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Old 05-15-2014, 07:06 AM   #1
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Maiden voyage today, finally!!!

We will be going to the campsite this afternoon through the weekend. Ironically, the only weekend in May I had open to reserve for camping will be the lowest in temps and wet. It will certainly be an adventure.

Just hope I remember to do everything in order. *Chock the wheels before unhooking from truck*, *make sure low point drains are closed before filling tank with water*, etc. De-winterizing for the first time on Saturday was a big learning experience - I had gotten so frustrated that I had bitten off more than I could chew that I threatened to sell it on craigslist. All good now thanks to the invaluable info on the forum! My X17Z wasn't the plug and play model, lol. I needed a screwdriver to take the board off under the dinette to change the valves from winterizing tube.

Hopefully once we get to the campground and open it up, let the dogs in, it will start to feel like mine!
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Old 05-15-2014, 07:50 AM   #2
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I'm sure it will be a great experience, even with the cool weather this weekend.

What CG are you going to?

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Fort Custer - I wanted to go some place close by for the first outing.
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:11 AM   #4
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I've never camped there before. If you think of it, take some pics of your campsite and general campground area.

If you haven't yet, consider joining JOF's social group "Michigan Campers and Campgrounds" and start a new review/pics thread on Fort Custer Recreation Area.

Click on "Community" at the top of the JOF home page, drop down window "Social Groups", then "Michigan Campers and Campgrounds".

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Make a short list before you hook up to leave and follow it. I remember our first outing after the initial shake down several years ago. Somehow when I stepped out of the van at the campground I lost all focus and must have looked like a spaniel chasing squirrels. It all got done and no animals were injured but the neighbors were entertained. The distance to the electric and water was my most visible DA moment . . . Make sure your hose n cord reach before leveling, chocking and un-hooking. Me, I had the awning out and was pulling coolers from the van before it occurred to me.
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We went out our first time ever camping this last weekend. It was so much fun!!! It was cool at night but nice during the days. I have created check lists to follow for set up and tear down. Worked really good and for a first timer we had absolutely no problems everything went smoothly. Enjoy your weekend!!!!!
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Congrats!
I remember with my popup (first trailer ever!) and then the 16XRB I got in February...there are times when it is so frustrating!!! And I am always by myself when camping. But push through those times because the good times will totally erase the urge to sell as soon as you get home after a frustrating episode. It is all part of learning and trust me, every new TT owner has had to go through trials and tribulations of TT ownership when they/we first began. You're doing great! You'll soon settle into a comfortable routine that will give way to utter joy of ownership.
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Tokensmom,

Sounds like you had the same "de-winterizing" experience I had. Yes, the good folks here came to my rescue, too. It was pretty cold @ Mitchell SP three weeks ago during the maiden voyage with my Eagle. But stayed toasty warm inside, and everything turned out great. Fortunately, this time of year, there aren't 10 trailers in line behind you while you're trying to back your new trailer into it's first campsite. I find that's when I forget things and start making mistakes. So just take your time, and don't let anything rush you. You'll do just fine.

Do post some pics of your trip to Ft. Custer. I've been wanting to go there, as well.

Happy Camping!
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we went on maiden voyage this weekend with our 338 rets and as usual with a maiden voyage it rained over 2 inches over the weekend ... camper stayed dry and other than an issue with the waterpump sucking air into the system which i had to drop underpinning to find a loose clamp on watertank it went great
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Just hope I remember to do everything in order. *Chock the wheels before unhooking from truck*, *make sure low point drains are closed before filling tank with water*, etc. De-winterizing for the first time on Saturday was a big learning experience - I had gotten so frustrated that I had bitten off more than I could chew that I threatened to sell it on craigslist. All good now thanks to the invaluable info on the forum!
Sounds like you've thought it through....now let it happen and relax!
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