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Old 09-05-2010, 02:37 PM   #11
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After that we are off to California where one of our sons lives. We are hoping a small hybrid like our new Jayco 17C can make a trip like that from here in NY.
We twice traveled from the west coast to the east coast with a tent trailer years ago. Your Jayco Hybrid will make that trip to California very nicely! What area of California does your son live?
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:13 PM   #12
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Don't be afraid to "dry camp/boondock" without hookups or electricity for a few days at a time, then find a dump station at a commercial campground that will permit you to empty your grey and black water tanks for a fee. You might consider a one night stay at a commercial campground with full hookups near your residence just to try out all the features of your new trailer without having to tow it too far.

If you have not considered towing mirrors you may want to do so. The side mirrors on your Nissan do not extend far enough out to allow you to see the sides of the tt and traffic coming up beside it. The Nissan mirrors will allow you to see the front of the tt and not much else. There are several brands of clip on mirrors available; here is a link to the McKesh brand we use: http://www.hensleymfg.com/mckeshmirrors.html

Good luck on your maiden voyage!
Great idea, especially since my husband wants to go to the DEC campground in the Catskills. I'll look for a full hookup place nearby and we will go there for a day or two and than to the beautiful DEC campgrounds which has huge wooded sites. I think we can use the heater with our propane if it gets really cool at night, right? We will be sure to get the mirrors, too, when we pick up the trailer.
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:22 PM   #13
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We twice traveled from the west coast to the east coast with a tent trailer years ago. Your Jayco Hybrid will make that trip to California very nicely! What area of California does your son live?
He lives in Acata or is it Arcata? It is up north in Cal. He went to a college there for his Masters, after he graduated from SUNY Binghamton here in NY. We camped in Binghamton a few times while he was attending school there. On one camping trip at the state park near Binghamton, in September, we woke up to snow on the ground and on our tent. It was beautiful. It melted after a few hours, but it was quite unexpected since it was not that cold the few days before. I think that was the time that on one of our nights there our two little dachshunds decided to have a real fight in the middle of the night. They never did that before and never did it again. I don't know why it happened, but I thought they were tearing into one another. I screamed and some people in the camp came running asking if we were all right. Needless to say it was very embarrassing. Thank goodness they were little angels after that.
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:46 PM   #14
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I think we can use the heater with our propane if it gets really cool at night, right? We will be sure to get the mirrors, too, when we pick up the trailer.
As soon as you get the tt home, fire up the furnace and let it run a bit. You may have to take the the battery out of your smoke alarm. The furnace tends to stink a bit when it first runs. Once it burns off, then you won't notice any smell when you actually camp
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He lives in Acata or is it Arcata? It is up north in Cal. He went to a college there for his Masters, after he graduated from SUNY Binghamton here in NY. We camped in Binghamton a few times while he was attending school there. On one camping trip at the state park near Binghamton, in September, we woke up to snow on the ground and on our tent. It was beautiful. It melted after a few hours, but it was quite unexpected since it was not that cold the few days before. I think that was the time that on one of our nights there our two little dachshunds decided to have a real fight in the middle of the night. They never did that before and never did it again. I don't know why it happened, but I thought they were tearing into one another. I screamed and some people in the camp came running asking if we were all right. Needless to say it was very embarrassing. Thank goodness they were little angels after that.
Arcata is waaaaaaaaaaaay North near Eureka close to the Oregon border. Beautiful area.

Yikes, I bet that was quite a night you got to share with the dogs in the snow
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Congratz on your new home away from home! I'm excited for you! Now you get to equip it. That's as much fun as the actual camping trip.

When you camp without hook-ups and run your heater your battery will drain quickly. We've been using a MR. HEATER for about 3 years now (they've gone way down in price BTW). It heats up our entire trailer and uses zero electricity or battery juice. Next to our generator, it was the best thing we bought for the trailer, you may want to check one out if your going dry camping (without hookups).

http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F232...3826906&sr=8-1
(the california model is the same as the other buddy-- it's just cheaper and has a different owners manual-- I've called the manufacturer and was told this in writing by them)

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Old 09-07-2010, 10:04 AM   #17
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Congratulations Sabina on the purchase! I second Healthi on the furnace burn off. I read that tip somewhere else on this site just after I picked my 17Z up. When I actually did it the fumes and smell were so bad my eyes were watering, I was coughing like crazy, and the smoke detector went nuts. I opened all of the windows and canvas and put a fan in the doorway to suck the smell out. I'm glad we did this though, the following week we went to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the first night it got down to 46 degrees and we turned the furnace on. Before purchasing I also did most of my research online and via telephone. I did see the trailer in person before putting a deposit on it, but only because we happened to be going near the dealer on a trip. Otherwise I would have put a deposit on it sight unseen. We semi boondocked on our first trip. We had electricity and water, but had to use the grey and black tanks. We camped for 6 days without filling the black tank,we dumped the grey once (private land so we just sent it into the woods). There was an RV dealer a few miles away that let us dump the black for $6 before heading home. The 17C has a good layout in the event it is cold and you have to "turtle" to conserve heat. Turtling is when you don't fold out the bunks and just use the hardside portion of the camper. It makes efficient use of the heat. There is a nice sleeping area when the dinette is folded down. We don't have that in the 17Z but I am working on a mod to span the distance between the folded down couch and dinette to make it useable as one big bed when necessary. Anyway enjoy the new camper, we love ours.
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I haven't been on here because since we started camping in the 17C we only come home to take my mother-in-law to her doctor appointments and do her grocery shopping. We found a great camping site with all the hookups about an hour and a half from home. The owner lets us leave the camper there for free anytime we like and we just pay for the days we actually use it since it is off season. We do the turtle down thing if we think it will rain on the day we leave. We close the tent up (we only use one) the day before and we sleep in the bed that converts from the dining area. It is bigger than a double and my husband , three little dogs and me are quite comfortable. It does get really warm inside with the tents closed even without the furnace on if we don't keep the window open even though it is pretty cold at night up north here in NY. For us the 17 C works great. If you are ever ever upstate NY Rip Van Winkle campgrounds in Syracuse is beautiful and they have a heated pool that they will open for you even after Columbus Day weekend. I've been using it everyday we camp there. It is just cold when you get out but I run into the hot showers and I'm fine. There is a beautiful creek with a beach to swim, too, but the creek water is much too cold for that now.
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