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Old 09-19-2016, 09:21 PM   #51
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Whew. Your list wore me out just reading it. We're in a Pop-Up and, like others have said, I don't sweat set-up. Camping on the weekend is my mental health therapy. I'm not about to stress over 30-45 minutes to set up camp.

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Old 09-19-2016, 09:48 PM   #52
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10 minutes for us usually. It's like watching a Nascar pit crew. Everybody has their job. Pretty much from the time it's in place to awning out, chairs set up, grill, stove and anything else, 10 minutes. Kids have grown up with it from birth until now, so they know everything there is to know about RV's and setting up, at least the older 2. Don't really have to tell anybody to do anything, they just do it.

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Old 09-20-2016, 03:37 PM   #53
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Usually 15 minutes - back in by the sewer and power. 3-5 minutes.
Set the levers to auto. 3 minutes
Plug in the 50 amp power. 3 minutes
Tie into the water supply. filter and water hose/ 5 - 8 minutes.
tie in the sewer hose. 3- 5 min.
Get back in the rig('14 Precept) crank out the 3 slides. 3- 5 minutes.
Call it good and crack a Coors Lite. 1st on 3 minutes second ....
so in total approx. -25- 30 minutes (as a function of thirst)
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Old 09-21-2016, 10:02 AM   #54
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I've never really timed it, but I know I don't spend any time with hook ups or tuning in TV channels. There aren't any, and no cell phone service either. Truly relaxing, so no since getting worked up over setting up. Certain areas take a little more time to get leveled up than others, but it's all part of it.


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Old 09-21-2016, 05:37 PM   #55
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Less than a half hour. Once it leaves the house until it's back in the spot we keep it in it's all time well spent anyway. Beats a hotel ANY time folks! We love our home away from home.
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:34 PM   #56
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Between 5 and 20 minutes.

When we take the trailer out we take long trips rather than short weekend ones, so most nights we stay for just a few hours in a nice pull through spot at a campground close to the highway and get on the move early the next morning to reach our destination. Those days I don't disconnect from my truck and sometimes won't even lower stabilizer jacks depending on how early we're leaving and how quiet I want to be... one day on our 4500 mile round trip we pulled into the campground at 6pm and left at 3am... I didn't do a darn thing other than hook up my water hose and dump the tanks and then had everything packed up by bed time.

If we're staying awhile, my wife helps me back in and/or pull up onto level blocks. She then takes the dogs and cooler in from the truck (we tow with fridge/propane off) and gets our dinner going.

First thing I do is plug in, she cranks the air conditioning and gets the fridge turned on. I get the table set up (I have to lift the table while she puts the legs in.) I open the propane tanks, unhitch from the truck, level front to back, use my drill gun to lower the stabilizer jacks, hook up the water hose, sewer hose, and lastly the cable if available.

If it's not too buggy or humid and we plan to sit outside I'll drag out the chairs, folding table, and mat.

That's about it.
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Old 09-24-2016, 04:07 PM   #57
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I am usually fully set up within 15 minutes including levelling.😄
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Old 09-25-2016, 08:13 PM   #58
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This is our first travel trailer, two pop ups in the beginning after 20 years of tents. Had to go pop up after the last disastrous tent camping we did. Whew. This second time with the new TT we dropped in the dark and set up within 15. But for some reason hitching up? It seems the hitch gives us the darndest time. Need to talk to someone about this. Sigh. Otherwise, easy to say love being able to drop and relax. Especially in the dark.
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:39 PM   #59
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Originally Posted by Duke_26 View Post
One of the very many reasons we upgraded to a travel trailer this year from the pop up that we had for the last 11 years (tenting prior to that) was to reduce the set-up time once we arrived at the campsite.

Most of our camping trips are the typical "arrive Friday, leave Sunday".

With the pop-up it was consistently around two and a half hours to completely set up. Although we have collected many camping items over the years, we decided to have everything dedicated in the travel trailer, even clothes and bedding. We are a family of 4 and do not have any pets that we bring. Kids are younger, so they want to go..go..go.. as soon as we pull in to the site.

Our goal was to have set up time down to about a 1/2 hour with the new travel trailer to maximize our "leisure/family time". Both DW and I have specific tasks that we do once we arrive at the site to tag team the set up process.

We take our time throughout the week and putter around getting the camper ready to go, clean the laundry, make beds, re-stock and then on Thursday night we will load up the fresh food so we can head out Friday after work.

I have things strategically placed in the pass through and storage compartments for quick access during set up. A few key items are stowed in the back of the truck bed by the tailgate for leveling, chalking, etc. We use the Anderson levelers which take no time at all to level the unit. We also have electric stabilizers, power tongue jack and power awning. The stabilizer jacks, awning and outside light are also controlled by a wireless touchscreen remote that comes with the elite package.

With all the time saving provisions and prep work we do, it still seems to take about an hour for us to completely set up camp, which is twice where we want to be...(maybe this goal is not practical??) When I say "completely", I am referring to the time it takes to level the TT to the time everything we use for camp is in place (inside and outside) and is time to start "leisure time" not leaving anything to do later.

Here is a pretty typical set up for us at a full hook up site, keeping in mind once unhooked most of these things are being completed simultaneously by DW and myself.
1) Decide landing location once at site (DW & I)
2) Unlock main door and storage compartment doors (Me)
3) Move TT into position (DW & I)
4) Level side to side (DW & I)
5) Chalk tires (DW & I)
6) Hook up power (Me)
7) Set out wood pads for stabilizer & tongue jacks (Me)
8) Unhitch TT (DW & I)
9) Move truck out of the way (Me)
10) Level front to back (DW & I)
11) Install x-chocks (Me)
12) Lower electric stabilizer jacks (DW)
13) Hook up water with inline filter (Me)
14) Hook up sewer hose (Me)
15) Open windows or turn on AC (DW)
16) Put awning out (DW)
17) Place patio mat under awning (DW)
18) Move picnic table next to TT under awning (DW & I)
19) Set up outdoor grill (Me)
20) Set up Coleman stove & table (Me)
21) Hook up 20lb propane tank to grill and stove (Me)
22) Put things in place inside TT that aren't stationary (DW)
23) Turn on hot water heater (DW)
24) Raise antenna (DW) or hook up cable (Me)
25) Program television channels, it only gets used at night to settle kids or during bad weather (DW)
26) Remove refrigerator bars (DW)
27) Install awning tie downs (Me)
28) Put table cloth on picnic table (Me)
29) Place 3-4 Tiki torches out and fill cans with fuel (Me)
30) Put out trash can and recycle bin (Me)
31) Set up the Camco bottom step support (Me)
32) Put out and set up camp chairs around fire pit (DW & I)
33) Set up collapsible drying rack outside for wet towels / clothes (DW or Me)
34) Get firewood, and fire starters and poker out by the fire pit (Me)
35) Put hitch and WD bars / chains in pass though storage (Me)
36) Take (4) bikes out of back of truck (DW & I)
37) Hang our "name and from" sign (Me)
38) Tune in a clear radio station on the TT radio and turn on outdoor speakers, not too loud of course (DW or Me)

DONE! Phewww..... Time to get on with camping

OK, so how long does it take for you to set up camp??

Sounds like "hours" to me, especially if its raining out. I usually have "basic" set up (# 1-15) done in about 45 minutes, but that is a fraction of what you do.
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:55 PM   #60
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Between 14 & 15 I put out the slides.

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