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Old 07-07-2014, 11:41 PM   #1
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What is your average set up and tear down times

I think I am sitting at about 2 hours set up and tear down.

I do have quite a few things to set up once the TT is parked, hooked up, levelled and bed ends (2) out. ie. Eureka Northern Breeze tent, dog tent, pull out all the chairs, get all the cast iron out and set up, BBQ out, BBQ table, camp table (outside my TT), trailer carpet outside, beds made etc...

Hopefully once I get a year or two under my belt, I can decrease these times Hoping anyways.

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Old 07-08-2014, 12:30 AM   #2
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With the stuff we take and my wife working the inside , about an hour to hour and fifteen minuts. Since my son stopped camping years and years ago we slowly reduced what we bring .

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Old 07-08-2014, 05:39 AM   #3
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For our x20e to be ready 15 minutes. For all the other "stuff" it's about 45-60 minutes setup.
As you mentioned...camp kitchen, pans, chairs, coolers, bug tent, dog stuff...
But an hour, is only a hour and I adore it. :-)
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:32 AM   #4
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It is what you make it.

We can do it in less than 30 minutes if we don't put the whirly gigs and awning lights. We use the supplied picnick table with an outdoor table cloth, take the inside table out and put it against the camper, we use a tripod over the fire for cooking (we stopped bringing a grill about 15 years ago), and put our chairs and "yard" games outside. We generally don't hurry though and and normal setup including the "fluff" is about 45 minutes to an hour. Like Itsmeamanda alluded to, its kind of fun and there really is no hurry.

All that extra stuff to setup is exactly why we stopped tenting years ago.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:46 AM   #5
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I've never timed it, but our routine is usually less than an hour, if even that. The routine goes as follows:

1. Back into site.
2. Level side-to-side, chock the wheels.
3. Unhitch and level front-to-back, then drop the stabilizers.
4. Wife plugs up the electricity.
5. Remove propane cover and turn propane on. Then open the bunk ends and clip them in place.
6. Stake down the rug. That completes the outside portion.

1. Raise the bunk roof, make the beds (or wait til bedtime to make them).
2. Toss the chairs, charcoal, cot, etc out of the camper.
3. Stuff the clothes into the wardrobe closet (if not done at home)
4. Turn on the fridge, stuff the food in.
5. Open the slideout.

I open the awning whenever I feel like getting around to it. We setup the chairs whenever we feel like sitting. We take our time and never feel stressed or rushed. If it's in a rainstorm, back into the site, run into the camper, and wait it out before setting up.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:59 AM   #6
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Team work for us, DW's inside and I'm outside mostly. Though she does have a few outside tasks. Normally it takes us about 15-30 minutes from engine shut-off to relaxing in the chair.

We don't setup everything right away though. We tend to get most things out and set-up as we use them. For example at dinner time, I'll get the grill out and setup while DW preps the food to be cooked. While I'm cooking, she'll prep the table by laying out the table cloth. When dinner's over I button down the grill or put it away if I'm not going to use it again while she puts dinner supplies away, and we typically share dish duty. After dinner, if we're going to hang out outside, we'll set up the awning lights.

After a few trips, we're a bit like a well-oiled machine. We each have our duties, we know what they are and how to do them, there is very little overlap and it's all very efficient, and we trust each other to complete tasks in order (wheel chocks for example, she knows to have them in place before I disconnect the trailer from the truck).

The same applies to breaking camp, but that takes a little longer for me because I'm dealing with the tanks.

We've ALWAYS emphasized team work and division of duties in everything we do. The only problem is that I know how to do nearly everything, but there are some things DW doesn't know about (like the tanks). So as she nears the end of her pregnancy, I find myself completing more of the tasks, thus it takes a bit longer. But then it's still teamwork isn't it? She's just doing something unrelated to the particular task at hand! LOL!!

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Depends on the weather. The more nasty the faster we level, unhook and deploy. Like others have said, I like to savor the moments as I get settled in. The highlight of setup is when I can put out "my precious".
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Like Camper Bob, we have shared duties.. We also have twin 16 year old boys.. We have been camping with our kids since they have been about 6 so we all pretty much know what needs to be done and what everyone's duties are.. But.. Time from backing in to cracking open our prefered beverages 45 min. to 1 hour max..

ALL - Assisting in backing up, Leveling, setting chocks and x-chocks.
Wife - Inside duties
Me - All hooking up and outside duties
Boys - Unloading firewood and starting camp fire (if it's cold)
- Hanging outside lights
- Finding all other teens within biking distance
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Depends on the weather. The more nasty the faster we level, unhook and deploy. Like others have said, I like to savor the moments as I get settled in. The highlight of setup is when I can put out "my precious".

It also depends on how much "junk" we set up. For a one night stand, we might not even extend the slide-out and/or awning as compared to a multi-night stay, where we'll put up decorations/lights/put the rug out/set up the table, clothes dryer and chairs/get the bikes out of the truck/etc.

Breaking down, it takes longer if the slide-out and/or awning has been extended because I have to get out the ladder to inspect and clean them off before retracting them.

I also include the time required for gray/black tank and FWT maintenance too; especially if I have to use a dump station upon leaving or fill my FWT before getting to the campsite.
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About an hour if I'm working at a decent pace and my wife takes our son to play somewhere.


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