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Old 05-10-2019, 02:05 PM   #61
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Thanks!! We are newbies and appreciate all the help we can get.
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Old 08-06-2019, 01:04 PM   #62
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Thank you. I did not know you had to cross chains. Very informative.
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Old 08-07-2019, 05:30 AM   #63
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Know the difference between Potable and non-potable water.

Potable water is safe for drinking.
Many campgrounds have taps that are posted as NON Potable. The reason for this most of the time is that it is located in an area that may not be sanitary due to its being near a sewer dump station.

Campers need to take care to never mix hoses or attachments that have been used at a dump station with the Potable taps in a campsite.

Any contamination of the drinking supply can lead to serious illness.
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Old 01-30-2020, 12:14 PM   #64
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Read every bit of advise, you will begin to differentiate between the good and bad.
Read ALL of the information in ALL of the Owner's Manuals in the pouch that comes with the RV.
Watch a lot of YouTube videos.
If a concern is serious and really on your mind about something, ask several different people asap.
Go to a big parking lot and practice backing up, turning, and stopping quickly.
ALWAYS chock the tires before unhitching no matter how level the surface is, nothing more helpless than seeing a 7,000+ pound RV creeping away from you!
Buy extra deodorant tablets/granuals/liquid for the toilet, black tank (do NOT run out).
Make sure you have a Lug Wrench for the RV Tires, do not assume that the one for the Tow vehicle will fit.
Designate the window that is best for the pups to stare out of thereby saving the shades on the others.
But extra flashlights (batteries as well), cordage/rope, tie-down straps, duct tape, etc.
Meet all of your closest neighbors. You can tell the good (99%) from the bad (.5%) from the grumpy (.5%) ones AND they will figure out if someone doesn't belong around your RV while your gone & you can do the same for them (our own neighborhood watch).
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Old 03-17-2020, 05:54 PM   #65
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Thank you for the info! We pick our 5th wheel up next week! Can't wait to begin our new life journey!
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Old 03-17-2020, 06:44 PM   #66
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Originally Posted by ktbarrentine View Post
Yep...that's the correct answer. It's all about physics. (BTW... I have seen it work on a trailer going 35 on a city street.... came off the hitch, wobbled a bit, but the guy kept his cool and brought it to safe stop. Crossed chains and strategic braking kept the hitch from hitting the ground). That being said, I continually look at rigs going down the road with their crossed chains dragging and sparking on the asphalt (ie, too long). I don't think that would do much good.
It is easy to shorten the chains to keep them from dragging. You just need to twist them until they do not drag on the ground. This is what I always have done.
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Old 08-10-2020, 05:49 PM   #67
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Lot of great info here; and I didn't know that about the chains, either. Thanks!!
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ALWAYS wear disposable gloves when handling your black water drain hose and hose connections at dump stations or anywhere. Do not use any gloves you intend to use again. Keep a supply of disposable gloves in your RV, they also come in handy for other dirty jobs.
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Old 01-17-2021, 11:45 AM   #69
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I have question does propane have to be turned on for furnace to work
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Old 04-15-2021, 06:44 PM   #71
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Crossing Chains

Originally Posted by Paulx213 View Post
Just curious. Why do we cross our safety chains? I've always done because that's what you do. I just can't see a technical reason to do it.
I was taught that crossing the chains would catch the tongue of the trailer if it ever came off the ball and help preventing it from digging into the road or grass when you pull off the road onto the the shoulder..
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