever? Or do you have a little experience with trailers? Gives us an idea of your background.

You will want to level the trailer as much as possible when using the fridge. Back into the site and figure out roughly how level or out of level the site is. Pull forward a little, and place enough boards or the Lego leveling blocks down on the ground behind the low side tires. Back onto the boards, and check for level again. If level, place your wheel chocks I front and behind a tire on each side. Then unhook the tv (tow vehicle) and once it is out of the way, level the trailer front to rear.

Here is a recent post of mine to another new member in regards to accessories, both needed and optional. Though the list varies depending on each person!!!

As for accessories, Walmart and Amazon will be your best friend.

I have bought the following at Walmart:
Camco sewer hose kit. Comes with a transparent elbow, and the "doughnut", plus 2-10' hoses for under $30. Last I knew the online price was about $22, and the store matched it.
50a male to 30a female adapter and a 15a male to 30a female adapter. Both are about 1' long.
90* elbow for the fresh water hose so it doesn't bend/kink where it connects at the camper.
Water pressure regulator- though the camco one is a cheap, entry level model.
Stick on level indicators. Get trailer level, then stick these on if you choose to. I have one on the front wall and one on the side wall of the trailer, both at the front drivers side corner. Easy to hop out of the truck to check how level the trailer is.

Amazon:
Fridge retainer spring bars for the outdoor fridge. Keeps drinks in place. No issues with food in the inside fridge.

Available at either or other stores like Menards:
30a extension cord. Sometimes you may need a longer cord to reach the electric pedestal.
Fresh water hose. How much you carry depends on where you camp. We actually have 160' total: 2-50', 2-25', and a 10'. I have actually used more than that to get water from 2 sites over that a friend was on that had water h/u, our site didn't.
Wheel chocks- you need a set of 4.
Some form of boards or "Lego blocks" to level the trailer side to side. I use 2x10's. Have two long enough for both wheels to fit on, then cut a third one in half. Treated boards from a lumber yard obviously. Cut an angle on the ends.

Optional:
Awning mat.
Water jug. May need once trailer is set up if you run out of water.
Fire tongs & poker/ hot dog forks.
Bacon grease/ paper towel- great fire starters!!!
One thing I need to still get, an electrical management system. Will protect from surges, over/under voltage, and more depending on the model.
The normal camp chairs, grill, possibly an ez up, etc....

We use household toilet paper.

To winterizing with the antifreeze, you do not want to buy the stuff that has ethanol in it, only the glycol. So check the bottle for which type it is.

I probably missed something.

Hope this helps you get started!!!
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:51 AM   #3
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Thank you need-a-vacation!! We are trading in our 2016 Rockwood AFrame. We love it, but it is not enough space for 3 people and 2 labs. so we have a little experience with towing a pop up with simple electrical and plumbing systems. This will be a complete change in towing and plumbing tanks. I think we are getting a good deal and a barely used WH. Your information is good, I will use your list well


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Old 09-14-2016, 09:55 AM   #4
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Need a Vacation did a great job providing some basic info. The search feature of this forum will allow you to expand on anything he already pointed out or even things he didn't.

Welcome to the group and enjoy the new Rig! There are lots of great people here...
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Old 09-14-2016, 12:03 PM   #5
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Poms,

YW!!! I figured it would be enough to get you "in trouble" starting out!!! Lol

Everybody's "list" varies, so each trip you guys take, you will learn what works, what doesn't, and what you want but may not really have to have!!! Having the aframe will have given you some experience.

Some may suggest the X-chocks, but if you decide to go with them, please still use regular wheel chock to keep the trailer from possibly rolling away. There has been a few reports of that happening when only X-chocks had been used.

The fridge can take up to a day to cool down. I have actually started using ice bottles (Powerade/Gatorade, apple juice type bottles) to help when first firing the fridge up.

Make sure you get a good wdh and the proper rated bars. Do not go by the "brochure" dry weight, as that doesn't include the weight of the propane tanks or a battery on the tongue. Plus everything else that gets loaded in the tt. You may need to readjust the wdh once the tt is loaded, and ready for a trip. If buying from a dealer, they only set up the wdh to an empty trailer. Follow my signature links for a ton of wdh info.

Another tip, do not drain the black or gray tanks until they are close to full. And once you empty the tanks, put 2g of water back in the gray, and maybe 3-4g in the black. Helps keep stuff from drying it and sticking real bad.

If you have any other questions, just ask!!!

Marc,

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Now your TT is a bunch taller than the A-frame. Be aware of low hanging things like wires, branches, bridges, etc. The A/C getting cleaned off the roof isn't a pleasant sound.
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Old 09-14-2016, 01:21 PM   #7
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Welcome!

1 don't forget the grey water hose.
2 I have a 5 gallon jug with spout to set up on the bumper next to the outdoor kitchen because the 25BHD has no no sink to rinse small items and hands. I as actually have the BBQ attachment on the bumper that I don't use so it works great to hold the jug and it swings around to the side of the kitchen.
3 I put some stick to the wall led lights from lowes over the queen bed. One for each side to read cause the trailer ones are so bright.
4. I agree Amazon and Walmart is the best place for shopping. I had so many packages from Amazon it was crazy and I dropped $500 at the super Walmart.
5. Stop the rocking of the trailer I did just last week. Takes 99% of the movement of the trailer when people walk or even roll over in bed. See picture.
6 get rid of the wardrobe closet and put shelves.
7 picked up a shelf with hooks and screwed under the thermostat.
8 upgraded my thermostat to a digital one from Amazon worth the money. It's a MACH Coleman.

Of course there is much more buying added some mods that are great to have.

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Here a snapshot of some of things that I found helpful from Amazon. Especially the paper towel holder. I bought 2 one for inside and one for the outdoor kitchen. Also there are s couple items in the list that are for my home but you can hopefully see the difference.
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