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Old 03-31-2016, 07:16 AM   #11
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Not answering one of your questions but I would highly recommend a shakedown run in your camper before you head to Yellowstone. This gives you the chance to practice using the RV and more importantly, discover any problems that need attention before you are far away from home.

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Old 03-31-2016, 07:57 AM   #12
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If your new tt doesn't have one, power tongue jack!!!! Very nice when hitching/ unhitching!!!

X2 on a close trip to home before Yellowstone, or even Camp Driveway if allowed where you live!!! That way you know what you may need once in a trip.

Cordless drill/driver is nice just started using one myself, since our twin boys seemed to disappear and get out of helping this past season!!! Lol

Leveling boards/ cut long enough for both wheels to sit on (tandem axle, though your tt may be a single axle???). Have a few cut shorter with a 4x6 on top to place under the stabilizer jacks and tongue jack.

Any white hose will do as mentioned, though I look for a slightly nicer one with an easier to grip end than the "standard" hose end.

May need an extension cord the same size as the trailer power cord. Never know just where the electric hook up may be in relation to the site.

Wheel chocks!!!! Don't want the tt rolling away.

Electric heater when cooler out if you have electric hook up. Why only use the propane for the furnace??? You paid for the electricity with the site rental!!!

When arriving at the camp site, don't be afraid to get it and walk the area, looking everywhere, including above you!!!! And possibly ask a neighbor to spot you while backing in if needed. Speaking of backing, go hit a large parking lot after ours if possible to practice!!!! Buy a couple orange cones and practice making tunes going forward and backing up. Watch closely how and where the wheels of the tt track....

There is a ton more, just practice, and ask questions!!!

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Old 04-01-2016, 12:29 PM   #13
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We did a practice trip when we got ours. Went to a local koa cg for a weekend that was only 20 minutes from home just in case. Used all our equip to get familiar with it and talked to our neighbors for other suggestions and witnessed first hand what NOT to do. Bad neighbor trickle emptied his grey on the grass right next to the sewer!!!! Ugh SMH
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Old 04-02-2016, 04:47 PM   #14
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Thanks, all, I would have posted this note of appreciation sooner but I just now found your replies. Apparently this forum doesn't alert you every time a new reply is posted. Only after the first one. So I thought no one but Crabman cared !

These are great ideas, every one of them.

This will be my umpteenth trip to Yellowstone and my third stay in this campground in April-May, so I'll be on familiar ground (but off the cold ground!).

I'm leaning toward completely dry camping this time, so I don't freeze-crack any fittings. The temps could be 20's or lower; when I was there in 2014, one morning it was 9.

So I'll carry water in 1-gal jugs from the spigot as needed. I (and the dog, who seems to be all bladder) can make it through the night without a bathroom run ... and I get up really early to photograph wildlife anyway.

What I'm truly looking forward to is having a place that is warm and has an indoor kitchen to come home to every night. What luxury!

I definitely will take a shakedown trip to a nearby CG before I head out to the wild. I will also practice backing up.

A generator for battery charging and electric heat is an interesting idea. Can anyone suggest a smallish one of good repute? Are they easier to pull-start than my lawnmower?

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Old 04-02-2016, 05:56 PM   #15
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SylviaW, welcome to the forum and congrats on the new trailer! We had difficulty with our new trailer while hitching and unhitching from the TV (and there are 2 of us). If you can take the time to practice this with someone to help you, I would highly recommend it. Also, I couldn't imagine not having a power tongue jack. Ours came equipped with it, but it's an inexpensive upgrade to have installed. Have fun and happy glamping!
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Old 04-02-2016, 06:16 PM   #16
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Generator thread

We have a 2000 watt Honda for our unit slightly bigger than yours. Not sure entirely if it will run A/C but that is not that big a deal for us
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Old 04-03-2016, 01:23 PM   #17
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Patience and discipline are my suggestions to anyone who gets a new TT. It is so easy to buy stuff that at first looks cool and useful but in reality just ends up taking up valuable space. My wife and I keep a notebook in the camper. Any time we think that we need something or see an item we think we'd need or want we write it down. After a couple more trips if it hasn't come back up we take it off the list as being unnecessary. This helps us to keep from overloading the camper with stuff we don't really need.
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Old 04-03-2016, 01:36 PM   #18
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Welcome Sylvia and all the above suggestions are good ones. Just enjoy the trip and setup and don't rush through it. We have developed routines over the years and you will too but after having a power tongue jack for the first time on this unit I wouldn't do without one again.
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Old 04-03-2016, 04:05 PM   #19
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A "nice-to-have" is a set of bug screens for the fridge vents, water heater access door, and furnace outlet. The seem a little pricey at first, but they're worth it to keep unwanted bugs from building a home where you don't want one. Just a thought.
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Old 04-03-2016, 06:03 PM   #20
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Desert RVers, what were your problems with hitching and unhitching, and what suggestions do you have for me? Thanks!

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