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Old 05-26-2014, 10:21 PM   #1
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Maiden voyage x17a

We planned a 3 day trip bit things changed we we did a single overnight at local campground.

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Backing in. Good since I had a good spotter and extended mirrors.

Setup. It was raining when we got there. I was happy of our choice to move up from our popup to this. We were in trailer very quickly and dry.

Use. Tv did not work with local HDTV. I just wanted to test it. I got part of one local channel so I know it can work if it is within signal. Maybe good for driveway camping. I don't want tv when I camp. A little tv fits in cabinet perfectly for storage. Along with all our games.

Not much counter space. Need to get grill cover and make a mod with extended counter space. Also need towel bar mod. Maybe another couple coat hooks. I wondered if I could put coat hook outside?

Sleeping. Just fine for 3 of us. Even my cpap machine can be tucked in he alcove by the back bed.

Dinette. Weak link here. How can we all fit. It is a puzzle and we will figure it out.

Toilet. It works. I wonder when a ring or earrings will fall in the sink?. Might get little wire strainer.

Fridge. Should have turned it on well before departure but it worked well.

Sewer. Found I might have to lift hose to help the drain process. No problem. I used the rhino hose kit. I placed it in tub and in the shower pan for storage. It worked well.

Stereo. I love having some music in background while lounging outside.

Gas tanks. I might buy some gauges to figure how full they are.

Overall. It was too short of a trip but I feel great about it.

Jeff
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:43 PM   #2
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Well, you got it 100% right.

Your list and descriptions are perfect for a first time out.

Welcome to the world of RVing, and all the things you now have on your list.
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:44 PM   #3
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I think the 17a models have the stove/oven in them right? We looked at them because I have a real soft spot for dinettes. Ended up with the x20e. Both are cool and Jayco siblings!
Anyway. Here are some pics of the metal camco universal black stove cover. It screws into the back of the counter so it never budges an inch. I suffer from no counters as well. :-)
You can also just pull over the dinette table and kick everyone out too. :-)Click image for larger version

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I have the big sister to your camper. Same lack of counters. Small flaw in my eyes.
I bought this and it's great. Screws to the counter in the back so it doesn't move at all.
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Old 05-27-2014, 06:28 AM   #7
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I learned a neat trick here on the blog. To find out how much propane is in the tank, boil some water and pour it down the side of the tank. Then feel the tank where the water had been. It will feel warm at the top where it's empty, and as you run your hand down it, it will turn cold when you get to the level of the fuel! I trust this method more than a gauge.
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Sounds like a good first outing - a great learning experience for you. You were smart to catalogue your observations. It will help you make your "pre-outing trailer prep", "before you pull away", "and packing up to leave" lists.

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Sounds like a good trip even if it did rain!
As far as sewer hose storage in the shower pan....will it not fit in the bumper or did you just not want it in there?
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The bumper on the X17A is not a square, so I need some alternate method of storing the hose. I will use the plastic tub for now (and store my gloves and hand sanitizer in there also.). It works, but I know I will do something different this summer.
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